How to Shop for an Ergonomic Task Chair

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May 20, 2014
Humanscale's Sacha Burn details what to consider when buying body-conscious seating. Read Full Article
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  “Look for five key adjustments. Some chairs have more; some have less," says Burn. "These five should accommodate 95% of the population: seat height, seat depth, backrest and lumbar support height, and armrest height.” Diffrient Smart chair by Niels Diffrient for Humanscale, from $1,310. Check out more smart furniture here.
    “Look for five key adjustments. Some chairs have more; some have less," says Burn. "These five should accommodate 95% of the population: seat height, seat depth, backrest and lumbar support height, and armrest height.” Diffrient Smart chair by Niels Diffrient for Humanscale, from $1,310. Check out more smart furniture here.
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  “It’s crucial to think about seat pan depth—especially if you’re short," Burn says. "Look for at least two inches of clearance behind the back of knee when you’re sitting in the chair.” Mirra 2 chair by Studio 7.5 for Herman Miller, from $649.
    “It’s crucial to think about seat pan depth—especially if you’re short," Burn says. "Look for at least two inches of clearance behind the back of knee when you’re sitting in the chair.” Mirra 2 chair by Studio 7.5 for Herman Miller, from $649.
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  “Choose a seat with either an adjustable backrest height or lumbar support so the chair’s curve fits into the curve of a back like two pieces of a puzzle," Burn says. Collection Ciel! chair by Noé Duchaufour Lawrance for Tabisso, from $1,500. Check out another colorful customizable chair!
    “Choose a seat with either an adjustable backrest height or lumbar support so the chair’s curve fits into the curve of a back like two pieces of a puzzle," Burn says. Collection Ciel! chair by Noé Duchaufour Lawrance for Tabisso, from $1,500. Check out another colorful customizable chair!
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  "You want to make sure that your feet aren't unsupported," Burn says. "If you do have the feet on the floor and your thighs aren’t parallel to the floor you could be compressing the circulation in the back of your leg. Adjusting the feet to the right height is crucial." Gesture chair by Steelcase Design Studio in collaboration with Glen Oliver Loew, $979.
    "You want to make sure that your feet aren't unsupported," Burn says. "If you do have the feet on the floor and your thighs aren’t parallel to the floor you could be compressing the circulation in the back of your leg. Adjusting the feet to the right height is crucial." Gesture chair by Steelcase Design Studio in collaboration with Glen Oliver Loew, $979.
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  "If you’re in a chair that has a foam or mesh back, you need to look for some level of adjustment for lumbar support to fit the curve of the chair to the curve of your back," Burn says. "Sometimes this can be done more passively where the chair automatically fits to you without you coming in to make the adjustment." Clarity chair by BMW Group DesignWorksUSA with Allsteel, from $750. For more foam fun...
    "If you’re in a chair that has a foam or mesh back, you need to look for some level of adjustment for lumbar support to fit the curve of the chair to the curve of your back," Burn says. "Sometimes this can be done more passively where the chair automatically fits to you without you coming in to make the adjustment." Clarity chair by BMW Group DesignWorksUSA with Allsteel, from $750. For more foam fun...

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