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 vital 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 a mesh chair with lumbar back support for those long shifts at home, a fancy-looking leather executive one with armrests, or you could just be looking for a cheap multi-use or gaming chair. Either way, to save you hunting through endless websites, we took a look at the most popular products on UK sites like Argos, John Lewis, Amazon, and eBay to find the best office chairs, including investment pieces and affordable options.
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 to ensure 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. Its 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 while 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 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 mainly 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; if you're only going to use the chair for short periods, you may require just a basic design for when you have a meeting. 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 around your desk and office (and they're also super fun to spin 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, 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 with limited ventilation. It's breathable, cooling, and will stave off a sweaty back. Not to mention, the mesh is flexible and stretchy so that 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 for a new start-up or a high-flying CEO, we've lined up 10 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||65 x 63 x 97 cm|
|Dimensions||98 x 54 x 52 cm|
|Dimensions||100 x 60 x 60 cm|
|Material||Fabric & nylon|
|Dimensions||66.5 x 66 x 123 cm|
|Material||Bonded faux leather|
|Dimensions||68 x 62 x 121 cm|
|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
Executive Home Office Chair
Ergonomic Home Office Chair
Reclining Office Chair
Faux Leather Office Desk Chair
Small Office 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
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 faux leather||Fabric & nylon||Mesh||Faux leather||Canvas||Mesh||Fabric|
|Dimensions||3 size options||108 x 73 x 64 cm||Unknown||68 x 62 x 121 cm||66.5 x 66 x 123 cm||100 x 60 x 60 cm||98 x 54 x 52 cm||65 x 63 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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