Having an ergonomic workspace in important to stay healthy and productive. One of the most important things you can have for your workspace is the correct office chair. Since you will sit on this chair for the greater part of the day, it’s necessary that you have it customized to your frame and size. In doing so, you reduce the risk of muscle strain, injury and fatigue.
Most office chairs come with levers that allow you to adjust the settings of the seat. At the very least, the chair should let you adjust the height of the seat so you can sit comfortably. Here’s how to raise your office chair.
- Know the proper sitting position. Sitting down correctly on a chair in front of the computer isn’t just about being able to rest your legs. Your feet need to touch the ground in a naturally position. The back of your knee has to hit the edge of the seat while your butt and back are supported by the back of the seat. The armrests have support your arms without you having to extend your arms outwards. Finally, your elbows should be bent at a ninety degree angle to allow you to write and type comfortable on the table. You can check with OSHA or go online to determine the proper seating posture for maximum comfort.
- Evaluate the adjustable features of the chair. Locate the levers on the seat that will allow you to adjust the height of the seat. There may also be a lever that will let your recline the seat. Play around with the seat. Some chairs have a knob instead of a lever that you move around to make changes. If you’re not sure, check the product manual of the chair.
- Manipulate the lever till you reach the correct height. Now that you know how you need to sit down, go ahead and sit on the chair. Pull the lever up until you get the desired height. Remember the proper position that you want to achieve. You may need to get someone to help you out if you can’t do it yourself. Your weight on the chair should be enough pressure to push the chair down to the desired level.
- Try out the seat. sit down on the chair and see how it feels. Are your feet touching the ground without you having to tiptoe or dangle your legs? Are your arms at a ninety degree angle when you try to write or place your hands on the desk? Are your knees positioned at the edge of the seat? is your back fully supported as you are sitting down? if you answered yes to these questions, then the seat is at the correct height.
- Raise the floor. If you have adjusted the height of the chair but you still aren’t in a comfortable position, perhaps your next option is to raise the floor. You can purchase a footrest to bring your legs up. This may be necessary for people who are petite. Another option may be to try and lower the desk if possible. If you have an adjustable height desk, bring it down a few inches.
Once you have the desired seat, you can now adjust the other elements of the chair. See if you can move around the arm rests. If your chair has a headrest, move it around till you get the proper neck support. Also, it’s important to have the proper lumbar support for your back. If you can’t adjust the back of the seat, you should get a back support cushion.
Making sure that your seat is adjusted to your specific body frame and needs will go a long way to helping you be more comfortable and productive at the workplace. If your chair simply isn’t the right kind, let your administrative assistant know. In the long run, investing in good and ergonomic office furniture is cheaper and more efficient than having an unproductive or injured employee.