Ergonomic Seat Cushion for Office Chair

   This post has been quality checked in line with our Editorial and Research Policy.

Ergonomic Seat Cushion for Office Chair

If you spend your workday in front of a desktop computer, the chances are that you’re spending hours sitting down. Sitting on regular chairs can strain our hips and affect our posture by forcing us into slumped positions which cause pain from pressure exerted on one’s hip joints as well as long-lasting spine problems.

As a general rule, the best seat cushion for an office chair is designed to make your back more comfortable and moves your pelvis forward and automatically lowers your knees to the level of your hips. It also encourages you to engage your pelvic floor muscles to keep your back in a neutral position.

The purpose of this article is to help you understand why seat cushions work to improve your posture and increase your comfort while sitting. Choosing an appropriate cushion that will relieve pain and provide comfort all day long will be simple when you follow logical steps. Using my advice, a chiropractor for over thirty years designed seat wedges that work like a charm for anyone following my guidelines.

What Are Ergonomic Seat Cushions?

the spinery ergonomic latex seat posture cushion

In addition to offering support, ergonomic seat cushions adjust your posture, allowing you to sit with better alignment and redistributing weight pressure on your pelvis. Together, these attributes help mitigate the dangers of long periods of sitting. A body subject to less compression can flow blood more freely.

It is common to feel your back hurt after sitting for a while. You may not even know why. We are prone to slouching and leaning forward in an uncomfortable way when we are tired. Find a comfortable seat cushion, however, and this problem may be solved.

It’s much more affordable to buy therapeutic chair cushions than to purchase a new chair. Here are my recommendations:

8 Things to Consider before Buying an Ergonomic Seat Cushion

Size Seat Cushion

coccyx pillow

If you sit down, the amount of skin contact with the seat surface is necessary because it will directly influence how comfortable your skin feels. Sitting contact sizes are larger, so there is less pressure on the sitting area. This will result in less discomfort due to restricted circulation. It is therefore wise to go for the largest seat cushion you can find!  You should choose a seat cushion size that corresponds to your body size if you want to maximize your comfort.

A Cushion That Can Be Carried Around

Can you move the gel seat cushion from home to your car, office, or kitchen table frequently? You should, therefore, choose a cushion with handles if you wish to transport the cushion easily. 

An Easy-to-Clean Seat Cushion

ergonomic seat cushion for heavy people

Doesn’t everyone have those moments when they drop their coffee or perhaps a bottle of water? We face many hazards in our daily lives, including spillage. You should be able to remain comfortable while your car seat withstands spills. Make sure your ergonomic seat cushion cover is easily cleaned with soap and water–or better yet if it’s machine washable so you’ll never have to scrub at scuff marks.

Best Cover for the Seat Cushion

Comfort occurs when you have as much surface contact as possible between yourself and your cushion. The best seat covers are stretchable, so they adapt to fit you and don’t interfere with your body-conforming gel layers beneath.

A soft and body-conforming top layer can’t be achieved using a cheap vinyl or other non-flexible material. If you do that, you won’t get the benefits of the underlying foams.!

Additionally, if you plan to use your gel cushion for a long time, you should ensure that it has thick side ventilation fabrics so it can breathe and doesn’t get too hot.

Seat Cushion Density and Thickness 

If you have a large body, a chair with inadequate support could be uncomfortable. It is imperative that a seat cushion support and comfort all kinds of bodies. 

foam pressure density chart

A firm, dense seat cushion is very important to feel comfortable. In order to determine how much weight you should put on a particular material, always keep in mind how dense or thick it is. An appealing purchase may be a thick cushion. As a result of the soft fillings, the seat cushions become thin.

seat foam density chart

What is density? It’s the amount of matter in a certain space. And it doesn’t change with size–so something that has more than one pound per cubic inch will be denser, and hold you up better! Sometimes though, just having lots of foam isn’t enough to meet your needs–you want cushioning AND supportiveness at once. But don’t worry: there are cushions out there for all different levels of neediness!

Weight Limit for Seat Cushions

There are a lot of important things to think about when you’re going shopping for an affordable cushion. But one thing that’s really worth paying attention to is the weight limit! A pillow needs to be able to support your body type and size, so before buying one without knowing how much it can handle, take some time reading reviews or asking people who have similar bodies as yours online what they’ve found works well with theirs.

