6 Apr

What is waterfall seat design and how it is important for your health?

Ergonomic Chair

Did you know that waterfall design is the second most critical feature of an ergonomically-designed office chair? Does your chair feature a waterfall design to deliver the benefits of a premium office chair? Read more to know how waterfall seat design contributes to your healthy back.

Ergonomic seating significantly contributes towards a healthy lifestyle especially for those with a sedentary lifestyle. Ergonomically-designed executive chairs help maintain proper posture  by keeping the spine erect with their adjustable comfort and various features that include mesh back, PU arm-rests, swivel base and many more. Among these standout features, waterfall seat front is crucial in all ergonomically-designed chairs.

What waterfall seat design offers?

Waterfall seat design features molded foam and a rounded front on the seat pan. The seat design slopes slightly downward to relieve the pressure on back of the thighs and offers greater support and comfort with to relieve pressure behind the knees and improve blood circulation to the lower legs.

A waterfall seat contoured construction also enables equal weight distribution across the seat pan and together with a sufficient lumbar support and other ergonomic features ensures comfort and correct spine posture.

Why is waterfall seat design so critical?

Waterfall seat design relieves the pressure off your thighs and lower legs with its contours and slight slope. Since most of the ergonomically-designed premium office chairs either feature multifunction tilt mechanism or Synchro-Tilt Mechanism, a waterfall seat design plays an important role in both:

Multifunction Mechanism: Premium ergonomically-designed chairs feature multifunction mechanism which offers a wide range of adjustability because back and seat can be adjusted independently. Here, waterfall design not only enhances the comfort by relieving the tension in the knees and legs, the slight slope promotes the use of backrest to support the lumbar spine and prevents the person from sliding down the chair. Our most popular chair, the ZORO 452  features a multifunction tilt mechanism.

Synchro-Tilt Mechanism:

Waterfall design is of even more significance in ergonomic chairs with synchro-tilt mechanism, a common technology in our mid-range ergonomically-designed chairs. In chairs with synchro-tilt mechanism, the seat and back are linked and tilt simultaneously, ideally in fixed ratio of 2:1. In such cases, waterfall design relieves tension in the back of the thighs when reclining. Our ZEBA 542 features the synchro-tilt mechanism.

Thus, together with a rounded seat pan, good seat depth and the waterfall design, the edges of a seat gradually curve down which also help relieve the tension in the lower lumbar spine.

Why the name waterfall?

In a waterfall seat design, the front edges have rounded waterfall edge, curved like a rock smoothened by water, well enough to accommodate people of all hip sizes. Thus, the name ‘Waterfall Seat’ is derived from the unique design of curved contouring of the front edge of the seat.


Transform your office into a high-performance workspace today with ergonomically-designed chairs with waterfall seat design and give your body strain-free working experience.

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