How to adjust your office chair

Variation and movement are the key to good work postures: change sitting position by changing the settings of the chair during the course of the day. Change between sitting on a chair with a backrest and, for example, a stool without a backrest to get variation and movement.

  • Know your chair – read the instructions and try out the different settings

  • Adjust the chair to suit you and the tasks you have during the day – so you get the most from your chair

  • Start by adjusting the seat height so that both your feet are flat on the floor and your arms can rest on the table in a relaxed position. This gives you a good, stable sitting position. If you have special height orthopaedic footwear, you can adjust the seat height accordingly

  • A slightly forward tilted seat combined with a raised seat is well-suited to a standing work posture at a height-adjustable table

  • A slightly forward tilted seat also supports an active back posture

  • Sit back in your seat – and make sure your thighs are supported. There should be space for your hand between the hollows of your knees and the front of the seat so that you do not cut off your blood supply

  • The backrest can be adjusted for height, back- and forward positions, and angle, so that it supports the lower back, is comfortable and promotes an active, erect posture

  • If you need armrests, adjust them to a height that provides comfort and relaxation in the shoulders and arms. Make sure they are not in the way, so you can sit close to the table

  • Make use of the chair's settings throughout the day to vary your sitting position

  • Use your height-adjustable table so that you can stand now and then

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