Where Should Lumbar Support Be On Office Chairs?

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When working at a desk in an office environment, one of the biggest problems that can crop up is back pain; given that these jobs are often 8 hours a day, 5 days a week staying sat in the same position for hours at a time. For this reason, you might be interested in an office chair that provides lumbar and back support, which can help alleviate back pains in these kinds of “9 to 5” office jobs. But what exactly should you be looking for from your office chair?

Where is the Lumbar Support?

The lumbar support in an office chair should fit flush against the lower portion of the back (where the lumbar is); so it will be located just towards the bottom of the back support on the chair. When placed and used correctly, a lumbar back support on an office chair should provide the following benefits:

  • Ears, shoulders, and pelvis (hips) are kept in alignment
  • Natural inward curvature of the lower spine is maintained

Adjusting the Lumbar Support

Just as important as the inclusion of the lumbar support is its placement and proper adjustment. The lumbar support should fit right into the natural curve of your spine, typically at the small of your back directly above your belt line. This adjustment is often built into the chair; so you can adjust both the height of the chair back and the lumbar support at the same time. In some chairs, it’s an independent adjustment.

In addition to good back support while sitting, it’s best to try to avoid sitting in the same position for more than thirty minutes at a time. Whenever possible, stand up, stretch, and walk around a bit before returning to the sitting position. That concludes this short blog article on how back and lumbar support works on typical office chairs, what these chairs will look like and what the benefits will be for you and/or your workforce. There are a wide variety of different types of office and desk chairs to choose from at Manutan, including ergonomic chairs such as this Draughtsman chair. Each office chair comes with its own unique benefits depending on what you’re looking for. If you’re interested in our full range of office chairs, you can view all of our office chairs products here.


We have a passion for chairs. For many businesses sitting is a part of everyone’s working day. That’s why we have a huge range of chairs for all working environments. Choosing the right chair is important to ensure your staff are comfortable, whilst making a difference to health and productivity.


Victoria Vaughan