Designing For Human Beings

Providing good-fitting office chairs to different-sized workers will assume heightened importance as the workforce continues to change.

Addressing The Discomforts Of Sitting

According to findings from The Work & Health Research Centre, Loughborough University, during a typical working week, staff spend on average 5 hours and 41 minutes per day sitting at their desk. That’s over 27 hours per week and more than 1,350 hours per year (or a staggering 7 weeks per year) sitting down in your office chair!

Yep, now would be a good to time to have a kit kat and stretch your legs…..

A single chair that fits all people is as challenging to design as it is to find one answer to fit all questions. As long as chairs continue to reflect the human beings who use them, variety will be a consideration.

The old adage, “People come in all shapes and sizes,” is a tired cliché to a lot of people. To those who design and manufacture office chairs, it’s a daily reminder of the difficult task they face: making chairs that fit a tremendously varied population. Walk through the offices of just about any company and you’ll see people of vastly different sizes and proportions.

Often taken for granted, better chair design is the key to minimizing if not preventing injuries and pain associated with office occupations, and we don’t just mean adjustable feature. Proper office chair design is about correct fit.

Correct fit meaning that the chair that allows the user to comfortably rest his or her feet on the floor, with the thighs fully supported and approximately parallel to the floor. The user’s back should be comfortably supported, and the angle formed by the thighs and the torso should be between roughly 90 and 105 degrees. Tilting back should be easy, but not too easy. And the chair should permit frequent posture changes—an essential element of comfortable sitting.


Now would be the time to give your chair a once over…


What chair manufactures have learnt from the thousands of studies conducted worldwide, is that there is no perfect design ratio when it comes to office chairs.

What they do know us that a good work chair needs to naturally support all regions of the spine as a person shifts seated postures throughout the day.  And, a good work chair needs to be flexible in order to address the macro variables of human size and micro variables of back/spine scale.

By turning to the science of ergonomics, db interiors have addressed the discomforts of sitting by studying body measurements in order to determine the best fit possible.

Find out the solution here.