Essential Office Chair Features – Part VI

11.  Arm rest height adjustment

  • Some chairs do not have height adjustable arm rests, and if they do, the arm rests rarely lower enough.
  • If the arm rests do not lower, or do not lower enough, the arm rests block the employee from pulling their chair all the way into the desk when using a keyboard tray.  As a result, the employees sit forward in their chair in a “perched” position and do not use their back rest for support.
  • Additionally if the arm rests do not lower enough, the employee tends to rest their elbows/forearms on the arm rests too frequently.  Pressure placed on the forearm and elbow can result in compression discomfort and possibly injury.
  • The arm rests must lower to at least 5” above the seat pan.

12.  Arm rest width adjustment

  • Many chairs do not have width adjustable arm rests.
  • If the arm rests do not widen enough, the employee tends to rest their elbows/forearms on the arm rests too frequently (see above)
  • The arm rests must widen up to 2” out from the seat pan.
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