An office environment, apart from being a healthy one in terms of work pressure and emotional pressure, should also be a comfortable one when it comes to the physical comfort of our bodies. Lets assume, an IT professional, these days, spends 10 hours in the office normally on weekdays (lets assume that we all have weekends off in these recession times as well). He only interacts with his computer through eyes, his office chair and his office table through his body and his desk phone through his ears. With most of the IT companies using LCD screens for their employees, the quality of office chairs and tables remain the major concern for them. Have we ever thought if the office furniture, that we use daily and on which we spend around 10 hours of our day, is really the right one for us?
If most of your day is spent hunched over typing it would be beneficial to have a chair with back and seat angle adjustment to allow you to lean your back rest and seat forward while doing extensive typing. A chair with an adjustable back rest can benefit just about anyone if the chair comes with built-in back support, then the individual using the chair can adjust the back to reach their lumbar region rather than having a chair that pre-determines it for you and risking having it not fit your back properly. The level of adjustability need will vary amongst individuals and will require some thinking to decide which adjustments are absolutely necessary and which you may be able to live without.
There are a number of different types of ergonomic chairs available on the market that come in all shapes, sizes, and materials. For today, we‘ll focus on 1, 2, and 3-lever chairs that put a premium on providing a variety of configuration options. All of them are fairly similar, except when it comes to how they can tilt and shift to accommodate the user. For instance, a 1-lever chair allows you to raise or lower the seat level as needed. 2-lever chairs add the ability to adjust the angle of the backrest. Finally, 3-lever chairs give you the option of tilting the seat itself for maximum comfort.
Having armrests on a chair will also defeat the ergonomic benefits of using a keyboard tray because it will make you type in an unnatural position leading to strain on your wrists. Sliding into an armless chair is effortless, and getting in and out of your chair will no longer seem like a chore. Reaching for things near or on your desk will also be much simpler without arms being in the way.
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