How to adjust desk chairs

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How to adjust desk chairs
Adjusting your desk chair reduces fatigue. (office chair image by Paul Moore from

When you spend a lot of time sitting in an office desk chair, it is important to have the chair properly adjusted. A properly adjusted chair reduces fatigue and maintains your posture. Although some desk chairs have arm rest adjustments, all desk chair have a height and tilt adjustment. The height of your desk chair allows you to sit comfortably with your feet firmly on the floor. The tilt of the chair ensures that your lumbar is supported properly. These minor desk chair adjustments take only a few minutes.

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  1. 1

    Locate the chair height adjuster for your chair. The height adjuster is usually a lever on the right side of the chair below the seat.

  2. 2

    Reach down with your right hand and grasp the lever. Lift your body weight off the chair, and pull up on the lever to allow the chair to raise fully.

  3. 3

    Release the height adjustment lever, and sit down on the chair. Slowly lift up on the lever. Allow the chair to adjust down slowly with your body weight until your knees are at a 90-degree angle, with your feet flat on the floor. Release the lever.

  4. 4

    Find the knob that adjusts the chair tilt on your chair. Some chairs have a knob on the back, while others have a knob under the chair.

  5. 5

    Rotate the knob clockwise to tilt the chair forward or counterclockwise to tilt the chair back.

  6. 6

    Sit in the chair with your feet flat on the floor. You should be able to sit straight with the small of your back resting on the back of the chair. Continue making adjustments as necessary until you have the proper tilt.

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