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How To Set Up Your Office Chair Properly

Our team of ergonomists and occupational physiotherapists have put together the following information to help you set up your office chair properly and ergonomically. This will make sure you're getting the most out of your office chair, and optimising comfort and productivity. You can either follow the instructions directly below, or watch the video for step-by-step instructions to set up your office chair. 


STEP 1 - CHAIR HEIGHT


Adjust the height of the chair so that when you're typing on the keyboard, your elbow is at or just above the top of the desktop. If you're feet don't reach the floor in the position, you need a footrest.


STEP 2 - SEAT PAN DEPTH


If your chair has a seat slider (most of ours do), adjust the depth of the seat pan so that there are about 2-3 fingers between the front edge of the seat and the back of your calf.


STEP 3 - SEAT PAN ANGLE


If your chair has independent seat pan angle adjustability, adjust the angle so that it is between neutral and a few degrees below zero. If you position it a few degrees below zero (i.e. leaning backwards slightly), this will help to keep you leaning back into your chair. 


If your chair does not have independent seat pan angle adjustability, and instead is a synchro mechanism that moves with the backrest, combine this step with step 4 below.


STEP 4 - BACKREST ANGLE


Adjust the angle of the backrest so that it is reclined between 0-10 degrees. If you titled the seat pan backwards slightly in step 3 above, you should keep the angle of your backrest a little closer to neutral, otherwise you'll feel like you're leaning back too far. 


STEP 5 - BACKREST HEIGHT


Adjust the height of the backrest so that the lumbar roll section is in contact with your lumbar spine. This means it should be just above your waist line / hip area. 


OTHER CONSIDERATIONS


You don't need to lean back into the backrest too forcefully. Just focus on keeping your bottom back into the corner of the seat pan. All of our chairs have supportive and high quality backrests. As such, if you set it correctly following the instructions above, and then just focus on sitting back into the seat pan, the backrest will do the rest of the work for you and prop you up in the perfect posture.


If your feet are not touching the ground firmly, you need a footrest.


Make sure the armrests, if applicable, are not preventing you from pushing yourself in.

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