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3 Signs You Need a New Office Chair

October 23, 2018

Did you know know that working adults in the US work an average of 47 hours per week? That means that the average working Oregonian adult spends 2,256 hours a year at work in their office chair. Clearly, our office chairs get a lot of use! At Riley’s Real Wood, we place paramount importance on your office chair fitting you, facilitating good posture, all while looking good in your office.

Here are three signs that you may need a new office chair:

1. You are in pain

Our bodies are not designed to sustain the same position for long periods of time. Sitting for prolonged periods can wreak havoc on our body.

Look for a chair that has full back support and that provides a multitude of adjustable positions. A good office chair should provide ample lumbar support and have adjustable height and recline positions.

2. Your office chair is falling apart

If your chair has cracks, rips, or is held together by duct tape, it’s time to replace your chair. When you stand up, if your chair still holds the indent from your behind, you need an upgrade.

“Office chairs should typically be replaced within a five year period,” says Dr. Matt Tanneberg. “This helps to keep the cushion and support strong enough so that you aren’t sinking into the seat too much or able to slouch back in your chair.” An ergonomic chair can provide comfort, but if it isn’t replaced every five years, it can also be your undoing.

3. Your office chair doesn’t facilitate good posture

A good office chair should support you, even when you aren’t exemplifying the best posture. Your chair should support your mid and low back as you sit while also relaxing your shoulders and keeping your forearms parallel to the ground.

Your knees should be at or below the level of the hips while keeping a small gap between the back of your knees. Often times if the seat of your chair is too big it can be hard to have correct posture in your chair.

Our favorite picks for new office chairs at Rileys Real Wood:

1. X4 Leather Executive Chair in Cognac Leather

The X4 uses “SciFloat Infinite Recline” technology, which works to keep the user in motion throughout the day. A chair that keeps your body in motion keeps blood and oxygen flowing. This chair also features “Dynamic Variable Lumbar” support which adjusts to the body’s every move. This allows the user to maintain comfort without having to ever make a single adjustment. The best office chairs let you move while giving you the support that your body needs.

2. X3 Management Chair

We love this chair for its performance fabric technology. The X3 now features Advanced Tensile Recovery Fabric that supports and cradles the user.

An office chair’s upholstery must be comfortable to the touch if you plan on sitting in it all day. A breathable, medium texture upholstery that isn’t abrasive or itchy is best.

3. X1 Task Chair

The X1 is made with durable Flex Mesh Technology. We love this chair because it doesn’t retain heat, compress over time, or put extra pressure on sensitive pressure points.

If you are in the market for a new office chair, stop by our store in Eugene, Oregon and talk to one of your sales associates. They will be able to guide you to the perfect office chair that fits you, facilitates good posture, and looks good in your office!