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Ergonomic Office Desk Chairs

Updated on June 19, 2014

How to work longer with less fatigue.

Sitting in a bad posture all day can lead to pain and injury, something that a ergonomic office chair is designed to avoid.

Here is a shot of my work-at-home office and what my desk chair looks like. When I went from a cheap low-backed chair with no adjustments to this one, it was like a day and night experience, and I am never going back to long days in a cheap chair.

Working behind a desk in a office (or at home) means spending a lot of time seated.

The human body is not optimized to sit for long periods and being confined to a chair can add unnatural pressure to the spine and cause other debilitating conditions.

Seen here is the exclusive Ergohuman Office Chair which is on my wish-list.

Sitting too much in a bad chair can lead to circulatory problems in the thighs and legs. Ligament stiffness and back problems are also common symptoms of excessive sitting in poorly designed seats.

A ergonomic chair on the other hand is specifically built to promote good posture and/or support the lower back. Leather and mesh office chair reviews all point to the same thing: ergonomy really makes a difference - in comfort, and what rating buyers are giving their office chairs. Keep reading for some points to think about when choosing your next chair to work in.

Credits: My image above.

Best Selling Executive Style Leather Office Chairs

If you run a home office where you also receive clients and guests you probably want a desk chair that is comfortable to sit in but also puts an emphasis on style.

Alera ALERV44LS10C Ravino Big & Tall Series High-Back Swivel/Tilt Leather Chair, Black
Alera ALERV44LS10C Ravino Big & Tall Series High-Back Swivel/Tilt Leather Chair, Black

Very comfortable leather chair. Max height is 19 inches. More expensive than the others but top-notch materials.

Comfort Products Commodore II Oversize Leather Chair with Adjustable Headrest, Black
Comfort Products Commodore II Oversize Leather Chair with Adjustable Headrest, Black

This is a chair for big and tall people. It is built to support up to 400 pounds. Great reviews from 6 foot 3 inch buyers.

Boss Office Products B8601 High Back No Tools Required LeatherPlus Chair in Black
Boss Office Products B8601 High Back No Tools Required LeatherPlus Chair in Black

This is one of the best selling executive office chairs of all with hundreds of positive customer reviews. Offers a generous deep and wide seat with a sloping front that alleviates leg pressure. A nice and affordable desk chair that can handle up to 250 pound weights.


Top Rated Leather Office Chair

Ergonomy and comfort go hand in hand. A purpose-built office desk chair will not only keep you from developing body stress problems, it will also make your working day more enjoyable. Here are the main things you want to see in a proper desk chair.

Adjustable seat height. Any office desk chair which can not be adjusted vertically will quickly cause you discomfort. Adjust height so that thighs are horizontal and arms even with the height of the desk.

Popular Mesh Desk Chair

Lumbar support. A good seat should have lower back support. Take note that the lumbar spine has an inward curve. Sitting for long periods without support may lead to a slouching which bends the spine.

Padding. Another very important feature is the seat material. An ergonomic office chair must have ample padding to be comfortable.

Any hard seat surface will block circulation at the contact points, even if you don't feel it. Cellulite and poor blood circulation have a connection. Mesh seats are built to flex so there is no need for upholstery.

Roll and swing. A comfortable chair also needs wheels and it should easily rotate so the user quickly can adjust position and reach different areas of the desk without straining.

There are a lot of different Office Star desk chairs like these to choose from.

Working at a desk with a computer

Adjust your chair height so the top of your computer monitor is at the height, or slightly below, eye level. Adjust the backrest and check your posture. Keep your head straight and not tilted. Avoid slouching forward as this makes you crane your neck. A straight back and straight head will radically reduce the risk of tension. If you work with a tab or laptop screen make sure to get it up to eye level.

Take a break every hour. Move your shoulders and arms to loosen up and promote blood flow.

Chair Foot Rests Give You Better Sitting Posture

An easy way to get an even better posture while working in the office is to use a foot rest. It does two beneficial things. 1, it angles your feet and allows you to stretch out a little bit. 2 it raises your feet which alleviates pressure from your thighs on the edge of the chair seat.

Medi-Rub Foot Massager 2000 Plus
Medi-Rub Foot Massager 2000 Plus

How about a office desk footrest with a built-in foot massager?

Cozy Products TT Toasty Toes Ergonomic Heated Foot Warmer
Cozy Products TT Toasty Toes Ergonomic Heated Foot Warmer

Cold feet at the office is a very common problem, specially if you are seated near entrances. get a ergonomic footrest that also has a climate function.


