How to Adjust Your Office chair?
How to Adjust Your Office chair?
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How to Adjust Your Office chair?

Regardless of whether it cost $200, $500, or $1,000 if an office chair isn’t sitting upright, it’s not doing you any good. Taking the time to adjust it for your body and the type of work you do is a necessity. A good computer desk chair lets you customize the height, seat depth, armrests, and recline to your body so you’re comfortable no matter your task. But it isn’t always obvious how to dial in those options for comfort and ergonomics.

Your first step should be pulling out the instruction manual for your mesh desk chair or looking for an adjustment diagram online. Once you have that, here’s how to dial in all the adjustments for the best ergonomics.

Adjust the height 
Sit down and adjust the height of the gaming office chair so your feet are flat on the ground and your legs form a 90-degree angle. Your knees should align with or rest slightly lower than your hips. Over time, if you feel pressure near your butt, raise the reclining gaming chair a little. If you feel pressure at the front of your leg, lower the high back desk chair.

Adjust the armrests 
Adjust the height of the armrests so they’re at elbow height with your shoulders relaxed, and your arms are at a 90-degree angle. If the armrests are too high, they force you to shrug; too low, and you slouch. If the arms slide in or out, as on the Yamasoro Gesture pictured above, move them so they support whatever work you’re doing. For example, slide them in when you’re typing out a long email on a keyboard, then slide one out when you’re working more with the mouse. It’s good to get in the habit of adjusting your armrests as you change tasks.


Adjust the recline and tilt tension 

According to Rani Lueder, founder of Humanics Ergonomics, reclining in an ergonomic office chair is an important way to relieve loads on your spine while opening up your thigh-torso angle, so you should do it throughout the day. If the modern desk chair has a tilt-limiter setting, lean back as far as you want to go and lock it into place. Cornell University’s ergonomics department recommends around 110 degrees as a good place to keep your chair's recline for keyboard and mouse tasks. Don’t be afraid to unlock the recline and lean farther back throughout the day. Shifting positions helps redistribute pressure and promote circulation.
Some swivel desk chair let you set the tension of the tilt, either in place of the recline angle or in tandem with it. Adjust the tension so you can lean back in the upholstered desk chair comfortably without using a lot of force, and make sure the comfy desk chair doesn’t spring upright too strongly when you lean forward. If you can’t lean back without forcibly pushing, loosen the tension. If you find yourself using your core to pull yourself out of the best desk chair when it’s tilted back, tighten the tension.