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9 Factors Everyone Must Consider When Buying an Office Chair

Updated on May 19, 2015

Thousands of people regret their decision after buying an office chair, mostly due to their own carelessness. That is why it is important to be careful while buying an office chair.

But what does being careful mean? It means making a purchase decision only after considering each of the following aspects or factors:

1. Upholstery material

In any office chair, the role of upholstery is supreme. In order to pick the right upholstery, it is important to consider how the chair will be used and what the maximum budget is. For example, if a user is on a tight budget, then considering acrylic or foam upholstery may be a good idea. If the user expects to have breathability and affordability together, then mesh may be the right choice. Leather may be the perfect fit for someone who wants to have an executive feel inside the cabin or home office, and intends to use the chair in a cold or air conditioned room.

2. Ergonomics

The ergonomics of an office chair determines whether the chair is fit for a particular person or not. And because of that, while making a purchase decision, taking into account the ergonomics of a chair is extremely important. Aside from determining the level of comfort, the ergonomics impacts the health of the user, as well.

3. Lumbar support

Other than the ergonomics, the type of lumbar support a desk chair provides is especially important to consider. That is because lumbar support directly deals with the spine of a person, trying to maintain or support the natural spinal curvature as best as possible. Lumbar support helps transfer the upper body weight of a person to the chair, in an attempt to ensure maximum comfort. The lack of proper lumbar or back support may lead to serious health issues down the road.

4. Seat support

Whether a chair has an adjustable seat or not should be taken into account, too. Ideally, seat height should be such that it allows the feet of the user to rest flatly on the ground. As far as the seat material is concerned, it should neither be too soft, nor too firm.


5. Arm support

Arm support is another crucial aspect to look into while buying a chair. A good chair for office is that which has adjustable armrests. Armrests that lie at a proper height level help reduce strain on the back.

6. Swivel and tilt

While most office chairs offer tilt feature and swivel feature, not every chair can stand like a rock when it is tilted or swiveled to its maximum capability. A truly good chair should be able to maintain its composure when it is tilted or swiveled.

7. Wheel type

Office chairs either contain hard wheel casters or soft wheel casters. The former variety is best to use on carpets, rugs and other such materials. The latter is suitable for use on surfaces that are prone to damage, for example, surfaces made of hardwood.

8. Construction quality

The overall construction quality of a chair is not something to be neglected, either. In order to get the best value for the amount of money spent, it is advisable to carefully analyze whether a chair is made of high-quality materials or not. Generally, the more expensive a chair is, the better its materials tend to be. However, that may not be true in every case. So, close inspection is necessary.

9. Durability

How durable a chair proves to be in the long run is determined by the average number of hours it is used daily and the level roughness with which it is used. Durability is not easy to determine just by looking at a chair, but steps like reading customer reviews and closely examining the specifications can help a user determine how durable, or not, a particular ergonomic chair is.

Each and every aspect mentioned above bears great significance, and ignoring any of them may lead to a bad purchase decision.

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