Ergonomics means something that is structured to make your work easier by ensuring comfort in the workplace. In this case, we’ll concentrate on the difference between ergonomic chairs and non-ergonomic chairs. We may derive the key distinction from the concept of ergonomics.
What is an ergonomic chair?
Usually, office chairs are graded as ergonomic when they have adjustable seat height, seat depth and lumbar support. This ensures that you are able to change the height of the chair so that your legs are perpendicular to the floor and the seat pan should allow you to adjust it so that you can sit comfortably. Proper lumbar support ensures that your spine is erect so that you can sit in a comfortable posture for long hours.
Below, you’ll see in depth how ergonomic chairs suit your needs. These features may seem like small details, but they do a lot to enhance your seating position and ensure your comfort.
Adjustable height of the seat
Have you ever had to sit on a chair that was too short or too long for you? Most of the people have, and it isn’t a comfortable experience. This is why people have increasingly ditched non-ergonomic chairs. You’ve got to sit on the chair as it is. There is no option to change the height of the chair. A chair that isn’t the right height could bring problems back to your life. Ergonomic chairs have the option of adjusting the height of the seat so that your feet are flat on the floor. This makes it easier for blood to circulate your feet, keeping your feet and back healthy.
Adjustable depth and width of seat
Many of the non-ergonomic chairs come with a set chair depth and width. Manufacturers typically set the depth and width of the chair to the height of the ‘normal’ individual. This puts those who are taller or shorter than the average person at a disadvantage. A short or tall person is not going to be comfortable in such a chair. Ergonomic office chairs overcome this problem by having adjustable seat depths and widths. The system allows you to tilt the seat forward or backward, depending on your height. This affects the depth of the chair and the width of the seat.
Adjustable support for lumbar
Many of the ergonomic and non-ergonomic chairs have lumbar support. However, the lumbar support is affixed for non-ergonomic chairs. If you’re taller or shorter than the lumbar support position, you’ll be sitting in an uncomfortable spot. You ‘re more likely to lean on lumbar support, which is bad news for your back.
Ergonomic chairs overcome this problem by using an adjustable lumbar support system. This method helps you to adjust the height and depth of the lumbar support.
Non-ergonomic chairs typically have a fixed backrest that is not adjustable. A fixed backrest keeps the back in the same place for a long period of time , which can lead to complications. Ergonomic chairs typically have an adjustable backrest . These adjustable chairs come in two variations:
- Where the backrest and the seat are split
- Where the seat and the backrest are connected.
Adjustable armrests in ergonomic chairs mean that you can adjust the armrests to the most comfortable position like up and down, side to side, forward or backward. This is available in non-ergonomic chairs but is fixed and, once again, people with varying heights face challenges here.
Support for Swivel and Extra Base
Many ergonomic and non-ergonomic chairs have a swivel feature. However, the swivel is typically more durable in ergonomic chairs. The swivel means that you can move the chair around your work area instead of having to stand up.
Ergonomic chairs typically have a larger and stronger base than non-ergonomic chairs. The bigger the base of the chair, the more comfortable it is.
Ergonomic chairs support various parts of the body in different ways.
- Head and Neck
A right posture puts less pressure on the body. The best sitting posture is when your feet are flat on the floor and your legs are at a 90 degrees angle.
The ergonomic seat offers the help that your lower back requires to stay healthy. In addition, the seat also protects the whole back.
In contrast to non-ergonomic chairs, extra padding on ergonomic chairs offers ample support for the hips.
The protection of the head and neck on the ergonomic chairs means that the neck does not suffer undue pressure. This means that your neck stays safe.
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