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:
- ✿【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!
- Selected Material: High density shaping foam, more comfortable, elasticity resilience and service life. 1.8mm thick steel frame, more sturdy and stable. Pu Leather, skin friendly and wear resisting.
- Upgraded Configuration: Class 3 gas lift, durable, reliable and supports up to 300lbs. Rubber casters, rolling quietly and tested by 1000 miles rolling.
- Multi Function: 360 degree swivel and multi direction wheels, load capacity: 300-pound maximum weight capacity. Recline function. Between 90 to 180 degree. Rocking function: chair can rock back and forth when you adjust the knob beneath the seat.
- Dimension: Size of back: 22.5 inch and 30.5 inch. Size of seat: 14.5 inch and 20.5 inch. Seat adjustable height: 17.3 to 21.5 inch.
- Wide Usage: This gaming chair is suitable for you to play computer games, watch show, do the work and have a rest. It will make your space more modern and elegant.
- 【ERGONOMIC OFFICE CHAIR】：Featuring reliable ergonomic support with lumbar support and along with the adjustable headrest provides adequate support for your cervical and lumbar spine , helping you been in right sitting posture, and reducing the injuries and stress cause by Sedentary. it is a perfect desk chair for fitting long hours.
- 【ADJUSTABLE 】:Adjust your backrest at between 90° to 135° to suit yourself, or set the height of the cushion and headrest is adjustable.The pneumatic lift system make the office chair raises or lowers the chair smoothly,which is safe and meet every kinds of safe standard .
- 【HIGH QUALITY MATERIAL】All the accessories of our office chair have passed the commercial test, which is a guarantee for your personal safety.breathable mesh back and plush vinyl seat serve as a simple extension to your everyday work ventures.PU mute wheels roll smoothly, no harm on wooden floor.We are the best.
- 【EASY TO INSTALLION】: Our office chair comes with all hardware and necessary tools. Following the desk chair instruction, you'll find it easy to set up the desk chair
- 【CUSTOMER GUARANTEE】: Our chair comes with satisfaction guarantee,if you’re not satisfied, please contact Best Office customer service.
- 【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 task chairs come with 1 year warranty, so please email us directly, we will offer youeffective solutions ASAP. With clear instruction and tools, the office drafting 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 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 support, armrests, and cushions support multi-level height adjustment to suit different body types. Recliner office chair backrest supports 90 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 native sponge cushion is soft and breathable.
- DURABLE & RELIABLE CHAIR: The casters and air rods of the office chair have passed SGS and BIFMA certification. 300 lbs maximum load, and silent casters metal base improved safety and stability. Silent casters effectively protect the floor.
- WARM TIPS：We provide 30 days money-back guarantee, five year warranty, and professional after-sales service. If anything goes wrong, just let us know.
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:
- 🪑 Pure Memory Foam with Heat Responsive Technology: Our chair cushion is made from pure memory foam and uses your body heat to mold to your curves. It helps improve posture and provides support while sitting for extended periods. Soft yet firm, our office chair cushion adapts to the contours of your body to create a truly customized fit
- 🪑 Pain Relief for Back, Legs, Hips, and Sciatica: Designed to provide comfort by alleviating pressure on the lower back, waist, hips, and thighs. Our office chair cushion provides relief from sciatic nerve discomfort, allowing you to power through your day. Its curved design minimizes pressure by cradling your bottom and providing evenly distributed support
- 🪑 Ergonomic "U" Shaped Cutout for Tailbone Pressure Relief: Our tailbone saving chair pad helps maintain a healthy posture by reducing pressure and fighting fatigue. The ergonomically designed "u" shaped cutout keeps your coccyx suspended above hard seating surfaces, relieving pressure in this sensitive area
- 🪑 Lightweight and Portable Chair Pillow: Our memory foam seat cushion is designed for versatility. Use it as a car seat cushion, desk chair cushion, or a gaming chair pillow. Our butt cushion makes an excellent travel companion, even for simple trips home or to the office. Its small size means you can take the sitting pillow anywhere you go
- 🪑 Lifetime Replacement Policy: At Everlasting Comfort, we care about your experience with our products. To show we’re here to help, we pledge to replace your office seat cushion should anything ever go wrong. Sit comfortably knowing we have you covered
- Superior Cushion: transform nearly any surface into the most comfortable seat; made of thick, super plush memory foam, the cushions contour seamlessly to your body to provide extra support and help soothe achy muscles; the soft, woven honeycomb topside adds to a luxurious and relaxing experience
- Thick: chair cushions are 1.77 inches thick; much thicker than leading competitors
- Stays in Place: ultra durable and slip resistant backing; the rubber underside helps to keep the cushions in place on most surfaces for extended periods of time, so you can worry less about readjusting them and focus more on you
- Be Comfortable Anywhere: a great addition to any chair in your home or office; measuring 16 by 16 inches they are a great fit for most chairs; also perfect for outside the home or office; bring to sporting events, concerts, picnics, or anywhere else where you’d like to transform an unbearable seat into the coziest one
- Durable Design and Easy Clean: the durable stitching and thick piped edging of the cushions are designed to last, even after multiple washes; to clean, simply machine wash and dry, no heat, as often as you need
- 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"
- Lifetime Warranty - ComfiLife is trusted by millions of happy customers around the world. Your complete satisfaction is our top priority. If you’re not 100% satisfied, we offer a Lifetime Money Back or Replacement Guarantee with no questions asked
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.