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For those setting up their first home office, you’re about to learn why having a great desk chair that meets your physical needs and productivity requirements may be the most important work-related decision you will ever make. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that without the right balance of comfort and ergonomic support, your work life is probably going to yield you not only ongoing repetitive motion injuries but a considerable amount of down-time.
Over the years, trial and error have seen basic office furnishings evolve into something that’s a lot more user-friendly and that ultimately treats your back, neck, and shoulders with a little more respect. Improper ergonomics in the workplace is known to result in repetitive muscle strain and injuries that can plague you for years. That’s why it makes sense to spend a little more time checking out some of the latest design trends and innovative options that have taken the office equipment industry by storm.
Now, if you’ve already set-up your office based solely on home décor and on-sale items rather than what’s best for your work style and physical needs, it’s likely you’re experiencing muscle fatigue and aching joints. This won’t get better with time, it will get worse. So, let’s take a look at some of the options you need to consider as you prepare to kick that old computer chair to the curb:
- Arms or No Arms – Determine the best option for your desk set up. Chairs with arms can bump into the desk edge or keyboard, making it difficult to maintain ideal ergonomic distance from your keyboard. If you prefer arms, ensure they are low enough to slide beneath the surface of your desk as you work.
- Lumbar Support – Those experiencing back fatigue will want enhanced lumbar support that can be fine-tuned to meet your personal needs. Lumbar support that is built into chairs is not always adjustable so you should always test out the chair to ensure a proper fit with your body type. Or consider purchasing a separate lumbar pillow.
- Adjustability – Your height, work style, and physical support requirements need to factor into your purchase. Can you customize the chair back, the seat’s tilt and height, the lumbar pad and the arms to make sure each component meets your personal needs?
- Affordability – It needs to make sense for your personal budget. Determine your physical needs, identify your work style and learn what chair designs meet this criterion. Then begin the process of comparison shopping to determine how to get the most bang for your buck.
Now, let’s take a look at what we consider to be 10 of the best office chairs out there:
While it may look like your basic, old-school-style office chair, don’t be fooled. This is one of the top-ranked models on the market. Virtually everything about this work chair is adjustable so you can fully customize it to meet your exacting needs. The LiveLumbar feature allows you to slide the chair’s system of flexors into a position that moves with your back for consistent, continual support. And you can easily adjust the height and depth of the padded seat to deliver optimal leg placement for improved ergonomics as you work. Back tensions can be fine-tuned to provide less or more resistance as it shapes to your back’s natural curves and you can even tailor this chair’s armrests to your ideal height, width and depth. Landing in the $1,100.00 range, it delivers great quality for the price and it does come with a lifetime warranty.
Beautiful, distinctive design make this a computer chair you’d be proud to have in your home office. But aesthetics aside, it’s also one of the most ergonomically efficient models available, delivering all-over support for users up to 6’2” and 230 pounds. The Kinemat tilt mechanism ensures the chair moves as you do, allowing your neck, shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles to pivot naturally. Its lumbar support can be adjusted over a 4-inch vertical range to meet and support the curve of your mid- and, lower-back region. Breathable Pellicle woven suspension textile conforms to your body’s shape to reduce pressure on key joints and dissipate body heat for continual comfort. Armrests are fully adjustable and slope backward for a gentle, natural tilt while the seat’s waterfall edge helps maintain blood circulation. Landing at just under $1,000.00, it includes an impressive 12-year warranty and 30-day trial.
This fully adjustable computer chair meets not only the stringent guidelines of the Ergonomics Application Association but the demanding, comfort needs of the home office worker. It features not only a fully adjustable lumbar support that can be fine-tuned for both height and depth but also a backrest that can be adjusted from between 90-120 degrees to deliver continued support regardless of your preferred working posture. Its unique head-rest provides full neck support for those who like to lean back in their chair while a 3D armrest rotates up to 36 degrees to offer continual arm, wrist and shoulder comfort. A waterfall-style chair edge helps alleviate the pressure that can build up on legs and thighs throughout the workday. At just $240.00, it’s a great entry-level work chair that ticks all the ergonomic boxes and comes with a one-year warranty.
