How to Select a Task Chair
Chairs should have a number of adjustments that allow users to customize the fit and promote good sitting posture. This becomes more important for those individuals who sit for a large portion of the day. Here is a summary of important task chair features:
- Chairs should offer pneumatic seat height adjustment.
- The seat pan depth should be adjustable and have minimum contouring.
- Chairs should have a five-star base and be able to swivel.
- Armrests are generally not needed for most tasks, and should not be leaned on when working. If armrests are desired, they should be fully adjustable.
- The backrest should be height adjustable, independent of the seat pan, and have a locking tilt adjustment and/or rocking mechanism.
- Appropriate casters for carpet or linoleum surfaces should be considered.
- The chair should be easily adjusted while the user is seated.
Recommended task chairs are provided by the Upstate Ergonomics Program. It is highly recommended to use a chair for a trial period to determine if it will meet your needs. Ask your furniture vendor for assistance with task chair samples. A list of task chair seating is provided below:
Sitting for long periods of time is a contributing factor for back discomfort. The ideal solution is to alternate between a seated and standing posture. A long-term solution is a sit/stand workstation, such as the product shown to the left. There are a variety of workstations available with pneumatic lifts, crank mechanisms or electric mechanisms.
An Ergonomics Products Shopping List is available at Guy Brown Products that lists office supply products recommended by the Ergonomics Program.
For more information and guidelines on purchasing:
- Keyboard/mouse trays
- Monitor arms
...please visit the Purchasing website at: www.upstate.edu/uha/materials/forms/
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