Office Chair Buying Guide
- 28 Aug, 2020
1. Think about your budget.
When buying an office chair, the most basic consideration is to decide how much you want to spend first, because many other factors and decisions will be directly related to your available budget.
Of course, there are all kinds of chairs, from very cheap to incredibly expensive. Some premium office chairs can cost more than a thousand dollars (or pounds), in fact, some executive office chairs can cost as much as two or three thousand dollars.
2. Think about the chair type.
Naturally, another major consideration is the type of chair you want, which is also related to the area of your workspace.
For example, do you have little space and a small table? Maybe even a desk? If so, compact work chairs or the stools would be your best options. Some chairs have no armrest or headrests. Are these elements important to you? You need to keep all of these considerations in mind when choosing the right chair for your specific needs.
Another key point here is the type of finish: Do you want a fabric chair or a leather model? The latter may be better, which is waterproof and easier to clean. High-quality fabrics will be cheaper and perform better in hot weather. If air permeability is really important to you, you'll need to choose a chair with mesh backrest.
Some of the best office chairs also have luxury features you might like, such as built-in heating pads, for those who often work on the cold morning.
3. Think about the ergonomic features.
Would you like an ergonomic office chair? A "chair" features many elements that could be adjustable to support you body, which also take into the ergonomic design perfectly. (these naturally become more expensive models).
Of course, each chair is designed and tested ergonomically and for comfort (you'd think, anyway), but some offer only the most basic adjustments such as the height adjustment, rocking function and backrest adjustment.
The ergonomic model will go further. You can adjust the position of the seat plate (sliding forward or backward), as well as the backrest. You may also be able to adjust the height or position of armrest and headrests, and perhaps more.
4. Don't underestimate lumbar support
Although the economic chairs do not have any adjustable lumbar support, but office chairs of medium size and above feature this element. Some chairs may take this as an optional extra and be worth the (usually relatively small - perhaps $30 or so) extra cost.
This is because back position is critical in a comfortable seat, so the backrest adjustment that fit your perfectly is definitely the most desirable feature to have.