What office chair should you buy?
This is a logical question, because there are so many different types of chairs, brands, designs and price ranges that it is rather difficult to find your way in this jungle. So to really help you in this article we won’t bore you with all the different segments in the market, ergonomic and design philosophies, we will cut a long story short here.
It is rather simple, because you can buy cheap chairs and expensive chairs. Our advice is not to buy the really cheap chairs because they will prove to be very expensive in the long run anyway! Reasons for this are obvious: they won’t last, they will ruin the backs of your staff and they look horrible. So if you really want to buy that sort of office chairs then please do so and stop reading this article.
Quality office chairs
If you are still with us then you clearly care for your staff and want a good long term return on your investment in office chairs. The choice then narrows down to spending money on design or on functional ergonomics. Of course there are good mixtures between them, but we promised to keep it short and simple..
There are really stunning pieces of art in the office seating market. Chairs like the iconic Charles and Ray Eames aluminium chairs. Introduced by Herman Miller in 1958 and later produced under licence by Vitra in Europe. A truly stunning design classic and just go out and buy them, but only the originals please and not the fake copies that flood the market these days.
Later Herman Miller was the first manufacturer to introduce the now so popular mesh seating in the Aeron chair. The Aeron is still sold in large volumes across the world and will be the future classic. Although this chair comes with lots of functional controls and has some sort of ergonomic pedigree to it, the reason that people actually buy it is simply: it’s looks. You either love it or hate it.
Then there are chairs that are designed or ‘constructed’ (most of them are) around the mechanical structure of the human body. Most of them look hideous, but also do the right things in the sense of stimulating movement, giving flexibility and following peoples natural behaviour and some of them are actually really good in preventing, what is called, static muscle strain in the lower and upper spine as well al contributing to the prevention of RSI (repetitive strain injury). Of course the chair can’t do it all on it’s own and the overall office furniture should be in line with this goal.
The height of the desk should be at the exact height suiting that individual, because if it doesn’t most chairs will struggle to do the work they were designed for. Also the monitor should be at the right height so that with a slightly reclined posture the head rests on a level balanced plane, preventing neck shoulder problems.
So what chairs then?
Ok it still took us a few words to get here, but we would advice to buy any of the following chairs:
Where do I go if I want these chairs in Scotland?
Yes indeed also in Scotland you can sit beautifully and correctly! Just use the link below and give the Scottish workplace consultancy company Amos Beech a call. They will be delighted to help!