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Ergonomic Office Chairs – How to set up correctly

We are frequently asked to give tips on the best way to sit and maintain a healthy posture, so here are the key aspects, assuming the use of ergonomic office chairs.

1. Adjust seat height to ensure feet are firmly placed on the floor with a transfer of weight. The hip joint should be marginally higher than the knee joint, giving a slight angle downwards towards the knee.

2. Sit with your bottom to the rearmost of the seat to prevent  the pelvis tilting backwards.  Adjust seat slide if fitted to give a 2-3 finger gap between the back of the knee and the leading edge of the seat.

3. Adjust backrest rake or angle with seat to give a comfortable but upright working posture.

4. Adjust backrest height to ensure lumbar cushion of chair back support engages with your lumbar curve.

How to set up office chairs correctly

RH Logic 400 profile

5. If an inflatable lumbar is fitted then inflate cushion to fill and support the lumbar area. The diagram opposite displays an RH Logic 400 ergonomic office chair correctly set up with an upright working posture.

6.Armrest width should now be altered so that the arm is supported over the centre of the armrest.

7. Adjust armrest height to support and balance the weight of the shoulders and upper body, i.e. do not hunch shoulders or allow shoulders to drop.

8. If neckrest is fitted then adjust neckrest height and depth to provide comfortable support when relaxing back.

9. Finally, if you are fortunate to own one of the ergonomic office chairs that employ movement or dynamic sitting, then adjust tension to balance your bodyweight.  When adjusted correctly, the chair motion will follow you as you work, moving forwards and backwards without undue effort or strain on the muscles.

Not all ergonomic office chairs will offer every adjustment mentioned above  and if an instruction manual is available for your chair then one should follow the manufacturers guidelines.

Ergonomic office chairs at the workstation

These tips will help you sit correctly in your office chair although you may now need to make further adjustments to set up and align with your workstation.  This aspect will dealt with in a later blog.

If you have a persistent back problem or back pain then do give us a call or send us a mail and we will respond with helpful guidance on chair selection and operation.  At FineBack Furniture we both supply and set up ergonomic office chairs in London, Herts, Beds and Bucks and throughout the UK.

Children's Desks Moll height adjustable desk

Childrens Desks – Teach Your Children Well

*Since this article was written FineBack has extended it’s range of Children’s Furniture to include;

Children’s Desks Children’s Chairs Children’s Desk Additions Children’s Storage Units
Kids and Children's Desks at FineBack Children's Chairs Desk Additions for Children's Desks Children's Storage Units

Childrens Desks have taken a great leap forward as we become more aware of the need to sit correctly and prevent back problems later in life.  Most of us, as adults, have never received guidance on posture; and yet we need to educate our children wisely, to cultivate habits that will promote well being whilst studying and later at work.

Childrens-Chair

Moll Maximo childrens chair

Moll, the German Children’s furniture manufacturer have produced a wonderful portfolio of childrens desks, designed for growing children that will adapt to a wide variety of activity from reading, writing, drawing and keyboard operation.  The desk systems are all height adjustable and can operate from as low as 53cms up to 82cm, high enough to cope with the tallest adult.  This feature will allow the child to sit in an ergonomically correct position throughout their period of growth and development.

Combined with a suitable childrens chair, such as the Moll Maximo, the child can sit comfortably at a desk with their feet on the floor and the desk at a height that allows them to rest their arms on the desktop.  Comfortable working encourages children to focus when they need to – and be active at a moments notice.  No more jumping up onto the seat of a dining chair as the Maximo chair seat will adjust in seat height, seat depth and height of back support.

Moll childrens desks can be specified with a full width drawer as with the Moll Runner or the Moll Booster with a group of 3 drawers for either left or right hand mounting.  All desks incorporate an adjustable inclined desktop to allow for reading at an angle of 10 degrees, writing at 20 degrees with a maximum of 30 degree inclination.  This will ensure that no matter what the activity, the child can sit in the chair with the back adequately supported.

Childrens Desks

Moll Tilting Desktop

The latest model from Moll called the Champion desk has been designed with a split tilting desktop, where one surface is tilted for activity and one surface remains flat.  Clever, innovative designs that encourage the child to sit and work in an ergonomically correct position.

Manufactured in Germany and constructed with quality materials, this children’s desk furniture from Moll will last for many years and provide your child with every encouragement to sit correctly and comfortably with their activities.  The showroom at FineBack Furniture displays several of the Moll childrens desks and staff can provide helpful and useful advice in choosing the best desk solution for your child’s study needs.

Dynamic Seating with the RH Extend ergonomic office chair

Dynamic Seating and the benefits to posture

The benefits of dynamic seating can be experienced every day as an active posture will improve circulation, promote deeper breathing and encourage wellbeing and a healthy lifestyle.

The term ’Dynamic Seating’ refers to the ability of a chair to support and follow the body’s natural movements and to encourage an active posture.  The human body is not designed to sit still for long periods of time and a static sitting position can result in backpain and circulation problems.

Today’s office workers will frequently spend 6-8 hours a day, seated in front of a computer screen and in some cases, this may be up to 12 hours.  Sitting for any length of time in a rigid chair, places a continual downward pressure or loading on the spine.  This will compress the discs, reduce joint flexibility and lead to stiffness and muscle ache.  The lack of movement over time reduces muscle tone particularly in the abdominal and back muscles.

Furthermore, the majority of the body weight is placed on the thighs and bottom which can limit or restrict circulation to the legs.  Now if you add in a certain amount of office stress, overall this can result in an uncomfortable, lethargic posture, feeling drained by the end of the day.

If this sounds all too familiar,  then you need to adopt a new regime based on movement and activity.  Every 20 or 30 minutes, get up from the desk and move around to increase muscle activity, oxygen flow and circulation.  This will rejuvenate the body and improve alertness.  For some people, they may stand for a period of time, alternating or varying their position.  If you have an electric or sit-stand desk, then take advantage and vary the height throughout the day.

Dynamic Seating - RH Logic 400

Dynamic seating with the RH Logic 400

Perhaps the greatest contribution will come from the choice of a suitable office chair, adjusted for your size and body weight.  A quality ergonomic office chair will not only help you to sit correctly but will allow for freedom of movement.  Once set up correctly, the chair should follow your every move as you lean forwards or recline back to relax.

This motion will keep your muscles active and your body energised.  Tension in the upper body will be reduced, leading to greater flexibility and a more relaxed and comfortable working posture.

FineBack Furniture can guide you through the choice of ergonomic office chairs, to find a chair that will fit you correctly and react to your style of working, promoting dynamic seating and healthy movement.  Contact FineBack today and let us show you the difference it can make.