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Chair

Are your feet supported by the floor or by a footrest when seated?

Recommended Solutions

  • Adjust the seat height so your feet can touch the floor with your knees equal to or slightly lower than your hips.
  • If your chair is elevated for your keyboard or desk, use a footrest to support your feet.

Is there a small space (about 1") between the front edge of the chair and the back of your knee?

Recommended Solutions

  • Adjust the seat depth if possible.
  • If the seat does not adjust and is too long, use a rolled up towel or lumbar cushion to push you forward in the seat.
  • If the seat is short, avoid using cushions or towels. They will push you forward and make it shorter.
  • Try to adjust the backrest tilt to increase space.

Are the armrests set so your shoulders are relaxed while your arms are supported?

Recommended Solutions

  • Adjust the armrest height if possible.
  • If available, adjust the armrest width to support your arms close to your body.
  • If the armrest are too high and do not adjust, consider removing them.
  • If the armrests are too low, pad them to make them higher.
  • If your armrest gets in the way, consider removing them.


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