Ergonomics and Office Chairs – Does it really matter?

You’ve probably heard of the term “ergonomics”, but do you really know what it means?  More importantly, do you know why you should even consider it when purchasing office chairs?

Simply put, ergonomics is the study of the relationship between people and the tools of their occupation.

In our instance, it’s the relationship between people and office chairs.  Ergonomics focuses on the interaction between the worker and the tools of their job, i.e. the office chair, workstation, office implements, lighting, sound, surrounding environment, work methods, and more.

An ergonomic office chair or ergonomic desk chair is said to have good design if it:

  • Feels comfortable to the user
  • Can be easily adjusted to fit the user.
  • Supports the key areas of the body without restricting movement
  • Allows freedom of movement to complete other tasks

Ergonomic office chair design methods consider options to ensure that people’s capabilities and limitations are taken into account.  The adjustment capability designed into an office chair allows you to fine tune your seating position to accommodate your work environment.

In summary, if you sit in a fixed position day after day, for long periods of time, then you should strongly consider an ergonomic desk chair.  Otherwise, you will likely end up with physical aches and pains. Ergonomic office chairs are designed to be easily adjusted so you can relieve the stresses and strains placed on your body.  The ergonomic chair designs enable you to adjust your seating position throughout the work day so you do not have to sit rigidly.