Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Q & A With The Chair Whisperer

The Chair Whisperer
The chair whisperer is back and ready to help you with your ergonomic seating needs. In today's post we'll ask the Chair Whisperer 10 important questions to help you better understand your office chair and reach peak performance levels in the workplace. Enjoy!

Q: What types of chair mechanisms are preferred in 2015?

The mechanism is essentially the brain of your office chair. When selecting a chair for your home or business it's important to research various mechanisms and their respective benefits. That being said, in 2015 weight sensing mechanism and syncro tilt mechanism have been the most popular. These high tech units are user friendly and sure to improve the users sitting experience.

Q: I suffer from low back pain. What types of chairs would you recommend?

Low back pain is commonly caused by bad posture habits and lack of chair support. Regardless of the chair you choose, it's important to keep you back in contact with the chair at all times to fight back against this workplace epidemic. Popular chairs like the G20 from Global Total Office and the new iOO chair from Eurotech Seating provide excellent low back support.

Q: What types of chair arms provide the most ergonomic benefits?

While loop arms are still the preferred option for conference room seating applications, they provide little in the way of ergonomic benefits. Adjustable T shaped arms are the most common in 2015. These allow users to adjust arm pads up and down. Multi functional arms are certainly the preferred option. Multi functional arms can pivot, adjust up and down, and side to side to meet the users individual preferences.

Q: What are your top 3 favorite chairs?

There's no shortage of awesome chairs to choose from! The Oroblanco from Cherryman's iDesk seating collection is a great ergonomic option for budgeted shoppers and provides a lot of bang for the buck. The Arti chair from Global Total Office is incredible versatile and works great in nearly any office environment. Last but not least, the new Circuit chair from Ergo Contract Furniture is taking the seating world by storm. These adjustable task chairs are affordable, stylish, and incredibly comfortable.

Q: What types of chairs should I avoid?

While most all chairs manufactured in 2015 claim to be ergonomic in some way, they are not all created equal. While brands like Global Total Office, Eurotech Seating, and RFM Preferred Seating all manufacturer their own products, many of today's chair providers simply import chairs to keep costs down. Choose a chair from a reputable provider like those mentioned above and you want have much to avoid. In general, adjustable office chairs with user friendly functions are preferred while those lacking key attributes like mobilized bases, pneumatic cylinders, and arms are not.

Q: How much should I spend on a new office chair?

Awesome ergonomic office chairs can be purchased for as little as $200.00 in 2015. That being said, higher end models that cost thousands are certainly available. When selecting your office chair, create a budget and list of features you'll need to work in comfort. Approximately $350.00 should get you everything you need in a new task chair. You'll need a bit more for a good leather executive model.

Q: What types of chairs are best for taller individuals?

High back chairs are ideal for taller individuals. These models provide excellent upper back support and often feature headrests that can adjust to provide additional comfort. While low and mid back chairs offer excellent benefits of their own, high back chairs are certainly preferred for users of 6' tall.

Q: I'm using a chair in a shared workspace. How can I make the most of it?

Workers operate in shared environments quite often. To ensure you make the most out of your shared chair, you'll need to first educate yourself on it's individual features. Look up a few product demo videos and reviews online. You can also contact the manufacturer for a copy of the assembly instructions. Once you understand the capabilities of the chair in question, test it's features thoroughly. You can't be afraid to adjust on the fly! Change your chair height to ensure you feet can be planted flat on the ground at all time and your eyes are level with your computer monitor. Adjust the chair arms to ensure you are taking pressure off your wrists when computing. You can even create an adjustment checklist to follow when you first get into work! Write down the chair settings you feel benefit you most. Change the settings from your list when you first get to work to ensure you don't forget.

Q: How can I properly maintain my office chair?

Over time your office chair will require some basic maintenance. About once a month you'll want to remove any debris from your chair casters. Paperclips and rubber bands in your chair wheels can really limit your mobility. To take things a step further, check the screws holding your chair seat and back together, as well as those holding your chair arms to the mechanism. Ensure that they are tight and not wobbling. You can also oil the mechanism and pneumatic cylinder to rid yourself of annoying chair squeaks while ensuring your parts operate smoothly.

Q: What office chairs are best of heavier individuals?

Big and tall chairs are the preferred option for larger individuals. Models like the Avenger chair from OFM, Inc. are capable of supporting users up to 500 pounds. Top big and tall chairs feature wider frames and heavy duty parts to ensure durability and proper functionality. If you are a larger chair operator, mesh backs may not be the best option for you. Opt for a chair with thick padding, a wide seat, and heavy duty pneumatic cylinder rated for your weight class.

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