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Best office chairs (reasonable desk chairs for your work)

Updated on March 3, 2014

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How to pick the best office chair

How should you pick your office chair?

If you work 8 hours a day in an office there is a good chance that 6 of the 8 hours you spend there are spent in a seated position. Your personal comfort and efficiency are too important to just make an impulse decision. Take the time to research the various styles and types of chairs that are available. But how exactly do you choose. I have found that the best way is to "test-drive" the chairs before you buy them.... Most reputable companies with a decent product will let you try out the chair before you ever commit to purchase your new chair.

The two most important things you should consider when looking for a new chair:

Height of the seat: People come in all shapes and sizes and the office chair industry realize this. No matter if you are 4'10" or 6'10" there is a chair that will fit you comfortably. You will want to find a office chair that makes it so that your thighs are parallel to the floor. Be sure to get an office chair that is adjustable so that you can line it up correctly if the fit is a little off. You can also purchase an ergonomic footrest to make sure that your legs and feet are in the proper position to sit comfortably.

Comfort: Contrary to popular belief, you don't want the softest chair available. It is more important that you have a firm chair that properly aligns your spine. You also want a chair that is padded all the way out to the front and the sides. You don't want an office chair that will cut off circulation or constantly have you adjusting positions. The back support should have a slight forward tilt to make sure you are at an upright angle at your desk as opposed slouching (which is very bad for your back). Most ergonomic office chairs will be good fit if the back support extends from the lumbar region of your lower back to the middle of your shoulder blades.

Other considerations for picking a new office chair

The best office chairs should be breathable so you don't get too hot. It should be adjustable.It should be stable (not easily tipped over).

You will also want to make sure that you have a durable office chair. Don't buy some cheap chair just to save a few bucks...

You will be able to find a quality office chair at a reasonable price with a little research.

If you are looking online, you will find that there are several varieties of the following:

Basic Swivel Chairs

Ergonomic Chairs

Designer Chairs

I would recommend that you focus your attention on ergonomic chairs, above the other two options. First off, the health of your spine corresponds to your overall health. you have millions of nerves running through your spine and it is very important that you protect these to the best of your abilities

With a little research you should be able to find a great office chair that will keep you comfortable and productive for several years

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