We all have our own taste and style when it comes to the way that furniture looks in our home or office, but do we ever really have to think about the structure of the furniture and how it can benefit our health? 

Choosing the right office chair can be quite a difficult decision to make, but it doesn’t have to be. There are many factors to think about when choosing the right office chair for you, looking at the ergonomic aspect, the support, the aesthetic appeal, the price, the size and many other features, but we want to help make the decision a little easier for you. 

Here are some factors to think about and to add to your checklist. 

What’s your budget?

A huge decision maker for most of us is if something fits our budget. You can fall in love with an item of furniture but if it’s above and beyond your budget then you will be left feeling disappointed. You can easily find something that you love that you can also afford. 

Office chairs, especially ergonomic chairs, can range anywhere from £100 - £1000+, so it’s important to bear your budget in mind when searching for the chair you want. Use website sorting tools to sort the price range from low to high or select your top budget if available to keep you on track in your search. 

Does the style work with your home or office?

Interior design isn’t necessarily everyone's priority or interest, but it’s still important to make sure that what you buy will work within your space. If you have a super modern home or office, bear that in mind when choosing your office chair. Ergonomic chairs naturally have a modern look to them but if your work space isn’t modern and you’re looking for a different style, the Oslo Task Chair or Mercury Mesh Task Chair have a lovely feel to them that can work in most room designs. 

Consider the ergonomic benefits

Work takes up at least 37 hours a week in most of our lives, so it’s incredibly important to ensure you are physically supported whilst working, not only for your comfort but for your physical and mental health too. It’s important to remember that sitting in an unsupportive chair and slumping over your desk can have a huge impact on your mood and mental health. Our mood often mimics the way that we are physically sitting, so lazy posture = feeling lazy and tired. 

The way that we sit can not only lead to aches and pains, but can also lead to weight gain and ongoing health conditions such as high cholesterol, diabetes and heart problems. We would recommend that you do not sit all day long, consider investing in a sit-stand desk or take a regular break to get up and move around. Taking breaks is also beneficial for your eyes to give them a rest from the screen light. 

Lumbar Support is underestimated 

If you’re someone who already suffers from backache, a chair that offers lumbar support is imperative. Choosing a chair with lumbar support can seem daunting at first, but just ensure you check the full description on the chair and ask questions if you’re unsure. Our RH Logic 400 High Back Task Chair is a perfect example of a supportive chair and includes inflatable lumbar support to give extra support for the entire back in an upright position. 

What size room is it going in and will it fit nicely with your current desk?

It may seem obvious but it’s something that often people don’t think about when choosing a new office chair. If your workspace is at home and in a small room, then choosing a large chair with technical gadgets isn’t going to work in the long-run. Once the novelty wears off, you will likely find that it is taking up too much space and gets in the way. It’s also important to make sure that it has height adjustable features and will fit perfectly under your desk to avoid any discomfort or injuries. Finding a chair that fits your room and supports you personally is possible, just take the time to evaluate your options. 

If you need any help choosing the right chair for you, or for your employees, please do get in touch and we will be happy to advise you.

March 25, 2021 — Laura Westmore