A new trend is taking over the office furniture industry when it comes to seating, and more often mesh office chairs are making their way into offices all around the world. While executive leather chairs used to be the norm when it came to high end seating this simply isn’t the case anymore, with different kinds of upholstery becoming available that still provides comfort while having a modern styling at the same time. Not to mention a more affordable price tag. Mesh office chairs may appear to be relatively different than a traditional office chair, however, as far as functionality is concerned they are just like any other office chair on the market. While the idea of mesh seating may come as a surprise, this concept has actually been around for quite awhile and has a lot of advantages over other types of upholstery options.
A key benefit that mesh chairs possess over any other office chair upholstered in fabric or leather is the breathability the mesh material has to offer. The ability for an office chair to breathe, can essentially be compared to a pair of shoes. If you are wearing leather boots, your feet will not have a lot of room to breathe. On the contrary, if you are wearing a pair of flip flops your feet have easy breathability. Think of a mesh chair as a pair of flip flops in this situation. Now imagine wearing a pair of boots in the hot summer season in a humid state such as Florida. Breathability would be severely limited, however if you had flip flops on (or a mesh office chair to sit in) you would be much more comfortable.
In a traditional office chair, the fabric or leather tends to absorb heat causing the chair’s seat and back to get hot. This can lead to a feeling of discomfort and loss of productivity during the work day. This is primarily due to lack of ventilation which does not allow for air to flow through the chair but rather gets entrapped in it instead. In a chair upholstered in mesh, the seat and back are perforated allowing for easy air flow and ventilation. This also allows for a regulated temperature, never getting too hot or too cold. This can especially be of advantage to those that live in regions that experience a rise in temperature during the summer months, as a mesh chair will keep you sitting comfortably all throughout the year no matter the season.
Along with breathability and ventilation, mesh office chairs also allow for freshness even after years of use. More often than not leather chairs tend to hold onto odor as do some fabric chairs. Due to the perforated surfaces on mesh chairs, air is consistently passing through the chair making it impossible for odor to cling to the material.
Mesh office chairs also offer the utmost durability, a key feature sought after by many perspective chair buyers. Although fabric is used to make the mesh material, the fabric is very tightly woven making it less likely to rip or tear as it might on a traditional office chair. Although mesh is woven tight, comfort is not compromised and most find mesh to be a more comfortable option over any other type of upholstery. If you are looking for a durable, reliable chair option that is a little more modern in style it might not hurt to try a mesh office chair.
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Scheduled Release Date: August 2009.
Estimated MSRP: Starting at $750.00
What we thought:
Elegant and simple. Humanscale told us that was the goal with the chair, and it seems they have mostly achieved this. Like true Humanscale fashion, the World Chair, designed by famous Humanscale designer Niels Diffrient, the chair is ridiciously simple to adjust – only height adjustment and a seat slider are available, but for most users, it’s only what is needed.
Before I get into how great of a chair is was, let me go over what I felt was the not so lovely element of the chair – the lumbar. As with the Liberty, the mesh is very nice, and very conforming, however, it does not provide adequate lumbar support for people with lumbar issues. It certainly won’t be causing any lumbar pain for non-sufferers, but it won’t be solving any chronic back problems either. But that is to be expected when a chair, especially a task chair, is designed to fit a large majority of the populace.
Despite the lumbar issue for a lower back pain sufferer like myself, I did find the chair overwhelmingly comfortable. It did fit me right, and I’d be able to sit in it comfortable for 8 hours a day (if I committed to interval periods of back stretches, which is not a bad thing). The mesh, as previously mentioned, is the Libery mesh, which is comfortable, soft, and springy. The front egde on the seat takes the waterfall front seat style to a new level – there is no frame on the front edge of the seat, meaning there is absolutely no pressure on the thighs – this is a great thing. The seat can also be upholstered to match the look of the Liberty, as well.
The backrest pivots, meaning that it has motion within the recline motion itself of the chair. This essentially means your back will never be in a static position, a key factor in Humanscale’s treatment of ergonomics, and a nice feature indeed. The armrests are attached to said backrest, so they move with the chair’s recline motion and match the overall style of the frame, which comes with fixed arms, adjustable arms or no arms options.
