You can spend most of your day in that chair behind your desk, so it’s important for your overall health to get a good one. An executive office chair should give the right amount of support to prevent health problems, keeping you alert and focused during the day. It should also be comfortable. And it should look good.

When you shop for an executive office chair, here are a few things to keep in mind:

Lumbar Support

Lumbar support is important to prevent strain on your lower back. The lumbar support should look like the natural curve of your spine. You’ll have to sit in the chair to find a good fit.

Correct Seat Size

The seat should have sufficient width and depth to accommodate your body. If the seat is too short and you are tall, the edge of the seat will hit your legs at the wrong place and that could cause pain. There should be 2″-4″ between the edge of the seat and the back of your knees. The seat should be wide enough to be comfortable.

Armrests

Armrests can take the strain off your neck and shoulders. Ideally, the height of the armrests should be equal to your desk so your arms can be relaxed as you work.

Adjustable Height

Sitting in the chair, you should be able to have your feet flat on the ground, knees bent and thighs parallel to the floor. Adjust the height of the chair until that happens for optimum comfort and performance.

Adjustability

Every part of the chair should be adjustable. Become familiar with the levers and controls to quickly adjust the seat, especially if other people share your chair.

Chair Mobility

The chair should have a good wheelbase that allows you to easily move from one part of your desk to the other. There are floor mats available for every kind of flooring that not only protect the floor from the wheels but make it easier for you to move around. The chair should also swivel on the wheelbase giving you easy access to every part of your desk.

Shopping for office furniture can take some time, especially for a chair that needs to fit your body. It’s a lot of chairs to sit in, and you must sit in every single chair before making a buying decision. It’s the only way to know if the chair fits you.

Executive office chairs can be costly, especially for a good one. Check out used office furniture stores to snag a bargain. Most used furniture stores have a section with office furniture. If you’re limited on time, call around before heading out, but for maximum buying power try to find a used office furniture store. The right chair can make all the difference in productivity.