At some point or another the search for new chairs for your office will ensue when your old chairs become torn and tattered. When it comes to searching for a new office chair, there are 3 criterion that most people and businesses search for: value, longevity, and price. Will the chair prove to be a worthwhile investment or will it fall apart after a year of use? How long can we expect this chair to last? Is the price too steep for our budget? These are common questions most furniture purchasers are faced with and can be easily answered with a little research into which office chairs will be the best choice for your business at the best price.
- Office Chairs: A good ergonomic office chair will typically fall within the price range of $250 to $1,000 depending upon how adjustable you want the chair to be. Having a chair with multiple adjustments is essential, particularly if you will be sharing the chair with other people, to ensure it fits to your body. A chair that is too big or too small for its user can lead to serious health issues including chronic back and neck pain. Owning a chair that fits the user correctly is especially crucial if you or your employees spend multiple consecutive hours a day sitting on an office chair. Most chairs within this price range, especially those on the higher end, will last 5 years or more dependent on how well you take care of the chair. Manufacturers of quality product will also warrant their chairs to last up to a lifetime, meaning if any part on your chair breaks, (mechanism, casters, adjustment levers, etc.) they will replace it free of cost up to the time specified in their warranty. A warranty usually says a lot about a manufacturer, so if you find one with a longer warranty this is a good guarantee that your chair investment will be worthwhile, as it shows the manufacturer is that confident with their product.
- Reception/Guest Chairs – Most reception and guest seating options are more affordable than an ergonomic office chair with the minimal need for adjustability. A good reception chair or guest chair may cost no more than $75, if you are searching for a sturdy chair that will fit the average person. Prices on reception chairs increase with more trendy designs and fabrics, however these chairs are not necessarily better. Keep in mind the client or customer that will be spending time in your guest chairs as most accommodate specific weight capacities of 250 lbs. or less. Specialty guest chairs that are more durable and constructed of stronger frames can be purchased to accommodate heavier users, but will be more expensive due to the high quality materials.
- Conference Chairs – Having a set of nice conference chairs is a key piece of furniture every office should acquire. Conference chair prices can vary from the low-end of around $100 to the high end-of up to $600. Conference chairs on the low-end of the price spectrum will have a basic look, last around 5 years, and will have a cheaper upholstery (vinyl, faux leather, etc.). Chairs with a higher price range will have a more modern appearance, more adjustments, a more expensive upholstery (leather), and will typically last a bit longer with their sturdier construction. Good conference chairs do not have to put a burden on your budget it really comes down to how nice you want the chairs to look, if guests will be sitting in your chairs or solely employees, if real leather upholstery is a staple in your purchasing decision, the level of adjustability, and how much time will be spent in these chairs on a regular basis.
Judging the value of an office chair usually can not be based on looks alone, sometimes it comes down to putting some research into your decision. It is first important to consider your business and what kind of furniture will fit in best with your pre-existing work environment or what you envision your new work environment to look like. Consider how much time will be spent in the chairs being sought after and how adjustable you will need the chairs to be to keep your employees comfortable. Do your research, if a chair has a one year warranty that means the manufacturer does not believe in their product enough to warrant it for longer than a year of use. Determine how long you want the chair to last, then look at how much you are willing to spend for those years of usage. A chair may appear to be very expensive and out of your price range, but consider all the costs associated with having to look for a new chair every few years to replace a cheaper chair. So are expensive chairs really worth the investment? Easily put, I would say yes.
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Having a comfortable work setting is crucial in order to ensure a productive work environment as well as avoiding both minor and serious health issues. It is important to make sure both the work station set up and your office chair are contributing to your overall happiness and relaxation at work. Pains and aches throughout the day make work go by much slower and can have a negative affect on your overall mood. This can also lead to loss in productivity and missed days of work. Some office chairs are not properly designed to meet the needs of your body shape and can lead to back pain and other related problems. If you don’t have $1,000 in your budget to purchase a great office chair, as most of us don’t, fear not because it is possible to find a viable option for a considerable price. There are a few steps one could take in order to start their quest for a new comfortable yet inexpensive office chair, it just takes time, patience and a good attitude; remember you could be on your way to working comfortably all day!
The first step to take in the road to a better more affordable office chair is to start by researching different office chair options available; there are thousands of different office chairs out there but which is right for you? Many office chair websites, such as our own Sitbetter.com, offer specialized categories which can help you find a place to start looking. You can also make a note of a chair you find comfortable when visiting friends, family, or client’s offices and look for comparable items. Many chairs are or have replicas that are much lower in price, and the differences between the real and the replica sometimes just come down to the name of the brand! You will also need to determine your budget and sort between chairs in that price range.
Once you have your budget figured out, it is essential to identify the key ergonomic features you will want in your office chair. Some features you maybe looking for are the overall height of the chair, the shape and contour of the back rest, the type of arm rests and whether the chair swivels or is fixed in place. Other features you may want to think about including in your search are ergonomic functions such as seat height, back height, knee tilt, moveable arm rests, a seat slider, a ratchet back, and built in lumbar support. You will also need to consider the nature of your work; do you work in a call center sitting in a chair 12 hours a day or do you work from home 3-4 hours a day? You will also need to factor in your height and your weight, if you are under 5’3″ you may want to opt for a petite office chair in order to fit your body or conversely if you are 6’4″ you will want to look into a big and tall chair to support you. Your chair will need to fit into your pre-exisitng color scheme where you will be using it, so look into similar chair colors as what you already have going on.
Narrow your selection to 5-10 chairs that will satisfy your basic criteria. Compare the chairs side by side to determine which will be the best value for the price you will pay by looking at what they have to offer such as material, adjustments, style, and price point. A high back executive chair with a head rest and knee tilt mechanism may be on the high end of your budget, while a mid back mesh chair will be less expensive but also less durable in the long-haul. A vinyl or caressoft office chair makes a good alternative to a leather chair when price is concerned and look strikingly similar and have relatively the same comfort if material is not an issue to you. Similarly with fabric chairs there are many different grades and colors that are more expensive than others, so if you are on a tight budget constraint stick with the lower grade fabrics that are still designed for 40 hour a week usage.
When choosing among your final few choices, it comes to the point where you will need to determine which factors in your office chair’s design are the most important to you. If you are purchasing the chair for yourself then you may be able to forget about the height adjustment feature and opt for a nicer more durable material. If you already have a lot of back pain from previous chairs look for a high back chair with a headrest that will give you plenty of lumbar support as opposed to a low back chair that will not offer full back support. If you are purchasing several chairs get a combination of mid-back and high-back chairs to accommodate varying heights. Every chair purchase is entirely dependent on who the purchaser is and what needs they need met. There is no one universal chair solution which is the beauty of being able to sort and choose between thousands of chairs online to find the right fit for you.
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