Body measurements of Czech adult population: a background for seating furniture functional dimension updates.
|Year of publication
|Article in Periodical
|Magazine / Source
|Anthropologie : [international journal of human diversity and evolution]
|MU Faculty or unit
|Body measurements; furniture design; S M L sizes – NIS project
|For the contemporary Czech population, the recent-most dataset available to serve as a reference to furniture designers originated in anthropometric examinations performed during the Czechoslovak spartakiad which took place in 1985. Currently valid technological design standards are based on anthropometric data collected in the 1960's. To provide background for an update of furniture functional dimensions, 37 somatic characteristics were measured in a sample of 463 adult participants. The collected data were used as a background for a design standard update proposal as a statistically significant difference was found in somatic characteristics between the current Czech population and the reference sample. Post-hoc testing was employed to verify the concept of utilizing S, M, L sizes (similarly to the clothing industry) in furniture design. For the seat height and length, the S, M, L categories for both males and females would be plausible (there is little overlap in size categories), but for seat width, armrest width and height sizes based on body height can't be defined clearly. Our results suggest that no clear recommendation can be provided to furniture designers (based on our data) in terms of creating size categories for seating furniture.