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How to choose the best ergonomic chair for your needs
Why buy an ergonomic chair?
If you sit for hours a day you may be experiencing back pain caused by poor posture. You may experience sciatica, hip pain, neck pain, shoulder tension. Research from NICE suggests that around 60% of adults will experience back pain in their lifetime Poor posture can cause you to compensate and experience pain in other areas of your body. You may find you develop bad habits such as slouching and hunching plus experience unnecessary tension.
Using an ergonomic chair to support your lower back and promote good posture is a great way to start to find some relief. Whilst an ergonomic chair will help support your body in a seated position, it’s essential for overall mental and physical wellbeing to also move around throughout the day. This may mean alternating between sitting and standing with a sit stand desk, stretching or walking around to talk to colleagues or making a drink occasionally.
What to look for in an ergonomic chair
An ergonomic chair will predominately support your body whilst sitting. As we are all different and all suffer strains in different areas of the body, it’s essential to choose a chair that fits with your dimensions and offers support in the areas you are experiencing issues.
Look for these features:
Adjustability on the arm rests, backrest, seat pan angle
A good level of lumbar support
Comfortable padding on the seat cushion
Added or removable extras – including arm rests / headrest
A breathable mesh back for added comfort in the warmer months
A 5 star base for stability
Wheels for ease of movement
Discover the best ergonomic chair for your needs within our great range
The best all round ergonomic chair
The Senza 24 Hour Asynchro Task Chair ticks all the boxes in terms of ergonomic requirements. With a host of important features including an asynchro mechanism, 5 star base, weight capacity of 150kg, padded seat, height adjustable and folding arms, syncro tilt, gas lift adjustment and breathable mesh back. This chair has it all!
Best ergonomic chair for lower back pain
The Shelby Operator Chair features 55mm seat depth to adjust to bodies of all shapes and sizes. The 30 degree synchronous swing allows the chair to fit to your dimensions. Inspired by the bridge pose in yoga, the Shelby also features a split back design to reduce the chance of hunching and lumber subsidence. It’s also BIMFA certified which means it has compliant in comfort and safety. This chair is also approved for up to 150kg and features a full metal component for durability.
Best ergonomic office chair under 150 Euros
The Altino Mesh Back Operator Chair is one of our bestsellers due to it’s value for money and range of ergonomic options. A great all round chair, the permanent contact back (PCB) allows you to adjust the tilt of the backrest. It also features a curved mesh breathable back, gas lift mechanism and comfort from the flexible foam seat.
Best attractive ergonomic office chair
With different coloured seat bases to choose from, the attractive NV Smart Chair is intelligently engineered to promote good lumbar support and encourage good posture. It supports the natural S shape of the spine to align the spine, back and neck whilst working. It also features a contoured frame and breathable mesh back support to keep you cool.
Best luxury ergonomic chair
This Veneto executive mesh model is a smart business choice for aesthetics and cost. With a host of features, this chair includes three way adjustable arm rests.
Best desk stool
A desk stool is ideal for active working, allowing you to alternate between sitting and perching. The Tom Cloud Bondai Stool helps engage your core muscles to support your lower back. The wobble aspect of this stool means constant movement and is perfect for collaborative working areas or standing meetings bringing a touch of fun to the workplace.
Tips to alleviate back pain from sitting
Apply ice or a heat pad when sitting
Have a massage to help loosen back muscles
Do back stretches regularly (such as yoga or pilates) to increase circulation, strength and reduce tension
Sit properly at your desk trying not to slouch or hunch your shoulders
Ensure your desk is set up correctly, eg your wrist level should be at a 90 degree angle, your eyes should be parallel to the top of your screen