Question: ergonomic foot rest, or feet on the ground?

Have you tried using a footrest to increase comfort when sitting at a desk?

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Affordable Desk Chairs With Good Ergonomy

Gaiam Adjustable Custom-Fit Balance Ball Chair, Stability Ball Desk Chair with 55cm Yoga Ball, Inflation Pump and Exercise Guide for Home or Office, Blue
Gaiam Adjustable Custom-Fit Balance Ball Chair, Stability Ball Desk Chair with 55cm Yoga Ball, Inflation Pump and Exercise Guide for Home or Office, Blue

This ball chair might look like a fitness toy but it is designed as a desk chair. The ergonomic part of the Gaiam chair is the seat itself. The ball offers a flexing seat surface that requires the body to continuously make minute adjustments - something that keeps you body from getting stiff.

It is almost impossible to have a bad posture while sitting on a ball chair. It does however bur a bit more energy than what sitting down usually does. Work and get fit at the same time!

Flash Furniture High Back Black Leather and Mesh Swivel Task Chair with Arms
Flash Furniture High Back Black Leather and Mesh Swivel Task Chair with Arms

This chair is very similar to the one I am currently enjoying (see intro pic). Nice price too!

Office Star Ergonomically Designed Knee Chair with Casters, Memory Foam and Black Metal Base Black
Office Star Ergonomically Designed Knee Chair with Casters, Memory Foam and Black Metal Base Black

A kneeling chair like this one, looks stranger than it actually feels. If you have back problems and do a lot of typing this may be your ticket to relief. I would suggest having two chairs though. One regular and one kneeling chair so you can switch now and then.

This is not a proper desk chair
This is not a proper desk chair

Why a desk chair with good comfort and posture is important

Physical comfort is a very important aspect of productivity because your comfort will affect both your work and your health. Injuries from incorrect body posture while sitting at a desk can lead to severe consequences and affect your bones, joints, and muscles.. something that shows up as you get older.

5 days a week in a
chair without adjustments
may be hurting you

Although ergonomics are important for anyone performing any activity, it is especially significant when you do the same static movements every single day, whether that is sitting at a desk and working on a computer or lifting crates.

Use a ergonomic office chair for your home office to avoid back pain

For those of us who work behind a desk, using a ergonomic chair can mean saving yourself from developing lifelong injuries caused by posture stress. Neck and back problems, poor leg circulation, arm and elbow joint pain are all examples of ailments that develop over time from a poor working environment behind a desk.

Another very important benefit of using a proper desk chair is less fatigue which of course means better productivity. And you will feel fresher when you finish your day. If you feel haggard and limp after a day at the office - your chair may be the cause!

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Go one step further - The best health recipe for offices.

Even if you get the best office desk chair in the world.. we all sit too much and it affects our health. Humans are evolved to move, not sit and taking a different approach an hour or two a day will do wonders for your productivity.

LifeSpan TR1200-DT5 Treadmill Desk
LifeSpan TR1200-DT5 Treadmill Desk

This is the nr.1 treadmill desk. it comes complete with adjustable stand-up desk and is pricy but you get to burn calories in a easy and almost effortless way while working.


Good chair or bad chair? Tell us about your current setup.

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    • kindoak profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @Gypzeerose: Thanks!

    • Gypzeerose profile image

      Rose Jones 

      5 years ago

      Very important topic due to how long we spend at the desk. Pinned onto my ergonomics board.

    • Redneck Lady Luck profile image

      Lorelei Cohen 

      5 years ago from Canada

      About a week ago my husband brought me home the office chair from heaven. What a difference a good chair can make. For anyone who is debating making that new office chair purchase, do it, trust me your tushie, back, neck, and arms will thank you.

    • DRSandAssociate1 profile image


      5 years ago

      Great guide, thinking of picking up the Gaiam for my home office.

    • geosum profile image


      5 years ago

      Great Lens. Haven't had an ergo chair since I retired. I miss it....

    • bluelily lm profile image

      bluelily lm 

      5 years ago

      Spinal cord problem are common these days because of prolong sitting in a wrong position. Ergonomic chairs are really a great help to tackle this problem.

    • GeekGirl1 profile image


      5 years ago

      thank you for sharing, keep it up!

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      5 years ago

      i have a good chair, and i love it


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