Choosing a chair
There are many, many ergonomic chairs available. Making your choice between the plethora of manufacturers and optional extras can be difficult.
We can often suggest suitable chairs for a variety of 'conditions', which could be as simple as your frame and build being outside the range that is perceived as 'normal', or which could be a particular medical condition. Please do contact us if you would like an informal chat about your needs, or you are most welcome to visit our showroom during normal office hours to try a variety of chairs.
We have also provided a little information here regarding frequently seen conditions and chairs that may be suitable.
We will be adding to this over time.
I want a chair for a few people to share
A good office chair can make a big difference to productivity. In a hot desk area, or where different people may use the same chair, choose one that can be adjusted easily and quickly. One with pictograms on the controls is better than one that uses colours or nothing at all on the adjustment levers or knobs. Look for an adjustable back height, adjustable seat height, seat slide, and a free float mechanism.
Have a look at the RH Activ , RH Extend , or other chairs in our Office Chairs section.
The Hag H03 range offers good looks, fast and easy adjustments and a good selection of finishes.
We can provide a simple chair adjustment poster to encourage your staff to set their chair up properly. Give us a call or email us to discuss this.
I am suffering from tailbone (coccyx) pain
Choose any of the chairs that have a coccyx cut out. If your medical practioner expects this to be a temporary condition, you may want to consider a seat wedge with a coccyx cut out instead of a new chair. Most of the ergonomic chairs are available with a coccyx cut out, or you may benefit from a memory foam seat. Please contact us if you would like to discuss the options.
Go to Ergonomic office chairs
Go to seat supports
As an alternative, and if you can accommodate the higher sitting position, you may like to try a divided saddle stool such as the Salli Multiadjuster or SwingFit.
I have pain in my neck and shoulders
Choose a chair with a neckrest, for when you lean back in your chair. Armrests will also help reduce the strain on your neck and shoulders. Make sure they are adjusted correctly, which for most people will be level with the elbow, when the arm is bent at ninety degrees with the shoulder being relaxed.
You may also find that hunching over a laptop, or leaning forward to see the screen, is actually the cause of your neck pain. Make sure your screen is at a comfortable distance away from you, which for most people is about an arm's length. It may be worthwhile having your eyes tested and the current DSE regulations require your employer to arrange an eye test on your request and provide glasses if special ones are needed for computer use.
Using a laptop with a laptop raiser, separate keyboard and mouse should also help your posture and reduce or eliminate your neck pain.
I have mid-back pain
Choose a chair with an adjustable lumbar support and/or thoracic lumbar pump for mid to lower back pain. The shape of the chair back may also make a difference, and we recommend you try sitting in good quality ergonomic chairs with different shaped backrests, to find what suits you best.
The Orangebox Flo range has an adjustable lumbar pump and the option of an adjustable thoracic pump.
The RH range has chairs with an adjustable lumbar pump, as does the Lundia basic ergonomic chair.
You will find them at Ergonomic chairs for mid-back pain
I have pain in my lower back or hips
A chair with good pelvic support may be suitable. The Axia range hugs the lower back and hips.
You will find them in both our Ergonomic Chairs and or Office Chairs ranges.
I am tall and find most chairs uncomfortable
Tall people can experience pain at work if they have to hunch over a non-adjustable desk. Try the Axia chairs or the RH 400 with an XL seat.
The Axia has good pelvic support and models with a long backrest whereas the RH has a long backrest and good lumbar support. Alternately, if you weigh over 150k, you may prefer a Heavy Duty chair.
I am petite and find most chairs uncomfortable
It is important that there is a gap of around two fingers width between the back of your knee and the chair edge. So you may need to look for a chair with a smaller seat depth, as well as a backrest that can be adjusted down from the mid-range position.
Many of the smaller Hag chairs, such as the Hag H04 series, cater for the petite. We also have the Solari Petite chair, specifically built for petite people.
Ergochair now make a range of chairs especially for the smaller/petite person. This is the Adapt 200 range, offered on a made to measure basis. Contact us if you would like to know more.
I find sitting for a while uncomfortable
If you have the room and the budget, an electric height adjustable sit-stand desk combined with a perching stool or more comfortable office chair may be the answer. With this, you can easily change your working position from sitting to standing, without losing productivity.
Look in our perching stools section, or in the ergonomic office chair section.
I'm pregnant and uncomfortable in my normal office chair
You may feel more comfortable if your seat allows your bump more room.
Have a look at divided saddle stools, perhaps with a stretching support, or kneeling stools.
If you're looking for a quick inexpensive fix, you could try a seat wedge, perhaps with a coccyx cut out. This will increase the angle between your hips and your knees.
I have very special requirements
If you have very specific requirements, for example a seat with a horizontal split in the middle or a backrest with one section with less padding, we should be able to help. The Adapt range can be modified to suit your requirements, and we have indeed supplied chairs with the modifications outlined above, amongst many others.
Please give us a call or send an email so we can discuss how we can help you.
Do I need a synchronous or asynchronous mechanism?
You may find both these terms used on our web site to describe the mechanism of a chair.
This is what they mean.
A synchronous mechanism means that the backrest and seat base are linked so that the seat tilts back in relation to the angle of the backrest. The chair feels more comfortable when it is in the free-float mode as the seat and backrest tilt together.
An asynchronous mechanism allows the seat tilt and the back tilt to be adjusted separately. This means the seat may not feel as comfortable as a chair with a synchronous mechanism when used on the free-float, but has an advantage as the seat base can be locked in your preferred position and tilt. If you prefer a forward tilt on your seat at all times (or a pronounced backward tilt), then choose a chair with this type of mechanism.
We strongly recommend chairs with free float mechanisms (and using them!) as we are simply not designed to sit still. A properly adjusted chair on a free float should move with you, encouraging movement and supporting you as you move.