You might think that choosing a chair is a simple task. But when it comes down to it, there’s many things to consider aside from space, budget and branding.
If you’re looking to buy chairs for your place of work or even for your remote team, we’re here to help you make the right decision for your business.
Consider the environment
Where your chair is situated will determine the style you need. Heavy use for 24 hours a day will be much different to a chair used in a healthcare reception area. We advise you to carefully consider the following:
- Is the chair shared - like in a call centre
- Is the chair in use for 24 hours a day and used heavily
- Is the chair for occasional use
- Will the person be sat for extended periods of time
- Do you need material that is easy to clean and sanitise
- Does the chair need to be comfortable for office workers
- Do you want the chair to match your company branding or fit a specific style
What are the unique user requirements?
Knowing if the chair will be used by someone in need of posture support will help to cater to the needs of your employees. We offer a physio certified range of posture chairs, they can be tailored to the users unique needs. Considering the person’s weight and how often they will be using the chair is also vital for getting the right specification.
Chairs with flexible functionality like height, back support and armrests can be used for multiple users and for changing circumstances. While providing longevity and value for money, you’ll need to ensure the setup is correct each time.
Consider the functionality
Different terms can be confusing so here are what they mean and the features they have:
- Asynchro: both the seat and back are able to move independently of each other
- Synchro: a single lever adjusts the seat and back in a single movement with a ratio of 2:1 back to seat
- Knee tilt: a single lever locks and unlocks the tilt of the chair
- PCB: the seat and back can go up and down and the angle of the back can be fixed or free floating
- Lock tilt: single lever will adjust the seat height and tilt of the chair which can be locked or free float
- Seat slide: the seat will move forward and backwards to accommodate for different user heights
- Fixed back: the seat will move up and down while the back is fixed
- Ratchet back: the back will go up and down using a ratchet mechanism
- Lumbar support: changes the contour of the seat to fit the lumbar