Office Chairs

Top Tips: What should I look for when choosing an office chair ?

Tips to Help You Choose an Office Chair

Tips to Help in Choosing the Right Office Chair for You!

So you are on a website selling office chairs! Oh the choice...

There are a wide array of office chairs on the market today. The choice is so vast - there is something for everyone!

How do you narrow this down? Where do you start?

The following tips are designed to help you choose something to suit you, your space and your budget!

 

Office Chair Price Range Slider1) Office Chair Price - Budget or Top End ?


Think about how much you can afford. A top of the range ergonomic office chair is not an option for everyone. For many it is quite simply out of the budget.

Choose a website that offers a price range scale within the category. That way you can set the price to select office chairs only within your budget!

Remember if your maximum budget is £100 and you set the slider for £100 that you could miss out on your perfect chair at £101.00. The price slider is that sensitive!

If a website does not offer a price range there might be an option titled Sort By. This often includes a sort by price option that you can simply select from the drop-down menu. It may be highest to lowest or lowest to highest price. Some websites will offer both a price range and a sort by price option.

 

2) Office Chair Finish - Leather, Faux Leather, Plastic, Fabric ?

... and What About Colour?

So now you have narrowed your choice down a little more it is time to think about the environment for this office chair. Where is it for? For a laboratory or a kitchen for example you would ideally be looking for something you can easily wipe clean such as faux leather or plastic.

Perhaps you are looking for something a little more plush for an executive office or a home study and would rather have full leather. Or maybe you are looking for a specific colour you can match with green and orange company branding or your cream living room sofa! 

Most websites will have filters either to the left or the right of the products where you can select material and colour finish options to suit your requirements.

Remember initially these filters may not show the exact colour or finish you are looking for. For example you make seek a Cream Leather Office Chair. You select Cream and Leather from the Filters but... see a brown leather or blue fabric chair. This is generally because the brown leather chair is offered in a range of leather colours including brown and cream. The blue fabric chair may be offered in a range of materials ie leather and fabric as well as a choice of different colours.

 

3) Finally Features of an Office Chair

Office Chair Website Filter Options Colour Material

You may have reached a point where it is slightly more difficult to narrow down further with filters. This largely depends on the individual website where you are shopping. However by this stage, you should have narrowed your search parameters down quite considerably and made the search for your perfect office chair much easier.

Other things to consider include do you require arms? Sometimes, particularly for a home, arms can be a hinderance if you need to tuck it under a low table at the end of the day or the weekend.

If you do require arms - you have a choice of fixed or adjustable? Adjustable arms can be lowered or raised some are also depth adjustable too. 

In an office or workplace environment office chairs with castors (i.e. wheels) are more popular. To make it even more difficult there is not simply one choice of castor! However in the home, wheels may not be a requirement particularly on carpet. 

Think about the users whether at home or in the workplace. How many hours will the chair be used? What is the weight of the user? Will there be many different users?

Some office chairs have small gas lifts and are recommended for only 3-5 hours usage a day. Many of these are unsuitable for anyone over a particular weight. For a student studying a couple of hours at home of an evening they are often a good economical choice. Other office chairs are much more heavy duty and can be used for up to 24 hours a day. These are perfect for an environment with shift workers or gamers! Height and back adjustable chairs are a better choice in an environment where there are many different users. These allow each user to adjust the chair to their own individual comfort requirments.

 

The above tips will have you well on the way to choosing the correct office chair for you. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call or email. A member of the team will be happy to help.

Home Office Chairs without Wheels!

Home Office Chairs without Castors no Wheels

Home Office Chairs without Wheels!

(Written September 2013 and updated to reflect new/discontinued products).

Customers often prefer to choose home office chairs without wheels (i.e. castors).

There can be a whole range of reasons for this.

  • floor covering
  • safety concerns
  • or personal preference

FLOOR COVERING

Thick carpets would certainly impede a rolling chair! A good reason for seeking home office chairs without wheels! There may also be concerns over marking new wooden or tiled flooring.

SAFETY CONCERNS

Elderly people or those with a disability could be concerned about mobility issues. They may be anxious in case the chair rolls before they are seated properly, particularly on hard flooring. Parents may worry the kids will see the office chair as a new toy. Potential home accidents!

PREFERENCE

The smaller home office user may feel there is no requirement for castors. They may only use the home office for limited periods. Design and colour to coordinate with existing fixtures and fittings in the room could lead the choice. Function being of less importance than personal preference and decor!

 

Choosing Home Office Chairs without Wheels – Styles to Consider

Office Chairs Without WheelsCantilever Office Chairs: 

The image to the right shows four examples of cantilever framed chairs. A popular option for customers seeking home office chairs without wheels!

Chairs in this style are generally marketed as guest, visitor or sometimes boardroom chairs. This design type of office seating is popular in reception areas and public areas where there is no requirement for the user to move, or roll, the chair. Some are also stackable so a popular choice in a boardroom or conference setting particularly where the room may have various uses.

These chairs are quite comfortable for short term use and, for the home office, ideal to colour coordinate. Frequently available in a wide array of colourful fabrics and materials. You can see some of these in the example image - mesh back, fabric back and seat and leather finishes. Please click on the image to see cantilever style chairs available to purchase online.

Four Legged Chairs:

Again these may be marked as reception chairs or visitor seating. These are also usually designed for use in reception areas of hotels or waiting areas or as guest seating in a office environment. 

An alternative, if the cantilever frame isn't your cup of tea.

Stacking Chairs: 

Another option is the stacking chair. Generally stacking chairs are thought of for canteens or cafeterias and some are for outside use.

Indeed, polypropylene examples are popular for eating places for ease of cleaning. However, there are fabric choices available in a range of colour fabrics.

Stacking chairs are often lighter and take up less space than cantilever chairs. They are easier to move around. Some even fold flat and so easily stored when not in use.

Office Chairs with Glides: 

The third and final option are chairs with glides (image below with the Nefil ergonomic office chair). Glides are essentially little flat feet rather than castors (i.e. wheels).

The main disadvantage to the models above (ie cantilever or stacking chairs) is their lack of function. They are not height adjustable. Often in a home office, for occasional use, this is not a particular disadvantage. However, if you work from home on a regular basis then function is important. Not all chairs are shown with glides on the online store. If you would prefer a chair with glides please call us for a list of office chairs offered with a glide option rather than castors.

If you are interested in any of the chairs in the images or would like some help and advice in choosing home office chairs without wheels, please do not hesitate to contact the team on 01560 322072.

Green Mesh Nefil Ergonomic Office Chair with Glides