Affordable Space Chairs - the Key to Office Comfort!

An office chair is a home away from home. If you spend most of your waking hours at your desk, you need a chair that works with your body to spare you the needless backaches and fatigue. If you are looking for the perfect office chair, then you are going to want to buy from CA Office Furniture & Design's Space Range of Ergonomic Office Chairs! These Space Ergonomic Office Chairs offer not only good looks, but position you in a way that reduces pressure on the spine, relieves muscle tension and increases circulation thereby promoting comfort and posture.

Space Chairs are designed to meet the needs of people who are succumbed to sitting behind a desk for extended periods of time. The Space Line is all about comfort and options. With over a hundred different options and styles, you will be able to find a chair that is perfect for you (and at the right price)! This range offers many alternatives, including:

  • Double Layered, Breathable & Contoured Mesh Back & Seat
  • Leather Padded Shells with a Bidirectional Lumber Curve
  • Fabric options to go with matching Guest Chairs
  • Space Flex Back options to increase user comfort through passive ergonomic support
  • Memory Foam Seating
  • Flexible Matrex Back material
  • Air Grid & Latte Ari Grid Back options
  • Adjustable Lumbar Support
  • Adjustable Angled Arms
  • Pneumatic Seat Control
  • Heavy Duty Knee Tilt Control
  • Oversized Carpet Casters with a 5 wheel design.

This is the next generation in contemporary office seating and promotes comfort and posture all in the same package and due to its affordability the Space Range is quickly becoming one of the most sought after desk chairs on the market!

Things to consider when selecting a new chair:

  1. Research the different ergonomic benefits of a chair. You'll soon find that everything from back support to armrests make a big difference.
  2. Understand the back-support features. Height adjustment supports the lumbar area (lower back). Look for chairs that provide mid-back and upper-back support as well. Tilt mechanism maintains support as you move and recline. It's best to have your back slightly reclined while seated at your desk.
  3. Look at the benefits of the seat pan. Your weight should be distributed evenly on the seat. Look for a rounded or waterfall edge at the front of the seat, which prevents the seat from catching behind the knees and cutting off circulation. Three to four fingers should fit between the seat pan's front edge and the back of the knees. Seat should extend at least one inch from either side of the hips for optimum comfort. Insufficient hip room can make you sit too far forward and not get enough thigh support. Some seat pans adjust for a forward or backward tilt.
  4. Research armrest benefits. Armrests alleviate pressure on the back, but may interfere with lower desks.
  5. Look for adjustable width and height to support various tasks, including writing and reading, to ease neck and shoulder tension and to help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome. Your new chair should be contoured, broad, cushioned and comfortable.
  6. Get the right fabric. Cloth coverings are less expensive and breathe well, but vinyl or leather upholstery are easier to keep clean. Look for a durable, permeable, ventilated material with memory foam if possible and check out the patented Matrex material used in the Space Range, which is designed to offer the right amount of flex that with added lumbar support, you will sit in perfect comfort.
  7. Adjust the height of the chair. Pneumatic levers or gas lifts adjust seating height while seated. For optimal posture, thighs should be parallel with the ground and both feet flat on the floor. The chair's height should allow the wrists to be straight while typing.
  8. Find out the stability of the chair. Look for a chair on wheels that swivels to avoid excess stretching and twisting of your spine. A five-point base won't tip over when you recline. Choose hard casters for carpeting and rubber-coated ones for hard surfaces. A good chair can recline and lock into various positions.
  9. Lastly, look at the price of the chair (after all the above have been considered). The Space Chair Range offers an option for almost every price category - no matter what price level you need to buy at.

Ergonomic Impact of Chair Selection:

It's not all about price or looks! Poor chair selection often leads to chronic back pain, lower back pain, muscle fatigue and exhaustion. Ergonomics is the science of aligning man-made equipment and furniture with the body's natural curves and functions. Here are some tips on what to look for in ergonomic seating and how to select an ergonomic office chair that is just right!

Follow the Curve of the Spine

Become intimately aware of your body's curves and how the spine curves naturally. Sit on a stool or a backless chair without slouching and scrutinize the spine's curve. Identify what shape it curves in (usually a loose S-shape) with an inward indentation at the lower back. The ideal ergonomic office chair will follow the natural curve of the spine. Scan for office chair backs that follow this natural curve and thrust outward at the area that the lower back will make contact with.

Find a chair that supports the back, including the upper back, mid-back and lower back. While sitting, do not slouch, lean back, hunch forward, bend shoulders or sit abnormally straight. Just relax and feel the chair mould to your back.

Natural curve of a spine              Matrex Office Chair

Make Sure Feet Touch the Ground

Both feet should be flat on the ground while sitting. Make sure the office chair has an adjustable height lever so the height of the chair can be adjusted according to the workstation's height.

If the workstation is very high and the feet tend to dangle off the edge of the chair, place a box or a footstool underneath the feet to prevent them from being airborne.

Do not cross legs while sitting. While crossing legs is considered proper feminine social etiquette, it does nothing for the posture while sitting and in fact may add to back pain problems! Therefore keep feet together and perpendicular to your lower legs.

Support the Arms

Many ergonomic office chairs come designed with arm rests. Be wary of arm rests though because when positioned incorrectly they can actually add to back pain problems than reduce them!

Look for arm rests that don't interfere with typing movements and in using the mouse. While typing, never rest the arm on the arm rest as this can lead to another type of injury known as carpel tunnel (see our article on Carpel Tunnel Syndrome - titled "Why are my hands sore when I do computer work?") - found at http://www.caofficedesign.com/articles/carpel-tunnel.html

Improper use of arm rests can also cause neck and shoulder pain, in addition to back pain. Make sure not to hunch in the chair, and use the arm rest only while resting the arms!

Also use the adjustable height feature to ensure that while typing, the arms bend at the elbow parallel to the ground.

Choose the Chair's Material

Choose the ergonomic chair's upholstery carefully according to the climate. Hotter climates tend to favor fabric-covered chairs since the fabric allows one's body to breathe. This will allow for a less stressful sitting experience. If one works mainly in an air-conditioned office, a leather upholstered chair might be more suitable.

If one is concerned about the chair getting dirty, then a leather chair might be a better option since it can be easily cleaned with a damp cloth.

Wheels on a Chair

A chair that can swivel is more adaptable to relocation of workstations and to minor adjustments in day-to-day office work. Choose wheels that will move easily both on carpeted surfaces as well as on naked floors. A chair on wheels will also help determine the proximity of the arms and body to the workstation, thereby allowing space with which to negotiate one's comfort zone.

A chair base with five wheels offers both adequate stability and mobility. This solid coverage will ensure that one does not tip over while sitting or reclining.

The Chair's Recline Mode

Ensure that the ergonomic chair has an adjustable back that can recline and lock in various comfortable positions. This will ensure that one can stretch one's back while sitting.

Get Up From the Chair!

No matter how good a posture anyone has while sitting, it's impossible to maintain that posture over a long period of time. Therefore it is recommended that one should get up often from their chair to keep the circulation going and take mini-breaks at regular intervals. During the mini-break, make sure to do some simple stretches focused on releasing tension from the body!

Understanding ergonomics and how it affects the body is the first step to understanding the most natural, pain-relieving positions and postures to adopt while at the workstation.

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