Different Types of Office Chairs
Office Chairs for every seating need.Have you ever gone chair shopping, spent a good penny only to realise a week after deliver that it was actually uncomfortable and did not do work for the space you had in mind? Often when browsing chairs in stores you will find that the sales team do not have insight into the chair’s function and design. They steer towards helping with fabric choices and scatter cushions instead.
Choosing the right chair for your workspace, whether at home or the office, needn’t be a matter of trial and error. The type of seating you will need is dependent on its purpose and the type of office you have. In this article we will look at the types of office chairs you would need and why for each staff member and workspace. Let’s start at the door…
Designed for easy cleaning and maintenance, Beam Seating and Benches offer a uniformed look to your reception. Beam seating consists of 3 or 4 chairs held together by a metal bar underneath. They also save on floor space, so make the perfect choice of a tight reception space or a high traffic one.
Designed for a more sophisticated, open reception, Couches and Guest Chairs offer visitors a more comfortable waiting space. Often made with extra padding and available in a variety of upholstery options.
Boardrooms:Boardrooms and Meeting spaces require chairs with minimal lumbar support and functionality. Designed for short to medium durations, these chairs need to offer just enough lumbar support to keep attendees alert but comfortable. They can be as simple or as smart as you’d like them.
Depending on your boardroom style, you can opt for Classic Dining Chairs with medium to tall backrests for support or Conference Room Chairs. While dining chairs are more relaxed, offer extra padding and fabric choices, conference room chairs keep your boardroom uniform and corporate.
If you are a fast paced, on the go company and prefer quick, productive meetings, Ergonomic Stools are great seating solution for you.
Choosing the right chair for working from home or for staff who work behind computers all day is where things get a bit trickier. You may think traditional office chairs will suffice but the wrong chair will affect your team’s concentration and productivity. There is no ‘one size fits all’ unfortunately with the incorrect support causing damage to the spinal structure and adding to back pain. Physique and Job Description are key elements to consider. When seated in a comfortable, supported position, your concentration is not lost to aches and pains and you can stay productive.
Home or Office Desk Chairs:
Physique:If you have tall staff members, they will need a chair with a taller backrest, while shorter staff members may need petite chairs. Most computer chairs do have a height adjustment lever for staff to set the seat height in relation to the desk. Ideally you want to sit at a chair with your feet on the floor, knees bent at right angles and in line with your hips. Your chair should be high enough to allow your elbows to rest comfortable on your desk with relaxed shoulders. A low stool can be placed underneath your feet for additional support if the desk is too high.
Job Description:It is also useful to consider what role each staff member fulfils and what their post requires in terms of seating. Long-term Use Computer Chairs are designed to support your posture for longer durations. These positions may need Ergonomic Chairs which are specifically designed to remove strain and support the lower back. They also make it easier to move back and forth around your desk.
While armrests provide relief for your forearms and reduce strain on your shoulders, armless chairs are more spacious and allow you to get closer to your desk. Drafting Chairs / Stools are better for those who prefer to ‘sit-stand’ while running between their workspace and printers or counters. These chairs are designed with peddles or foot rings to support the posture, preventing fatigue. Typists or copywriters may prefer Kneel Chairs which have a plate to support the knees. This helps with chronic back pain and supports endurance when typing. Ball Chairs can be used for your more active design team who need to keep moving to keep their creative juices flowing. They are great for core strengthening as well.
Executive offices are usually plusher and more elaborate than the general office environment. As such, they need a chair that fits the style and title of the person they hold. When choosing a chair as an executive you need to take your daily activities and physique into consideration as well.
Executive Chairs come with extra padding and higher backrests. The armrests are padded as well offering additional comfort. They swivel effortlessly and have better ergonomic features than standard office chairs. Most executives opt for leather chairs but there are upholstered options as well.
Canteen and Training Areas:The office canteen needs to be an inviting and relaxing space for your team to take a breather during the workday. Long-term back support and comfort needn’t be your top priority here. Seating options for training areas should allow for quick setup and if needed offer some sort of writing surface. Tablet arm Chairs come with fold away writing surfaces for training sessions. Stacking Chairs and Folding Chairs are great for training and canteen areas as well as any last-minute seating needs. They can be packed away at the end of the day to keep the area organised and ready for the next day. Benches and Plastic Bucket Seats are durable and decorative for outdoor areas.
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