We Know: How to Buy a Desk Chair

What should I look for when buying a desk chair?

You should look for a chair that is ergonomically correct, attractive, and well made. In addition, the chair should fit your budget.

Why do I need an ergonomically correct desk chair?

Because sitting can be hard on the back, your desk chair should suit your body. This will allow you to accomplish tasks without causing injury.

Are ergonomic chairs expensive?

It is better to pay for an expensive chair now, than to pay the consequences later. Therefore, purchase the best chair that your budget can handle. However, should your budget be limited, your chair should at least meet certain requirements. The minimum of these requirements are:

  • Lumbar support: posture issues result when slumped positions allow no support for the natural curve of the back. Lumbar supports should conform to the natural spinal curvature.
  • Adjustable back: The back of the chair should be able to move forward and backward. This allows shorter users to sit against the backrest without the front edge of the seat pan contacting the knees. Taller users will be able sit further back for full seat support.
  • Adjustable chair height: To prevent poor leg circulation, the user must be able to rest his or her feet flat on the floor.

Can I find a chair that works well for me and looks good?

While function, when it comes to desk chairs should probably outweigh beauty, an attractive desk chair is also advisable. How attractive a chair is to you is based on:

  • Materials: In most cases, the more expensive the furniture, the more attractive the chair. When on a budget, check for quality in workmanship first. Check the stitching and fabric of upholstered and leather pieces and quality of wooden items.
  • Color: The color of your desk furniture is often dictated by personal taste. However, if you plan to spend a lot for your chair, you should probably pick a more neutral color, as your chair is sure to last for years. You will not want to kick yourself later. When in doubt, choose black, dark brown, or grey.
  • Style: The style of your desk chair is also a personal choice. For the sake of function and comfort, you may want to avoid straight back and full wooden styles. If your heart is set on a wooden chair, get a wood-upholstered combination. Save the full wood versions for the accent and guest chairs in the room.


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