Typist Chairs: What Are They – and what are the Pro’s and Con’s
A typist chair is categorised by three main factors; the absence of arm rests, the presence of mobility in the form of wheels on the chair, and height adjustable features. This makes sense when we examine the scope of what a typist does in a day; they are required to be seated upright, rarely rest their arms and will require the ability to move without effort between workstations – or even within their own workstation.
These chairs do offer a certain level of support and comfort – but it is specifically targeted at their requirements a typist would need fulfilled.
Typist chairs are typically used in an office space in an effort to save on costs; this may be damaging to other employees whose roles are not the same as that of a typist. We discuss the pros and cons of using a typist chair, as well as what to look for when searching for a high-quality variant.
Typist Chair Pros and Cons
Let‘s get the disadvantages out of the way; the typist chair is very basic in its design. It is not going to provide sufficient support to anyone who already experiences pain-related issues, stemming from prolonged seating. It does not have an adjustable back, nor arm rests – which could prove dangerous to anyone with the aforementioned issues.
Also, this chair will not support heavier weights; be careful when selecting this type of chair for heavier framed persons in order to avoid any injury.
The major benefits of this chair must include how compact and mobile it is; a typist can easily move between his or her workstation, to others, and back and forth between his or her desk and filing cabinets.
The chair is ideal for someone who will spend the majority of their time focused on the keyboard – in which case – arm rests may actually be more of a hindrance than a benefit.
The chair is light weight, but provides back support with added padding. However comfortable an employee may feel while seated in a typist’s chair – it is a good practice to get up and move around at least every couple of hours to prevent injury associated with prolonged sitting.
The reduced price of these types of chairs make them easily accessible to any business; they are not limited to being suitable for typists – anyone who needs mobility and does a lot of work typing on a computer may enjoy this type of chair.
General guideline to follow with ANY type of office seating should include
- Ensure the chair is adjusted to the correct height – which allows your feet to sit flat on the floor and your thighs to be parallel to the floor.
- If the back rest is adjustable, set it in such a way that the lower part of your back is supported most. If this is not a feature of your chair, consider getting an ergonomic back rest to assist with proper posture and correct lumbar support.
- Do not stay seated in excess of 2 – 3 hours at a time; get up, walk, stretch, take a quick coffee break. Allowing your blood to get flowing again will improve your concentration and allow your muscles and bones to not become painful.
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