5 things to consider when choosing an office chair

How to choose an office chair that is right for you

A good office chair follows your movements, reduces the risk of strain injuries and helps you sit correctly. In other words, finding a chair that suits you is worth its weight in gold, both for your well-being and your performance. But which model meets your requirements in terms of comfort, design and ergonomics? We have listed five things to consider before your purchase.
Woman sits at adjustable desk and works with computer

1. How many hours do you sit down?

The most important question is the number of hours you usually sit down in a typical day. The more you use the chair, the better it needs to be. In order for you to easily find a chair that matches your needs, we have divided our range according to recommended sitting time: 4, 8, 12 and 24 hours. We have everything from simple chairs for those who rarely sit down, to more exclusive options that offer optimal comfort, even during those long work shifts.

4 hours: If you're often on the go and only sit down for short periods, a relatively simple chair will do.

8 hours: If you sit down throughout most of the working day, you'll need a quality chair with good adjustment options.

12 hours: Do you usually sit down for several hours straight? You should choose a chair with all comforts.

24 hours: Do you work in a control room or something similar and find it difficult to leave at times? You need a chair that meets extremely high demands on adjustment options and comfort!

TIP! If you sit for several hours straight

Our 24-hour chair, LIVERPOOL is built for long-term use. It's ideal both for regular office workplaces and tougher environments.

  • Easy to adjust the height of the backrest and comfort headrest
  • The height and angle of the seat are adjustable
  • Inflatable lumbar cushion for support and comfort
  • Armrests that can be angled in height
  • The 24-hour certification guarantees maximum comfort during long sedentary work sessions
Two people are sitting relaxed at their respective desks in an office

2. Choose mechanisms according to your movements

The chair's seat and back should follow your movements as you change seating position. The relationship between the backrest and the seat is controlled by the mechanism of the chair.
Permanent contact: The backrest follows the movements of the upper body while the seat is fixed. It is easy to vary the working position.

Swing: The swing function is a simple mechanism where the back and seat maintain the same angle to each other even when swinging. The resistance is set according to your body weight.

Synchronised: Seat and back interact in a 1:2 ratio, where the seat changes in one step and the back in two steps when rocking. This allows you to lean back without your legs lifting off the floor. Can be locked in fixed positions.

Multi-synchronous: As above, the seat and back work together in a 1:2 ratio, however, you have the option to disengage the seat, which makes it easy to stretch the body from time to time and increase blood circulation to the legs and feet.

TIP! Comfortable and elegant design

The modern LANCASTER office chair in a clean, Scandinavian style is made for flexibility. The model is available in several different colours - find your favourite!
  • Adjust both seat depth and seat and back height
  • Synchronous mechanism for top comfort
  • Arm and headrests are adjustable
  • Available with both high and low backrest
  • Easy to find sitting positions that suit you and thus prevent work-related injuries
Woman sits on an ergonomic office chair and rests her arm against the armrest

3. Look for ergonomic features

In order for the chair to give you the right support, it must be able to be adapted to your height, weight and body shape. Since we are all different, you should look for a chair with several different adjustment options. Make sure to use all the functions of the chair and adjust it at regular intervals, and you will avoid a static sitting position.

Adjustable seat height: Controlled by your height. The correct height is to have the entire sole of the foot on the floor when the back is pressed against the backrest.

Adjustable seat depth: Ensures blood circulation down to the lower legs and feet. Adjust so that you get a fist between the chair and the knee when the sole of the foot is on the floor.

Adjustable backrest height: Makes the backrest follow the natural curvature of the lumbar spine and pelvis.

Tiltable seat: Provides a good posture by tilting the seat slightly forward while keeping your hips slightly higher than your knees.

Adjustable armrests: Correct adjustment both vertically and laterally relieves the arms and the muscles in the neck, shoulders and shoulders.

TIP! Facilitates variety of sitting positions

We recommend the STIRLING office chair, a comfortable and adaptable chair. Use all functions to prevent occupational injuries.
  • The chair's synchronous technology means that the backrest and seat follow your movements
  • Easy to vary sitting positions and thus increase your blood circulation
  • Back and headrests are adjustable in height to provide good support
  • The armrests can be changed both vertically and laterally
  • Rounded seat to reduce pressure on knee folds and the back of the thighs

4. A few more choices and accessories

In addition to features related to ergonomics and movement patterns, you can also add specific accessories and features. Arm and headrests are available as options for our simpler models, otherwise they are included in the basic version of the office chairs.

High or low back: This is mainly a matter of taste, but the basic rule is low back if you are shorter, high back if you are a little taller.

Headrest: A stylish detail and practical function in one. This is often used as a head support, but the support should be in the neck to relieve the neck and shoulders.

Armrests: Should relieve the shoulders and should be adjustable in depth so that you can rest your forearms either on the table or on the armrests. On some chairs can be adjusted vertically and laterally.

Mesh back: This is not only a matter of appearance but also has a practical function. The mesh back lets air through and is a perfect choice if you easily get a little warm!

Variance: Supplement your regular office chair with an active chair to further change up your working position. Balance chairs, balance balls and pilates stools strengthen the body while you sit down and work. A saddle chair gives you a natural and ergonomic sitting position.
Office Chair LANCASTER
Office Chair MARLOW

5. Color, shape and material

Once you've found the office chairs that match your needs, it's time to consider perhaps a more fun part: choosing how they will look. You might need to think about what style suits your desk. Our computer chairs work just as well in the small home office as they would in a large company office. Many chairs are available in several colors so it's possible to furnish with either the same model in different colors or the same color but different models! In terms of material, hard wearing fabrics are the most common, but we also offer artificial/faux leather and real leather chairs. The choice is yours!

Our wide range guarantees that you will find an office chair that suits you, no matter who you are. If you have problems choosing, you are always welcome to contact us - we will be happy to help you!

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