Ergonomics should definitely be the main criterion for selection. How to identify ergonomic furniture for children?
It is a good idea to pay attention to the information provided by the manufacturers themselves about their furniture. Serious companies do not shy away from educating about ergonomics.
Furniture brands invest huge sums of money not only in furniture production processes, unique patented technologies, impeccable quality, but also in a wide range of scientific research.
Alongside designers, engineers and technologists, health and ergonomics specialists are also involved in the process of creating ergonomic furniture. This provides a wealth of useful, comprehensive, up-to-date and, above all, factual information.
What is ergonomic seating?
Ergonomic seating is the ability to change positions and to move more when sitting. And this is especially important in the children's workplace. A child's need for movement is particularly strong and has a direct impact on their physical, mental and psychological development.
Physical activity should not be associated solely with poor concentration or hyperactivity. It is estimated that only a 20-year-old can sit still for about half an hour.
The younger the child, the shorter the time interval. Children aged 11-15 can sit quietly for up to fifteen minutes. Whereas a child aged 6-10 years can only sit quietly for up to 5 minutes. Properly selected furniture can at least partially compensate for this lack of movement.
Key tips on how to choose ergonomic furniture for children
-The seat height of the chair should be adjustable. The seat should be at a height so that the child's feet are fully on the floor and the legs are bent at right angles across the knees.
-The seating depth shall be adjusted so that there is no gap between the back and the backrest and the backrest supports the torso.
-Ergonomic chairs shall not have armrests - the arms must be placed on the desk top for correct seating, especially when working on a computer.
-It is ideal if the height of the desk is also adjustable. Why? At such a desk, the child can do a variety of activities not only sitting but also standing. You remember - even in multi-tasking, it is very important for a child to move and change positions. The height of the tabletop should be easily adjustable.
-Does the angle of inclination of the tabletop adjust? This angle should change depending on the activity. For drawing, the optimum tilt angle is 5 degrees, for writing 10 degrees and for reading 20 degrees is recommended.
-The table should be of sufficient length, width and depth. When the height of the tabletop is adjustable, it is important to have an additional stable horizontal part on which the child can stack various objects.
The tabletop must not have sharp corners that could cause injury. If the furniture does not meet these criteria, it is better not to be disappointed that you are buying truly ergonomic furniture.
Maybe furniture just looks nice?