What is a task chair and what are the benefits of using one in an office setting
A task chair is an upright, self-contained work station that allows people to be at eye level with their computer screens and have easy access to their keyboard and other office equipment. Task chairs include a built in desk surface which can include a keyboard tray and flipper panel. The task chair also includes a lumbar support to provide proper ergonomic support for the lower back. A task chair is designed for people whose normal work setting requires them to sit for long periods of time, such as in an office, factory or store front. The task chair is also ideal for people who have other duties that require them to be seated, such as for people who are involved in food preparation or assembly line work.
The ability of one’s body to adapt to and handle repetitive motions, such as sitting at a desk for long periods of time, is called the Seating Endurance Index (SEI). The SEI is calculated by multiplying the weight of someone times the distance they are able to sit before they become fatigued. The SEI is a measurement of the physical tolerance that many people have when they sit at work. An SEI of greater than 100 is optimal and indicates that someone can sit for extended periods of time without becoming fatigued.
How to choose the right task chair for your needs
As with any office furniture, it is important to consider a task chair’s size – length and width. The larger the body of the chair, the more space is provided for movement. The task chair should be able to accommodate individual’s needs. If you want to sit back and relax in a chair when you work, choose a smaller chair, like an ergonomic office chair or a recliner. However, if you prefer to sit up straight while working, look for a larger chair, such as a task chair. If you’re unsure between an office chair and a task chair, your best bet is to go with an office chair. It will give you more options for movement.
The body of the chair should be comfortable and supportive. There is a lot of padding on task chairs, which can be good because it offers enough cushioning to lean back in without feeling like you’re tipping over. Task chairs make it easier for employees to get up and move around if they are feeling stiff or need a break from sitting all day. They are especially useful for those in businesses that require employees to stand most of the time when working.
The back of the chair should be comfortably padded, but not too soft. There should be a level of support that is comfortable for you during use. The arms of the chair should be sturdy and able to hold up to daily use without collapsing. If you sit for long periods of time, look for a task chair with adjustable or padded arms that can take the pressure off your hands and wrists.
The different types of task chairs available on the market today
There are a number of types of task chairs, including those with armrests, rollers and lumbar support. Other factors to consider when choosing the correct type of task chair include height adjustment and the type of material used for the back rest. The most popular varieties available on the market today include: swivel-base chairs, tilt-base chairs and reclining chairs. There can be many benefits to certain styles over others. Considerations include price and features such as reclining options, armrests, etc. Swivel-Base Chair:
Seat height: 26.5 – 33.5 inches [with armrest]
Dimensions: 24 x 23 x 28 inches
Weight capacity: 300 pounds
Armrests: One or two-sided, depending on chair size. Swivel and tilt function are available on reclining models. These chairs are typically very affordable, but can have limited adjustability and lower back support.
Seat height: 26.5 – 34 inches [with armrest]
Dimensions: 24 x 23 x 29 inches
Weight capacity: 300 pounds
Armrests: One or two-sided, depending on chair size. The tilt is usually the primary focus of these chairs, as they often recline nicely and feature four-way locking mechanisms to keep the chair in place. This can make them a little more expensive than other types of chairs.
Seat height: 21 – 30 inches [with armrest]
Dimensions: 19 x 19 x 27 inches
Weight capacity: 400 pounds
How to adjust a task chair to ensure maximum comfort and productivity
To ensure that your task chair is properly adjusted for maximum comfort and productivity, follow the simple steps below: 1) Make sure the seat is at a height that allows your feet to be flat on the floor. 2) Allow your knees to bend at approximately a 90 degree angle. 3) Your thighs should be about parallel with the floor. 4) The back should support your lower back at all times, which means your thighs should be able to rest normally on the chair’s seat while maintaining proper lumbar support. 5) The ideal range of adjustability on a task chair with a back is 18″ to 24″. 6) Do not lock your knees and maintain an upright position in the chair. 7) Loosen the tightness of the adjustment knob(s) by turning it in the counter-clockwise direction.
3 steps to adjust your task chair
One important factor in adjusting your task chair is observing proper ergonomic principles, which include: 1) eye level height (ELH), 2) seat height (SHA), and 3) thigh height (THL).
ELH is the distance between your eyes and the middle of your working surface. This measurement can be taken many ways, but we always use a spirit level. The most accurate way to determine ELH is to hold a piece of paper on top of your writing surface and make sure it is level with the surface. ELH is the same distance above the surface that your eyes are.
SHA is the height of your seat. The proper height for a seat on a task chair is approximately 20″ above your knees; see below:
Tips for cleaning and maintaining a task chair
Task chairs are sturdy and often take a beating in the office. They can cause a mess of spilled coffee or water from a broken water bottle. There’s no need to fret. You can easily clean your chair. Simply use warm water and mild liquid soap to scrub all of the surfaces, including the armrests, back and seat cushion. If possible, use a washing machine or a steamer to sanitize the chair’s upholstery. An occasional vacuuming should suffice as well.
Replace the upholstery. It can get dirty from your spills, and from its regular use as a seat. It may also get worn down from extended sitting, which can make you uncomfortable.
Clean the frame with a soapy solution and a soft rag or cloth. To avoid scratching the wood frame, use a soft-bristle brush on rough surfaces like corners and edges, for example on the inside of your chair’s armrests. If the frame gets really dirty, take it out and gently clean it using a home cleaning kit.
Clean the surface underneath your chair with a damp cloth. Vinyl or leather can get stained by oily hands or liquid spills. Clean these materials with a mild soap, an upholstery solution or warm water and a sponge damped with water. Let your upholstery dry completely before you use it again.
Clean the wheels with a clean rag, then wipe with a soft cloth. If it doesn’t immediately come clean, rub a little furniture polish on the wheels.
Use mild soap and water to wash your carpet, or use room-temperature water and blot it with a soft cloth. Place newspapers or old towels underneath the chair to absorb any spills.