What to Look for In a Good Desk Chair

When looking for a comfortable chair, whether for the office or a game room, it is important to recognize some of the main features that set separate quality chairs from their cheaper counterparts.  These features will be some of the deciding factors in your back support and health, as well as your overall comfortability!

Lumbar Support

              The first, and arguably most important thing to look for in a chair is lumbar support.  This can be a built-in support function or an add-on pillow or cushion.  Either way, chairs that are designed with lumbar support and back health in mind intend to support the curvature of your spine and assist with posture.  They are contoured to fit your lower back and offer better spinal alignment.  When looking for a chair with proper lumbar support, your ears, shoulders, and pelvis should ideally be in one line and should feel both natural and comfortable. 

Adjustable Seat

              Commonly found in ergonomic chairs is a fully adjustable seat.  This feature often includes the ability to change seat pan depth, or the ability to adjust how far forwards or backward your seat rests, as well as the ability to change the seat height.  For optimal seat depth, make sure that your seat pan is deep enough that your knees do not touch the edge of the seat.  The seat pan should have at least an extra inch of room on each side of your hips.  For seat height, it is ideal to adjust your chair so that your knees will rest at a slightly lower height than your hips.

Tilt Tensions

              Adjustable back tilt and tension features are not typically found in cheaper chairs.  This is an important feature to consider as it offers another layer of adjustable support features. Tilt is designed to incorporate an additional level of support that accommodates the weight of your upper body.  This can provide more relief and increase comfortability when adjusted correctly.  Generally, the best alignment is when your tilt tension supports you in a neutral, and upright seating position.  However, if a tilt is necessary, it is best to adjust your chair to a position in which your thighs and torso form a 135-degree angle. 

Adjustable Armrests

              Armrests that are fully adjustable in height and width can make a massive difference in the comfortability of your chair!  Of course, the more expensive the chair, the more adjustment features will be offered.  It is typical to see armrests that can move up and down, but fully adjustable armchairs are becoming increasingly popular.  When trying to find the proper adjustment for you, be sure that the lowest points of your armrests will not be at the same level as your thighs.  This will help increase elbow movement range and mobility!

Head Rests

              Although not a requirement, headrests are a nice additional feature for ergonomic designs, especially for taller individuals!  It can provide yet another layer of the adjustable neck and back support and is especially helpful for people with neck problems.  For chairs with adjustable headrests, it is important to note that the rest fits the curve of your neck and head