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Seating Guide

Features That Make a Big Difference

Backrest

  • Should support both upper and lower back
  • Should curve slightly inward towards your body near the bottom... to support natural curve of your spine
  • Should be large enough to support entire spine, but not so big you can't move elbows behind your torso
  • Height-adjustable backrests allow the most customized fit: adjusts the lumbar support so it touches your lower back

Shopping online or by catalog?
Check for these features to assure ideal fit:

  • Adjustable back height
  • Adjustable back angle
  • Lumbar support
  • Adjustable lumbar support

Armrest

  • Should support your forearms in a way that still keep shoulders relaxed and prevent fatigue
  • Avoid armrests that are:

    1. Too high: forces you to raise your shoulders, straining your back and neck.
    2. Too far apart: forces elbows to protrude outwards - an uncomfortable position
    3. Too low: forces you to slump in order to use them, straining your shoulders
Shopping online or by catalog?
Check for these features to assure ideal fit:
  • Height-adjustable armrests
  • Width-adjustable armrests

Seat

  • Should support the even distribution of your weight with no pressure points
  • Feet should rest flat on the floor
  • Avoid a seat that's too cushioned or has too much "give" for your body; makes changing positions difficult and weakens support
  • Seat should have sloping "waterfall" edge to promote circulation
  • Should provide an inch clearance between the seat cushion and the back of your knees
  • Quality seat cushions have thicker foam; thinner, less cushioned foam loses shape and support over time

Seat Angle

  • When seated, your pelvis should be tilted slightly forward, which produces the least amount of stress on your spine

Shopping online or by catalog?
Check for these features to assure ideal fit:

  • Syncro-tilt
  • Adjustable tilt angle
  • Adjustable forward tilt
  • Adjustable knee tilt
  • Tilt tension
  • Tilt lock

Seat Height

  • How high? Ideally, your feet should rest flat on the floor when sitting in your chair
  • If not possible, footrests can help

Shopping online or by catalog?
Check for these features to assure ideal fit:

  • Adjustable seat height
  • Pneumatic seat height lift

Seat Depth

  • When seated, your back should be fully-supported by the backrest
  • The backs of your thighs should rest fully supported against the seat

Shopping online or by catalog?
Check for these features to assure ideal fit:

  • Adjustable seat back depth
  • Seat cushion glide