Office Chair Lumbar Adjustments

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Lumbar Adjustment For Office Chairs - Up and Down, and Depth

The average number of inches (up/down) for the lumbar adjustment of office chairs in the U.S. is 5.05 inches. None of the brands (Human Solution, ergoCentric, ObusForme, SitOnIt, and Haworth) offer lumbar depth adjustability.

Lumbar Adjustment For Office Chairs — Up and Down, and Depth:

  • The average number of inches (up/down) for the lumbar adjustment of office chairs in the U.S. is 5.05 inches. (Estimated)

The number of inches (up/down) for lumbar adjustment for individual brands:

Lumbar Depth Adjustability:

  • None of the brands, namely Human Solution, ergoCentric, ObusForme, SitOnIt and Haworth, offer lumbar depth adjustability.

Research Strategy:

We began by directly searching for information on the lumbar adjustment for brands of office chairs available in the U.S. After an exhaustive search through official company websites and product brochures available, we were able to identify the lumbar adjustment for 5 brands of office chairs.
  • Human Solution: 9 inches
  • ergoCentric: 4 inches
  • ObusForme: 5.25 inches
  • SitOnIt: 3 inches
  • Haworth: 4 inches
Average: (9 + 4 + 5.25 + 3 + 4) / 5 = 25.25 / 5 = 5.05 inches
However, none of the company websites and product brochures of the products mentioned lumbar depth adjustability.
As such, we searched for any product descriptions and catalogs. However, after going through numerous websites such as Office Chairs USA, Wayfair, and Office Furniture none of the product descriptions for the identified companies mentioned lumbar depth adjustability.




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Insights and Trends - Ergonomic Task Chairs

The trends in ergonomic task chairs with adjustability include :- Growing Popularity Companies are engaging in innovation and advancement Price disruption

GROWING POPULARITY

WHAT THE TREND IS :
  • According to the market research reports, the growing adaptation of more environment and health-friendly office furniture products by consumers and organizations is leading to increasing demand for ergonomic office chairs, which usually have adjustable seats, armrests, backs, back supports, and heights.
  • The office furniture market is growing at a CAGR of 6.7% between 2017 and 2024 which, includes the Ergonomic Office Chairs and is driven by the US region which is the highest revenue contributing country is the North America that accounted for 26.8% of market share.
  • “The rising trend is the manufacturing of comfortable chairs such as ergonomic chairs which maintain the correct body postures while working for longer hours and are adjustable.” The high demand for office chairs having a market share of 13.9% in office furniture market includes ergonomic chairs.
WHY IT IS A TREND
  • The growing popularity of ergonomic task chairs which usually have adjustable seats, armrests, backs, back supports, and heights are a trend as credible industry reports have reported it. It shows the development and change in the preference of consumers and organizations towards more environment and health-friendly office furniture.
EXAMPLE OF BRAND LEANING INTO TREND
  • Herman Miller : The award-winning brand Herman Miller whose Ergonomic Office Chair which has won several awards, including the prestigious Silver award from NeoCon and Best of Tech award. It is one of the leading choice of forums/editors who have recommended this brand and its Embody Chair, which is the first chair made with a health-positive design and has a fully adjustable armrest and back lift adjustment.

COMPANIES ARE ENGAGING IN INNOVATION & ADVANCEMENT

WHAT THE TREND IS
  • The companies, including key players of the Ergonomic task/office chair market such as Herman Miller, are actively engaged in innovation and advancements of furniture products to grab major attention in the market.
WHY IT IS A TREND
EXAMPLE/S OF BRAND LEANING INTO TREND
  • " Herman Miller :launched an updated version of the Aeron chair, which expanded the seating product offerings of the company."(Source 2)
  • Steelcase: conducted a global posture study on six continents, observing over 2,000 people in a wide range of postures to design its range of ergonomic task/office chair, which are environmentally sustainable, is adjustable according to current seating solutions and are available with uncompromising quality and craftsmanship.(Source 5)

PRICE FLUCTUATION

WHAT THE TREND IS
  • Due to intensified competition, especially through local players in the Ergonomic office Chairs industry.they are offering more options of budget-friendly Ergonomic Office Chairs with features of Breathable mesh material and adjustable headrest and backrest. It is expected that there could be fluctuation in gross margin and product prices leading to the slow downward trend in recent years and near future.
WHY IT IS A TREND
EXAMPLE OF BRAND/S LEANING INTO TREND
  • The best rated Ergonomic Office Chairs by Amazon based on top choice of reviewers include more budget friendly options available in the range of $49 -$299 from brands such as Serta, Flash furniture, Bestoffice and others with prominent features of Breathable High Back Mesh Office Chairs, Adjustable Headrest, Backrest and Flip-up Armrests, as compared to key players in the segment such as Herman Miller which has placed its popular Embody Chair at the price of $1,495.00 with mostly similar features.

Other Information

  • "An Ergonomic office chair, or desk chair, is a type of chair that is designed for use at a desk in an office. Usually, the Ergonomic office chairs have adjustable seats, armrests, backs, back supports, and heights to prevent repetitive stress injury and back pain associated with sitting for long periods."
  • The key players in the Ergonomic office chair market from the US market include -Steelcase, Herman Miller, Haworth, HNI Group and others.
  • " A trend is a change or development towards something new or different" along with it being followed or accepted by a lot of people


Research Strategy:

  • To obtain the information and insights on the trends in ergonomic task chairs, specifically for both mesh back and mesh seat with adjustability, we primarily searched through various credible industry reports such as marketwatch,researchnester,globalnewsaire,mordornintelligence and others as it shares the key statistics and trends driving the market. Additionally, we searched through other office furniture and ergonomic chair trend reviews from articles such as chairbuddy.com, omnicoreagency, ergonomictrends, and others to find relevant information.
  • Through the search it was found that most of the ergonomic task/office chairs industry reports where secured behind the paid subscription feature and through the limited information it shared through its overview section the insights were largely confined to overall ergonomic office chair segment which usually have adjustable seats, armrests, backs, back supports, and heights, excluding it segmentation specifically for both mesh back and mesh seat. Similar, case was found through various articles examined which shared insights on the popularity of various ergonomic office chair with features of adjustability but not segmented for mesh back and mesh seat. Hence, we expanded the research criteria expand away from mesh back and mesh seat and continued the further research for the ergonomic task chairs trends including adjustability.
  • Based on the findings, above listed are the trends reported by credible industry reports that highlight the change or development or following, supported by insights from the examples of brands and key players such as Steelcase.Hermen Miller and others leaning into the trend.
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From Part 01
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  • "ecoCentric Mesh chairs deliver a high quality mesh back with four inches of lumbar adjustment."
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  • "Ratchet style back and lumbar adjustment for 5-1/4” of vertical travel."
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  • "The lumbar adjustment range is approximately 3 inches."
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  • "Zody's lumbar pad can be adjusted four inches in height to coincide with “the small” of the user's back."