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The importance of back office chair features

There are many different types of back office chairs to choose from, and knowing what to look for in a good office chair will work best for your specific needs.  Some may think that it is just a chair, but there are a few things a back office chair should have, including:

  • Seat height
  • Seat width and depth
  • Lumbar support
  • Backrest
  • Seat material
  • Armrest
  • Swivel

Seat Height

Any back office chair’s seat height should be able to be adjusted, and an adjustment lever is the easiest way to do this.  Most people find it more comfortable for a chair that has a seat height that ranges from 16 to 21 inches off the floor.  Users will then be able to have their feet flat on the floor, with his or her arms even with the height of the desk, and keep your thighs horizontal.

Seat width and depth

In order for any user to be able to sit comfortably, back office chairs should have enough width and depth.  The standard width usually ranges from 17 – 20 inches.  The depth, which is the measurement from the front to the back of the seat, should be enough so the user can sit with their back leaning against the backrest of back office chairs while an approximate 2 – 4 inches of space is left between the back of the knees and the actual seat of the chair.  The backward and forward tilt of the chair should also be able to be adjusted.

Lumbar support

The lower back support for back office chairs is very important.  Lumbar spines have an inward curve, and if you are sitting for a long period of time without any support for this curve will eventually lead to slouching and causes the structures in the lower spine to strain.  A lumbar adjustment should be available for back office chairs (for both depth and height) so that anyone using the chair can properly adjust the seat and support their inward curve of their lower back.


Backrests of back office chairs should be anywhere from 12 – 19 inches wide.  In the case that the backrest is separated from the seat, then the angle and the height should also be adjustable.  It should have the capability to support the spine’s natural curve, and paying special attention to adequate support to the lumbar region.  However, if back office chairs have the backrest and the seat together as one piece, then the backrest should be able to be adjusted in forward and backward angles.  It should also have a locking mechanism to avoid the seat from leaning back too far once the user has determined the suitable angle.

Seat material

Materials for the seat and the backrest of back office chairs should include sufficient padding to allow users to sit comfortably for long periods of time.  Breathable fabrics for back office chairs are much more preferable than a harder surface.


The armrest of back office chairs should also be adjustable; to allow the user’s arms to rest comfortably and their shoulders relaxed.  The lower arms and elbows should also rest slightly, and keeping the forearms off the armrest while typing.


The swivel feature to office chairs, which makes it easy to rotate, should also be included so users can simply reach different areas of their desks without having the need to strain.

There may not be such a thing as the best office chair, but there are features that one should consider to provide users with such comfort, that they may just consider their back office chairs as the best.

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