With more and more people working from home, many home offices are getting more use than previously intended—particularly office chairs. That’s led many home workers to wonder at what point should they replace their old office chair with a new one.
RI Chiropractors Weigh in on Replacing Your Home Office Chair
Providence, RI, November 04, 2021 -- With more and more people working from home, many home offices
are getting more use than previously intended-particularly office chairs. That’s led many home workers to
wonder at what point should they replace their old office chair with a new one.
“Many people wait until their office chair is showing wear and tear before entertaining the thought of getting a
new one,” said Dr. Kristin Kolesar Fabris, president of the Chiropractic Society of Rhode Island and a
chiropractor at Be Well Chiropractic & Health in Providence, RI. “The reality is you should make a decision on
your current chair based more on its ergonomics than its current condition. A chair can look good and still do
harm to your legs, back and neck.”
When it comes to selecting an ergonomic office chair for your home office, Dr. Fabris recommends an
adjustable chair to customize settings that work for you. That starts with lumbar support.
The lumbar support must adjust to the curves of your back. This also goes for the back rest as well. You
typically want the back rest to be between one foot and 19 inches wide.
A proper office chair also enables you to sit with your feet planted flat on the floor and your legs at a 90-degree
angle. A chair height between 16 and 21 inches should work for most people. Remember, you also want your
arms to be equal height with the desk’s surface. That’s why you want a chair with a height lever for easy
Finally, there’s seat width. You want a chair with a width between 17 and 20 inches. Please keep in mind when
you sit there should be a gap between two and four inches from the back of your knee to the chair.
“Following these guidelines will help you select a proper ergonomic office chair. Yet the real test is when you sit
in the chair for an extended period of time,” said Dr. Fabris. “You will want to research the return policy for
whomever you buy your new chair from. If your new chair doesn’t feel r