Out of all the types of office chairs… how do you know which is best for you? There are many factors to consider, but you should always think about function and type.
Factors to Consider
Some of the factors that you will want to consider include:
- How long will you be sitting in the chair?
- How much space does the room have?
- What is your budget?
- What is the décor of the room?
While these factors have varying degrees of importance when choosing an office chair, they are things you should think about. Office chairs are a long term investment, so make sure to put thought into these factors before making your purchase!
Office Chair Features
Now that you know what the purposes are for your office, you should consider some of the features that are available for office chairs.
- Armrests – they relieve tension in the neck and shoulders. You should consider whether they are adjustable or removable.
- Lumbar support – this supports the lower back. There should be some curve to the lower back in order to give proper support.
- Seat curve – when the front edge curves towards the floor, it can help relieve pressure on the knees and thighs.
- Headrest – the headrest can help relieve neck strain.
- Spring tilts – these change the angle of the seat which increases the ability for a user to customize the chair to their preferred position.
- Casters – help to move chairs around the room more easily.
6 Types of Office Chairs
Finally, there are six types of chairs that you can use in your office. You may need all or some of these, depending on what kind of office you have.
- Lobby/reception chairs – These are used in the waiting area. They are usually for short-term sitting. They tend to be functional and you may want them to fit the decor of the room.
- Executive chairs – These are meant for offices, and they are usually for people that are higher up in the company. They are usually large and impressive looking and have high-quality materials, like leather. They tend to be higher in the back and have a headrest; they usually swivel or recline and often are adjustable in height.
- Ergonomic chairs – They are designed to benefit your posture. They are meant for sitting in for long periods of time and tend to decrease muscle strain and back pain. These chairs are designed for those who sit at a desk for the majority of their day.
- Mesh chairs – These are called mesh chairs after the material that the seats are made up. You will usually find mesh on the backs or the seats. They help to increase airflow.
- ESD/Electrostatic chairs – These types of chairs eliminate static electricity and are usually used in climates where the air is particularly dry.
- Conference chairs – These chairs are of medium to high quality and usually have high backs and are adjustable. They are designed for comfort so that people who are sitting in conferences for long periods of time can be comfortable and focus at the same time.