What are the Worst Type of Office Chairs? 5 Tips to avoid Getting A Bad Chair
We could go on for days speculating about what exactly the best type of office chairs are, debate ergonomic vs executive chairs, and cost vs quality.
But what are the worst chairs to choose for your office space? It turns out there are 5 specific parameters to determine what classifies an office chair as “bad”.
Bad Office Chair: Stationary Office Chairs
AKA chairs that don’t move when you move. Rigidity is the first and foremost determining factor when it comes to back pain associated with extended period so f sitting in a poorly structured office chair.
Yes, yes; we were all scalded as children for fidgeting and spinning around in our chairs, but it turns out that the mobility and range of movement an office chair provides you is super important, for a few reasons. Firstly, it allows pelvic movement, which immediately alleviates hip pain. Secondly, it allows for your posture to form naturally. A rigid chair is not able to adapt to your spinal curvature, nor muscle movements.
In short, it’s natural for your body to want to move and adapt; don’t prevent it from doing so!
Bad Office Chair: Rigid Chairs with Insufficient Back Support
AKA the average office chair. The back is not moveable, the arm rests are not adjustable and the chair makes you feel like you’re in office prison. This is equally as bad for your health as a stationary office chair, although it may have wheels.
Locking your spine into one position for longer periods of time is a sure-fire way to ensure you suffer with back problems. A quick fix may be to add a supportive ergonomic cushion to your chair, or opt for a brand new chair altogether – one which allows for adaptable spinal support.
Bad Office Chair: Chairs with No Lower Back Support
Ok, so imagine all the problems you might encounter with a stationary chair, add them to a rigid chairs associated problems, and you find yourself with a cumulative problem you could expect to see in an office chair with no lower back support.
See, removing lower back support immediately places hefty and unnecessary strain on your pelvis, legs and spine as a whole.
One simple feature that is not present can cause full-body muscular and skeletal pain issues, not to mention the strain it may place on you mentally, trying to concentrate on your computer while supporting y0our whole body weight.
Opting for a chair with this one feature may eliminate plenty of problems. “Lumbar support is critical. It helps you to have enough pressure right at the curve of your back.”
Bad Office Chair: Egg Chairs
Yes, these chairs look extraordinarily comfortable, but there’s a hidden flaw.
Egg chairs do offer padded support as well as a curved and high-enough back support, but what the chairs often masks is how low they are.
Anyone suffering from hip or knee issues will only damage their injuries further, and exacerbate the problem. Also, if you lean back, the curvature of the back causes you to slouch, meaning weakened back muscles and strain on your neck.
Bad Office Chair: Non-Padded and Straight Chairs
Imagine the plastic chairs you’ve been accustomed to seeing at weddings, or the run of the mill garden chair. Also picture a straight-backed chair, which might be padded, but has zero mobility. Yes, you would be surprised how many employees are forced to endure a gruelling 8/9/10 hour workday, seated on one of these.
In all honesty, you would be better f standing the whole day, as chairs of these nature are prone to distorting spinal curvature, placing strain on almost every joint and muscle – as well as causing shoulder stiffness when we attempt to type at our computers when seated in one of them.
A short-term fix may also include the introduction of a back support pillow, but long –terms, these type of chairs simply won’t work.
Cover Image Credit: Ergonomics Direct