Working from your couch or bed sounds comfortable, but try to do it for hours at a time. It’s not practical to have your computer and everything you need in front of you when you’re all trying to sit nice and comfortable. If you’ve been working from home for a long time, you should set up an ergonomic workspace that you can use without injuring your arms, back or neck. This means you need a proper chair, ideally in front of a desk or table.
Office chairs are built for you to sit on while you work, and enable you to keep your hands on your keyboard and mouse without strain. You have tons of options to choose from, starting around $100 to over $1,000. Here’s what you need to know before buying your chair, along with our top picks.
Office Speaker Vs Gaming Speaker
What is the difference between office chairs and gaming chairs? not much. Gaming chairs, in general, are heavy office chairs with more considerations for sitting in different positions for long periods. They usually have long backs with head and lumbar cushions, and provide more support than cheap office chairs. They are better built with a higher weight limit and more considerations for larger users. Gaming chairs usually also offer a wide range of colors and designs.
Most gaming chairs also have a recline function that office chairs lack. A lever on the right side of the seat lets you recline and lie down while remaining at seat level. You shouldn’t use this feature when you’re on a video call with your boss, but it’s a good option when you’re done (or in between meetings) and want to sit back.
Gaming chairs tend to be more expensive than office chairs, but the extra money is usually worth it, as the extra support and better build quality go a long way. Gaming chairs typically have warranties of several years, while inexpensive office chairs may have warranties of up to 90 days.
Because of this, we are including a mix of office and gaming chairs here. If you like the design and features of a gaming chair, don’t worry it’s not called an office chair. It will work fine in your office.
Office Chair Weight Range, Height, Support, and Tilt
An inexpensive chair may look good on paper, but it may not be suitable for the person—literally. If you’re moving past 200 pounds, check the weight capacity of the office chair you’re considering. Also, see if the product listing shows seat width and depth. Even if it can support you, you don’t want your hips to squeeze from the armrests, or bend over an uncomfortably narrow curve. Also, if you’re particularly short or tall, check the seat height limit. Almost all office chairs have a gas cylinder that lets you adjust the height, but some may be lower or higher than others.
Also, office chairs can have low or high backs (we’ve also seen pairs with no backs, but at the time, they’re more like desk stools), and this can make a big difference in how they feel. It is possible. Inexpensive chairs have lower backs that are around or just below the shoulders. They may support your lower half, but they won’t do much for your upper back and head. Still, if you work mostly by leaning forward rather than sitting straight or slightly back, that level of support should be sufficient.
Lumbar support is also important, but it is harder to test. Most office chairs claim to have some sort of lumbar support, but it can be as simple as a slight arch against your lower back. Try taking a closer look at how the chair is constructed to learn how much support it can provide.
Tilt is a helpful feature that adds to your overall comfort and range of motion when you sit for long periods of time. Some office chairs have the reclining function of gaming chairs, but you may still be able to sit back on them a bit. Many models have an adjustable tilt that allows the entire seat to recline at a limited angle when you recline, and it snaps back into an upright position when you stop leaning. This tilt uses a scissor hinge at the base of the chair where the bottom sits on the gas cylinder that adjusts the height of the seat, and usually has a knob that lets you adjust how freely it moves. . You can also usually restrict the tilt entirely via a lever.
Best Office Chair Materials
Chairs come in a variety of materials, from fabric, leather to mesh. The best ingredients for you ultimately depend on your tastes, but there are a few factors to consider.
Leather, the PU leather used by even the cheapest “pleather” chairs, looks best, but it also wears out the fastest. It scratches and tears easily, especially if you have cats. The cloth is usually much sturdier, but is the easiest to stain and can collect the most odors. Mesh chairs are the lightest, most flexible, and least likely to seat pets, but this material provides the chair’s entire support structure, unlike the foam padding in fabric and leather chairs.
With that in mind, these are our top picks for office and gaming chairs.