Choosing an office chair may seem like a simple task, but when you really think about it, a lot of factors come into play and can affect your decision drastically.
From the average duration you spend sitting down per day, to the climate of the country you’re in, these variables can and should affect your decision when it comes to picking out a new office chair. Many of us don’t pay attention to the state of our posture, and it’s something we could all probably improve upon.
But instead of writing a brief overview of office chairs in general, I’m going to take the time to look closely at all the different types of chairs to help you make a more informed decision.
Arguably the most popular type of chair in an office setting. Ergonomic chairs come with all sorts of benefits that tend to far out-way the cons (with the con’s being related to cost).
Cheap ergonomic office chairs do exist but this type of chair does start to excel when the price point reflects its functionality. First and foremost, ergonomic chairs are built with the user in mind. The needs of the user are catered for with multiple adjustable features such as lumbar, seat, back, armrests, headrest and height. All these features combined can help prevent the onset of repetitive strain injury which can be common amongst office workers.
Ergonomic chairs are built to last. With a robust design and their adjustable features, sitting in an ergonomic chair for long periods is easily done. For those whose days are spent (for the majority) at their desks, an ergonomic chair seems like a no-brainer. On top of that, ergonomic chairs come in all shapes, sizes and materials. From leather to mesh and fabric, ergonomic chairs can cater for a large range of audiences.
Leather office chairs instantly exude a sense of style and comfort from the get go. While comfy, not all leather office chairs will be built to be used over long periods of time.
Typically, leather office chairs can be quite expensive but cheaper leather products do exist.
Ideally, leather chairs should be used in cooler environments. Sat within hot environments, leather can become sticky and make the user sweatier than normal.
If you’re out to make a statement and sit within a cool environment, a leather office chair may be the way to go for you.
Mesh office chairs tend to be a fantastic answer to offices situated in hot climates or generally hot offices. With their breathable holes, the mesh material allows for free-flowing air to keep you cool during the day.
Mesh chairs tend to be quite lightweight. So if you require moving your chair around multiple times a day, a mesh chair can help with this situation.
Task office chairs are considered to be the most basic type of office chair. With that tag they also tend to be the cheapest.
They do the simple job of providing a seat, and added benefits such as adjustable lumbar support and headrests will more often than not elude the design stage.
If you’re not looking for your chair to meet the requirements of a specific job other than a place to park yourself for an hour or two, then a task chair could be your best bet. However if you are one to sit down for extended periods of during the day, something more robust might be necessary.
As you might know, sitting down all day isn’t the healthiest thing for us to do. Our bodies just aren't designed to sit for extended periods day in day out. Unfortunately for a lot of modern day workers, it’s nearly impossible to get away from this.
For those that are concerned about back pain, or if you already have back pain, a kneeling chair could be a solution that could relieve the stress you place on your body.
A kneeling chair helps you re-think your posture and even encourage you to sit healthily. A kneeling chair’s main purpose is to reduce the stress on our lower back by dividing our weight between our knees and buttocks.
Heavy duty office chairs are undoubtedly the largest and most robust type of chair on the market. They serve a specific purpose of catering to those larger users who need it most.
With their larger than average seat and backrest this should be the go to type of chair if you’re after that much bulkier chair.
They've also been specifically tested to hold heavier weights, with tougher materials and stronger gas struts so no need to worry about the mechanisms buckling under pressure. Although it’s highly advised you check the model specifications before purchasing.
As you can imagine, designer office chairs are there to look good. If you want something out of the ordinary that offers that ‘wow’ factor, designer chairs fit the bill perfectly.
While their design was specifically to be different, they do offer lots of options in terms of comfort and support. Designer office chairs aren't restricted by material choice or size. They tend to mix and match from the other types of office chairs while looking incredibly stylish.
Hopefully I've helped you in making a more informed purchasing decision about your next office chair.