The petite problem: How standard office chairs can cause problems for smaller workers

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The petite problem: How standard office chairs can cause problems for smaller workers

The majority of office chairs are designed with an ‘average’ office worker in mind. If you have a physical build which is somewhere close to average then this may not be a problem. However, petite workers often find that their torso length and their leg length are just not compatible with most office chairs. Pledge office chairs are a cost-effective solution to this dilemma and offer design and functionality whilst promoting performance in the workplace.

Does being petite really have to be a problem?

No, of course it does not. By using the correct office furniture and equipment, the needs of petite workers can be fully met. The particular issues faced by petite workers relate to leg length, torso length and weight.

  1. Leg length is the major issue. Office workers need to be able to put their feet on the floor so that their lower body can be positioned correctly. This prevents undue strain being exerted on the musculoskeletal structures of the pelvis, lower spine and lower limbs. If they cannot put their feet comfortably on the floor it can result in lower back and leg pain.
  2. Seat depth makes a big difference. Leg length is not just about reaching the floor! The distance between the pelvis and knee is also relevant. If a petite worker has to sit forward so that their knees can bend at the end of the seat, their back could be completely unsupported and vulnerable to strain.
  3. Don’t forget about torso length. This is relevant to the positioning of lumbar supports. Regular supports may simply be too high up for a petite worker.
  4. Think weight as well as height. A petite build describes a worker’s weight as well as their height. Office workers use their weight to adjust tilting chair backs and these are designed to suit an average weight. A petite office worker could strain their lower back if they have to ‘push’ back on a chair to adjust it. In some cases they may not be able to move it at all.

Pledge office chairs offer the design that is right for you

Pledge office chairs allow you to design a particular chair so that they are exactly right for each worker. Both the seat height and the back rest can be adjusted to suit the individual. It is possible to fix the angle of the back rest or leave it free floating which allows it to always be in contact with the back.  That all important body weight tension adjustment allows petite worker to adjust the angle of the seat without straining their back.

Here at Office Furniture Online we provide an extensive range of Pledge office chairs with custom chair mechanisms allowing you to select a chair that is right for you. They are available in a range of fabrics so that can blend in with the rest of your office furniture. You don’t have to compromise on style to get the chair that you need.

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