If you spend a lot of time in front of a computer, it’s essential that you maintain a good sitting posture. To prevent aches and improve blood flow, a computer chair should be ergonomic, comfortable and fit the dimensions of your computer desk. Consider the following functionalities to find the perfect desk chair.
Nowadays, office chairs with wheels, or casters, are very common. They enable you to move around smoothly even while sitting. But if your desk is placed on a platform or an uneven floor, an office chair without wheels could be the better option.
If you're planning on using your chair several hours each day, a chair with armrests could allow for greater comfort long-term. It's important that the armrests have the right adjustment. They should support your arms at the point where your elbows would naturally rest with your shoulders relaxed.
An ergonomic desk chair without armrests might be preferable if you’re looking for a lighter, more flexible computer chair. Armrests can cause an inconvenience if they block the chair from going under a desk. Chairs without armrests will fit a wider variety of desks.
Once you have your new desk chair, you’ll need to adjust it for maximum comfort. Here is a step-by-step-guide on how to adjust a computer chair for comfort and better posture.
Remember that not all the desk chairs at IKEA can be adjusted in the ways described below. Check the product description to learn how you can adjust the desk chair.
You should be able to sit as far back as possible on your chair, with your lower back firmly against the backrest. There should preferably be about a three-finger gap between the edge of the chair and the back of your knees. If that's not the case, adjust the seat slide.
Your armrests should be at the same level as your desk. If your chair doesn't have any armrests use your arms as a guide. When placing your arms and elbows on the desk, they should rest at a natural angle.
When sitting in front of your desk, try to sit upright for as long as possible. You can recline the backrest when you want to adopt a more relaxing posture. It’s a good idea to change your position from time to time to reduce wear on any one part of your body