What are some important things to keep in mind when getting the perfect office chair? Well, quite a few things. It should be adjustable, easy to use, comfortable, provide support to your back, and allow you to move around to prevent stiffness and promote proper circulation. The form below is a rating system for office chairs developed by Dr. Alan Hedge.
The rating system is a great way to cut through the bells and whistles and marketing hype to really find the perfect ergonomic chair. The problem is, as ergonomics expert Jonathan Puleio points out, that a chair cannot be effectively rated just by sitting in it for a few minutes. It really takes several days of regular use to accurately evaluate an office chair. Fortunately, he also points out that a well designed ergonomic chair should be adjustable to accomadate 90% of the population. That means just about anybody could evaluate a chair and the results would apply to most other people.
I’d love to hear from you. Evaluate your office chair using this form and let me know the results!