Choosing the Right Ergonomic Office Chair

An office job typically involves sitting for hours in a chair all day – which strains the spine’s structures. So, it’s important for an office chair to be ergonomic and to support the lower back. That way, back problems can be avoided or compounded.

What is the best ergonomic office chair?

Ergonomic chairs are available in many types for use in offices. The best type of office chair may not be one type in particular, but there are certain characteristics of a good ergonomic office chair to look for. The individual user can make the chair work for his or her specific needs through these features.

In this article, we will examine the traditional office chair as well as alternatives for those with back problems who may prefer them.

What are the characteristics of an ergonomic office chair?

Considering the “conventional” office chair first, an ergonomic chair needs to have several features, including:

Seat height

Easily adjustable office chair seats should be a requirement. Using a pneumatic adjustment lever is the best way to accomplish this. The seat height should range from 16 to 21 inches off the ground for the majority of people. In this manner, the user is able to have his or her feet flat on the floor, with their thighs horizontal and their arms at the same height as the desk.

Seat width and depth

In order to support users comfortably, the seat must have a wide enough depth and width. The standard is usually 17-20 inches wide. The depth (from front to the back of the seat) must be sufficient so that the user can sit with their back against the backrest and leave approximately 2 to 4 inches between their knees and the seat. If the seat tilts forward or backward, it should be adjustable.

Lumbar support

Having low-back support is very important in ergonomic chairs. Sitting for extended periods without supporting the natural curve of the lumbar spine leads to slouching (which flattens it) and strains the lower spine’s structures. Each user should be able to adjust the lumbar support (both height and depth) in order to support the inward curve of their lower back properly.


It is recommended that ergonomic office chairs have backrests between 12 and 19 inches wide. Backrests that are separate from seats should be able to be adjusted in height and angle. As with the back support, it also needs to be capable of supporting the natural curve of the spine, with particular attention paid to the lumbar area. If the seat and backrest are integrated, the backrest should have a forward and a backward angle that can be adjusted and secured once the user has determined the correct angle.

Seat material

It is important for the office chair seat and back to be sufficiently padded for long-term comfort. It is better to have a cloth that breathes than a harder surface.


Chair armrests should be adjustable in office chairs. In addition to allowing users to relax their shoulders, they should allow their arms to rest comfortably. If you type with your elbows and lower arms resting lightly, the forearm should not be on the armrest.


It is important that any ergonomic chair or traditional style allows the user to easily move around the desk without straining.

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