Why Using an Ergonomic Chair for Teaching Online is Important
Online ESL teachers spend anywhere from a few to several hours per week sitting at their desks while teaching. That does not include the time they sit at their desk while not teaching. While most online ESL teachers place a high priority on the computer and headset they use to teach online, they often overlook the importance of the chair they are sitting in. If you think about it logically, the chair you sit in while teaching online and for other tasks you do at your desk should in fact be one of the most important pieces of equipment in your work space.
The challenge of choosing an ergonomic chair is that there is no particular chair that will be the right fit for everyone. We all have different body types, and our workstations are set up differently. A chair only becomes ergonomic when that chair supports your body, your work environment, the specific tasks you perform while working at your desk, and how you perform these tasks.
According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS):
What Features does an Ergonomic Chair Have?
CCOH suggests that an ergonomic chair have the following features:
- Seat height: the seat can be raised and lowered to suit the user’s height, allowing their feet to comfortably reach the floor while also being able to comfortably perform their work
- Backseat: the backseat can be raised or lowered horizontally, and is adjustable vertically
- Seat: the seat angle is adjustable to fit the user’s height and reach
- Armrests: the armrests are adjustable for both height and width to provide comfort and support to the user’s arms
- Lumbar Support: the backseat should provide adequate lumbar support without creating too much pressure
- Backseat Height and Width: the backseat should be high and wide enough to support the user without restricting movement
- Seat Depth: the seat should support the user’s height without causing pressure at the back of the knees, with the back supported by the backrest, and support through the buttocks and thighs
- Seat Width: the seat should be wide enough to provide comfort and even pressure across the seat
- Seat Surface: the seat surface should be comfortable, and made from breathable materials that minimize heat and moisture buildup
- Chair Base: the chair base should provide adequate stability, preferably having a 5-point base
Thus, in your search for an ergonomic chair for online teaching, the only person who can decide which one is best for you – is you. What we can do is recommend ergonomic chairs that are affordable for online ESL teachers and offer these features.
Best Ergonomic Chairs for Online Teachers
Here are the ergonomic chairs we recommend for online teachers from least to most expensive:
- 【ERGONOMIC OFFICE CHAIR】- The ergonomic chair provides 4 supporting points(head/ back/ hips/ hands) and a proper lumbar support. It's easy to adjust seat height, headrest, backrest and flip-up arms to meet different needs, good for sitting long hours. Suitable for people of about 5'5" to 6'2".
- 【LARGE MESH SEAT】- The office chair is larger than other chairs, and it could accommodate different body build. The whole Chair Dimensions(including the arms): 25.6"W x 22"D x 45.3"-54.9"H, the Seat Dimensions: 20"W x 19.3"D x 18.5"-22.05"H. Loading Capacity: 280 lbs. The recline function makes you tilt the backrest back (90~120°) or sit straight freely.
- 【ADJUSTABLE FLIP-UP ARMREST】- Folding the armrests up, you can push the executive office chair directly under the desk to use more area. It's easy to raise or lower the folding armrest by pressing the black buttons on the armrest.
- 【BREATHABLE MESH CHAIR】- The mesh back and mesh seat keep air circulation for extra comfy. High quality mesh resists abrasion and transformation, it makes the high back computer desk chair good for sitting for 4 ~ 8 hours, perfect for a long day sitting.
- 【EASY INSTALLATION & WARRANTY】- All ergonomic office chairs come with 2 years warranty, so please email us directly, we will offer you effective solutions ASAP. With clear instruction and tools, the office mesh chair is easy to assemble (about 15~20 minutes). PU mute wheels roll smoothly, no harm on wooden floor; the sturdy five-pointed base and chair frame add durability and stylish appearances.
- ERGONOMIC DESIGN - The ergonomic office chair backrest mimics the shape of the human spine, providing the perfect support for your back and neck, allowing you to maintain the correct sitting posture and ease pressure & pain on the back for everyday use.
- NUMEROUS ADJUSTABLE FEATURES - Independently adjustable headrest, lumbar, armrests, and cushions support multi-level height adjustment to suit different body types. This office chair backrest supports 90 degrees to 135 degrees tilt adjustment.
- BREATHABLE & COMFORTABLE - The ergonomic chair uses a breathable mesh design to prevent the accumulation of sweat and heat. The high-density sponge cushion is soft and breathable.
- DURABLE & RELIABLE CHAIR - The caster wheel and air roads of the office chair have passed SGS and BIFMA 300 lbs maximum load certification and silent casters metal base improved safety and stability. Silent casters effectively protect the floor.
- EASY TO ASSEMBLY - The adjustable desk chair is equipped with all hardware and necessary tools. Refer to the clear instructions and you can fully assemble in 10 minutes.
