Marianne Compton. Stool. August 06th , 2017.
A well designed office stool is one of the most critical elements of an ergonomic workstation, after all it will be the piece of furniture you use most throughout the day. Whether sitting in an office stool or office chair, prolonged sitting or standing in the same position throughout the day can cause discomfort and can even lead to unnecessary aches and pains. An ergonomically outfitted workstation coupled with an appropriate office stool to sit in and proper sitting posture can lead to increases in productivity and efficiency. With the vast amount of unique job professions and tasks out there, there are a myriad of office stool solutions designed to fit specific jobs. When deciding between all the different variations of office stools on the market, it is important to figure out what your individual office needs will be and how much time you will be spending sitting in your stool.
Saddle stools are a unique stool option that are designed to help alleviate lower back pain, reduce pain in the shoulders and neck, minimize headaches, prevent muscular tension fatigue, and help correct bad posture. Sitting in a similar position as one would while sitting on an equestrian saddle enables the user to sit in a widened stance that helps improve blood circulation and corrects you from sitting with bad posture. They are typically used in conjunction with your current office chair but can also be used as your primary seating solution once you get accustomed to the stool. These ergonomic stools are best used in a fast paced environment where there is a frequent need to move and stretch. Some professions that best benefit from saddle stools include dentists, nurses, lab assistants, vets, therapists, hair dressers, technicians, and musicians.
You can buy a bar stool for as little as $9. Typically bar stools less than $100 are \"RTA\" or \"Ready to Assemble\". This means that the bar stool must be bolted together by the customer. Using as many as FIFTY (yes, I once sold a stool that required 50 bolts) bolts, legs must be attached, seats must be attached, arms, back, seat frame, etc. Every bolt used to assemble a bar stool is a potential problem. Everyday use will loosen bolts over time resulting in a potentially dangerous situation if you do not periodically check the tightness of all the bolts. Even worse, many RTA stools use thin-walled metal with no additional support for the bolt’s threads to grasp. I have seen hundreds of these lower quality stools that will easily strip threads simply by being assembled. Additionally, lower priced stools are typically sold one way: one color, one fabric, no options.
Style - You will need to make sure you select a chair, which in turn matches the design of your space; you don’t need a single thing to seem out of place. There are many different varieties of kitchen stools available, meaning there is certainly plenty of choice.
Motion stools are both rare and scarce in design option available, however the few that are available are becoming a popular choice for many offices and homes across the world. A motion stool does exactly what its name implies, provides continual motion while sitting. It allows the user to move from side to side or front to back with little effort keeping you moving all throughout the day without falling over or leaving your seat. They are an ideal choice for exercising your legs, back, and abdominal muscles while also relieving and preventing soreness or stiffness caused by sitting in the same position for extended periods of time. With their backless design, they are also remind the user to sit up straight with correct posture. Just like a saddle stool, they can also be used alongside your current office chair when you need a break from conventional seating or can be used independently for all day sitting.
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