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 Recliner: 90-135 degree inclination design with adjustable height from 16’’ to 20’’. Design for all types of people, apply to work, gaming and rest
- Comprehensive Support: High-density foam Seat, Lumbar Support and Padded Headrest provide sufficient support for your lumbar and neck. Relieving your fatigue of sitting for a long time
- Safe & Reliable: Reinforced framework, Upgraded Gas Lift ,Heavy-duty Base. The high-quality material can provide great stability for you. Weight capacity up to 250lb
- Modern Look: The whole back is made in one-piece, blends the technology with function. It is suitable for office and home
- Updated Version: Extra Lumber Support, Extra thickened padding, Reinforced construction. We will keep upgrading the chair by customer's advice. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us first
- 【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 6'3".
- 【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 you satisfactory solutions ASAP. With clear instruction and tools, the ergonomic 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.
- BEST IN THE MARKET: NYLON BASE & PU WHEELS - Check the difference! Cute desk chair with 2-Inch Wider base offers stability, durability for your desk computer. Upgraded nylon, PU chair casters material gives anti-shocking protection. Comfy office chair's strong elasticity allows for smooth-rolling mobility. No marks. No scratches guaranteed! Proudly present this office chair, compare to other cheap gaming computer chair!
- QUALITY AT THE BEST PRICE - NEO CHAIR is a professional chair manufacturer. All parts are carefully selected. Passed the highest furniture standard. Supreme quality guaranteed! Class-3 gas lift passed the BIFMA, SGS. Heavy-Duty nylon Base with maximum capacity 300 lbs. Office chair caster wheels Dual-Wheel Casters for desk and chair wheels. A sturdy chair with great stability. Deluxe 3D Air Mesh for your skin.
- ULTIMATE SITTING EXPERIENCE - Stain-resistant & skin-friendly 3D air mesh task chair. Breathable and resilient padded thick office seat cushion. Ventilated office chair seat cushion prevents sweating from long seating. Air circulation to keep you cool while leaning. Elastic foam with comfort chair. Armrests support your ARMS’ position with ergonomic stability. Extra lumbar support for your lower desk chair back support. Curve along the waistline feel like hands on waist.
- FULLY ADJUSTABLE CHAIR - Two modes "tiltable or fixed" are available! Conference room chairs provide versatility for an optimized position. Height adjustable office chair. Adjust height for your computer desks from 36.5" - 40.5". This modern desk chair is perfect for sewing chair, student chair, comfortable chairs for bedrooms, office essentials and kids desk chair!
- WARRANTY & GUARANTEE - Customer satisfaction is our top priority. With our desktop computer desk chair, we guarantee 100% customer satisfaction rate. Our customer service team is always here for you! If you are not satisfied with our computer chair mesh, please contact NEO CHAIR. We provide quality cheap office chairs for your home office furniture sets and gaming table.
- 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, one year warranty, and professional after-sales service. If anything goes wrong, just let us know.
- 【Ergonomic Design】 The curved design of this mesh chair will reduce back tension and make you feel extremely comfortable. The chair comes with ergonomic backrest providing reliable lumbar support which helps you keep in the right position for a long time working.
- 【Adjustable & Rocking Function】 With the adjustment lever, it’s easier to adjust the height lower or higher. Pull out the lever to start the rocking mode, and pull the lever in to stop, which allows you to have a break during a long time working. This chair can support up to 250 lbs.
- 【Easy to Assemble】 We provide all the tools and the detailed instructions for you. No additional tools needed for assembly. For your convenience, all screws have extra backups. It is easy to assemble this office chair by yourself at home.
- 【Swivel Casters】 The chair can swivel 360 degrees. The casters are suitable for hard floors, carpet floors and more, swivel without noise and won't scratch the floor.
- 【Satisfaction】 We have a professional customer service team, so if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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:
- Best 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.
- Pure Memory Foam and Heat Responsive Technology: Our chair cushion combines pure memory foam and heat responsive technology to improve your posture and keeps you supported while sitting for long 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 also helps relieve sciatica symptoms, allowing you to power through your day. Its curve design minimizes the pressure that other chair pillows can cause to improve blood circulation
- Ergonomic "U" Shaped Cutout for Tailbone Pressure Relief: Our tailbone saving chair pad helps maintain healthy posture by reducing pressure and fighting fatigue. The ergonomically designed "u" shaped cutout keeps your coccyx suspended above hard seating surfaces, relieving pressure all along the back and legs
- Lightweight and Portable Chair Cushion for Desk Chair: Our seat cushions for pressure relief are designed for the office and working from home. Use it as a car seat cushion, desk chair cushion, or a gaming chair pillow. Our cushion can also be used for travel or even for simple trips home to the office. Measuring just 17" (43cm) x 14" (36cm) x 2" (2cm) you can take the sitting pillow anywhere
- Lifetime Replacement Policy: At Everlasting Comfort we care about your experience with our products. And to show that we’re here to help, we pledge to replace your product should anything ever go wrong. Sit comfortably knowing we have you covered
- Seat cushion for office chair, memory foam seat cushion relieves pressure from long sitting
- Chair cushion relieves tailbone pressure, u shaped design seat cushion reduces pressure on the leg, back and coccyx, keeps healthy posture
- Portable and durable car seat cushion, with anti slip base, side handle, easy to carry
- Chair cushion for desk chair, the zip goes the full length of the cushion, the machine washable cover can be removed from the memory foam quickly and easily
- Multifunction office chair cushion, suitable for every occasions, office chair, car seat, desk chair at home, airplane seat or wheelchair
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.