The best home office chair:
What you need to know
It’s no secret that remote work has increased dramatically over the course of the past year. If you, like many others, find yourself working from home, it’s important to establish a dedicated office space that’s furnished with high-quality pieces – including an ergonomic chair. The best home office chair is one that will help minimize back and neck pain while promoting good posture and overall well-being. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you search for a stylish yet comfortable home office chair.
“If you work from home, it’s quite likely that you spend hours on end sitting at your desk. It’s important to invest in an ergonomic office chair to help prevent pain as well as promote productivity and your overall well-being.” – Barry, Design Expert, DWR NYC E57th Store
What to look for when purchasing a home office chair
If you’re wondering what to look for in an office chair, there are a handful of features to consider. Top-rated office chairs usually offer most (if not all) of the following.
How to choose office chair materials
Finding the right material and level of cushion for your office chair is akin to a Goldilocks scenario – it should be neither too firm nor too soft. Steer away from pieces that lie at one extreme or the other. A chair that’s too hard will cause discomfort, and a chair that’s too plush won’t offer adequate support.
State-of-the-art seats may even incorporate copper-infused cooling foam technology to help reduce heat.
As you search for an office chair, make note of these materials:
- Elastomer is highly responsive and promotes ventilation and air circulation.
- Mesh is extremely breathable, making it an ideal choice for a seat in which you’ll be sitting for hours on end.
- Polyester and polyester-blend fabrics are durable yet lightweight. They’re often wrinkle- and stain-resistant, too.
- Leather is not as breathable as elastomer or mesh, but it offers a distinctly stylish aesthetic.
- Vinyl is an eco-friendly option that offers the look and feel of leather. However, bear in mind that it lacks breathability.
To decide between the two types, evaluate the size of your office space and how often you intend to use the chair (i.e., for full- or part-time work). If you work full-time from your home office, opt for an executive chair for optimal comfort. On the other hand, if your use of the chair will be somewhat limited – or if the size of your home office can’t accommodate an executive chair – choose a task chair.
While executive chairs tend to offer more customizable support, task chairs offer more aesthetic versatility. Choose a modern home office chair rendered in sleek molded plastic and equipped with a seat cushion. Or select a midcentury modern task chair designed in walnut with leather upholstery.