Choosing The Perfect Office Chair: Features, Use, Style And Price

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

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It should be no surprise that the average American will spend most of their time at their workplace. If you work in an office, you’re already well aware of where the bulk of your day is spent. In fact, you might be reading this article as you sit in your office chair.

Your office chair is ultimately the piece of furniture that you spend more time sitting on than any other piece of furniture around you. Having a quality office chair that is well-made and comfortable is essential to your productivity as an employee. A nice office chair will offer back support and encourage good posture while you are seated, which will make the time you spend on work tasks throughout the day much easier.

So, what’s the secret to finding your perfect office chair? There’s a few things you’ll need to look for when you’re shopping around. 


One of the features you’ll want to make sure your office chair has is the ability to make adjustments to the chair itself. Some of the typical options for adjustments you’ll see featured on office chairs include seat height, seat depth, back angle, lumbar support, and arm height.

Some office chairs offer adjustable armrests, while others do not. These armrests provide support for the arms and torso and are suited for people who are seated at their desks for extended periods of time during the workday. 

A well-designed office chair will offer back support, such as a curved seat back for lumbar support in addition to the upper back and shoulders. It should also display ergonomics that will support for the hips and buttocks, with a seat depth that allows at least two inches of clearance for the back of the knees. The feature for adjusting the seat height allows for better posture, meaning you can comfortably work at your desk without the tension that an uncomfortable chair can cause.

Use of the Office Chair

Chairs are usually rated for the average length of time a person would spend in it through the work day. The more time you expect to spend sitting in the chair, the more padding and support you should expect the chair to have. You’ll also want to take into consideration how durable the material should be to withstand normal use. 

The tasks and functions that you perform should be another influencing factor when deciding on an office chair. To explain, someone typing on the computer all day will have different needs than someone who spends most of their day conducting phone calls. 

Style and Price

Office chairs come in a number of styles. Traditional style office chairs often come with a rich leather covering. Other office chairs are more functional with durable fabric coverings. The modern and minimalistic styles are gaining popularity. With the wide range of colors and fabrics to choose from, it’s easier than ever to match the aesthetic to any office decor.

Price plays a part in office chair selection, unless you have an unlimited budget. You need to find the right balance between functionality, aesthetic and price. Longevity, durability, and comfort should each play a role when taking the price into consideration. You may find a great deal for what seems like a great office chair, but you may have to replace that office chair several times, making that chair not such a great deal in the end.

Ultimately, you’ll have to weigh out your needs against the features of any office chair you take a liking to. Now that you have a clear idea of what the most important aspects of office chairs, you can easily make an informed purchase and select the chair that is the best fit for you. 

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