We all spend on average 8 hours a day at work, this works out to about 40 hours a week and very close to 2000 hours in a year. That is a lot of time spent working and unless that work is done via a standing desk, for the majority of us… work begins by sitting on the ergonomic chair.

The ergonomic chair that you have purchased is only as good as your ability to use it to your needs; somewhat similar as someone who purchases a Ferrari 599 and cannot drive stick; totally wasted. These are the seven main steps to getting the most out of your ergonomic chair.

1. Posture:
Firstly, sit in the chair correctly.  A good chair is only as good as the correct sitting posture used on it. For more information on correct sitting postures, you can read more here.

2. Height of the chair:
The next step would be to adjust the height of your chair to the correct height. This would mean the height of the chair needs to be high enough so that both your feet are flat on the floor with your knees at the same height of your hips or slightly lower.

3. Seat depth:
Adjust the depth of the your seat to support the weight of your thighs. There should be a gap of 5-7 cm or 3-4 fingers gap from the edge of the seat to the back of your knees for adequate support.

4. Lumbar Support:
After adjusting your seating, the next thing you will need to do is to adjust the chair’s lumbar support to the position of your lower back. This can be done by applying equal pressure on both sides of the lumbar support pad and sliding it up or down depending on your lower spine position while sitting.

5. Backrest:
There are two parts to adjusting the backrest. Firstly, you should adjust the tension control of the backrest by either tightening or loosening it. This will be dependent on your weight and how much force is needed by you to recline on the backrest. This prevents overstraining your back to recline, if you are too light or the feeling of ‘falling’ from the lack of support if you are heavier.

Secondly, you should adjust your backrest so that you are sitting in a slight recline angle of 100-110 degrees. Sitting at an upright angle places too undue stress on your lower lumbar region and is undesirable.

6. Armrest:
The height of the armrests ought to be adjusted so that the your shoulders are supported in a relaxed position. This will prevent shoulder fatigue and those dreaded shoulder aches.

7. Headrest:
Lastly, adjust the headrest so that your head and neck are supported when you lean back; helping to take away the stress off your neck.

Those are the seven main steps in ensuring you have a productive day. We know that that is a lot of information to take in and hence we have created an infographic below summarising the main points. Work starts with you sitting on the chair and it also ends with you on the chair, albeit more comfortably after utilising it fully.

 How to adjust an Ergonomic Chair in 7 steps Infographic

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