Executive Office Furniture: What Is The Difference?
By Sam Kjniff
When browsing around for office furniture you may have noticed several different categories of the same piece of furniture. Say for example, chairs. If you’re not used to all the terminology, when buying office furniture, you wouldn’t be the first. That being said it may be worth knowing for example what the different types of seating are when purchasing an office chair. When looking around for new office furniture it is important to fill in some of these gaps of your knowledge to ensure that you come out with the product that is best for you. What is Executive Office Furniture? Executive office furniture is premium manufactured products providing comfortable support for the entire upper body. Traditionally the height and quality of one’s office chair denoted how senior that person was in the office. It was the furniture that reserved for the senior members of staff in your company, commanding power and authority with its straight back, elegant arms and premium upholstery; however, it’s not all about the image. Executive office furniture, particularly chairs, guarantee next level comfort especially for tall people who benefit from the extra space and back support that they offer. Why Buy Executive Office Furniture? You should consider purchasing executive office furniture if you: Are looking for stylish, high end furniture for your office. Have a senior role in your company or are buying for someone that does. Are particularly tall. Enjoy the extra comfort and quality that the executive office furniture will bring. The Benefits of Purchasing Executive Office Furniture Aside from the ultra level of comfort that you will experience with executive office furniture, here are some more benefits: They come with plenty of adjustment tools to ensure the maximum level of comfort while you’re working. Premium office furniture makes a great first impression to clients and visitors of your office. Improves posture for lower risk of aches, pains, injuries and long term health problems. Buying top quality furniture means that you won’t have to replace for years. How to Adjust you Office Chair for Ergonomics If you work at a desk, you will need to sit in an office chair that is adjusted to the correct ergonomics for you to avoid back pain and problems. Doctors, chiropractors and physiotherapists all warn that people can develop overstretched ligaments and spinal issues due to sitting in an ill-fitting chair for extended periods of time. Adjusting a chair for ergonomics is simple and can be done quickly if you know what you need to adjust for your needs. How to Adjust your Chair Height – Stand infront of your chair and adjust the height until the seat pan rests just below the back of your kneecap. If you are able to adjust your workstation then do so to compliment where you’ve adjusted your chair to. When positioned correctly, your elbows will form a 90-degree angle when your hands are resting on the desk. Elbow Angle – When you have adjusted the height, sit as close to the desk as possible with your arms parallel to your spine and rest your hands on your computer keyboard. To maintain the 90-degree elbow angle look at your hands to see where they are positioned in relation to your elbow. If your hands are raised above your elbow, you are sitting too low and if they below, you are sitting too high. Adjust the height of the chair until hands and elbows are at the same height. Foot Position – Sit on your chair with your feet flat to the ground. Whilst in this position, slide your finger between your thigh and the chair. There should be no more than a finger’s width of distance between your thigh and the chair. Anymore and you will need to raise your chair (and ideally your workstation) to achieve this. If it isn’t possible to reach the space between the thigh and the chair, the correct position can be achieved by using a footrest so that your knees are bent at a 90-degree angle when elevated. Calf Distance – To assess whether the depth of the chair is correct, take your fist and try and pass it through the top of your calf and the front of the seat pan. There should be a gap of about 2 inches. If you cannot fit your fist in this gap, your chair is too deep and you will need to adjust this using a lever that is available on most chairs. If you cannot adjust the depth, try using a lumbar support cushion. If there is a bigger gap than 2 inches than try to adjust the it backward. Depth adjustment is important for support for your lower back and to prevent injuries in this region. Backrest Height – The backrest should be positioned up or down to fit into the small of your back. You will want to feel a good lumbar support when sitting down for extended periods of time. To adjust this there is usually a knob in most office chairs that will position this up and down. Backrest Angle - Once the height of the backrest is positioned, it’s time to adjust the angle. This should be positioned in the angle that supports you in your preferred seating position. You shouldn’t have to lean back to feel it and it should not cause you to lean forward. There is usually a lever in chairs that will enable you to adjust this. Lean backwards and forwards until you find the right position and lock the lever in place. Armrests – Armrests should be positioned so that they just touch your elbow when they are in the 90-degree position advised earlier. If armrests are too high, they will force your arms to rest awkwardly and it may inhibit you from being able to use your keyboard comfortably. These can normally be adjusted by pressing a button at the back of the armrest. If you are unable to adjust the armrests, these should be removed as continuing to work with them could cause pain in your shoulders and fingers. Eyelevel – Assess your eyelevel by sitting in the position advised above, closing your eyes and slowly opening them again. You should open your eyes to the centre of your screen and be able to read what’s on it without leaning forward or straining your eyes. If you are looking down on your computer screen, it is advisable to place something under the monitor to bring it up to your eye level. If it is too high up, adjust the screen so that it is brought back down to your eyelevel.