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Chairs & Stools

While working, a suitable chair or stool will encourage you to move your body and change positions to maintain good posture. In order to prevent repetitive stress injuries and back pain associated with sitting for long periods of time, office chairs and stools often include adjustable seats, armrests, backs, back supports, and heights.

Here at Cromwell, we stock chairs and stools from leading brands Tc©, Teknik© and Dynamic©.

What are office chairs and stools?

Most office chairs are often referred to as a desk chair or computer chair. They feature a padded chair back with lumbar support, a padded seat, and are mounted on casters to allow them to roll and swivel. They are sometimes heigh-adjustable.

Why office chairs and stools?

Investing in an ergonomically designed office chair may be costly, but the durability of these chairs are more rewarding in the long run. These chairs will also provide users with the much-needed back support, especially for those that work long hours at the desk.

When are office chairs used?

As implied by the name, office chairs are most used in a work or office setting but can also be used in homes for those who have PC's and would like the extra comfort whilst sitting at a desk.

Office chairs and stool types

In the current market, there are many types of office chairs with several benefits, all coming in a range of shapes and sizes. When choosing an office chair, the type of chair considered will need to meet your ergonomic requirements so that you can remain comfortable through the working day. Here are some examples of the different types of office chairs to choose from:

Desk Chairs   -    also known as a computer chair, is a swivel chair used at a desk.

Drafting Chairs   -   t:the seating position of drafting chairs is higher, making them ideal for higher tables and workbenches.

Executive Chairs   -   provides additional comfort for the office worker. They are usually made of leather or faux leather and are suitable for boardrooms.

Kneeling Chairs   -   supports the weight of the body by having the thighs lowered, which makes it possible for the shins to support some of the body's weight. Their purpose is to relieve lower back pain.

Stacking Chairs   -   traditional 4-legged chair that stacks on top of itself for easy storage. It is one of the most popular chairs in meeting rooms.

Stools   -   adjustable-height chair without a backrest.

Typist Chairs   -   Typist Chairs resembles a desk chair, except it has a higher backrest and does not have arm rests.

Considerations when choosing office chairs and stools

Height - To accommodate people of different heights and statures, the chair's height should be adjustable.

Seat depth - A deep seat is ideal if you are tall so that your legs can be supported comfortably. However, if you're short, you don't want the seat to be too deep. To prevent digging into your thighs, the seat edge of the seat should be rounded over, and the seat cushion should not be too thick and soft.

Backrest height adjustment - The backrest of your chair should give firm support to the lower and middle parts of your back. Height adjustment is important, too, unless the backrest is high enough to provide complete back support.

Adjustable armrests - The armrests on a chair aren't essential, but if you like them, make sure they're set back from the seat front, or adjust accordingly so you can draw it up close to your desk.

Lock/Unlock chair - You will be able to move around in the seat if it has a recline adjustment, so you won't be seated in the same position for too long.

Castors - If you want to move around freely, your chair should have a five-caster base. Depending on the flooring in your home, you may need carpet or hard floor castors. In addition, if your chair only comes with carpet castors (or a protective mat), you can buy third-party castors for hard floors.

Chairs and stools jargon buster

We want to make it easy for you to shop our range of chairs and stools, so we've outlined some terms to allow you to shop with confidence.

What does lumbar support mean and what does it do?

Lumbar is a term widely used to refer to the lower part of your back. Chairs that possess lumbar support are designed specifically to maintain good posture whilat at work or sitting at a desk for an extended period of time. Lumbar support reduces strain and promotes a good posture by minimising slouching.


Do office chairs need wheels?

Office chairs that have wheels improve the strength and balance of the chair. However, having wheels on the chairs depends on where they are going to be used and what type of chair you want to go for. Most offices prefer to have the ease of movement that comes with wheeled office chairs.

Are office chairs good for your back?

For people that work long hours at a desk every day, it is worth investing in an ergonomic chair for back pain that will support your body properly.