Supported Sitting in the Office Environment- Inspired by Herman Miller’s Cosm Chair

Watchdog is taking part in the #doitforthegram campaign with Herman Miller, featuring their Cosm chair. As part of the campaign, we were lucky enough to receive a sample to try out in our office. We’re one day in and we all agree: we love this chair. The design is sleek and the comfort level is way up there. Some are even convinced it would improve their posture over time.

 

So this got us thinking. What makes a good office chair? The quality and comfort of your office chair are a big deal! You’re at your desk for long stretches of time. Your chair impacts your health, comfort, and productivity. So you want to make it a good one. Here are some things to look for in your office chair:

 

A comfortable cushion- A hard surface isn’t going to do it. Look for a chair with a comfortable seat cushion with a breathable fabric.

 

Armrests- You should have armrests on your chair for when you aren’t actively typing. They should be low enough that your shoulders stay relaxed and your elbows bend at a 90-degree angle.

 

Adjustable seat height- You should be able to adjust your seat height so that your thighs are parallel to the floor and your feet are flat on the ground.  Your arms should be at the height of your desk, where your keyboard and mouse sit.

 

Reclining Seat Back- According to experts, sitting at a reclined 135-degree angle puts the least strain on your back. Make sure your backrest has a little room for slouching back in your chair.

 

Seat Depth- With your back against the backrest, a proper seat depth should leave between 2-4 inches between the seat of the chair and back of your knees. This proportion is important to keeping your knees in good shape.

 

Lumbar Support- A widely talked about concept, most people don’t know what lumbar support means. Our backs are slightly curved inward, meaning the backs of our chairs shouldn’t be directly vertical. The back of your chair should come slightly forward to support the curve of your lower back.

 

Swivel- The swivel feature is more functional than you might think. When you need to reach for items on your desk, you can put a strain on your body. The ability to swivel and/or roll around widens the area you can easily reach and see without turning your head.

 

 

 

 

 

Katie Craven
Katie Craven is Marketing, Communication and Brand Manager at Watchdog Real Estate Project Managers, a real-estate consulting firm that provides owner’s representation and project management services. More about Watchdog Real Estate Project Managers as well as additional blog posts can be found here.
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