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Back pain is one of the top reasons why employees call out from work, and having the right desk chair can be a vital improvement to your life whether you’re working from home, distance learning, or back in the office.
The aesthetics may vary, but when shopping for the right ergonomic office chair, comfort and functionality are equally important. We all have different aesthetic styles but there are a few universal components that will help you pick a comfortable chair.
For starters, built-in lumbar support is a must-have for any good office chair and it doesn’t hurt to add an extra cushion for increased vertebrae alignment. If you’re spending at least eight hours in one chair it’s important to keep your back supported but also maintain good posture. Adjustable armrests are another component to a comfortable chair that will help relax the muscles around your shoulders, neck, hands, and arms.
It’s also a good idea to make sure that the seat has the right width and depth to support your bottom and your backside with ease. Office chairs with headrests protect your head, neck, and back, plus they come in handy when you’re working or studying for hours at a time.
One of the main perks to choosing the right office chair is that it could prevent you from having to make a trip to the chiropractor’s office. To get your started on the journey we rounded up some of the best office chairs on the web.
Check out the list below.
If you’re in the market for something affordable and comfortable this ergonomic swivel desk chair makes a great option. The desk chair is made from a mixture of cotton and mesh fabrics, and features extra-layered cushioning, lumbar support, and armrests that can be adjusted for your height. User Kimazon writes, “This particular chair happens to be good for my issues. I have degenerative disk disease and need to sit upright with good lumbar and mid-back support. I’m short/small, so I like the adjustable back support and the fact that the seat isn’t way too wide and cumbersome.”
Sidiz is an affordable brand among higher-end office chair designers such as Herman Miller and Steele Case. The Sidiz T80 office chair will give you the same type of comfort as more expensive office chairs for around the half the price. The chair includes lumbar support and all of the bells and whistles to look for in a comfortable design. You can also adjust headrest, armrests, titling tensions, and just about every other part of the chair. Writes user Jon, “Is it a looker? Check. Ergonomics and a plethora of adjustment capabilities? Check. Doesn’t ask for half of my wages? Check. After reading the reviews, I decided to take the leap and purchase it. And I was not [disappointed]. The assembly is incredibly straight forward. It took 10 minutes. The packaging was secure and the product came without a scratch. When I first took a seat, I was pretty underwhelmed to be honest… until I investigated the user guide and found out how many adjustments [there] actually are.”
For just under $150, this ergonomic chair pays for itself after a few uses and it doesn’t skimp on the padding for increased comfort. The adjustable, leather swivel chair is available in black or white, and can be used as an office desk chair or a comfortable seat for gamers. The chair is designed to support your lumbar and improve posture. One user writes, “This chair is pretty comfortable. It has a great support and is ergonomic. Coming home from a long day at work and sitting on this chair is very relaxing. The assembly was pretty easy to do, had no issues.”
Branch Furniture’s ergonomic desk chair features a high-density cushion designed to accommodate people of many different shapes and sizes (it can hold up to 300 pounds). Designed in Italy, this stylish desk chair features breathable, double-layered nylon mesh, seven adjustment points, three-way adjustable armrests, tilt lock and hybrid casters, and, of course, lumbar support. Writes user Josh E., “Because of the pandemic, I decided to invest in this chair after having hours of back pain every single day from my old flimsy one. Since all classes are online, some days I’m sitting for up to 8 hours at a time. At first the lumbar support hurt because I wasn’t used to having that kind of support and my posture was very slumped. But after a couple days, all my back pain went away. I think [it’s important] to note that the main point of this chair isn’t to be super comfy (although it is). The main point is to fix posture and eliminate back pain from sitting wrong. This chair does exactly that and I love it.”
Most reclining office chairs are either leather, faux leather, or mesh material, so why not switch it up? This ergonomically designed reclining office chair is equipped with a fully rotational padded seat (the height can be adjusted for your comfort), a padded headrest, and more. One user writes, “I personally do not like pleather which is common place and ubiquitous in the executive high back chair market. The color and material really caught my eye. I do not like pleather because as it is sticky and makes me sweat. The only benefit of pleather is the ability to clean it easily. This fabric is soft to touch with firm support. The chair pillow is stiff and will not win any awards. However, it is a nice bonus, especially when leaning back.”