- ✿【Easy to Set up】 - Office chair comes with all hardware & necessary tools. Follow the desk chair instruction, you'll found easy to assemble, and computer chair estimated assembly time in about 10-15mins.
- ✿【Soft & Comfort Seat】 - Desk chair using high-density sponge cushion, more flexible, office chair with a middle back design, rectangular ornament not only as a decoration, it can provide good lumbar support makes you feel comfortable.
- ✿【Quality Material】 - All the accessories of our office chair have passed the test of BIFMA, which is a guarantee for your personal safety. The mesh chair can bear the weight of 250lbs.
- ✿【With Armrest】 - It is a good choice to add one of our computer chair in your office or put a desk chair in your home/activity room. The seat height can be adjusted from 17.1"-20.3" and the seat measures 18.5"(W)*18"(D)
- ✿【Ergonomic & New Patent】- The cushion of office chair, armrest accord with human body engineering design, let your body and mesh chair perfect fit, suit long time use, give you creative design!
- 【Adjustable Mesh Chair】You can adjust lumbar support height and depth; headrest height and angle; armrest height, angle, forward & backward; seat cushion height; tilting angle up to 130°and rocking resilience to your personal most comfortable position
- 【Ergonomic Backrest & Seat】Our adjustable backrest can perfectly fit your spine and significantly ease the fatigue and pain of your back. Also, our seat is made of 3 inches high density foam with W-shaped and waterfall-edge design, providing larger support area and disperse pressure on hip and thighs
- 【Unique Metal Armrest】Compared with all other ergonomic desk chairs' plastic 1D armrest, our stainless electroplating metal 3D armrests with bigger, thicker & softer PU paddings are much more durable and best fit to your favorite position
- 【Unique Headrest & Quality Mesh】Unlike other high back office chairs' small mesh headrest, our big curved foam headrest provides more comfortable neck and head support. Plus, our breathable mesh with strong tensile strength provides cool and comfortable back support, enabling long hours sitting relaxed without sweat
- 【Warranty】We provide 30 days money-back guarantee, one year warranty and professional after sales service for our ergonomic office chair. If there is any quality problem, please contact us and we will provide 100% satisfied solution. Our ergonomic computer chair has comprehensive packaging and clear instruction, enable everyone to assemble easily without damage worry
- ERGONOMIC OFFICE CHAIR - Featuring reliable ergonomic support, Articulate comes with a breathable mesh back, passive lumbar support, and generously padded and contoured 6” thick mesh seat cushion
- RELIABLE COMFORT - Designed with productivity in mind, Articulate is perfect for everyday use. Sturdy and supportive, this executive office chair holds up to 331 lbs and comes in a variety of colors
- ADJUSTABLE SEATING - Articulate is a computer chair that easily adjusts to your needs with height adjustable armrests, one-touch chair height adjustment, 360 degree swivel, and a tilt and lock system
- OFFICE UPDATE - Refresh your office space with this versatile choice for computer desks and workstations. Enjoy mobility over carpeted or hardwood floors with five dual-wheel casters
- OFFICE CHAIR MEASUREMENTS - Product Dimensions: 26.5"L x 26"W x 34 - 39"H; Armrest Height: 27.5”H - 32"H. Backrest Height- 22 H inch. Cushion Thickness-6 inch. Floor to top of Bacrest- 37 - 41.5 H inches, Seat To Top of Backrest- 22 inch
Improve Sitting Comfort with Seat Cushions
As we’ve mentioned, everyone will have unique needs, so finding a one-size-fits-all ergonomic chair isn’t realistic. For some people, adding a seat cushion can add much needed comfort, especially if you are sitting for hours while teaching online. What’s also great about seat cushions is that you can place them on any chair – not just on your ergonomic chair for online teaching, but also on dining chairs, arm chairs, and car seats.
