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Adjusting your New Chair

How to Adjust Your New Office Chair

Choosing the right ergonomically designed office chair for your needs is a priority, but you will also need to make sure your new seat is properly adjusted to suit your body. Here are a few tips for adjusting your new chair and below are videos for our most popular chairs.

Adjust the seat height.

Stand in front of your chair and adjust the height of the seat pan to just below your knee caps. Now sit in your chair with your back firmly against the chair back and adjust the seat cylinder to the proper height. You want your feet to be flat on the ground with your knees close to a 90 degree angle.

Adjust the seat pan depth.

The depth of your seat can make all the difference in comfort. This adjustment slides the seat pan back towards the chair back or away from it. A shorter person will want the seat closer to the chair back and a taller person will want it a little further away. You should have a gap about the size of your clenched fist between the front edge of the seat cushion and the back of your knee when seated. Lock that position in place.

Adjust the lumbar support.

The lumbar support should fit right in the natural curve of your spine, typically at the small of your back directly above your belt line. This adjustment is often built into the chair so you can adjust both the height of the chair back and the lumbar support at the same time. In some chairs, it's an independent adjustment.

Adjust the arms.

Your arms should rest comfortably at your side, so as to relieve strain and pressure from your upper back and shoulders. Adjust the height of the armrests so they’re at elbow height with your shoulders relaxed, and your arms are at a 90-degree angle. Many chairs include armrests that are depth adjustable and have the ability to pivot both in towards your body and away as well. This allows for a more customized fit to your body, since most ergonomic chairs are designed to fit a wide range of body types. Users can slide the arm rests in towards the body to accommodate a more slender frame.

Adjust the recline and tilt tension

Reclining in a chair is an important way to relieve loads on your spine while opening up your thigh-torso angle, so you should do it throughout the day. If the chair has a tilt-limiter setting, lean back as far as you want to go and lock it into place. Some chairs let you set the tension of the tilt, either in place of the recline angle or in tandem with it. Adjust the tension so you can lean back in the chair comfortably without using a lot of force, and make sure the chair doesn’t spring upright too strongly when you lean forward. If you can’t lean back without forcibly pushing, loosen the tension. If you find yourself using your core to pull yourself out of the chair when it’s tilted back, tighten the tension.

Adjust the headrest.

If your chair has a headrest, make sure it's properly adjusted as well. Headrests help to provide support and comfort to the head and neck while in a reclined position, often keeping your head at a near-constant eye level with your computer monitor. There are many different types of headrests. 


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