Buying Desk Chairs

What are the Factors to Consider When Buying Desk Chairs?

When you’re setting up a home office, desk chairs are one of the most important investments you can make in your space. 

If you’re just sitting down occasionally, a typical chair for the dining table may be enough to make do, but when you’re looking at seating that will serve you from 9 to 5, five days a week, or a chair that will see you through a nightly study routine, a proper office chair is the only thing that will look after your back and offer long-term support throughout the day. 

There are a number of factors to consider when choosing the right desk chairs — read on for our look at some of the most important elements of this comfortable and stylish seating type.

Remember your body is worth the investment

As we said above, it’s not enough to rely on traditional seating options when you’re choosing a chair that is suited for long-term daily use. 

A kitchen or dining chair does not have the support you need to protect your posture, and an armchair or accent chair is too cushioned to take care of your back. And while there are many cheap, flimsy desk chairs out there that might be appealing to your wallet, in the long term it is better to invest in a quality office chair — your body will thank you later. 

Consider the main purpose of your desk chairs

People choose to have home offices for various reasons, and some people will require more out of their desk chairs than others. 

If you’re setting up an office area for just the occasional WFH day or quick spell at the computer, your space may be better suited to a task chair — a compact, armless seating option that can tuck away easily when not in use. 

On the other hand, if your home office is your primary workspace, or if you’re a student using your setup for daily or nightly study, then you’ll want a chair that’s more robust, even if it takes up more space. 

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Think about ergonomic factors

What sets desk chairs apart from other seating options is the many ergonomic features they offer that will help you maintain good posture and offer solid support during office hours or study sessions. 

Many ergonomic chairs have built in lumbar support that not only provides firm cushioning for this important part of your back and spine but also helps you to sit correctly to maintain good alignment without slouching or slumping. 

Look at adjustability

When you’re setting up your home office, the ergonomic features of your chair are not the only thing you need to ensure good posture and comfort throughout your day. 

Your seat should be the right height and the right distance from your desk, and an adjustable office chair can help to ensure that this is the case no matter your own height. Many chairs also have tilt functions to help you sit in the most comfortable and natural position possible while you work or study. 

Choose the right materials

Many office chairs are crafted using one of two material types: leather (or faux leather or a leather-look material such as PU or vinyl) or mesh. There are appealing elements to each of these options that you may want to consider when buying desk chairs. 

Leather is a classic pick for office chairs for a reason — it offers that sophisticated, professional look that’s ideal for a well-styled home office. 

On the other hand, mesh offers some practical benefits that are well worth weighing up. A breathable mesh back can help with temperature control and comfort, particularly in warmer weather, that will keep you feeling comfortable and fresh even during long and busy work days. 

Select your ideal style

Because of the need for support and good alignment while you work or study, the practical features of desk chairs generally take precedence over their looks. But that doesn’t mean that the office chairs you choose can’t be stylish, too! 

You can find office chairs that come in an array of different styles and colours. While the basic shapes and features may be similar in order to provide the comfort that you require, there are plenty of details you can select from in order to find a chair that really complements your space. 

Desk chairs and the best home office furniture — here at Corcoran’s

Remote working is here to stay. You can read our infographic to learn more, but it’s important to know how to set up your home office for comfort and support. 

For the most luxurious home office or the most motivating study space, visit Corcoran’s Furniture or shop online to find the best office furniture and accessories

In addition to desks and seating, we also stock bookshelves and other storage, plus plenty of accessories to put the finishing touches on your home office setups. 

Call in today, shop online now, or get in touch to get your home office in order and create a stylish and functional space for work or study. 

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