Speaking of the frame, it comes in black or white, the latter which looks very contemporary yet art deco – stylish and sleek, to say the least.
As an added bonus, the chair weighs a measly 25 punds, and that is a good thing. It is easily movable and adjustable, and wieghs less using 97% recycable content, meaning it is very green. Despite its slim profile, the chair can hold users up to 300 lbs – considering most task chairs only rate up to 250 lbs and weigh twice as much, that is also a very good thing!
Overall, the chair is a winner. When judging and reviewing any chair, we take into account the value of said chair, namely, what do you get for what you pay for? After all, that is the most important thing with a chair. The Humanscale Diffrient World Chair, while not cheap, does represent a great value proposition in the high end seating market. Compared with other ergonomic office chairs in its class range, the Diffrient world chair looks to be in a world of its own!
1. Stylish Mesh colors to go with Fabrics.
2. Thick, plush padded seat.
3. Many additional options available!
The Thorough Review:
The Inertia is a great line of chairs. Within the family of Inertia Mesh Office Chairs, you will find the reviewed high back, the mid back, the executive, and side chairs. Really, the Inertia has a mesh chair for any need, allowing to any user to completely customize their office space to look contemporary and matching with one product line. As a bonus, the Inertia can be upholstered in various different mesh finishes, which greatly enhances the options one can have with the chair, as opposed to the more conventional and not as fun black mesh.
The Inertia Mesh High Back Chair looks simple. It is clean and elegant and modern, but that doesn’t mean it limits itself in comfort or ergonomic capability. The chair features a built in passive lumbar support, meaning the back (which is highly durable polyester mesh wrapped around a steel tubular frame) is contoured at the lumbar region to provide a built in support structure for the lumbar.
The chair also features various add-ons/upgrades that provide for a more ergonomic sit. The chair can be outfitted with a seat slider, and the seat can be created with Memory Foam for extra soft comfort. As well, with 3 different arm options, you can choose the arms that suit your needs best, whether it be standard arms, or fully rotating arms!
Overall, this is a very modern and stylish chair that does not leave comfort behind. It combines all these features in a very nice package as a high quality, mid priced ergonomic office chair!
A very durable chair from a very durable company. Rated for 325 lbs, and with a lifetime warranty.
Nothing flashy. Up, down, seat slider, infinite tilt lock. Just enough for anyone to adjust and everyone to be comfortable.
One of the nicest looking chairs we’ve seen…Very stylish and modern and the optional mesh colors make the chair customizable to any color scheme!
Overall Rating (Not an average):
Kinda wish it had an adjustable lumbar support, but as far as modern chairs go, it is one of a kind. Perfect for management applications where a common style is necessary – a chair that will have everyone sitting in comfort and style.
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If you find yourself spending more and more time in your office chair, do you feel yourself growing warmer as the day moves forward? Are you wishing you hadn’t worn that sweater to the office? Well, turn around and look at the chair. If you haven’t done so already, it might be easier to stand to do this. Is it a fabric other than mesh? If so, you should seriously consider making a change. There are all types of mesh chairs now-a-days. From an executive mesh chair to mesh office chairs for the receptionist, assistant, staff, or whoever sits for long periods of time, can certainly benefit from these cooler ‘fabrics.’
Cutting back on a piece of equipment you or your employees spend so much time with, is not forward thinking. A serious lack of focus can occur when someone is uncomfortable, and the staff member is up all the time stretching, or possibly even dealing with physical ailments directly resulting from having to sit in an uncomfortable chair. Injuries like this can occur more often than not now-a-days. If you are not placing the right amount of finances to your seating, you’re probably making a mistake.
If you’re thinking the price of mesh office chairs are expensive then you should consider that mesh chairs don’t remind you how long your day is and they also last for many years. If you spread the cost, or amortize the cost, of the chair out over a ten or more year period, you’d see the cost actually associated with a mesh chair is not so expensive after all. Mesh office chairs, depending on factors like model, size and advanced features will influence the cost, but they can range roughly between $200-$500.
Mesh chairs meet a variety of tastes with countless models and colors. With the assortment from leather grid, deluxe, matrix, and an array of colors, the right mesh chair can provide the utmost comfort during the long work day.