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7 Tips On How To Pick The Right Office Chair

08 May 2019Dylan Campbell

The average Australian clerical or admin worker will spend on average 22hours each week sitting whilst at work (Australian Health Survey 2011-2012). Prolonged sitting has been identified as an emerging workplace health and safety issue with evidence demonstrating that it is linked to increasing rates of musculoskeletal disorders, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, mental health, some cancers and even premature death (Safe Work Australia). A 2014 study by the University of Sydney found that lower back pain due to workplace factors accounted for a third of all work-related disability worldwide.

Whilst it may not be possible to reduce the amount of time spent sitting in your office, there are things you can do to reduce the demands it places on your body, particularly your musculoskeletal system. The first step is making sure you have the right office chair, but how do you know what to look for? Here we list our top 7 tips for picking the right chair for you and your staff.

1.Look for seat breathability

Modern fabrics such as mesh are great for breathability, increasing air flow to the lumbar region whilst providing comfort and support by moulding to the lower back.

2.Look for a contoured seat

Contoured seats help to evenly distribute body weight, providing comfort whilst taking pressure off the lower back. Their unique design also helps to prevent compression of the thighs, buttocks and behind the knees. 

3.Look after your spine by looking for a chair that evenly distributes weight

Modern office chairs can have up to 6 different features that enable you to make adjustments to your chair to optimise comfort and support. Adjusting the seat height, depth and tilt allow you to adopt the ideal sitting position with hips, knees and ankles at 90degrees regardless of the length of your legs.Those with adjustable back rests and tilt allow you to place the lumbar support exactly where you need it, whilst adjustable arm rests can reduce the pressure placed on the shoulders and neck by supporting the elbows. The right chair should be quick and simple to adjust meaning that you can easily adopt a comfortable position when changing chair

4.Look for an adjustable chair

Modern office chairs can have up to 6 different features that enable you to make adjustments to your chair to optimise comfort and support. Adjusting the seat height, depth and tilt allow you to adopt the ideal sitting position with hips, knees and ankles at 90degrees regardless of the length of your legs.Those with adjustable back rests and tilt allow you to place the lumbar support exactly where you need it, whilst adjustable arm rests can reduce the pressure placed on the shoulders and neck by supporting the elbows. The right chair should be quick and simple to adjust meaning that you can easily adopt a comfortable position when changing chairs.

5.Look for mobility

A good office chair should allow you to move freely and to access all parts of your workstation without the need to strain. If your office is carpeted consider purchasing a chair mat to assist with this.

6.Involve your staff

If you are buying chairs for employees try to involve them where possible. What suits one staff member may not necessarily suit someone else.

7.Test drive it

At our Sunshine Coast showroom, you can trial any of our chairs with the assistance of our team of dedicated and experienced staff. For those a bit further afield or wanting a longer trial period we offer ‘Danny’s trial service’. This service allows you to try one of our chairs, free of charge in your workplace Australia-wide (exclusions apply).

Still unsure? Contact us instore to arrange a free, no obligation seating assessment for your office.

Craig B
Craig B
Outstanding Service, Dylan goes above & beyond to ensure you have the correct products. They worked with us to find a suitable time to install our desks. Great business to deal with, wont hesitate to work with them again.
Shawn Z.
Shawn Z.
I bought one chair more than one year ago, and it’s built with high quality and very comfortable. One thing happened to me recently that again proves this company really cares about it’s customers.I was lodging tax return and couldn’t count my receipt. So I write a letter to a email address listed on their website, asking for help, but not actually expecting a reply as the purchase happened more than one year ago.Amazingly, I got a reply the next morning from one of their staff named Marek (my email is precious evening). I was so grateful with them. I highly recommend this company if you want to buy a chair.
danyal T.
danyal T.
Top customer service and A+ quality product, really easy to assemble as well 😁👍
Joel E
Joel E
We were moving office and needed to buy a range of office furniture. We were very impressed with the wide range of products on offer that are all great quality and affordable. Dylan was extremely helpful and his customer service is amazing. If you are looking for somewhere to buy great quality office furniture then look no further.
Nick H.
Nick H.
Great service, great range. Don't bother with office works just go here.
Aileen H.
Aileen H.
Dylan was great - fast and courteous.
Luke N.
Luke N.
Dylan is excellent at providing Quality customer service. He is a people person and being the one man running the show At Danny's desks, I hope his pay packet reflects this.On a side note - (My comment.. not his) "You need to change that bloody music. It's the same cheese on repeat every 5 minutes. I'm surprised Dylan hasn't gone mad. Nothing wrong with sticking swear free Spotify on, but that music is just trite."Dylan helped me with some Castor wheels and I will very likely be back during summer for a Mesh back chair that I clocked when I came in. The service I received was the hooking point and where Office works failed to provide me an answer to a question i had, Dylan cleared up the confusion.
Lisa G.
Lisa G.
Excellent products at a great price, with really friendly and helpful service. I ordered my new desk online and it was delivered two days later. Will definitely be back.
James C.
James C.
Dannys has been our suppliers for over 2 years and they are certainly a cut above . Always got stock , fast efficient service , straight to the point . Good value . At last we have found someone who we can rely on Jsmes MHBA
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