The human body is an anatomical miracle. And the better care we take of it, the better we perform. That is as true when it comes to sporting activities as it is for when we are carrying out what we might assume are the most routine of tasks, such as sitting. When we sit in a chair that takes into account our body’s natural ease of movement, we breathe better. When we breathe better, it’s easier for us to concentrate and we perform better.
Our 2PP™ philosophy is based on the body’s need for movement and maintaining an upright posture so that the blood can be oxygenated properly. Companies and employees with the best working conditions also deliver better results on the bottom line.
A chair designed to create movement
Nature never intended us to sit sedentary in an office chair. We are designed for movement. The RH chair has been designed to encourage movement and to help you to sit as upright as possible.
Sitting is a passive activity. If you choose an RH chair, it doesn’t take much to keep you moving. The chair follows your smallest movements, giving the correct support in relation to your height and weight in order to relieve pressure points. If you stretch out your arm to pick up the telephone, the chair will follow and you move backwards.
The RH chair reduces inactivity and the negative consequences of the seated position. The more you move around, the longer you can sit without causing damage to your health. In other words, our view of ergonomics in not entirely unlike nature’s. This has helped us to become one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of ergonomic office and work chairs.
The technology in 2PP™ means that the body is exposed to a lot of variation and relief, even when you move, since the chair’s basic settings remain unchanged this makes you able to do more and concentrate better. Which improves your performance.
Excellent chair design takes care of your body as you sit. For RH, design and ergonomics are two sides of the same coin. We design user-friendly chairs that help you to perform better throughout the working day.
RH is true to its roots in Scandinavian Design. From the 1950s onwards, designers in Denmark, Norway and Sweden created simple and functional products with high standards of material use and quality. The style, which was light and Nordic, aroused international attention.
The designers of office and work chairs at RH are still working according to this tradition. They do not make compromises and as a result all superfluous design is cut out. What remains is an anatomical and functional chair that takes care of your body as you sit working hour after hour. Even though ergonomics is the most important aspect, RH knows that appearance is very important to everyone. We design chairs that you will want to sit in and that will fit perfectly into modern offices and meeting rooms.
A Chair Built to Last
When you choose a chair from RH, you gain a reliable tool that can be used for many years to come. We set high standards for quality in everything we do. The result is chairs that last a long time.
RH offers work and office chairs of a quality that exceeds your expectations. There is quality in everything we do, from materials and fabrics to ergonomics and design. An RH chair is built to take a lot of use. Before it even leaves the factory, it has been through a comprehensive test and control programme, both internally and externally. The chairs have a 10-year guarantee, but on average they last for more than 16. The chairs are tested and approved in accordance with all relevant standards and norms.
Act now, and we can rescue the situation
When it comes to task chairs, no manufacturer takes the environmental effects of its materials and processes more seriously than Scandinavian Business Seating.
As a company and a manufacturer of high- end office seating, we are acting now. Globally, perhaps the difference we are making today is modest. But our mission- as our products, name and philosophy grow increasingly familiar in the market – will help seed other initiatives and inspire others to change their behaviour.
Call it how it is
The hard fact is this; With the growth in world population, the model of overconsumption and the incredibly wasteful use of resources is not sustainable.
By 2040, it is estimated that the global population will have reached nine billion. At the same time, as wealth increases and people consume more, our use of resources will increase ten-fold.
If we continue at the same speed and direction – we will in 2040 use 10 times the resources we should use if wanted to stay sustainable.
So what do we do?
Ergonomic Sitting – The RH view
Having the best ergonomic chair in the world will not benefit your wellbeing unless you know how to use and adjust it. There are many different views on ergonomic sitting out there. The RH view reflects the modern workplace and revolves around the idea of active sitting. Our chairs are designed and engineered with this in mind. Read below to see how to get the best out of your RH chair.
As everyone is different in stature, the height of the chair should be adjusted so that normal tasks can be performed in the most comfortable way. The height is the first setting to adjust as everything else comes from this.
Generally the seat height will be determined from your desk, unless you have a height adjustable desk. In an ideal situation you hips should be above your knees and your thighs are pointing slightly down usually just above 90˚. This enables your digestive system to perform better, while it’s much easier to breathe.
If your feet don’t lie flat on the floor try using a footrest or stool.
As the back is one of the most important parts of an ergonomic chair it is essential that it is adjusted correctly. You need the correct lumbar support for your lower back in order to prevent back pain from developing in this area.
The backrest height should be adjusted so that the lumber support fits in your S curve, usually just above the belt line. Always sit right back in your chair so that your lower back is against the backrest. If you perch or slouch on your seat for long periods of time, the chances of you developing a back problem increase.
You perform different tasks in your RH chair. Each task requires a different type of support and having an independent back rest angle means you can have the correct support for each task you do.
The back rest angle should be set so that the backrest supports your whole back. There should be no gap between your back and the back rest. If there is, adjust the angle in or out.
When typing on a keyboard for prolonged periods move your backrest angle forward so you can feel it supporting your back.
Everybody is different and some people have longer legs than others. You need to adjust the seat depth to remove pressure from the back of the knee, while at the same time ensuring adequate support of the thigh. This will improve circulation and oxygenation of the body.
As a rule of thumb, the seat pan should be set so there is a distance of between 2 and 4 fingers between the back of the legs and the front edge of the seat (ie the water fall edge). For smaller users this may not be possible so try to ensure the seat isn’t applying pressure to back of the knee.
Armrests are designed to take pressure and weight off your shoulders and remove strain from your spine.
Armrest should be adjusted for your size and also for the task you are doing.The height should be adjusted so that when your forearm rests on the armrest it should be parallel with the floor and your shoulders un-hunched.
Width of the armrests should be adjusted so your arms hang comfortably to the side slightly out from your body.
When using the phone for extended periods adjust the height of the arm rest upwards to provide support while keeping your spine straight.
At RH we promote active sitting. As you perform different tasks in your daily work you need to be able to switch smoothly from one position to another in your chair. Having your chair in an open position allows you to do this whilst still maintaining optimal spinal posture. It also improves blood flow and oxygenation resulting in less fatigue and more alertness in the workplace.
Once you have adjusted all the other settings including the tension, you should then switch the chair from locked to unlocked. If the chair doesn’t push you forward or backward it is ready to be used in an unlocked position.
Use the chair in its unlocked position as much as possible. This may seem unnatural at first but after sometime time you will begin to feel the benefits.
Everybody is a different size and different weight. Both of these affect the level of tension you need in your chair. As tension is pivotal to active sitting it is one of the most crucial elements to adjust and get right in the chair. Active sitting will allow for optimal circulation and oxygenation of the body, keeping you more alert at work, while still supporting the spine.
When you have adjusted your chair to suit you, release the seat tilt mechanism. If the chair pushes you forward, release the tension control a little. If the seat is then too loose, tighten the tension control until you achieve the correct balance.
When sitting in a balanced position with the lock open lift your legs. The chair should stay in a neutral position is the tension is set correctly.