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Buy a Quality Desk Chair

Friday, February 1st, 2008

Do any of the following sound like you?

  • Your back hurts
  • Your shoulders hurt
  • Your legs hurt
  • Your backside goes numb
  • You’re too high
  • You’re too low
  • You’re generally uncomfortable the entire time you sit at your desk

If you agree with any of the items in the above list, you’re not alone.

The Problem – Your Chair

The problem is likely your desk chair. You probably don’t have the right chair for you, or you don’t have your chair adjusted properly.

Many of us in home offices try very hard to save on items like furniture and put our offices together on a shoestring. But a quality office chair is not the place to cut corners. One trip to the doctor or chiropractor for back pain will pay for a good, ergonomic chair, and you won’t have to suffer. A properly-adjusted, ergonomic chair can also reduce the probability of getting carpel tunnel syndrome. Treating this problem is far more costly than a quality chair.

The Solution – An Ergonomic, Fully Adjustable Chair

Chairs are made for the “average” person, but we all know no one is average. You spend so much time in your chair that it needs to fit you perfectly. The more parts of your chair that adjust, the better.

You should be able to adjust the following on your chair:

  • seat tilt
  • back-rest tension
  • back-rest height relative to the seat
  • chair height from the floor
  • arm-rest height
  • arm-rest width
  • a foot rest may be needed

The seat should be tilted so that you can sit up comfortably without slouching. The back rest tension should be adjusted so that it supports your lumbar spinal area firmly, but gives enough so you are sitting at a comfortable angle when you lean back. You’ll need to adjust this setting until it is neither too stiff nor too pliable.

The lumbar support of the chair should press against your lumbar spine. If it doesn’t, the height of the back-rest relative to the seat should be adjusted.

Next, you’ll need to adjust the height of the chair from the floor. Adjust your chair so that you’re working on your desk or at your computer at the proper height. Your shoulders should be comfortable, not too tense because they are up too high (meaning your chair is too low) or drooping (meaning your chair is too high).

If you’re short, like I am, you may need a foot rest. My legs are too short to reach the floor if my chair is adjusted to optimal height for my desk. A foot rest can be a small foot stool, an old box, or even a plank of wood. It should be of the height that will rest your feet so that your legs bend comfortably with your feet flat on the surface. You may also want to use a foot rest tall enough to elevate your feet.

If you’re tall, you may need to adjust the height of your desk. You can buy a desk that is height-adjustable (recommended), or you can put your desk on stacks of wood blocks or firm, old books. Be sure whatever you raise your desk on is sturdy and can take some knocking around. Wood blocks or old books should probably be at least 10 inches by 10 inches. Wood blocks can be glued together once you find the correct height to steady them even further.

Last, adjust your arm-rests if you have them. They should be high enough to support your upper back and shoulders without allowing them to droop.


I recommend the following chairs. They are reasonably priced and fully adjustable. I own a low-back version of the first chair in black, and it makes writing at the computer extremely comfortable. I wish I had gotten the high-back chair so I could put my laptop in my lap and lean back, put my feet up and type!

Executive Desk Chair – Upholstered Durable and Adjustable

Executive Desk Chair – Upholstered Durable and Adjustable

Have a seat! This comfortable, functional Executive Desk Chair is upholstered with ultra soft, durable fabric, and features a 3 paddle multi-function tilting mechanism — allowing the seat and back to lock in any position throughout the tilt range. A powerful pneumatic gas lift allows for adjustable seat heights – soft polyurethane pad armrests and tilt tension are fully adjustable as well. With a ratchet height adjustment on back cushion, and its deep, rich Black color, this Chair is as good looking as it is adjustable.This item ships directly from the manufacturer. Product usually arrives in 14-21 business days, depending on destination, including order processing and shipping.

Ergonomic Office Chair Network 68

Ergonomic Office Chair Network 68

Add a contemporary and executive style chair to your office! The Network 68 Ergonomic Office Chair is designed with a high back tilt recline, adjustable height, and five wheeled legs. This ergonomic office chair exudes comfort. Incredible! Made with fiberglass that has a nylon mesh back to help keep you cool as well as an anti-sag seat that swivels. Its high class, high quality, and high comfort. Features adjustable height arms with soft PU pads, adjustable lumbar support, back and seat tilt mechanism with 4 locking positions. Jet black with metal components.This item ships directly from the manufacturer. Product usually arrives in 2-8 business days, depending on destination, including order processing and shipping.

Bungee Ergonomic Task Chair - Grey Bungees

Bungee Ergonomic Task Chair – Grey Bungees

Designed with advanced Elasticity System™ technology, the Elite bungee office chair provides ergonomic support to your body with a series of individual flat bands. Like the human body, this bungee chair contains no straight lines or hard ridges. It mimics your personal structure, transferring ergonomic support to high stress areas. And without cumbersome padding or upholstery, the contemporary office chair allows for the free flow of air to skin. Available in black and grey bungees, the ergonomic office chair offers modern design that promotes innovation in office spaces. This swivel desk chair also features 4-way adjustable arms, rocking seat adjustment, and infinite tilt mechanism. Seat Measures: 18.9" wide x 17.9" deep Back Height: 18.1" Arm Height: 7.7" – 11.2" Back Tilt Angle: 15 – 30 degrees Seat Tilt Angle: 5 – 20 degrees Manufacturer warranty for this product covers 10 years for frame and aesthetic plastic pieces, and 3 years for individual parts. This item ships directly from the manufacturer. Product usually arrives in 2-8 business days, depending on destination, including order processing and shipping.

For your back’s sake, don’t settle for any chair that isn’t fully adjustable!

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