It’s amazing how many task chairs are out there for the “sitting”. Customers often ask us what to look for in a task chair. This question is simple enough. The answer is more involved. No two job functions are alike and no two people are built quite the same. Purchasing task chairs can be overwhelming, but here are some simple dos and don’ts.
Never, ever, and we mean NEVER purchase a task chair without sitting in it. Take it for a test drive. Even if you sit in your task chair for limited periods of time, you want to be comfortable when you do. Task chairs should be scaled in size for the individuals using them. You don’t want a 6’4” 250 lb. man sitting in a $39.95 “ERGONOMIC OFFICE CHAIR” from the big box stores. This chair will surely be tossed in the trash after a few months. The only way of knowing what fits is by using the good old “tush” test. See our 7 DAY TUSH TEST PROGRAM below.
Do you currently have issues with your lower back or any other physical ailments that affect the way you sit? Then you should be considering “active ergonomic” task chairs. These task chairs will have several adjustable features for optimal comfort throughout the day. Adjustability will include pneumatic seat height, seat pan tilt, lower lumbar support, back tilt, back height, sliding seat pan, and height/width adjustable arms. Memory foam and mesh materials can also provide more comfort.
If you are a “low maintenance individual” when it comes to ergonomic issues, “passive ergonomic” task chairs should suit you fine. These task chairs have fewer adjustments and are designed for a more universal fit. This is generally achieved with thicker foams and synchro-tilt mechanisms, where the seat and back move simultaneously in a specific ratio; usually 5:1.
Purchase contract quality commercial task chairs, not home office quality. There are several reasons for this. One is fabric selection. With commercial task chairs from a contract dealer, you are able to choose from hundreds of quality fabrics for each and every chair. The second reason is warranty. Many manufacturers offer a warranty. But when it comes time to service that warranty through a retailer, you often have to work without your task chair during a repair. Other times replacement parts are not available. A contract office furniture dealer will take care of you in the event you have a service need, and you will never go without your task chair. Cubicles Plus Office Furnishings offers a plethora of task chair options for every budget. We have several featured in our products gallery. Also see our 7 DAY TUSH TEST PROGRAM below.