There’s a huge debate online about the armrests of office chairs.
- Should you have them?
- Are armrests good for ergonomics?
- Do you need armrests on an office chair?
After using an office chair without them, I can say with the utmost certainty that they are better to have in the interim. That said, there were some perks to not having them as well.
We’ll take a look at my month-long experience and give an in-depth overview of armrests.
We’ll check out the benefits and pitfalls to both as well. While there are far more benefits to having a chair with arms, there are some situations that may be more ideal not to have them.
Office Chair With or Without Arms
My Experience with an Armless Chair
For me, I’m a typist. I spend all day writing emails, letters, and memos for the office. One day, the left armrest broke off. It was going to be a month before I could get a new one. For the first few days, I worked with just a right armrest but that was annoying, so I took it off and went without.
At first, the experience was okay. I tend to squirm and change positions in my seat often. So, I was able to sit how I liked without inhibition.
But, I could feel myself slumping over while I worked. My body would lean forward to make up for the weight that would normally go into my elbows.
Pressure on the Spine ; Upper Back Pain
In the following weeks, I found myself having pain in my shoulders, neck, and back. This propensity caused pressure on my spine. By the end of the month, it was so bad, I was having headaches, stiffness, and muscle pain. This is when my boss decided we should get a chair that features adjustable armrests.
Getting a Chair with Adjustable Armrests
Once it came, this was the perfect solution. It gave me the needed option to adjust the armrests to give me room for sitting or to put them at a normal height so I can work without incurring any pain. But this is my experience, other people have different ideas.
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Do you need armrests on office chair
Whether an Office Chair with or without Armrests Is Right for You
Having an office chair with or without arms will come down to personal preference and what you do in your office. Typists, data entry, computer programming, gaming testers, and website designers should definitely have an office chair with armrests.
However, if your job doesn’t need a computer or you do something in your office chair that doesn’t require you to be sedentary, then an armless one may be best. For instance, if you spend most of your office time talking on the phone, reviewing documents or teaching music lessons, then having an armless chair will be ideal.
Compare ; Contrast
But, to make a better decision for you and your needs in an office chair, it’s best to evaluate the pros and cons of having one with or without armrests.
|Office Chair Without Arms||Office Chair with Arms|
|No place for elbows||Offers a place for elbows|
|Causes muscular and joint tension||Eases muscular strain|
|Can be difficult to get into our out of the chair||Allows ease of sitting down or standing up|
|Promotes bad posture||Promotes good posture|
|Sitting in whichever way the user sees fit||One position for sitting|
|They start out comfortable, but they eventually begin to cause pain||Armrests offer better comfort|
Office chairs with armrests are more comfortable, promote good posture, relieve muscle pain and are more ergonomic. This makes armrests a better choice than chairs without them. But, as stated earlier, it really depends on what you do in the chair.
Armrests tend to offer even weight distribution between the shoulders and upper back. This means the neck relaxes and it eases pressure on the spine. If you sit long enough in an office chair without armrests, you’ll begin to feel it and it’s not long that you’ll wish you had them.
Getting a chair with adjustable armrests seemed to be the best solution for my problem. But having an office chair without arms all the time isn’t a good idea, especially when I get going on a long letter. But there are times where I’m on the phone or reading documents, then lowering the armrests helped keep them out of the way.
But, if you’re someone who types a lot or spends time looking at a screen, it’s best to invest in a chair with armrests. However, if you’re not behind a computer for most of the time you’re sitting, then an armless chair might be much more ideal.