Healthy sitting for a focused mind, maximum performance and a happy back

Creating a great chair is not easy. Therefore, when designing and manufacturing ALBA chairs, we cannot do without knowledge of how seating works in practice, nor without a detailed understanding of the various operations in which our chairs are used.

We care about your performance and focus

When we develop ALBA ergonomic chairs and armchairs, we keep in mind that you should perform at your best while sitting on them. To concentrate as much as possible, to manage your work carefully, not to make mistakes, in short, to be truly productive and to use your potential to the full. But alongside that, we also want you to sit properly, relaxed and healthy. Because that’s the only way you can sit for most of your working hours without affecting your health.

ALBA chairs therefore provide excellent support, promote ergonomic posture and minimise discomfort when sitting for long periods of time. They help to prevent both pain and potential negative effects of improper sitting posture.

Ergonomy does not immediately mean comfort

Sitting ergonomy is a real science, and at first impression, sitting in an ergonomic chair may not seem very comfortable – especially if you haven’t sat properly or have sat in an unsuitable chair until now. In fact, a good quality properly adjusted ergonomic chair, will guide you to the correct sitting position and enable you to sit in such a way that the negative effects of prolonged sitting are eliminated as much as possible.

However, even the best quality ergonomic chair will not guarantee perfect sitting comfort if you yourself are not sitting correctly at your desk.

The chair needs to fit perfectly

A very basic condition of a good ergonomic chair is that it is adjustable, so that it allows everyone who sits on it to sit properly. Because a chair that is comfortable for one person may be completely unsuitable for another.

However, even if the chair is intented for one person only, the possibility of individual adjustment is important – sitting positions change constantly according to the activity and a good chair must provide the right support in every position and every movement.

In practice, it is important that the controls on the chair are intuitive and easy to use. It should not take too much effort to adjust the settings. It is advantageous if most of the adjustments can be made from a sitting position, and also if the controls are placed consistently on the chairs so that different employees can use them regardless of which chair they are sitting on – which is desirable, for example, in multi-shift operations or call centres.

Individual adjustment of all key parameters of ALBA chairs and armchairs

  1. Seat height – allows feet to rest flat on the floor  with the knees slightly lower than hips.
  2. Seat depth – leave a gap the width of a fist between the seat and the back of your knees when sitting. The optional seat tilt adjustment helps to increase the open seat angle.
  3. Backrest height -the back should ideally lean against the backrest along its entire length.
  4. The lumbar support is located in the strongest curve of the backrest. It supports the back in the area of the waistline and stabilises and relieves the spine during prolonged sitting, as it reduces the pressure on the intervertebral discs.
  5. Armrests with arm pads – support the correct position of the arms and hands and reduce the strain on the shoulders and neck.The angle between the upper arm and the forearm should be 90° or slightly more, with the forearms resting relaxed on the armrests.
  6. Headrest – the additional support is particularly helpful for the cervical spine, especially if the headrest can be adjusted accordingly in height and depth.