It’s that time of the week. Fatigue is kicking in, and you’re wondering how you’re going to make it through to Friday. You’ve spent some time burning the midnight oil in the past two weeks, and your body is slightly stiff from sitting in your desk chair so frequently and without taking too many breaks. This happens to the best of us. The average office chair is used for more than forty hours a week, and it can be tricky to realise outright that it may be time for a change.
Most office chairs can last between seven and ten years, depending on the quality, how well it’s maintained and the extent of use. Perhaps you’ve just grown used to having back pain over the weekend, or perhaps you’ve just been sticking parts into sockets once you hear them hitting the floor. Either way, as the signs we’re about to explore suggest, it could be a good indicator that you may need a new desk chair sooner rather than later.
You Just Can’t DIY It Anymore
If you can relate to the picture we’ve painted here today, you may be a bit oblivious to the fact that the chair you’ve been using so loyally each day might be reaching its sell by date. If your desk chair is being held together with tape or glue, if you can spot cracks or rips anywhere, or if you’re missing any pieces (some of which may even be stashed in a drawer near you), it’s definitely time to give the DIY a rest and to consider a replacement chair.
Back Pain is a Regular During Your Work Day
We mentioned it earlier and it should be mentioned again and again. If your typical workday (or end of week) includes any form of back pain, it’s time to consider an option with better lumbar support. Some ergonomic chairs might offer just that, and if you have one of those you may be wondering why you even have to replace it to begin with. As with anything, age and wear and tear will affect efficiency. Just because you bought a chair with good lumbar support in 2010, doesn’t mean that it is still doing it’s job well a decade later.
The Chair is Difficult to Keep Clean
A newer addition to the list in terms of telltale signs that you need a chair comes courtesy of the COVID-19 pandemic. No matter how new your chair is, or how happy you are with its features, if it is made from a material that is difficult to sanitise, or one that isn’t geared for regular cleaning, then it may be time to consider a new option. As health regulations tighten across the world, and as office spaces slowly open up again to an entirely new “normal”, officials may enforce regulations around office cleans and compliance methods for all businesses to deter the possible spread of infectious diseases. If the chair can’t be cleaned regularly for whatever reason, it’s time to make a change.
Where To Begin Your Search For a New Chair
If any of the items on the list have made alarm bells go off for you, then it’s time to begin your search for a new desk chair. Ixaxa Office Furniture is a great place to start, as they provide high quality chairs with excellent ergonomics, designed with user confidence and satisfaction in mind. Typically, Ixaxa offers a 48 hour delivery policy, so in post-lockdown South Africa, you could order a new chair and have it delivered to your doorstep a short while later. Spend some time exploring their online range, ask about the newer additions to the showroom, and the rest will soon be history. Happy hunting!