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Choosing a home office chair involves more than just style. People often focus a lot of attention on selecting a desk and computer and don’t give as much thought to the chair that will be supporting them while they are working. More

The key factors to focus on when choosing a home office chair are your existing office space, body type, posture and personal requirements.

Home Office Space

The first thing to note is how much physical room you have for a home office chair. While all chairs are roughly the same size, slight variances in the dimensions can make a big difference. Measure the floor area where you intend to place the chair, as well as the height of and space around the desk.

Does your office have hardwood floors or carpet? This will affect the type of wheelbase you choose since some are better equipped for rolling on carpeted floors.

Is there an established style in your office? If so, you'll likely want a chair that suits the decor. If you spend little time in the chair, then visual appeal might be the higher priority. However, those who sit for long hours may have more pressing concerns.

Take Care of Yourself

For those who will be seated for many hours during the day, ergonomics becomes crucial.  Look for seats that include lumbar support and offer the maximum adjustability.  Height adjustments are the most common, which will help keep your body at the correct height for your desk working surface.  Some chairs also allow you to adjust the arm height and back height for optimal comfort.   Ergonomic office chairs tend to have a modern look but a savvy shopper can find options with more traditional lines and fabrics for a more or formal feel.

To avoid aches and pains, consider the ergonomic features available for home office chairs. Adjustability is critical to tailor the chair to your specifications and can be very important for a home office chair that will be shared by different-sized people. The following factors all impact your posture and comfort, so being able to adjust them will have a positive effect:

  • Lumbar support
  • Armrest placement
  • Backrest angle
  • Seat depth
  • Chair height

Other features may be offered as well, but these are the most common and essential. If the chair you are looking at is not adjustable, you’ll still want to evaluate your options based on the comfort of each of the factors in this list when choosing a home office chair.

Form Over Function

If you won’t be spending long stretches of time seated then you have more flexibility on the look of your chair. For instance, if you have a particularly formal home and use your home office infrequently or for short durations, you could select a stationary armchair similar to a dining chair or a rolling model with stately lines.  In an industrial or cottage chic space, a simple metal chair works well with the décor. For short bursts of time, ergonomics become less important.

Materials

Upholstery makes a big difference for home office chairs. Mesh is breathable and helps you stay cool during long work sessions. Leather seating is comfortable and durable but could retain too much heat. Fabrics often feel luxurious, but you may prefer materials that breathe and repel stains.

Your Ideal Workspace

Take some time to compare brands and select a style that fits the vibe of your home office. Think about the type of work you'll be doing, and what you need to be productive. Choosing home office chairs is an important task but is often quite rewarding. As always, whatever makes you happy is the best decision you can make.

Executive Office Chairs

An elegant addition to a formal room, executive office chairs offer exceptional comfort with an upscale look.  They tend to have roomy seats and high backs.  Constructed from premium materials and upholstered in leather and high-end fabrics. The styling is usually formal and designed for more stationary use. With all of the upgrades, executive chairs often have a slightly higher price tag than other office chairs.

Task and Desk Chairs

Task chairs often have an armless design. These chairs offer comfort and adjustable features for sustained use. Computer chairs and manager chairs typically have arms and many points of adjustment. Offered in leather, faux leather, fabric and mesh these chairs offer comfort and support over longer durations of use. Mesh desk chairs offer a flexible surface that is also extremely breathable, adding to your day-long comfort.

When designing your home workspace, be sure to balance how your chair will be used with how it looks and functions. Whether you are going for a sleek modern look or a classic timeless feel there are plenty of beautiful options to choose from. Be sure to consider how much time you’ll spend in your new seat as well as what type of work you’ll do while in it to so that you’ll love the feel of your new seat as much as you enjoy the looks of it.