The greatest investment you will probably ever make for your business is providing appropriate seating for your staff. Sitting in the wrong chair can cause at best, discomfort or at worst, posture and back problems and time off work. 

If you are looking to buy new office chairs use the checklist below to help you choose the right style and then click on the links to the left to take you to the chairs.

 

                                     Uncomfortable Facts!

On any one day, 1% of the workforce is on sick leave due to back problems.

Nearly 5 million working days are lost each year as a result of back pain and the Health and Safety Executlve estimates that musculoskeletal disorders (which includes backpain) costs UK employers an astronomic £590 million to £624 million per year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many businesses now believe that an investment in well designed and carefully constructed office chairs is an important factor in maintaining staff health and a worthwhile expenditure when compared with the loss of work time due to a lack of productivity or absence due to musculo-skeletal problems.

A well designed, well built office chair can help avoid user discomfort, increase productivity and decrease staff absence due to posture related problems.

You don’t need to spend a fortune on your seating but you do need to make sure that what you buy fits the need. A little time spent on research now combined with the purchase of well designed, good quality seating can save you much in time and expenditure later.

What should an office chair provide?Sitting Posture

All office chairs should:

  1. Support the spine;
  2. Be easily adjusted in both seat height and height and tilt of the back to suit different working positions;
  3. Allow users freedom of movement and easy changes in posture;
  4. Provide long-term comfort and support for a wide range of users;
  5. Help users adopt safe, efficient working positions;
  6. Prevent any restriction of the circulation of the blood in the legs;
  7. Be mobile, safe and durable.
What should I look for when buying office seating?

The bewildering array of chairs and prices can divert your attention from the key elements you require from your office seating, whether you are purchasing an operator chair or an executive chair.

By keeping the following key elements and questions firmly in mind when selecting your chairs, you can filter out inappropriate models more quickly and spend more time on making informed choices about what best suits your need:

 

Usage

 How long will the chair(s) be in use daily?

2 hours

8 hours

24 hours

The lower the recommended usage, the lighter the build quality of the chair. 8 hour usage is suitable for general office use.24 hour chairs are of much stronger build quality and are often built to accommodate heavier users.

For 24 hour use you should upholster with appropriate fabric

Suitability
What is the job role of the user(s) and which type of chair will be suitable? Different job roles require different types of movement from their chairs. You may find you need different styles of chairs for different job roles. E.g those making regular, repeat movments, such as typing or data input, for 8 hours will need an Operator or Task Chair; roles which include a range of movements will need a Manager/Executive chair which will support their posture better in all positions.
guarantee

How long is the manufacturers guarantee?

1 year

2years

5 years

15 years

The longer the guarantee, the greater the confidence the manufacturer has in the ability of their product to perform in general office conditions!

It is usual (though no always the case) for 24 hour chairs to have only a 2 year guarantee for use in a 24/7 situations. The same chair in an 8 hour office situation is usually offered with a 5 year guarantee.
Build Quality
Do the chairs conform to British Standards or have they been tested by FIRA (Furniture Industry Research Association)? 

Check that the chairs you are considering conform to British Standards. Some chairs will also have been tested by FIRA and hold certificates to guarantee their performance in general or 24 hour office situations.

See the Chair Standards Factsheet for more details on testing and standards.

All the chairs sold by Business Furniture Online comply with, or exceed, the quality required by British Standards. 
Mechanism
What type of mechanism do I need on my chair(s)?

PCB – the chair back rest moves forwards and backwards and is usually lockable in position.

Asynchro – the back moves as above and the seat tilts and is independently lockable to encourage the right pelvic tilt for user.

Synchro – the back and seat movement are synchronised and are lockable in various positions.
Customisation
Can I accomodate individual staff needs by adding a neccessary feature to a standard chair? (e.g. lumbar support for a lower back problem, seat slide for a taller person) 

‘Made to order’ seating offers a level of customisation unavailable on ‘off the shelf’ models.

Features such as fixed or adjustable arms, seat slides and adjustable lumbar supports can be added to the basic chair model. This allows you to cater for individual staff need whilst retaining a uniformity of design across the office. 
Special Needs
Do I need to purchase a specifically designed chair for posture support or for the larger person? If you are buying for a user with a specific need (e.g. posture problem, too large or small to sit comfortably in a standard chair) there are chairs designed specifically for this purpose. (See our Posture Support, Max or Petite Ranges)
Delivery Times
How soon do I need the chair(s)

If you need the chair(s) within a couple of days you may need to make compromises on customisation or features to achieve this. You would be unwise to compromise on design or build quality.

All the Express (fast delivery) chairs on this website are built to withstand 8 hour office use)