Choosing the right chair to work in is an important part of your job. You need to make sure you have considered all your options carefully and asked yourself the right questions in order to make an informed decision. At Offix we have an extensive range of office seating, each with a specific design and purpose. You are welcome to have a read through the whole catalogue, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!

Choosing the right office chair

What type of work do you do?

If your work requires that you spend a huge amount of time in your chair each day there are a few things you need to consider. 

1. Do you spend most of your time typing? Do you lean forward in your chair, arms resting on your desk and fingers furiously working? 

A Few examples may include: 

  • Typist
  • Personal assistant
  • Novelist
  • Project manager
  • Content creators/ Blog writers
  • Journalist
  • Copy Editor

For this type of work you might want to consider a chair that provides good lumbar support, but does not have arm rests. This allows for more freedom of movement when swinging those arms backwards and forwards. There is also the option to have castors at the base of your chair or a stable base. This is really a personal preference, but you might want to think about keeping your base as stable as possible.

2. Do you spend a lot of time reading your screen, sitting back in your chair and contemplating the incredible document you just designed? 

  • Designer
  • Project manager
  • Artists
  • Entrepreneur 
  • Writer

In this case you might want to consider something with a little more comfort. A chair that invites you to lean back, rest your arms, back and head, and contemplate!

3. Are you a mover? Do you jiggle your legs or lean far back in your chair like your teacher told you not to? Do you get up several times a day?

Pretty much all occupations have their movers! 

  • Artist
  • Top Executive 
  • Entrepreneur 
  • Someone always looking for the next project

Modern chairs have a great many features designed to support movement. Lucky for you all you need is something with a bit of back bounce, a chair made out of good sturdy material, and something with a wide and solid base. Make sure you do your homework on the place you are buying from. Do they use proper, strong and sustainable material, or will the castors fall off after a few days?

4. Or are you a little bit of everything? Furious typer, childish leaner, and contemplative creative genius?

This type of worker seems to be the most common theme amongst chair buyers. We want flexibility, movement, and the ability to lean whichever way we want!

You might think these are a lot of questions just to pick out a chair, but you will be surprised to learn that each answer you give still supplies a huge range of seating. At least we can narrow it down some so that you know what you need to get the most out of your work day and do it comfortably. 

When you are looking for a chair for customers rather than yourself, make sure that you allow for a certain level of comfort, but you also don’t want everyone to fall asleep. Try to go for stylish, long lasting chairs which suit your office needs and design. A few examples are reception rooms/ waiting rooms, public seating, or canteen seating.

Getting a well made and sturdy chair will allow far more freedom to move and lean back. A chair with a wider seat base will allow for more comfort. Depending on your personal preference you could get a chair without armrests for more freedom, or something with wide and adjustable arms for comfort. 

All chairs should be custom made for the user – One size doesn’t fit all!

And remember, getting yourself a Sit Stand Desk from Offix to go with your new chair will bring you all kinds of joy! 

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