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Picking the right
By Lynne Meredith Schreiber
LOOKING FOR AN office chair? These versatile pieces of furniture have
moved beyond the office to home, school, even places of worship.
With approximately 1. 25 million office chairs manufactured in the
United States annually (according to the Business and Institutional
Furniture Manufacturers Association), office managers aren’t the only
people picking them up. Everyday folks are buying office chairs for
anyplace they need to sit and focus.
Before you go office-chair shopping, keep these simple tips in mind.
Make sure it’s adjustable. Look for a chair with easy-to-adjust seat
height to allow proper alignment with your desk and computer screen.
A knee-tilt adjustment shifts the center of tilt toward the front of the seat
to help reduce fatigue.
Plant your feet. When sitting, your backside should meet the chair back
and be parallel to your knees or higher, according to Dr. Johnny C. Benjamin,
an orthopedic spine surgeon in Vero Beach, Florida. Your feet should be
flat on the floor, too. “People get chairs that are too low for them,” says Dr.
Benjamin. Rule of thumb: Your legs should be bent at 90 degrees, and your