Seat Cushion Resilience

A foam layer’s compression factor describes how much force is needed to compress it. This measurement is essential because it defines how much resistance you’ll encounter when pressing down on your seat cushion and what type of feel you’ll experience with each one. Technically, natural latex foam has a higher compression modulus than memory foam that’s about 2.6 times more!

To make sure that your seat is comfortable, you should attach a firm foam base and top it with softer material. When the tough stuff bends into the soft stuff, compression happens instead of pressure being absorbed. Cushions made from natural latex generally gain more support over time rather than by layering them up. Layers provide greater cushioning on top while allowing heavier areas to sink down in between cushions so they’re not crushing all at once!

When you’re trying to make a decision, it’s important that you understand the materials your product is made of. Natural latex and foam are both great choices because they have properties like ‘absorption.’ It absorbs around 25% of energy when exposed to it.

Best Foam for Ergonomic Seat Cushion

Foam is more durable than natural latex; however, while resilience describes how well something bounces back after being dropped or pressed on repeatedly, absorption refers specifically to how much energy an object takes in overtime from repeated usage–natural rubber has amazing absorptive qualities! I created this video below that shows some cool examples:

Gel/Memory Seat Wedge Foam Combinations (1/5) ☆☆☆☆★

cheap memory foam seat cushion

This seat cushion is made of memory foam and features a gel-infused top. These pillows do not appear to possess the contouring properties or cooling properties that conform neatly with your body when you sit on them – in fact, customers found these pads don’t provide adequate comfort or coolness!

Gel Honeycomb Seat Wedge Cushions (3/5) ☆☆★★★

gel seat cushion with red cross on top of it

The best part about these cushions is that they allow your body to breathe. This means you won’t sweat as much, which can make sleeping more comfortable! But some people might be disappointed by its tendency to bottom out easily and may find it uncomfortable for their personal use despite the fact that silicone is renowned for durability in cushions like this one.

Natural Latex Foam Seat Wedge Cushions (5/5) ★★★★★

natural latex cushion

A natural latex seat cushion can help you improve your posture and reduce pain while you sit. The heavier parts of your body sink into the latex, while the lighter parts remain free so that your lower body is naturally aligned. Plus, it improves blood circulation to allow for an alignment of spine pressure points! Customizable in a variety of ways according to need- they are versatile enough for those who want something light or strong support depending on their needs!

 Memory Foam Seat Wedge Cushions (2/5) ☆☆☆★★

memory foam seat wedge bad

Memory foam is a nice material, but it’s not the best for everyone. People who have limited mobility may find that they need to sit up straighter or are in pain when sitting on memory foams because there isn’t much give and you can feel every little movement as you move around. 

This might be less of an issue if your back doesn’t hurt too bad (and we hope yours does), so some people opt to use responsive seat cushions instead which provide better support than just a simple pillow-top mattress set at its firmest level could ever offer; plus the cushioning response more quickly than with other materials like natural latex foams do.

Takeaway

For the most useful guidance on ergonomic information visit our blog. We are experts in providing you with all the best tips for an easy and healthy workday! What do you think about this article? Did it provide any new perspectives or insights to help your business grow? If not, let us know what we should include next time. Is there anything else that would be helpful for people who sit down a lot at their jobs during the day?

**As a service to our readers, Axial Chairs provides access to our library of archived content. Please note the date of the last review or update on all articles. No content on this site, regardless of date, should ever be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinicians.
Dr Lawrence Woods DC

Dr Lawrence Woods DC

Founder

My goal is to create the highest quality ergonomic office chairs and accessories for unmatched comfort.

With 30 years of spinal healthcare experience in Ireland as a chiropractor, I learned the value of high-quality sitting for living a happy and healthy life.

I have a Chiropractic Degree from Life Chiropractic College West and I am NBCE Physiotherapy certified.

 

Dr Lawrence Woods

My goal is to create the highest quality ergonomic office chairs and accessories for unmatched comfort. With 30 years of spinal healthcare experience as a chiropractor, I learned the value of high-quality sleep for living a happy and healthy life. I have a Chiropractic Degree from Life Chiropractic College West and am NBCE Physiotherapy certified.

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

Share This