Cool Sunflower Chair by He Mu and Zhang Qian
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Cool Sunflower Chair by He Mu and Zhang Qian
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Need to know what to look for in a good office chair? The article below gives great insight on 5 top office chairs. We find that you don’t really know a chair until you sit in it. So get out to a retailer and try them out. You can visit Office Furniture Outlet’s showroom where you will find multiple styles of used office chairs in stock. One of our trained staff members can help you find the right chair for you.
Office Furniture Outlet used office furniture selection is one of the largest in Hampton Roads. If you can’t find what you are looking for in our used inventories we sell new office furniture as well. We have been outfitting the Hampton Roads business community for over 18 years! Come by our 10,000 square foot showroom and find all your office chair. For more information visit our web site at www.ofova.com or give us a call at (757) 855-2800.
by Alan Henry
You spend hours at a time at your desk, so hopefully you’re sitting in a comfortable chair. If not, it might be time for an upgrade. This week, we wanted to know which office chairs you thought were the best of breed, either because they offer great value, great comfort, or great ergonomics. Here are the top five, based on your nominations.
Earlier in the week, we asked you which office chairs you thought were the best of breed—the ones you’d suggest to anyone with a home office or who just spends a lot of time at their desk. We tallied up those nominations and picked out the top five in the category:
The poll is closed and the votes are counted! To see which of the top five you decided was the absolute best, head over to our weekly hive five followup post to see and discuss the winner!
Herman Miller Aeron
Probably one of the most famous office chairs in the world, the Aeron chair set a new standard for ergonomics and comfort when it was released. It also set a new bar for price: new models retail for over $1200, although they can usually be found in the $6-800 range, cheaper if you buy used from individuals or office supply stores. The Aeron’s design is so popular that companies around the world order them by the hundreds, and the Aeron has a permanent installment at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Even though it looks sharp and is extremely comfortable, it was initially designed in 1994, and recent studies that point out the dangers of sitting for eight hours at a time also note that the Aeron may not be as ergonomic as we’d hoped over long sitting sessions. Still, it has a huge fan base, is comfortable, adapts to virtually anyone who sits in it, gives up foam and padding for woven mesh, and is highly customizable.
Herman Miller Embody
The Embody, Herman Miller’s next generation office chair, was designed by one of the original designers of the Aeron. It takes a more modern approach, and hones in on ergonomics and full-back support. Any complaints about the Aeron’s ergonomics were largely addressed in the Embody, as it’s back can be independently adjusted and moved separately from the base and arms of the chair. It’s still a pricey model, running retail between $1000 and $1500 depending on the finish, color, and fabric you choose, but it’s easily one of the most comfortable chairs you’ll ever sit in. The back conforms to your shape using what Herman Miller calls “Pixelated Mesh,” with multiple points of flexibility all along the length of the chair back. Some people complain the Embody has subpar lumbar support due to its spine-like back, and its controls and settings are a bit more complicated than the Aeron, but—full disclosure—as someone who owns one, it’s the best chair I’ve ever owned.
The Steelcase Leap earned praise from many of you for being more affordable than some other options, its sturdy, long-lasting construction, and its incredible customization options. The Leap is a bit more of a task chair than some others, but it’s exceptionally comfortable, and the design makes sure your whole back is supported, even in the non-high-back models. It was designed with ergonomics in mind, and a special breathable foam padding that airs itself out through special slots on the back and bottom of the chair so it doesn’t get too hot during long work sessions. Rather than conform to you, Steelcase designers gave you individual control over everything from the arm height to the seat depth, so the Leap at your desk really is just for you. They retail for close to $1100, but they can easily be found in the $7-900 range new, even cheaper used. I was lucky enough to sit in a Leap every day at my last job, and it’s just as sturdy and customizable as the marketing promos say, and comfortable over long periods, too.
The Raynor Ergohuman series was designed primarily for people who sit in their chairs for long periods of time working long hours. The design may not win any artsy awards, but its customizable components, add-ons, and independent control over the seat height, arm height, headrest, and rocker tension are impressive. Many of you praised the breathable mesh and leather upholstery, high back, and comfortable headrest. The Ergohuman also features a slightly wider seat pan than most other chairs, perfect for…wider butts, as it were. The series isn’t just for the wider among us though—it’s ideal for taller folks who want decent back support as well. Raynor just unveiled the Ergohuman v2, which offers a number of improvements in design, ergonomics, and weight capacity. The v1 will run you between $6-700, and the v2 between $7-800 retail.
