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3 tips to picking out an office chair

Here are a few things to keep in mind when picking out an office chair.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when picking out an office chair.

It's common for people to spend at least 40 hours each week seated behind a desk working. Although it won't be as comfortable as your sofa at home, there's no reason your office chair should be uncomfortable or – worse yet – genuinely painful to sit in. Here are three simple things to look for next time you're shopping for a new office chair:

1. Examine ergonomics
You probably have no desire to sit on a wooden kitchen table chair all day. Not only is it a hard, uncomfortable surface, but sitting on the wrong type of seat could also cause harm to your back and behind in just a few short hours. On the other end of the spectrum, overly padded and cushy chairs aren't great for your body either. Look for an ergonomically correct chair instead. Using tools such as tension adjusters, wheels and pneumatic lifts, you'll have the chance to customize your seat to fit your exact needs. Not only will an ergonomically correct chair ensure you won't develop any back problems as a result of sitting in a chair all day, but you'll also probably be in a better mood simply because you're comfortable. That can improve on your workday productivity!

2. Don't forget about style
Unless you want to redecorate your entire home office or stick out from your co-workers at the office, make sure you pick out an office chair that matches your existing decor. If your office is adorned with gorgeous walnut built-in bookcases, you may want to look for a chair that features a little leather. On the other hand, if you live in a contemporary home, make sure you pick out a home office chair that's a little more modern-looking as well. Chairs made of metal or even architect stools are perfect for such decor. In the same vein, make sure you account for the size of your work desk. If your desk is a tall one, make sure you get a chair that allows you to sit a little higher off the ground.

3. Test them out
Despite the convenience of shopping online, it's always in your best interest to go try out furniture in person. Since you'll be spending so much time working in your office chair, make sure you're actually going to be OK sitting in it. Stop by Arwood's Furniture, the largest furniture store in Missouri! Our team of professionals will work hard to make sure you that you find the office chair that's right for you.