An In-Depth Look into Ergonomic Office Chairs

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Many studies have found that sitting for a long period of time can have an adverse effect on your body. Sitting increases stress on your back, shoulders, arms and legs. If you have to sit to work at home or at the office, it is a good idea to invest in an ergonomic office chair. These chairs are designed to provide good support for your back while also helping you to maintain good posture as you sit. However, it is not enough to select a chair that it is better for your health. It also needs to adjust to your specific body type before you can enjoy the full benefits of an ergonomic office chair.

At Relax House, we offer the best in ergonomic office chairs, including Eames replica furniture, at affordable prices. If you are wondering how to shop for an ergonomic office chair, here is what you should look for.

Seat Height

When it comes to the seat height for the chair, your chair should adjust so that your feet are flat on the floor with your knees at a 90 degree angle. This posture helps you to keep from slouching and ensures that your pelvis is maintained in an upright position, which reduces the amount of stress on your thighs and hamstrings. The Replica Eames Executive High Back Office Chair - White features an adjustable seat height.

Seat Depth

For the seat depth of the chair, you should select a chair that allows you to maintain full contact with the backrest of the chair. There shouldn't be a huge gap between the front of the seat and the back of your needs. This positioning is idea for ensuring that your legs have the right amount of support.


Vytas Grey/White Office Chair with Headrest Ergonomic Office Chair

Lumbar Support

Support for your back is extremely important. Opt for a chair that allows you to adjust the height of the backrest to ensure that the right amount of support is provided for your body. A chair with a shaped back is also a good option for helping to support the natural 'S' curve of your spine.

For the best lumbar support, select a chair that permits both vertical and depth adjustment. This is important if you have lower back problems or if other people will also use the chair. The majority of lumbar supports can be adjusted vertically as you lower and raise the chair. A chair that does not have an adjustable back height or lumbar support is not likely to work for most people.

If you are seated for long hours for work, you might find yourself a little hot in the lumbar area. If so, choose a mesh backrest which will allow the air to flow to your back and keep you cool, especially in hot summer days.

Chair Mechanism

There are a few options when it comes to ergonomic chairs for the chair mechanism. This controls how the seat moves back and forth. Most chairs feature levers under the seat that the user can use to adjust the chair by pulling, pushing or twisting the level. Some advanced chair models may feature more than one mechanism for the same chair. 

Multifunction mechanisms allow the back and seat angles to be adjusted independently which provides a greater number of seating positions. Synchro-tilt mechanism allow the seat and the back of the chair to tilt at the same time as you lean back. Because there is a smaller range of adjustability, this type of mechanism is not as ergonomic as the multifunction mechanism option. 

Armrest Positioning

The armrests for the chair need to position at an angle and height that will reduce muscle strain. The ideal height for the armrests should permit the elbow to rest on the arm pad while the arms and shoulders are relaxed at a 90-degree angle. Make sure that the armrests are not so high that your shoulders are hunched. Additionally, they shouldn't be so low that your arms do not rest on the arm pad. If you are sitting for long hours, its a good idea to be as comfortable as possible, choose a computer chair with adjustable armrests. 


In addition to the design of the chair, you should also pay attention to the chair base. Select a chair that has a minimum five spoke base, such as the Replica Eames Soft Pad High Back Office Chair - White Leather, for the best stability. A chair that features quality casters will also be easier to move and should work with most floor surfaces.


While the majority of ergonomic chairs do not have this feature, a chair with a headrest can be beneficial if you have neck problems. A headrest offers support for your head and also reduces pressure on your neck. The Vytas Black/White Office Chair with Headrest by Huset is a good option if you prefer this feature.

Not all ergonomic chairs are created equally. Some chairs are especially designed to offer the best ergonomic benefits. If you are looking for the best in class, it is a good idea to consider one of our replica chairs that are especially designed for the home office and workplace. Our true to form replicas are exceptional modern chairs for your office, boardroom, home office and more. The ergonomic designs combine comfort with style and elegance.

With a high quality chair from Relax House, you can maximise your productivity and while adding a stylish piece of furniture to your workplace. These Mid Century Modern Classic chairs can bring a bit of that design epoch into your space.

View our selection of ergonomic office chairs or contact our furniture experts today at 1300­307­164 for assistance with selecting the right replica chairs for your home or office.

April 02, 2016