What Are the Different Ergonomic Chair Adjustments?
Hard casters vs. soft casters- what’s the difference? What is synchro-tilt and why do office chairs have so many adjustment options? Often, office chairs provide endless chair adjustment options that offer people a way to customize their office chair to how they work. Not only can one fine-tune their chair to their own preference, but these adjustments also provide excellent support and comfort that lasts throughout the workday.
So, to help you understand the terms regularly used when purchasing office chairs, Eau Claire Business Interiors has created this handy reference guide. Here you’ll find valuable information and guidance to which adjustments you would like to include on your office chair to personalize it to your exact needs.
Lumbar Support: It’s a feature towards the lower part of the chair back. Lumbar support delivers extra pressure to the user’s lower back, which helps maintain the natural curve of the spine and reduce back pain. The user can move the lumbar either up or down to adjust where the extra pressure is needed to achieve the proper posture.
Synchro-Tilt: Is a control mechanism in the chair that allows the user to lean back, while activating the recline and keeps the seat parallel to the floor at the same time. Synchro-tilt encourages proper back alignment and increases circulation.
Seat Slider/Seat Depth Adjustment: An adjustment on office chairs allowing the user to move the chair seat forward or backward to create a deeper or shallower seat cushion.
4D Adjustable Arms: This means that the arms are adjustable in four dimensions, so you can constantly adjust to a position you prefer at that moment. The arms can be adjusted by height, depth (aka forwards/backwards), left/right, and at a sideways angle.
Soft Casters: Wheels on office chairs designed for hard surfaces, such as hardwood, tile floors, glass floor mats, or hard plastic mats.
Hard Casters: Wheels on an office chair designed for softer surfaces such as carpet.
Tilt Lock: A feature on office chairs, usually activated by a knob or lever, to prevent the back of the chair from reclining when the user leans back. Often the tilt lock is activated when the user prefers firmer back support and an upright position.
Tilt Tension: A feature in office chairs which lets the user to increase or decrease the amount of pressure it takes for them to push on the chair back when reclining.
Center Tilt: Is a fundamental control mechanism on a chair that empowers anyone to comfortably recline, using the seat’s center as the pivot point.
Seat Tilt Tension: A mechanical feature on the front of an office chair that adjusts the amount of resistance the chair provides when reclining and is usually controlled by a knob.
We hope these terms answered any questions you may have regarding the different adjustment options available on office chairs. If you’re looking for an ergonomic chair, reach out to the experts at Eau Claire Business Interiors. We offer an extensive range of office furniture products, along with interior design and space planning services for customers across Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Eau Claire Business Interiors’ team specializes in turning our client’s vision of a professional work environment into a reality. We can create a workspace that effectively meets anyone’s business goals by providing the highest quality office furnishings and products in the market.