Finding the right chair
Working out which adapt chair will meet the user’s needs
One of the most difficult first steps to take once you have your user’s measurements is to decide on which model will be best suited for their needs. This article will focus on some simple factors that can help you reason through this process. If you would prefer, we can make some recommendations. Simply send us your measurements and the main issues the client is having, as well as what you are trying to achieve with the chair and we can make some recommendations.
Step 1: Remedial or Preventative?
The first key consideration is what you are trying to achieve. Most commonly customers are looking for remedial chairs to deal with existing musculoskeletal injuries. The recommended chairs for this purpose include the Adapt 200, 500, 600, and 700. Increasingly however, customers are also purchasing chairs to prevent musculoskeletal problems from happening in the first place, and we call these preventative chairs. The preventative ranges include: Ergofit, Zento, and Zento Smart.
Step 2: Which Remedial Chair?
Ninety percent of companies and assessors request the Adapt 500 and 600. Very petite users who find that the smallest 500 and 600 chairs are too big will normally select from the Adapt 200 range, whilst users who are larger than the largest templates in the 500 and 600 range will select the Adapt 700.
You can use the table below to ensure that the range that will fit your user has all the necessary features.
|FEATURE||ADAPT 200||ADAPT 500||ADAPT 600||ADAPT 700|
|Seat Height Adjustment||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Backrest Height Adjustment||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Forward Seat Tilt||No||No||Yes||No|
|Available in full range of fabrics||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Seat Depth Adjustment||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Free float mechanism||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Optional coccyx cutout||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Optional Coccyx relief zone||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Optional Inflatable Thigh Support||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Optional memory foam in seat||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Optional stitched seat||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Option to modify seat pan width||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Option to modify seat pan depth||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Option to modify backrest height||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|Option to modify backrest width||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|Option to add memory foam to backrest||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Option to add triple vertical air cell to backrest||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Option to have Ergocore in seat pan||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Optional to add triple lumbar cell||Yes||No||Yes||-|
|Options to add v-track||No||No||Yes||No|
|Option to have a split seat||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Option to have sacral support cell||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Optional to add triple reactive lumbar cell||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Option to have XXL Seat||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Available in a full range of castors||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Option to have foam sculpting on backrest||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|Option to have Footring||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Option to have footplate||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Option to have sacral cell||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Option to have Reactive vertical cell||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|Option to have split seat||Yes||No||Yes||No|
|Option to have wave seat||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
Step 2B Which Preventative Chair?
If you are looking for a preventative chair, the next step is to decide which model is going to best suit the user’s needs.
The Ergochair is the entrance level option that is priced under £400. The reason why these chairs have become so popular as preventative office chairs is because they come in 3 backrest sizes and 3 seat pan sizes. This means that the chair can pretty much cater to the whole office in terms of typical users’ size, and most companies end up getting a mixture of sizes to ensure best fit. The Zento is the next level up from the Ergofit. The chair only comes in one size but it has been built with a large range of adjustments, which means it can fit a large number of users. The chair also has a forward seat tilt which is great for tilting the pelvis forward in order to facilitate a more upright posture. Finally, the next step up from the Zento is the Zento Smart which has all the features of the Zento and also has an Ergoflo seat cell, dual-extension seat-slide, aluminium base, and an option for a neck rest. To help you get a better sense of the differences and similarities between these chairs please see the product comparison table below.
|Seat Height Adjustment||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Backrest Height Adjustment||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Independent Back Angle Adjustment||No||Yes||Yes|
|Forward Seat Tilt||No||Yes||Yes|
Available in full range of fabrics
|Seat Depth Adjustment||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Free float mechanism||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Optional coccyx cutout||Yes||No||No|
|Optional Inflatable Sacral Support||Yes||No||No|
|Optional Air Cell Seat||Yes||No||No|
3) Step 3 Choosing Your Basic Adaptions: Once you have selected your ideal model you need to consider which key options you want to ensure the chair fits the user’s needs. For more details, please click on Ergochair basic adaptations. PLEASE NOTE THAT NOT ALL ADAPTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE ON ALL CHAIRS. WE HAVE HIGHLIGHTED THE CHAIR COMPATABILITY ON EACH OF THE ADAPTATIONS.
4) Step 4 Choosing Your Advanced Adaptations: Most people can get everything they need from the chair using the basic adaptations. However, if your user’s needs are more complex you can consider the advanced options. For more information, please click on the advanced Ergochair adaptations.