Pros and Cons of Each Type of Office Chair

Pros and Cons of Each Type of Office Chair

If you are furnishing a new workspace or redesigning an existing one, choosing office furniture is just one of many important jobs. Making the right decision will result in a slick and stylish finish for your office, but sometimes it’s just too difficult to choose.

For this reason, we’ve curated a list with the help of to help you choose your best fit office chair.

Office Chair Pros and Cons

Executive or High-End Office Chair – Pros and Cons

Executive office chairs usually have a high back with arm rests and cushioned seating. The executive chair is often made from a high quality fabric or leather and is great for long days at the office and hours of sitting. These office chairs recline and swivel, have wheels and adjustable heights.

Advantages of Executive Office Chairs:

  • Comfort
  • Durability
  • Features: recline, swivel, adjustable height

Disadvantages of Executive Office Chairs:

  • Usually a far higher cost
  • Limited colour and materials selection


Ergonomic Office Chair – Pros and Cons

When you spend most of your daytime hours in an office chair, your posture and back will eventually begin to suffer. Ergonomic chairs are crafted with spine and back health in mind.

Advantages of Ergonomic Office Chairs:

  • Adjustable features
  • Comfort
  • Prevent back and circulation problems
  • Swivel features allow for movement

Disadvantages of Ergonomic Office Chairs:

  • Expensive – although usually not as expensive as an executive chair
  • Limited style and colour selection


Kneeling Ergonomic Chair – Pros and Cons

Kneeling ergonomic chairs don’t really look like chairs at all, but they’re very healthy for the lower back and spine. These chairs are typically made with no back or a small back, a seat cushion and shin cushions so that the user is kneeling and sitting at the same time. The weight of the person on the chair is then distributed to the lower hips and shins, creating a much healthier position for the spine.

Advantages of Kneeling Ergonomic Office Chairs:

  • Improves posture
  • Reduces lower back strain
  • Relieves muscle and joint stress

Disadvantages of Kneeling Ergonomic Office Chairs:

  • Leg discomfort
  • Only ideal for individuals who sit for short periods
  • Can be difficult to get in and out of


Visitor, Reception and Side Chair – Pros and Cons

Side chairs are generally used for sitting over short periods of time. These types of office chairs have a post leg frame, rather than the cylinder base frame commonly associated with executive and ergonomic chairs.

Advantages of Side Office Chairs:

  • Cost – usually far cheaper to purchase
  • Ideal for seating large groups
  • Can be purchased in bulk
  • Stack style available for easy storage

Disadvantages of Side Office Chairs:

  • Comfort; few ergonomically designed available
  • Difficult to transport
  • Quality


Conference Chair – Pros and Cons

Used for meetings and conferences, these chairs are designed for short periods of sitting. Conference chairs are made to be tucked neatly under a conference table in rows, so it makes sense that they’re slim and easy to roll in and out. Conference chair backs are also frequently straight and rarely recline. Cushioning is typically minimal.

Advantages of Conference Chairs:

  • Cost – usually in the price range between a side chair and ergonomic chair
  • Keeps conference attendees alert
  • Takes up minimal space
  • Easily storable

Disadvantages of Conference Chairs:

  • Comfort – usually not the most comfortable chair available
  • Ideal for sitting over short periods


While there is no perfect office chair to suit everyone out there, every chair is suitable for someone. For professional selection advice, why not click here to get in touch with us today?

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