If you are finding your office chair isn’t as comfortable as it used to be then maybe it’s time to take a quick look at some key adjustments, especially if you haven’t checked them recently.
Seat Height Adjustment
When your seat height isn’t set up correctly it can cause you a good deal of discomfort although it shouldn’t be necessary to change it once you have it set properly, sometimes it gets changed without you realizing it. Maybe someone else used your chair and altered the height, how annoying is that!
Using the paddle lever or button take the time to set your seat’s height so your feet are squarely on the floor with your thighs facing slightly downwards when sitting.
You never want to have your feet dangling in the air because it puts excessive pressure on the underside of you legs. If you are short built and find difficulty with this you may need to think about buying a footrest to correct it.
Seat Tilt Tension
Hopefully your chair includes this adjustment, generally speaking it most commonly adjusts using a tension knob under the front of the chair. Turn it inwards to increase tension and outwards to decrease it.
When this is properly set up you should be able to recline with relative ease in your chair with the back moving easily as you lean back on it. If you find it’s difficult to do this or the back offers little or no resistance it’s definitely time to check your settings.
Back Height/Lumbar Support Adjustment
Your chair will probably have a height adjustable back unless it’s a high back model which may be fixed and yet hopefully includes some form of lumbar support adjustment.
Most back height adjustment is either by a knob at the rear of back support stem or it may have a ratchet adjuster where you need to reach behind you and slowly lift the back up and down into preset positions. This may also involve pressing buttons to do this.
Try and set the back or lumbar support so that it is giving you good lower back support as this will help prevent slouching as well as encouraging your back to adopt a healthier more upright position.
Where your chair lacks some of these functions out its worth taking a look at the critical features you need to include when selecting a new seat.