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3 Signs You Need a New Office Chair

You may be asking yourself what difference it makes: A chair is a chair, right? Well, not quite.

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An improper chair can have negative effects on your body and work performance. Like any other equipment, over time a chair needs replacing. If you are unsure of whether it's time to replace your chair, follow our three signs it's time to make the switch.

1. Your chair is being held together with tape, glue, etc.

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If your seat has cracks or rips, your arms are either missing or held on by duct tape, it's time to replace your chair. Another sign is if when you stand up, and your seat still holds the form of your behind, you could use an upgrade.

2. As the day progresses, so does your back pain

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Sitting for prolonged periods of time can wreak havoc on your body. This is why it's very important to chose a chair that supports your back and seat throughout the day. Opt for a chair contoured for lower back support with a firm seat (especially at the base of your spine) to keep you in a upright position, not slouched over.

3. You aren't as productive as you used to be

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Experiencing constant aches and pains has a negative effect on your work performance. A poorly-made chair can cause discomfort, which can be very distracting and affect your work performance. When you sit in a chair that supports your body, you can experience increased energy and productivity.

Our Picks for New Office Chairs

Herman Miller Aeron Chair
Aeron has been remastered based on Herman Miller’s latest research around the science of sitting, advancements in materials, manufacturing, and technology, and today’s world of work.

Aeron from Herman Miller

(The #1 Selling Task Chair in the World)

The Aeron originally combined a deep knowledge of human-centered design with innovative, never-before-seen technology to deliver a chair unlike any other. Remastered for today’s work and workers, Aeron now offers smarter weight distribution and suspension through 8Z Pellicle, and adjustable PostureFit SL that supports both the sacrum and lumbar to better nurture the natural S-shape of the spine.

Two back options, offered in a variety of expressive and neutral options, help Mirra 2 support a variety of people and applications.

Mirra 2 from Herman Miller

Mirra 2 is a lightly-scaled, highly-responsive performance chair designed to support a wider range of work than traditional task seating. Its highly flexible butterfly back and frame design helps users transition from focused individual work to interactive group activities while consistently providing a high degree of comfort. Mirra 2 is available in a varied, vibrant surface material palette, helping it to stand out from not only in functionally but also in aesthetically from other chairs in the market.

Sleek, aerodynamic lines give the Amplify collection power, with a modern look and sumptuous comfort.

Amplify from SitOnIt

Amplify offers more built-in features than any other chair in its class, with enhanced synchro, height adjustable arms and adjustable lumbar support all standard. The curvaceous profile and vast array of options make this a chair that delivers style as well as substance. Midback and highback mesh and highback upholstered chairs are available in multiple frame, arm and base colors.

Embody is a favorite among ergonomists and workplace health and safety teams, and recommended for those with the most challenging back issues and other ergonomic challenges.

Embody from Herman Miller

For those looking for the most advanced ergonomic comfort available in an office chair, there is no substitute for Embody. Embody’s design incorporates an innovation known as Pixelated Support, which offers customized support for a broad range of users. It promotes a high degree of movement in the seat and back, and Embody’s broad range of adjustments can be highly fine-tuned to each individual user.

Highmark Genus Task Chair 2
The Highmark Genus provides a simplistic work style with its ease of use and smooth lines.

Genus from Highmark

The Genus series is designed to adapt to the evolving workplace whether it be in a collaborative, open plan setting or an executive suite. Genus will instantaneously respond to a variety of working needs intelligently, comfortably and ergonomically. Interact with the next generation of seating and embrace the contemporary Genus collection with a black or white frame, seven different mesh, or fully upholstered options.

Contact Office Environments

Are you ready to make the switch and ditch your old office chair? Want more information? Contact Office Environments or stop by one of our showrooms to see how a new chair can drastically improve your health and productivity.