History of the Office Chair

September 20, 2012

The oldest surviving chair was once part of the decor in King Tut’s tomb but they have been in existence far longer than that, dating back to at least the early 13th century. Originally, they were luxury items that signaled wealth and status, and were reserved for those in society who were deemed important enough to use them. Others sat on benches, stools, or chests that were pressed into service when needed. The chair didn’t achieve common use until the middle of the 16th century.

Chairs specifically designed for office use don’t date back quite that far, of course. Charles Darwin is often credited for being one of the earliest adaptors. He reportedly attached wheels to his chair as a matter of practicality, enabling him to move about his office more readily, a feature that office workers continue to appreciate to this day.

In the middle of the 18th century, coincident with the advent of the expansion of railways, office environments changed and it became common for a business to employ more people in an administrative capacity. Demand and sales were up and the number of office workers increased accordingly. The focus shifted to productivity and the necessity to design and provide staff with seating that was comfortable and efficient, a goal that still remains. Casters were added, seats were re-designed, and backs and armrests were created and tweaked.

Eventually, the focus shifted again. this time in the direction of ergonomics. Technically defined as design that’s intended to lessen the possibility of operator fatigue and discomfort. an ergonomically correct chair is not only more comfortable, but has design elements that can potentially eliminate physical problems that can result from sustained awkward posture. A significant departure from the benches, stools and chests of old!

Anderson Interiors offers a full-range of task and desk chairs in a number of styles, priced to fit any budget, and on the cutting edge of what the industry has to offer. Don’t miss out on the latest bit of chair history!

Give the Gift of Comfort!

December 15, 2011


Give the gift of comfort this year, an ergonomically correct chair by Teknion!  The new AL3  features a three-pivot-point vertical mechanism that’s integrated into the chair column, preserving the chair’s design aesthetic while affording an unprecedented range of ergonomic features.

Seat height, tilt lock, tilt tension, and a synchro-tilt mechanism all adjust to maximize correct fit for any body size or type, providing maximum support and comfort. It’s a welcome addition to any home office!

Choose between black mesh or fully upholstered back. Frame and base available in polished aluminum or ebony.

The perfect combination of technology, ergonomics, and design and the perfect gift for someone on your list this year!

For more information, please phone 412.828.7420.

Selecting a Desk Chair

March 29, 2010
Most people who work in an office setting inherently know that having the proper desk chair can greatly increase comfort and lessen the risk of back strain and other undesirable outcomes. In fact, a proper chair is considered the single most important aspect of one’s office space.

Desk Chairs by Teknion

The ideal chair encourages good posture and allows one’s arms and legs to rest in neutral positions that decrease the opportunity for stress on muscles or nerve endings. When selecting a chair for yourself it’s important to consider several design features.   

Back Support   

The backrest of the chair should be height adjustable to provide adequate support to the lumbar or lower portion of your back.  Simply put, the curvature of the chair should conform to the corresponding area on you. You should also note if the backrest includes a tilt feature.  A slightly reclining position is considered optimal for most desk work and you might find that you appreciate a chair that allows that option.  


The ability to adjust the height of the armrests is an important detail. Verify that they can be moved to facilitate various tasks, including reading, writing, and keyboard use.  Proper arm placement can lessen tension in your  shoulders and neck, resulting in increased comfort and decreased opportunity for fatigue and soreness.   

The Seat   

Ideally, the seat pan should distribute your weight evenly.  A curved or waterfall edge can also contribute to overall comfort, eliminating pressure points to the back of your legs.  When deciding on a specific model, verify that there is adequate space between the back of your knees and the chair edge. The standard rule of thumb is 3 to 4 inches, or the same number of fingers away from the seat.  

Adjustable Height  

Verify that the chair is height adjustable.  When seated, your thighs should be parallel to the ground, feet flat on the floor.  

Stability and Mobility  

If you plan to use the chair in a reclining position, a five-point base can help prevent tipping. In addition, take note of casters and swivel features, both enable mobility and virtually eliminate the need to twist or turn when reaching for items on your desk or surrounding furniture.  

Another important consideration is fabric or other seat and back coverings which can also influence comfort as well as durability. Most chairs come in a variety of colors to fit most any decor.

The average office worker spends more time in a desk chair than on a sofa, chair or mattress in one’s home.  Selecting an ergonomically correct chair can offer benefits that far exceed the time spent to accomplish it.