Hey, ever imagined standing on your feet all day? Well, the thought about that is already tiring, right?
Guess what, such is akin to sitting in a wrongly adjusted office chair for a couple of hours a day. Just like you adjust your car’s seat to a more comfortable position as you drive, embrace the habit of adjusting your office chair to be as comfortable as possible as you work. Considering that our sitting posture has an untold effect on our health, it pays to take your sweet time to adjust your chair fully, especially the way it tilts. As your physiotherapist will tell you, failure to correctly adjust your chair will take a toll on your health. Chances are that’s not something you wish, hence the need to save yourself from those tormenting back and lower body pains.
Unfortunately, most people don’t have a clue on how to adjust their office chair’s tilt. Does that describe you? Fret not, we’re at your service. Importantly, you ought to first determine the chair tilt you wish to achieve, is it the forward tilt, backrest, seat or rocking tilt. Hereunder is an amazing quick guide on how to adjust your office chair tilt for your optimal comfort, but first, here are some of few things you first need to do.
- Adjust the height of your workstation. This needs to be at an appropriate height. Sadly, few workstations allow for any adjustment, meaning you’ll have to adjust the height of your chair. In as much as the end justifies the means, ensure its height is in such a way that your elbows form a right angle when you sit with your hands resting on the desktop.
- Ensure your feet are placed at the right level with respect to your seat.
- Check the distance between your calf and the front of your office chair. Ensure there is about 2 inches space between your calf and the edge of the chair.
- Adjust the armrest of your chair to ensure they barely touch your elbows when they’re at a 90- degrees angle. Ensure that your arms can swing freely. If the armrests are too high, they might lead you into positioning your arms awkwardly, which may cause pain to your shoulders and fingers.
- Assess your resting eye level. Your eyes ought to be level with your computer screen. You should seamlessly be able to look at the center of the computer screen and read everything on it without moving your eyes up and down or straining your neck.
After achieving all that, you’re now set to adjust your office chair to your preferred tilt.
1. Forward Tilt
This tilts your entire office chair forward in a sliding position. Activating this feature ensures you get back support needed when working in a hunched position. It’s not advised unless the task at hand calls for it. It’s most ideal for medical industries, especially lab workers and here is how you do it.
- Sit on your chair with your feet stretched flat on the floor. Place your back against the backrest while ensuring at least two inches distance between the seat pan and the back of your knees.
- Hold the chair’s tilt adjustment knob-located below the seat pan. Push it down, tilt the seat pan forward and then release the knob. Simple as that. Tilting forward lets the blood circulate through your lower body while working closely on a project.
2. Backrest Tilt
This tilt adjusts the angle of the seat pan in relation to the chair’s backrest. For optimal comfort, adjust it to just a little more than vertical (90°-95°) such that the weight of your back is distributed evenly across the backrest.
- Sit and place the office chair in a slightly reclining position with your feet on the floor. Place your back against the backrest. This transfers your body weight to the backrest and helps you relax.
- Hold the chair’s tilt adjustment knob-located below the seat pan. Push the tilt adjustment downwards and tilt the seat back, release the knob. However, you shouldn’t work for long in a reclined position as that increases pressure on the tailbone, which can cause stress on the upper spine.
3. Seat Tilt
This tilt adjusts the angle of your chair’s seat bottom. To adjust it downward, sit on the chair, tilt the adjustment knob downwards to your desired level. To adjust upwards, repeat the procedure while exerting your weight decently on the seat and adjust the knob up.
4. Rocking Tilt.
This tilt changes your office chair’s seat tilt from a static position to a dynamic position thus allowing for constant and preferred tilt changes throughout the day. You can either kick your feet up and recline or lean forward, obviously through the necessary adjustments depending on the desired position.
This a modern feature that’s being implemented alongside the tilt function. It works by helping tilt the chair while maintaining the seat cushion at a ground level. The backrest has to tilt twice as fast the speed of seat cushion thus ensuring the entire chair doesn’t completely rock when tilted.
Just like every person is different, no two bodies are the same. We possess different lumbar curves, different thigh, and skin lengths a well as varied spine lengths, just to mention a few. Fortunately, office chairs have no such thing as an ‘average’ person hence being adjustable to accommodate a maximum range of people. Hopefully, this guide will not only help you tweak some of your chair’s tilt settings as you change your office tasks but also ensure you achieve your personal taste. Considering the aforementioned need to maintain the right sitting posture for your optimal health, don’t shy away from adjusting your office chair whenever you deem it fit. Remember, your health is your wealth.