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The Right Seating Posture Of Your Office Chair

The industrial and tech revolution have drastically changed man’s life. Today many people do much of their work sitting down. For most people working in an office, sitting occupies much of your day. In fact many of us do spend a lot of our time sitting down whether at home or at work. Life as it is today involves a lot of sitting with just a few moments standing or walking.

However sitting for a long time whether in the office or at home can be detrimental to your back; it can cause pain in your lower back and if you might have had a previous problem with your back, it may worsen the situation. The static posture that one keeps for that long time tends to increase stress on the shoulders, arms, legs and the back.

For one to prevent pain or damage to their body it is important to maintain a good posture. Unfortunately many people after sitting for a long time tend to slouch down or over the chair. This is very dangerous and can cause extensive strain to the spine and overstretch back muscles. It is thus important for one to maintain a good sitting posture whenever you are sat down. Here are a few guidelines to help you put your body in order when sitting down.

1. Choose the right chair
The chair that you sit on determines how you will set your body. It is thus important to have the right chair so as to ensure that your back and more specifically your spine does not go through any unnecessary stress. Ergonomics, the study of how one fits in their work environment has led to the development of ergonomic chairs. An ergonomic chair is specifically designed to ensure that your body is well placed and is well supported to ensure that you do not slouch down or slouch over while you are working or even at home. If you are committed to maintaining a good seating posture then do consider going the extra mile of choosing the chair you sit on carefully; choose an ergonomic chair.

Some alternatives to the traditional office chair are the Swiss exercise ball or the Swedish kneeling chair and draughtsman chairs. These chairs are designed to maximize movement while sitting, an important factor to ensure that your back muscles are not strained by continuous sitting.

2. Support the back
As stated earlier much of the strain that comes from sitting for a long time goes to the back. It is thus recommended that while sitting, you provide as much support as you can for your back. You should adjust your chair to ensure that your lower back is sufficiently supported so as to reduce the strain on the back. You should also get an adjustable chair so that you can easily change back position, height and tilt for maximum comfort.

3. Arm and Elbow positioning
As you adjust your chair make sure that the arms are parallel to your spine. Put the desk as close to you as you can. The forearms and the wrist should be parallel to the floor such that the arms form an L-shape with the elbow being at a 90-degrees angle. The keyboard should be placed in front of you leaving a gap of about 4-6 inches between the keyboard and the edge of the desk so as to provide a space for you to rest your wrists between bouts of typing.

4. Eye level
The computer monitor should be placed just right in front of you so that your gaze be aimed at the center of the screen. Any deviation from the center will cause you to slouch and also increase the strain on your upper spine.

5. Thigh and Calf measure
You should be able to slide your fingers under the space between your thigh and the edge of the office chair. If you can’t, then you need to raise your feet using an adjustable foot rest. You should also be able to fit your clenched fist between your calf and the front of your chair. If your fist does not fit then you need to adjust the back rest by pushing it forward.

6. Feet rested on the floor
Finally, your feet should be rested on the floor, flat. This helps with posture, if they aren’t, you can use a footrest that can raise your feet to a comfortable level for you. Also be careful not to cross your legs as this can lead to posture related problems.

There are other many documented ways to achieve a good seating posture but no matter the method, everyone should follow through so as to avoid future back problems.

Plan Chests

Plan chests are the perfect way to store large sheets of paper flat and clean.  A plan chest is a large chest type unit with quite shallow drawers.  Several drawers per unit alA1 8 Drawer Plan Chestlows the storage of different types of paper making them easliy accessible.  These units are used in various environments including offices, architect offices, studios and schools.  Our plan chest range are solidly built and very robust and available in sizes to store either A2 and A1 sized paper and available with 6, 8 or 10 drawers.  Made with solid backs and solid drawer bases and finished in a scratch resistant laminate.  Mounted on castors to allow them to be easily moved around if required without having to be emptied.

Plan chests are the perfect paper storage unit for use in schools and colleges

Plan chests are delivered fully built and sent straight from the manufacturer on their own vans to ensure they are delivered in one piece and with no damage.  All solidly constructed in 15mm laminated MDF.

With an estimated delivery time of 1-2 weeks throughout mainland UK (excluding highlands and islands – contact us for delivery prices to these areas).

Storage is essential for any business. It’s not just a matter of keeping your important documents safe, it’s also about being presentable.

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Quality Chairs – Budget Prices

It’s important to get a comfortable office chair that suits you but it doesn’t need to ‘break the bank’ to achieve this.  Relax Office Furniture has a range of chairs that suits the lower budget and with chairs with further discounts applied you too could be sitting very comfortably.

We have 4 chairs offering superb quality at affordable prices including the standard operator chair, mesh back ‘Globe’ chair, 24 hour call centre chair and the club meeting/visitor chair.

Operator ChairBudget Operator Chair

The most popular and common office chair suitable for the office and home office.  Due to volume sales we are able to currently offer this chair at only £42.00+vat including delivery (mainland UK).

This operator chair has a PCB (Permanent Contact Back) mechanism which allows the angle of the back to be adjusted to suit the user or left to ‘free float’ to stay in contact with the back.  These chairs are available in blue, charcoal or claret fabric and have the option of adding fixed or adjustable arms.

Globe – Mesh Back ChairGlobe Office Chair

Our most affordable mesh back office chair with a cushioned upholstered seat and fixed loop arms.  This chair has a lock tilt mechanism which allows the chair to be locked in position of left to ‘free float’ with the user.  The tension of the seat tilt can be controlled by a torsion control knob situated underneath of the chair seat and can be adjusted in accordance the weight of the user.  Priced at only £45.00+vat including delivery (mainland UK).

Lynx – 24 Hour Call Centre ChairLynx 24 Hour Chair

A heavy duty 24 hour office chair suitable for 24 hour use in areas such as call centres and control rooms where 24 hour shift patterns are in operation.  With a weight tolerance of 24 stone and with an asynchro mechanism, this chair is truely suitable for pretty much anyone.  With a high back adjustable by a ratchet system and height adjustable arms.

The Lynx chair is available in blue or charcoal fabric and available on a next day delivery.  Priced at only £139.00 including delivery (mainland UK).

Club Meeting / Visitor Chairs

A classic visitor or meeting room chair.  Also ideal for waiting room areas.  With a cushioned Club Chairseat and back and available in blue, charcoal or claret fabric.  Our club chair is supplied with a 5 year guarantee giving piece of mind.  Beware of similar products of inferior quality.  This club meeting chair has been tested to BSEN 15373: Level 2, making it structurally suitable and sufficiently stable for contract use.

Stackable to 8 high making it perfect for temorary use so it can be compactly and easily stored away.  Priced at only £26.00+vat including delivery (mainland UK).  A chrome frame club chair is also available.

Delivery and Pricing

Next working day delivery is available on all of these chairs (subject to stock).  The above prices include delivery to a mainland UK address.  Please note that these prices are for a limited time and may increase without notice.

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