Ergonomic task chairs are becoming more common fixtures around offices these days because of the multitude of benefits they provide to the workplace. Tasks come in a variety of forms and with a variety of functions, so it's important to understand how to choose the one that best suits your specific situation. Here are some of the things you might want to consider when choosing an ergonomic chair.

What is an ergonomic task chair?

A task chair is generally defined as an office chair that is designed with desk-based work in mind, and they are sometimes crafted to work with specific types of desks. Tasks are also usually intended for use by multiple people, as opposed to other types of chairs that are fitted to a single individual. As such, tasks are not only popular for shared office situations, but also for classrooms and other similar settings.

Ergonomic chairs, meanwhile, are chairs that are designed with proper ergonomics in mind, and accordingly they are able to conform to the user's body and promote good posture while allowing for a variety of sitting positions. Typically, ergonomic chairs are different from task chairs in that they are among those that are intended for use by a single individual. This is because, in order to function properly, ergonomic chairs need to be painstakingly adjusted to meet the needs of the user.

An ergonomic chair combines aspects of ergonomic chairs and task chairs. This usually means a chair that has some functional versatility while also providing enough support to allow the user to remain seated for over an hour at a time without discomfort, although in some cases it could also mean an ergonomic chair that is intended for use with a specific type of desk or accessory (like a keyboard tray).

What to look for

The specifics of what you need will depend on the area in which you will be using the chair. One consistent guideline that may prove helpful is that, if you expect to be either moving the chair around the office a lot, or in and out from a desk on a regular basis, an armless chair can be a great option. Many ergonomic task chairs are available with or without armrests. When in doubt, the armless option may be a better choice if you're looking for the particular advantages of a task chair. That being said, if you think you'll regularly be spending extended periods of time in the chair, the extra comfort and support provided by armrests could be necessary.

Humanscale ergonomic task chairs

The manufacturer Humanscale is known for its ergonomic task chair line, which includes the Liberty and Freedom models.

The Humanscale Liberty chair conforms very quickly and definitively to the user's body, providing great comfort. By the same token, its weakness is that it's not all that ideal for multiple users. The Liberty is a task chair in the sense that it provides good mobility and can be used effectively in conjunction with some types of desks.

The Humanscale Freedom chair is unique in that it's tailored to people who like to recline while working. With the headrest equipped, the Freedom allows users to recline as far back as they like without affecting their line of sight, and still provides enough reach to allow ergonomic typing.