Here are some of the bestselling seat cushions we recommend:
- Most Comfortable Gel Memory Foam Cushion On The Market - ComfiLife's all-in-one features are unrivaled: Non-slip rubber bottom, built-in handle for easy transport and machine-washable zippered velour cover for easy cleaning. The ComfiLife Coccyx Cushion is the best gel memory foam seat cushion on the market made of premium quality durable memory foam with cool off gel layer on top for superior comfort
- Supports Tailbone and Relieves Pressure - Ergonomically designed seat cushion provides maximum support and comfort while reducing pressure on the coccyx / tailbone and promotes healthy posture
- Provides Lower Back Pain & Sciatica Relief, Great for Office Use, Driving & Traveling - Supports recovery from lower back problems, herniated discs, tailbone injuries, sciatica and other spinal issues. Great for office, home, travel, car seat or wheelchair use. Machine-washable zippered velour cover for easy cleaning and built-in handle for easy transport
- Our Customers Love ComfiLife Cushion - "I have already recommended this to all my office mates that sit all day, as well. I love it, and some advice...Lock it up after you use it, or I guarantee one of your sneaky cube mates will swipe it!" "This has saved my life as one with lower back pain due to pinched nerve roots" "I have herniated discs and sciatica for many years, this cushion allowed me to drive cross state with little to no pain"
- Best Seat Cushion - If you spend +8 hours a day in a seated position, this comfortable pad is just right for you. It provides additional support you need to maintain good posture and the natural curve of the spine. By evenly distributing weight of the body, it offloading pressure on the spinal discs. The ergonomic design helps to increase blood flow, prevents pain in the lower back, helps with muscle fatigue, leg tightness, hamstring. It allows you to sit upright naturally without pain
- High Quality - Measuring 17.7"x 13.8"x 2.8", the butt support pillow comes with a removable and breathable black mesh cover, that provides great air circulation and allows you to sit without feeling hot or sweaty. The non-slip rubber base of the pad securely keeps it in place. The cushion insert is made from Slow Rebound Memory Foam that conforms to your individual shape and helps to avoid pressure. The handle is attached to the side of the pillow, making it easy to take it with you
- Works with Any Chair- This ergonomic seat cushion nicely fits most office chairs. U-shaped contoured design rests your tailbone, avoiding compression. This pillow is also a good option to consider, if you move around a lot. Take it in your car, on a plane or a train. Great for office use, frequent travelers, sporting events and pregnancy. This cushion will help to reduce neck, shoulder, and low back pain. Perfect alternative to donut and hemorrhoid pillows. Best for Adults 150 - 220 lbs
- Orthopedic Doctor Recommended - This thick pad repeats the anatomical contours of your body, supports your lumbar area, and lessens the pressure on your back. It avoids the occurrence and progression of spine problems and ensures health. Moreover, it can be used to increase the height of any seat. This therapeutic lift cushion provides additional comfort when driving long distances (truckers, drivers) and rest if sitting in slow-moving traffic. Note:The pillow is supportive and Firm, Not Soft
- Firm & Supportive: The orthopedic seat cushion should be firm enough. Our office chair cushion is a perfect mix of firmness and comfort. However, please allow yourself 1-3 weeks to adapt to a new feeling while sitting. Stay healthy with 5 Stars United sciatica pillow for sitting
- 🪑Simple Solution to Your Uncomfortable Chair Problem: Made with pure memory foam, our pressure relief seat cushion uses your own body heat to adapt to your curves, giving you the support your current office chair lacks
- 🖥️Work In Total Comfort, Not Pain: Hard seating surfaces lead to pressure points in your lower body; with our seat cushion for office chair it cradles your bottom, reducing pain and fatigue in your lower back, hips, and sciatic nerve
- 👍Effective Tailbone Pain Relief Cushion: Designed with an ergonomic "U" shaped cutout, our office chair cushion suspends your coccyx above hard seating surfaces, relieving pressure and improving posture
- ☑️Made with Certified Safe Materials, Unlike Other Seat Cushions: In our commitment to providing you with high quality items, our memory foam office chair cushion has been tested by OEKO-TEX to earn their coveted STANDARD 100 label; meaning every component of our butt cushion is certified safe and harmless for human health
- 💺Fits All Types of Seating: Add our chair pillow to your list of favorite work from home accessories, its large size (17"x14"x2") fits all types of chairs around your home, office, and car
- 🚗Never Sit Uncomfortably Again: Versatile, use it as a car seat cushion, desk chair cushion, sciatica pain relief pillow, gaming chair pillow, or chair cushion for back pain . Makes a great travel companion; sit comfortably wherever you go
- 🥵Prevents Unwanted Bottom Sweats: Some chairs don't allow air to circulate, making you sweaty. Our coccyx seat cushion has a breathable cover that doesn't trap heat, so you sit comfortable and cool
- 🚫Won't Slide Out Underneath You: Other chair cushions slip and need to be readjusted. Our computer chair cushion has a non slip rubber bottom that stays in place even if you shift in your seat
- 🧺Stays Fresh and Clean: If you want to freshen up your office chair cushion , we've made it easy to do. Simply remove the plush cover and toss in the washing machine, then tumble dry
- ✔️Will Never Lose Its Shape: Sit on our memory foam cushion day in and day out and never worry about it flattening. The chair pad's premium memory foam is slow rebounding, always regaining its shape after each use
As an online ESL teacher, it’s easy to neglect the importance of having a good, comfortable chair to sit on while teaching. Online ESL teachers tend to focus more on the tools of the trade, such as computers, headsets, lighting, props and teaching aids. But your health matters, too, and while these are important aspects to being a good online ESL teacher, they should take a back seat to your back health and posture. Some online ESL teachers also find standing more comfortable and liberating while teaching online, and use standing desks. Decide what’s best for you, but whatever you decide, do yourself a favor and put your back health and posture on the top of your priority list.