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Characteristics of Ergonomic Office Chairs

Office chairs come in a wide variety of shapes and prices. The price difference is justified above all by the quality (mechanical properties, construction durability, and material finish) of the parts and by the options (adjustments and additional elements). A good ergonomic office chair doesn't have to be expensive. But certain options and adjustment possibilities are essential to adapt the seat to the task at hand and the person. A basic principle is that an office chair should offer complete safety. This means in particular that the office chair:

  • must be equipped with at least five casters;
  • must provide spine comfort;
  • must have all of its elements adjustable in height, dimensions, depth, and tilt angle;
  • must have a reliable spring to stay in the fixed position.

Seat Height Adjustment

The best ergonomic office chair is, of course, custom made. However, all Kulik System are highly regulable and will suit people with different parameters. The length of the users’ legs is the determining factor. For correct seat height adjustment, the feet should be able to stay flat on the floor and the lower side of the thighs should not be subjected to any pressure. The feet, thighs and buttocks must be supports and the chair should distribute the weight of the body evenly. The height of the seat cushion in this position depends in particular on the possibility of tilting the seat forward.

Seat Depth Adjustment

The seat depth is not adjustable on all office seats. It is, however, important for a luxury ergonomic office chair. An appropriate seat depth (distance between the front of the seat and the backrest) ensures good thigh support and blood circulation in the knees veins. This is especially important for people of short stature. To check the correctness of the seat depth, make sure you can insert four fingers into the space between the seat and the hollow of the knee.

Tilt Adjustment Forward

When the seat is tilted forward, the front of the seat is lower and the seat is tilted forward. This ergonomic adjustable office chair position has the effect of increasing the angle formed by the body and thighs, favourably influencing the inclination of the pelvis and preserving the normal spine curve.

This alignment allows you to sit upright and stay active. Your back muscles will stay toned while being supported and allowing you to feel relaxed. When a seat is tilted forward, the position of the buttocks is higher than during sitting in a regular chair. However, the inclined seat should not be too high, otherwise, the worker may slip off the seat or put too much pressure on the feet.

Backrest Adjustment

The main purpose of the backrest adjustment is to increase or decrease the support in the lumbar region. Sometimes the thickness of the backrest should also be adjusted at the level of the kidneys.

This is important for preserving the natural spine curve when leaning against the backrest. Some types of seats opt for pelvic support, to force the spine to maintain its normal position. If you buy ergonomic office chair in Bangkok, it is better to order a test drive before the final purchase. Try different Kulik System chair models with smart shape-memory technology. All of them were designed to provide soft support of the tissues without muscle tension. When adjusting the backrest, alternate positions until it adapts perfectly in the lumbar region.

The Tilting System

The tilting system can be used in combination with resistance adjustment. When sitting in on a seat without a tilt system, you risk getting used to keeping a bad posture. There is a high chance that you will collapse into the seat after a while. Constantly change positions to ensure muscle blood circulation or even work while standing to get better results. 

In a fixed seat, you tend to slump, which causes your back to curl badly. A tilting seat gives the body the space it needs to perform the movements. Tilting is also useful for adopting a more relaxed position from time to time — for example, leaning back while on the phone, re-reading a text or talking with a colleague. When you buy ergonomic office chair online, make sure it has both the negative and positive adjustment of the seat tilt angle.

Adjusting the Headrest

The neck support is especially important for those who are often tilted backwards, for instance, when looking at screens or monitors placed high up in control rooms. For normal office work, a headrest is not necessary. The headrest should be adjusted to support the head in a normal, upright position, so without tilting the head forward or back.

How Much Does an Ergonomic Office Chair Cost?

The ergonomic high back chairs office prices offered by Kulik System are explained by the premium quality of the materials and patented back support technologies. Being an Italian furniture manufacturer with many years of experience, we cherish the comfort and style of our clients. How much does this comfort cost? The ergonomic chairs prices start from $300 and range to several thousand dollars, depending on the customization. Visit the Kulik System online store to try out the constructor tool and calculate how much will your dream chair cost.

FAQ

How to Choose an Ergonomic Office Chair?

Here are some simple tips for choosing your work chair stress-free, without sacrificing comfort or design:

  • Choose a seat suitable for what you are doing and your need for mobility in front of your desk

This is basic advice but so true: a good seat is the one that is suited to your work pace and requirements. An ergonomic chair should adapt to your environment and morphology. Do you work on an inclined/straight/high work surface? Do you work from home or the office? Can you take breaks and alternate sitting and standing positions? Or do you need the chair that you will both work and relax in? Take all these parameters into account right from the start.

  • Settle the armrest issue with ease

We mentioned the problem of the height of the office chair, now remains the position on the seat during office or working hours. Your elbows must be at a right angle and you shouldn't stand too far from your countertop to get a good posture. Take your height into consideration to choose your ergonomic chair well. Perhaps it would be wise to order a task chair without armrests, which will allow you to be closer to your worktop and easily slide your office chair under any table. If you work from home or remote studying has forced you to rethink the spaces of the house, do not neglect this very practical aspect of an office chair.

What to Look For in an Ergonomic Office Chair?

The first adjustment required is of course that of the seat height. Why? Because, according to Social Security recommendations, an ergonomic office seating should allow you to meet the following criteria when you are seated at your workstation:

  • the feet flat on the floor or a footrest;
  • the elbow at a 90-degree angle or slightly larger;
  • the forearms close to the body;
  • the hand in the extension of the forearm;
  • and the back straight or slightly leaned back, supported by the backrest.

A desk or a worktop measures on average between 74/75 cm in height. It is necessary to adapt these recommendations to the size of each user, having a chair with several adjustment modes is a determining criterion.

Besides, adjustable armrests are an essential element of a proper ergonomic chair. They are used to support the elbow and thus relieve the shoulder muscles. By resting your elbows on the armrests rather than on the table, you also avoid leaning forward and putting extra pressure on the elbows. Good armrests are wide and have a somewhat soft surface. You should be able to adjust the armrests in width, height and depth (forward/backwards).

In width:

  • depending on the width of the shoulders;
  • arms not too tight against the body, but slightly apart;
  • if the armrests are too far apart, you may be leaning to the left or right and having a reclined sitting position. 

In height:

  • depending on the shape of the shoulders (straight or rather drooping) and the length of the arm;
  • let the arm hang down against the armrest rather than raise the forearm to a horizontal position. The armrest must support the elbow and part of the arm in this position;
  • avoid working with shoulders raised. 

In depth:

  • adjust the distance between the stomach and the edge of the table so that you can sit close enough to the table.

These unobvious criteria are vital for choosing proper ergonomic chairs. In case you need further consulting — our managers are always glad to help!