Decisions – we make them everyday.
Some of them are easy: Yes, I will order the Texas-sized ice tea on this
hot, summer day. And some of them are hard: No, I’m not sure what kind
of car I want next. Choosing the perfect office chair probably ranks
somewhere In the middle.
As we’ve said before, there are few places in life where you spend more time than your desk. The average office worker spends 5 years sitting at his, or her desk, over the course of a lifetime. Like peanut butter and jelly, or yin and yang, your office desk and chair should compliment one another to create an optimal work experience.
Unfortunately, the same furniture choices that initially incite so much excitement can also be the cause of much unnecessary overwhelm. Psychologist and author Barry Schwartz calls it “The Paradox of Choice.” It’s the idea that we humans really aren’t better off with more choices; in fact, we’re actually happier with less. With this in mind, we’ve delineated 3 steps for eliminating the paradox and selecting your perfect office chair:
Step 1. Eliminate Options Based On Needs
Begin by conducting an assessment of what you actually want to get out of your chair. Once you’ve determined your unique needs, goals and requirements, you can streamline your search by only browsing items you know meet your specific criteria. Ask yourself the following questions:
Step 2: Evaluate Options That Meet Criteria
Once you’ve made a list of everything you need in a chair, you’re ready to begin sorting through your options. If you’ll be doing work that requires lots of movement, you may want to consider a chair with a rolling base that allows you to glide from desk to filing cabinet and so on.
If you’re the owner of a multi-height desk (or are considering getting one),
check out the “sit-to-stand” seating solutions, like this. And if maintaining a traditional appearance
isn’t a concern, you may want to evaluate modern “active seating” options, like this. Active seating is a fairly new concept
featuring chairs specifically designed to encourage the active work of your
abdominal muscles. Its lack of traditional lumbar support requires the muscles
to stay active, which increases blood flow and reportedly alleviates tension.
Step 3: Physically Try It Out!
Never purchase a chair based on a “pretty” picture. Always always always sit in a chair before purchasing. When seated, here are some things to consider:
Keep these 3 steps in mind when choosing your next office chair and hopefully, your choice will be almost as easy as ordering that sweet tea! Ready to get started? click here to book a free consultation.