The Best Chairs for Comfort

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The Best Chairs for Comfort
Uncomfortable chairs can cause serious health problems. (Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images)

With many workers confined to offices for eight hours a day, back pain and discomfort is becoming an increasingly common problem. One way to reduce pain is to select a chair that encourages good posture and is comfortable to sit in for an extended period of time. While literally hundreds of different chairs are available on the market, it is best to select a chair that has several key components to it which can really aid comfort.

Adjustable Height

Make sure you can adjust the height on any chair you buy. You want to be able to sit with your feet resting comfortably on the floor, thighs supported and parallel to the floor. If you are sitting too low or too high, you will be unable to sit in a comfortable position.


Like the head rest, the backrest must also be adjustable. It is vital that the chair provides lumbar support, as this is the most common area of the body that is affected by poor posture caused by uncomfortable chairs. There should also be sufficient cushioning included to maximise comfort. Make sure it is not overly cushioned, though -- you will need the chair to be reasonably firm, otherwise problems could arise.

Suitable Chair Seat

Squeezing yourself onto a chair is not ideal. Sitting on a low or wide chair while crouching around a table or desk can also cause problems. Make sure you chair has around 1 inch of space around your hips and thighs on each side for optimum comfort.


Choose a chair made from a breathable fabric. While leather may look nice, it can become uncomfortable and hot if you sit in it for an extended period of time.

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