What to consider when buying your office chair


what to consider when buying office chair


What should I consider when buying my office chair?

There is no such thing as an “average” person. However, buying a chair specifically designed for each individual is not practical.

The only solution is to provide workers with fully adjustable chairs that can accommodate a maximum range of people (typically around 90 percent of the population; workers falling in the ranges of 5% of the shortest and the tallest will need custom-made chairs).

Choose a chair with:

Controls that are easy to operate from sitting position.
A seat that adjusts for both height and tilt.
A seat that does not put pressure the back of thighs or knees.
A seat with a front edge that curves towards the floor.
Breathable, non-slippery fabric on the seat.
A backrest shaped to support the lower back.
A stable five-point base.
Wheels or casters suitable for the type of flooring.
A swivel mechanism.
Arms that can be adjusted to the elbow height when your upper arms are hanging down and your forearms are at about a 90 degree angle to the upper arms.
Arms that do not interfere with free movements within the workstation.



Arms were not recommended because they can prevent the users from getting close enough to the desk. However, armrests that extend 25 cm (10 inches), or less, from the back of seat should be ok. People using chairs fitted with shorter arms can move their chairs closer to their workstations. The armrests gives them a place to rest their own arms which, in turn, takes some of the load off their shoulders and neck.


Adjustment for a fixed height desk

Once your chair is properly adjusted for your height, check if you can sit at the desk comfortably with your legs underneath.
If you cannot fit your legs under the desk or there is not enough space to move them freely, your desk is too low for you and you should not use such a workstation on a regular basis!
If you can sit comfortably but need to elevate your arms in order to place them over the work surface, your desk is too high. Adjust the chair height so your elbows are about the same height as the work surface. Use a footrest if you cannot place your feet flat on the floor.
The footrest should be adjustable and support both feet. Keep feet flat and firm on the footrest.

Capital Office Furniture

Capital Office Furniture offer a great range of Used Office Chairs, should you require new office chairs please ask and we will be happy to supply a quotation.

So when it comes to buying your second hand office chair in London look no further than Capital Office Furniture where we will be happy to assist with all of your requirements.

Buy high quality used office furniture for under half the price when bought new!

Choose from our leading brands below:

Boss Design
Herman Miller
RH Logic


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *