How To Adjust An Ergonomic Chair? (In 6 Easy Steps)

Although Ergonomic Chairs have been in the market for a long time now, it can be confusing to adjust the Chair accordingly. And if the Chair is not adjusted properly, you might face problems, and the ergonomic features will remain unused. 

Here’s the step by step process to adjust your ergonomic chair to sit properly:

  1. Make Sure The Seat Height Is Adjusted As Per Your Height
  2. Adjust The Lumbar Support To An Optimal Level
  3. Adjust The Arms Height To The Perfect Height And Angle
  4. Adjust The Tilt Tension Using The Knob Underneath Your Chair
  5. Adjust The Seat Depth
  6. Adjust The Headrest Height And Angle For Maximum Head And Neck Support

In this article, I will provide you with the complete guideline to adjust your ergonomic chair so that all the ergonomic features are utilized adequately, and you can ensure maximum comfort from the Chair. 

So, without any further ado, let’s get started!

Adjust Your Ergonomic Chair In 6 Simple Steps:

Step 1: Make Sure The Seat Height Is Adjusted As Per Your Height

Most ergonomic chairs come with adjustable seat features which include seat height adjustments. If your feet cannot touch the ground, the seat height should be changed.

An average height person (5.3” to 6.4”) should use a chair with height adjustability from 17.3 to 20.5 inches

To find out the exact seat height for your height, check out this article. You will find a seat height calculator in the article.

However, the appropriate seat height differs from person to person. Nonetheless, it would help if you kept in mind that while sitting, you have to keep your arms parallel to the desk and feet flat on the ground; as a result, you need to adjust the Chair’s height that way. 

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In case your legs still do not touch the ground, make sure to use a stool or footrest in order to balance out the height. 

How to Adjust the Seat Height?

The Seat Height Mechanism is controlled by the lever present underneath the Chair’s seat. It is the gas lift that builds the connection with the lever, ensuring smooth adjustments.

When you put pressure on the seat while pulling the lever, the Chair’s seat goes downward. Similarly, when you release the pressure from the seat, the seat moves upward. 

Most of the ergonomic chairs have one single lever for the mechanism, whereas others have two; one to lower the height, and the other one helps increase the height.

Step 2 – Adjust The Lumbar Support To An Optimal Level:

Lumbar Support is the most important and cherished introduction to the ergonomic chairs that help hold your body and contour your natural body posture. Lumbar support eradicates the risk of back pain and neck pain.

It also ensures you the utmost comfort while maintaining the natural S-curve of your spine. Then again, if proper lumbar support is missing from your Chair when you rest your back on the backrest, you will feel comfortable as a result; you will slouch forward frequently, creating the C-curve.

When you sit slouching forward for a long period of time, you will experience back, neck, and shoulder pain; consequently, you will not be able to sit in the chair for an extended period of time without hampering your productivity. 

So, How to Adjust The Lumbar Support of A Chair?

Lumbar support adjustment is different in each of the chairs. However, most of the chairs have a lumbar support pillow that can go upward or downward; basically, you can adjust the height of the lumbar support.

Moreover, there are some office chairs that have the lumbar depth or lumbar tension adjustment.

Lumbar depth adjustment will allow you to increase or decrease the firmness of your lower back support. It mainly determines who much pressure you want on your lumbar back.

Chair with lumbar height and depth adjustment will offer you the optimum support to your back.

Remember, the Chair needs to hold you perfectly from the back so that your spine stays at its optimal angle. Different people might require different adjustments. 

No matter how the lumbar support mechanism works in your Chair, it will be pretty straightforward. 

You can even add a portable lumbar support pillow to make your Chair more comfortable so that you can work in peace.

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Step 3 – Adjust The Arms Height To The Perfect Height And Angle

Armrests with higher than necessary put extra pressure on your shoulders. On the flip side, lower armrests usually won’t help you much. That’s why it is important to adjust the height of the armrests of a chair.

In an ergonomic chair, Armrest is adjustable, which comes with different features. In general, the armrests can be either fixed or have a few adjustment facilities. 

Three different adjustments present in an ergonomic chair are; 2D, 3D, and 4D, including height-wise, depth-wise, or lengthwise adjustments. In some cases, you can rotate the armrests and change their angle. 

As stated earlier, you need to keep your arms parallel to the desk; so, the Armrest should be kept at the same height as your desk. Even while typing, you should do the same.

Step 4 – Adjust The Tilt Tension Using The Knob Underneath Your Chair

Among all other features, I especially love the tilting feature of an ergonomic chair, and the tilt lock is a bonus. Imagine, after working for several hours, you suddenly feel the urge to take a short nap, but the backrest of your chair does not tilt.

Such a problem, isn’t it? Well, the ergonomic Chair will not disappoint you; instead, it will give you three to five tilt lock options so that you can enjoy your break-time to the fullest. 

Moreover, you can change your posture with the reclined positions, which is also beneficial. Remember, for the minimal disc pressure, and you need to keep the recline up to 120 to 130-degree. 

Use the knob to increase or decrease the tilt tension while you recline on your ergonomic chair. You also need to ensure the seat height is on the appropriate level so that the lumbar support is in its exact position, even after you recline. 

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Step 5 – Adjust The Seat Depth Properly

Seat depth is an underrated feature, and most mid-range ergonomic office chairs don’t offer seat depth adjustment.

However, if you get a chair with seat depth adjustment, you need to make sure the seat depth is perfectly adjusted. Sometimes the unadjusted seat depth results in thigh muscle fatigue.

For example, you might notice the seat is so much upfront that you cannot let your back adequately rest on the backrest. This can result in a lack of back support, lumbar support and initiate body pain. 

Then again, when your Chair’s seat is moved backward, at the time of reclining, you might feel uncomfortable, as the back support will be minimal. 

Step 6 – Adjust The Headrest Height And Angle For Maximum Head And Neck Support

Although lumbar support plays a great role in providing the maximum back support, the upper and lower back support, the headrest completes it by providing proper neck, shoulder, and head support.

I have used several office chairs on which the headrest was too high for me to use. Such a headrest is not as usable at all.

Headrests have to be at such a height and angle, which provides your neck and head adequate support. Otherwise, having a headrest is meaningless.

Nowadays, you will find headrests with 2D and 3D adjustability. That is, you can adjust the height and move it side by side. The best thing is when your headrest can be rotated angle-wise to ensure the most comfort.

The soft padding, along with the perfectly adjusted headrest, will surely give you the highest level of comfort and ensure your optimal position. 

Related Questions

How Do You Set Up An Ergonomic Workstation At Home?

It can be at your home or in your office, and you need to make sure your workstation is ergonomic so that all the health risks are minimized.

Things you can do to set up an ergonomic workstation at home:

  1. Buy an Ergonomic Office Chair that has the best adjustments and provides the utmost comfort. 
  2. Keep the desk at the appropriate height so that you can comfortably relax your hand on the desk.
  3. Keep your computer’s monitor at your eye level.
  4. Keep the keyboard, mouse, and all the necessary things within your reach. 
  5. Install a Chair Mat so that you can roll your Chair smoothly.
  6. Adjust your seat to the appropriate height.
  7. Use a standing desk or a desk converter so that you can change the posture every 2 hours from seating to standing and vice-versa.

What Is The Most Ergonomic Way To Sit At A Desk?

To sit most ergonomically at a desk, you need to first make sure the desk and you are at the appropriate height. How to make sure that? Just keep your arms on the desk and feet on the floor. 

If you see that both arms and feet are perfectly parallel to the floor, then the height is perfectly balanced. Also, your arms should parallel to your desk’s surface. Remember to sit comfortably sit on the chair without slouching forward. 

Then, make sure your computer’s monitor is at your eye level. If required, use a lap desk or a desk converter. However, keep the keyboard and mouse on the desk so that you can use them while keeping your arms on the desk.

Finally, keep all the necessary things at your hand distance. This will help you greatly, especially when your chair does not have casters. 

What Happens If Your Chair Is Too High?

The Chair height should be proportionate to your height, or else you might face many problems. To mention a few problems relating to inappropriate Chair’s height:

  1. You will not be able to relax your feet flat on the ground.
  2. You might need to spend a few bucks to buy a small stool or a footrest to keep your legs.
  3. You will not be able to relax your hand parallel to the desk; as a result, you might slouch forward, which might cause neck and shoulder pain.
  4. Your overall posture will be compromised and initiate pain. 
  5. You will not be able to work properly on your desk; as a result, your productivity will be hampered. 

Meraj Jahan

Hey, I am a co-author at Office Chair Trends. Not only have I experience working for extended hours behind the desks at my workstation, but I also have seen people in my surroundings suffer from body aches. Being a reader by day and writer by night, I have researched this matter and gathered knowledge along the way. I am sharing all my experiences on this site.