The $199 IKEA Markus is a high-backed chair that comes in a variety of colors and your choice of leather or padded fabric, with a mesh back for breathability. Compared to some of the others here, the Markus is lacking in features and customizability, but if you sit in one for a while, you’ll find it remarkably comfortable (I was thinking about getting one myself before I got my Embody.) It is height adjustable and can tilt and lock, but don’t expect to independently adjust the armrest width or height, or change the seat depth. The curved design and the mesh back to support your back, however, and the seat pan isn’t really deep enough for you to slouch or sit improperly, so it does enforce good posture. If you’re on a budget but want a quality desk chair, it’s a great bang-for-your-buck office chair.
Office Furniture Outlet has liquidated 12 Used Herman Miller Aeron Chairs. Buying used office furniture is a great way to save 60% to 90% off list price. Herman Miller’s Aeron chairs are known for their sleek modern design but they are popular because they are so comfortable. The chairs comfort stems from its ergonomic features, which add to the sticker price however, the sleek design make the chair irresistible.
The secret to owning an Aeron chair on the cheap is buying one used. Office Furniture Outlet liquidated Aeron’s on a regular basis and we can’t seem to keep them on the floor. That is why we recently opted to liquidate 12 of them from a local Hampton Roads office.
The Aeron’s popularity comes from being highly adjustable and allowing for natural positioning for health and productivity (ergonomics). Aeron chairs are designed with ergonomics in mind even the trademark mesh seat is an ergonomic feature. The mesh contours the body for ultimate snug support. The mesh is softer and offers ventilation vastly different than a generic office chair. Another ergonomic feature is Aeron’s contained suspension system that allows for up, down, tilt forward & backwards adjustments to regulate height and angle. Seat tilt has been noted to help decompression of the lower back. The Aeron also has synchro-tilt management where the backrest will recline at a faster rate than the seat to offer maximum positioning for the back and neck. The armrest move forward, back, up and down as well.
All of Aeron’s Ergonomic features can be fine-tuned to the chair owner’s specifications. Aeron chairs are more than a good-looking chair they are designed from top to bottom with workplace ergonomics in mind.
If you have wanted to purchase an Aeron chair for less now is a great time to come in test drive or ’test sit’ one. Stop by our 10,000 Sq. Ft. showroom in Norfolk’s Industrial Park – 1124-B Kingwood Ave, Norfolk, VA 23502 or give us a call at (757) 855-2800.
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Desk & work surface height
Finding your ideal desk and work height can improve your posture and help prevent painful back, neck and arm problems.
FIRST FIT YOUR CHAIR, THEN YOUR DESK
Consider your chair and desk as a unit; both must fit you. Determine your chair height first, then determine your work surface height.
A chair alone rarely controls how you sit. Your line of vision, the activity of your arms, and the physical demands of your particular task will influence your posture. Often, the organization and configuration of your work surface and office aids can have greater impact than a chair on your posture.
If desks, phones, and materials don’t fit, you will find yourself hunching over, craning your neck forward, and straining your eyes and arms to find comfort. A poorly designed work area can be especially stressful to your neck and upper-back regions.
YOUR IDEAL DESK HEIGHT
Ideal work surface height is dependent upon your height, the tasks you perform, and the equipment and tools you use. Your most comfortable working height is at or around elbow height. You should be able to maintain a forearm-to-upper arm angle between 70 degrees and 135 degrees.
If your task requires some upper arm force, your work surface should be below elbow height (e.g. stapling, stamping, packing). If fine visual attention is needed, the surface should be higher (e.g. graphic, copy editing of fine type). Generally, computer users performing intensive word processing prefer lower desks – sometimes below elbow height, and those performing computer graphics and page layout activities prefer higher desks. Most people prefer a slightly higher surface for writing, and a slightly lower surface for keying.
Most work surfaces are a standard 28″ to 30″, a good sitting height for most people between 5’8″ and 5’10″ tall. If you are taller or shorter, be prepared to change your work surface height.
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