Comfortable Vs. Low Quality Office Chairs, What's The Real Difference?

By: Thomas Joanes


I've been through quit a number of chairs over the years, as I ,usually am working very long hours at my desk, so comfort is critical for me and I'm sure you too. The comfort of my workspace has a lot to do with the comfort of my chair that I have to sit on all day.

Since we sell office chairs, I am over and over again asked by my store visitors about office chair designs and what posture is the best for sitting when working an entire day in a chair.

Some of these people have been given very good quality high end ergonomic custom made chairs at their place of work and are wondering if there is really any variation between it and your standard office chair. Some people complain about the shape of some guest or reception lounge seats at some offices, these folks often find themselves uncomfortable with having only sat for only a brief stretch.

It is definitely true that some guest seats can feel considerably more comfortable than others. Some chairs make it a easy to maintain a better upright posture, while others can stand between you and good comfort.

You need to keep in mind however, that it is our better part that sits in a chair, and in order to improve on our own comfort , our awareness should be focused on increasing our comfort and what we do with our body when we're sitting.

So what advice can I give regarding position and the prevailing office chair? First, I would suggest very plain, basic type designs with fairly flat and firm seat bottom and with backs to not force your torso into any specific shape.

I would also suggest good back support and a good tilt mechanism for proper reclining and movement while moving throughout the tasks of your day. But, you need to take into account that you cannot look to your chair as the principal solution to poor posture. Its your posture that needs to learn how to change itself and find that comfort zone.

So a good office seat can mean different things to different people, some might feel better even on a traditional type seat vs. a fancy mesh chair. Other people may never find real comfort while sitting, and esp. larger people, or persons with injuries or pain, for them this can all lead to amplified tiredness, pain and discomfort while sitting.

One of the most crucial things to seek out in a high-quality chair is the cushion, this is something that the cheap office chairs you often find at the nationwide stores are lacking in, the lower quality chairs are made with foam that might feel good when you try out the chair out in the shop but it swiftly starts to breakdown and compress and lose it's memory and after a few months it feels like you're sitting on a chair with little if any padding once the foam becomes loses it's "memory".

The second most critical thing to look for in good quality office chairs is the seat mechanical adjustments, you want to check the chair is fully adjustable, a good chair will have about 5 to 8 adjustments, where a conventional low quality chair will have at best 3-4. Having those additional adjustments is very important to get an optimal working position. A quality office seat will adjust up and down, you'll also have seat tilt, back lean, seat slide in and out away from the back, and the back can be fine-tuned up and down. Some chairs have further adjustments, i.e like head support adjustment and or arm rest support height and width adjustments. Typically the more adjustments the more comfortable you'll be, but none of that matters if the foam is second-rate and breaks down and becomes uncomfortable only after a couple weeks of use.

Another point to ponder about is that each office seats are rated for the amount of daily hours is designed for, customarily the higher the hours rating the more sturdy and quality the chair is ,but not always as everyone fits on a chair differently, you have to consider your own size. Speaking of seat dimensions, some chairs esp. the quality chairs, will sometimes come with several size seat bottoms, small, medium and large seats. If you realize that most office chairs are either too small or too large then perhaps a specially sized chair would be best for you.

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