When great ergonomic support can’t be compromised due to a tight budget, this low-back computer chair is worth a second look. Designed with single lever pneumatic seat-height adjustment, you can quickly and easily raise or lower your working position to suit the task at hand. Black fabric upholstery provides enhanced breathability over that of plastic or vinyl chair seats and ensures you remain cool and comfortable throughout the workday. The cushioned back and seat of this task chair feature curved contours and a butterfly seat plate to help keep your body ergonomically aligned as you work. And the easily accessible tilt control can quickly tighten or release the chair’s ability to lean back. A 360-degree swivel means you will always have easy access to your devices as you work. Coming in at a mere $62.00, both your budget and back will thank you.
For the worker in search of a more substantial desk chair, this model ticks all the boxes and comes in at a surprisingly affordable price. In addition to featuring an adjustable lumbar control that allows you to pinpoint the area of your back that requires the most support, this large-format office chair offers height adjustable arms that ensure wrists, arms and shoulders can remain neutral and comfortable throughout your workday. The full mesh fabric back does double-duty, looking not only stylish in your office but allowing air to flow through for a cooler, more comfortable work experience. A 360-degree swivel means access to devices and documents is always easy while the adjustable seat can quickly and easily be moved up and down to facilitate any work situation. At a price tag in the $210.00 range, you’ll be delighted to know that it also comes with a limited 3-year warranty.
Style meets function with this quality-constructed computer chair. While its compact design makes it a perfect addition to any home office, it won’t let you down when it comes to delivering the ergonomic comfort you need. Its built-in lumbar support can be customized to meet your individual height and depth requirements while the pneumatic seat adjustment allows you to tailor your chair height to meet your work requirements. This chair uses fully adjustable arms to give your neck and shoulders a much-needed break during a long workday and to help prevent stress and strain injuries. For those that worry about prolonged seating, they’ll appreciate the chair’s waterfall edge that helps alleviate pressure on thighs and legs for better circulation. Durable enough to hold up to 250-pounds, covered in a stylish, easy-care fabric and offering a 6-year warranty, this office chair is a steal at just $74.00.
For those who prefer the ergonomic comfort of a standing desk, this drafting chair is the one for you. It quickly and easily elevates from a conventional desk height of 24.25-inches to that of 33.75-inches – ideal for a standing desk set-up. A one-touch pneumatic seat adjustor makes transitioning between heights quick and easy while the five dual-wheel carpet casters provide extra sturdiness so you’ll never have to worry about tipping. It even features a convenient, 20-inch diameter, adjustable foot ring to provide you with a comfortable place to rest your feet while working. This versatile office chair offers a breathable screen back with built-in lumbar support and a thick padded seat for those extra-long workdays. And when we’re talking just $100.00 it has to be one of the most affordable, versatile chairs capable of working in both a standing- or seated-desk environment.
When multi-tasking is just a given part of your busy day, you’ll want to look at this Zenergy ball chair for your home or business office. Designed to mimic the core-building benefits of a stability ball, it promotes a more productive workday because it helps to alleviate the constant distraction derived from pain and pressure on your upper legs and back. At the same time, this uniquely designed computer chair helps promote better posture and back strength while you work. Its padded for total comfort, offers a little extra bounce just for fun and can hold up to 250 pounds. Four sturdy legs prevent tipping or rolling and they can be adjusted for a chair height range of between 20- and 23-inches – perfect to meet any workspace needs. For just $135.00 you get a great little office chair that can deliver a pretty nifty workout.
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If having a beautiful, award-winning design in your home office puts a little spring in your step, then you’ll want to add this computer chair from Humanscale. While it’s thick, foam seat and backrest provide curve-hugging comfort throughout the day, it’s the counter-balance mechanism that sets it apart from the pack. This feature provides optimal resistance and continual back support through a weight-sensitive recline mechanism that adjusts with each user. The fully adjustable arms are designed to always work in synch with one another so that each time you reposition yourself in the chair, both arms will adapt simultaneously to meet your ergonomic needs. Similarly, for continued support balance, they will both reposition as you recline back. The optional state-of-the-art headrest moves with the user to support the neck and prevent strain. With the optional headrest, this exceptional piece of office equipment typically hits around the $1,000.00 mark and comes with a limited lifetime warranty.