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Leather Office Guest Chairs – Professional Conference Rooms at a Discount

Updated on February 4, 2010

The case for leather office guest chairs vs. other office chairs

We all know that first impressions are very important.  That’s why we spend a lot of money trying to look nice, and really, conference rooms are no different.  When you hold a meeting you want it to be in a professional setting so that your customers (or whoever you meet with) will know you are serious about what you do.  Leather office guest chairs provide the “class” of leather and the comfort of a well crafted office chair to help establish that professional setting. 

The traditional conference room has the stereotype “board room” feel with large, long hardwood tables and fancy leather executive chairs.  While this is great for large companies who can afford to have lavish conference rooms, if you have a budget and need a cheap conference room without it feeling cheap you’re going to have to make compromises.  That’s where leather office guest chairs come in.  Because leather guest chairs are about half the price, you’ll be able to trim anywhere from 25-50% off your meeting room budget.

“But cheap leather office guest chairs aren’t as good as more expensive chairs?”

First of all, just because they cost less doesn’t mean that they’re cheap.  Most leather guest chairs are well crafted and provide plenty of lumbar support.  The only reason they cost less is because they don’t have casters or pneumatic height adjusters which cut way down on the price.  In regards to being not as good as, say, ergonomic executive chairs, it all depends on the situation.  I’d say the biggest factor in deciding if leather office guest chairs meet your needs would be the typical meeting length.  Meeting range anywhere from 10 or 15 minutes to many hours.  If the majority of your meetings are less than an hour then these guest chairs are perfect.  Even if your meetings go longer, the guest chairs will still provide the ergonomic support required to stay focused and comfortable; you just won’t be able to recline in them. 

Leather office guest chairs also serve another purpose in regards to meetings.  Because they don’t offer the amenities to relax and recline, they keep people more focused and more productive.  Studies have shown that when people are comfortable their minds begin to wonder and brainwave patterns slow down.  I’m sure everyone who’s ever been at a meeting (particularly long meetings) has lost interest in a the topic of discussion and kind of kicked back and daydreamed a little.  While you’re not sacrificing comfort, with leather guest chairs you can keep people on point and focused which translates to shorter, more productive meetings which makes everybody happier.  I’m not saying that these chairs are going to solve all of your problems; they’re just a convenient and good solution.

There are a lot of good resources online for buying leather office guest chairs.  If you do a little bit of research you should be able to find good, affordable leather office guest chairs that will meet your needs.  The best strategy that I’ve found is to price shop online and then, if you can, check out the guest chair in person.  This way you already have a price in mind and if you like that model you can buy them there.  Just a suggestion.

If you’re really on a budget you can try looking online for used leather office guest chairs which can be a lot more affordable if you find a good deal.  As with most things in life, a little bit of homework will go a long ways.

Other Office Furniture Resources

How to choose the right ergonomic mesh office chair for you - Provides tips and resources on choosing what kind of office chair and where to find good deals

How to Buy Affordable Office Guest Chairs - A brief guide with valuable insights on purchasing office guest chairs at very reasonable prices.

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