Sitting at your desk from 9 to 5 can be exhausting not just for your brain, but for your body too. That's why it's important to ensure a comfortable place to sit while you work, especially if you suffer from lower back pain or backache. A good, adjustable and ergonomic office chair can improve your posture and even your mindset, but how can you tell which will do enough to keep you happy on a Monday morning?
You may prefer an armless chair with lumbar back support for those long shifts at home, a fancy-looking leather one with armrests, or you could just be looking for a cheap multi-use work or gaming chair to get the job done. Either way, to save you hunting through endless websites, we took a look at the most popular products on sites like John Lewis, Amazon and eBay to find your best ever office chair, including both investment pieces for higher budgets and affordable options under £100.
Office chairs come in many different shapes and sizes, some with super-techy features and some that simply serve the purpose of keeping you comfortable. The pointers below will help you decide what works best for you.
You're going to use this chair every day, so it's good to have a little variety in positions just to make sure you're not sat stagnant at your desk and cramping up. As a minimum, look out for a chair that has a lever under the seat to control the height, as this will ensure you're able to see everything properly and then tuck it under your desk while you're on your lunch break.
As well as this standard adjustment, you might also want to look for chairs that adjust or tilt at the back, so you can recline and stretch out when your back needs a rest.
Generally, when sitting at a desk chair, your thighs should be horizontal to the floor and your back should be straight. It's features like the above that make an office chair adaptable to your unique height and body type, so don't skip them!
Lumbar support is crucial for combatting back pain whilst you're seated. In case you've never come across this term before, it refers to a chair with a contoured shape on the lower part of the backrest. Preferably, your back should be positioned so that it's slightly arched to stop aches and pains after long periods of time sitting down, which is exactly what lumbar support initiates.
Attachable lumbar supports (which some of you may already have) are available, in which case you could consider a more basic office chair. However, we'd recommend buying a chair that already has lumbar support included to make things easier. Lumbar supports don't necessarily make your chair any more expensive, as the price mostly varies depending on the model and the brand.
It doesn't matter whether you use a computer, a laptop, a mouse, or even a typewriter – you need to make sure your arms are comfortable to prevent sore wrists and shoulders. To do this, look for an office chair with armrests to keep yourself from having to hold your elbows up all day.
Some chairs on our list don't have armrests; this is because if you're going to only use the chair for short periods of time, like when you have a meeting, you may only require a basic design. For everyone else, though, it's recommended that you invest in a model with enough ergonomic features to keep you comfortable all day, like our number 1 product!
Swivel chairs give you more freedom to move about your desk and office (and they're also super fun to spin around in when no one is looking!). If you sit at an L-shaped desk, a swivel chair is ideal for making good use of the space that you've got. With swivel chairs, you feel less penned in and you can easily turn to speak to any colleagues without having to twist around.
All in all, a chair with a swivel is bound to be comfier than a stationary chair that you can't move around in, so it's well worth considering even if you work from home without any colleagues!
Lastly, the material of the chair. Mesh is perhaps the most common and is very practical, particularly if you work in a busy environment or one with limited ventilation as it's breathable, cooling, and will stave off a sweaty back. Not to mention, the mesh is flexible and stretchy so you can sink into your seat.
On the other hand, you may prefer a fully-padded fabric chair – in which case your options are either a trendy-looking leather or faux leather design, or something more casual like canvas or polyester. They're usually less breathable but can be more of a style statement, it all depends on your priorities!
Want a plush chair that gives you massages after a stressful meeting? Or maybe one that adjusts to fit you perfectly? Whether your budget is new start-up or high-flying CEO, we've lined up ten of the finest office chairs money can buy – check them out below!
|Dimensions||55 x 91 x 47 cm|
|Dimensions||42 x 42 x 85 cm|
|Size||61 x 49 x 97 cm|
|Dimensions||98 x 54 x 52 cm|
|Dimensions||100 x 60 x 60 cm|
|Dimensions||92 x 32 x 67 cm|
|Dimensions||120 x 80 x 70cm|
|Material||Faux PU Leather|
|Dimensions||108 x 73 x 64 cm|
|Dimensions||3 size options|
John Lewis & Partners
Aeron Office Chair
Murray Ergonomic Office Chair
Office Computer Chair
Leather Office Chair
Breathable Office Chair
Reclining Office Chair
Faux Leather Office Desk Chair
Mesh Gas Lift Adjustable Chair
Office Fabric Operator Chairs
The Ultimate Office Chair with Intricately Designed Features
Classic, Comfortable and Reliable with Full Support
Relaxing and Supportive to Aching Muscles at Work
Indulgent Comfort with Heating and Massage Technology
Breathable, Stretchy and Flexible: Great for Long Days at the Office
Ergonomic with High Quality Fabric and Reclining Features
Combines a Simple Frame with a Moulded Leather-Look Seat
A Simple Office Chair with an Adjustable Height
An Affordable and Stylish Mesh Chair
A Basic Chair to Get the Job Done
|Material||Mesh||Mesh||Faux PU Leather||Bonded leather||Mesh||Mesh||Faux leather||Canvas||Mesh||Fabric|
|Dimensions||3 size options||108 x 73 x 64 cm||Unknown||120 x 80 x 70cm||92 x 32 x 67 cm||100 x 60 x 60 cm||98 x 54 x 52 cm||61 x 49 x 97 cm||42 x 42 x 85 cm||55 x 91 x 47 cm|
It's time to take your 9-5 to the next level – have a look at some of our other office-themed buying guides, with product recommendations and advice to make the tasks of your daily grind a little easier!
We hope that this guide has made your buying process easier, and that you're now privy to exactly which features you require in your perfect chair – whether that's super-soft padding, the highest level of support or adjustability, or even a chair that keeps you warm you as you work. Happy shopping!
Author: Annie Speight
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