CHAIRS FOR OFFICE - HOW TO BE POPULAR
So what makes an office chair a best seller? In an oversaturated market with thousands of different work chairs available for sale everywhere you look, how on earth do you pick one? And how do some rise above and become customer favorites, year after year?
At the risk of oversimplifying, it really boils down to just four key things that everyone wants:
Affordability, Durability, Comfort and Style.
Sure, there are plenty of cool desk chairs out there that are surprisingly cheap! But after sitting and working for eight hours straight, you may not find them to be the most comfortable office chair. And they may only last you a few years before starting to wear out. The classic saying "you get what you pay for" exists for a reason.
On the other extreme there are gorgeous, stylish office chairs made by famous designers with a long list of awards. They are upholstered in high end leathers and have every single bell and whistle you could possibly imagine in terms of adjustable features and personalization. Stylish, comfortable and durable? You bet. Affordable? Generally not.
The balance of these traits depends on the type of chair you need.
WHAT MAKES THE BEST OFFICE TASK CHAIRS
Comfort is most important for office task chairs. After all, they get the most hours of seated action throughout the workday! They need to correctly support stressed muscles, adequately respond to shifts in body weight and position, and encourage proper posture.
Do not underestimate the importance of ergonomic seating in the workplace. Your smart investment can make a powerful impact on the health and productivity of people paid to sit in those chairs and work!
Here are the 5 main ergonomic features you want in a task chair:
SEAT HEIGHT - For proper support, adjust the height ofyour seat so that your feet are flat on the floor, and your thighs and calves are at a 90-degree angle.
SEAT DEPTH - You should be able to fit 2 to 3 fingers between the front of the chair seat and the back of your knee. Also look for a task chair with a body-contoured waterfall edge seat cushion to best support your legs and encourage circulation.
BACK HEIGHT - Supporting the curve of your lower back is one of the best things your workstation chair can do. This is where most of us hold our stress... which can lead to pain and distraction... and you will tire more easily... making you less productive. Make sure your chair has adjustable lumbar support.
ARM HEIGHT - For best support and comfort, armrests should not be any higher than your elbows when your arms are at rest and in a bent posiiton. Many task chairs come with height adjustable arms. Some fancier task chairs will also allow you to adjust the width, and they may even pivot or rotate!
TILTING ACTION - Many task chairs have some form of tilt control that allows you to change the angle of the chair position and either freely rock, or lock it in place at a preferred angle. There are a variety of tilt features for different chairs, and it's all about user preference.
Read more about Picking the Best Ergonomic Chair for Your Office.
WHAT MAKES THE BEST CONFERENCE STYLE SEATING
You can definitely get away with fewer ergonomic features for the chairs you use in your meeting and conference spaces. While you want the attendees to be comfortable, most meetings conclude within an hour or two so there's not as much concern for extended support.
In fact conference style seating can be more functional with fewer adjustments. For example, a classic boardroom chair has fixed armrests. Adjustment isn't necessary if the user isn't performing deskwork that requires wrist and elbow support.
As another benefit to fixed conference arms, they remain below the meeting table's surface and are less likely to cause nicks, dings, and scratches in your expensive boardroom furniture.
If you hold a lot of meetings with clients, these are the chairs that should have more focus on form over function. Create a meeting space that demands respect. Look for high back office chairs with design details that reflect the type of company you keep.
Any contemporary meeting room can never go wrong with a classic black leather office chair. If you are a hi tech modern company, go for a slim profile chair with pleated stitching, shiny chrome accents and either white leather or brightly colored seats. If you want to express more traditional values, look for thick, plush leather cushions and wood details.
WHAT MAKES THE BEST OFFICE VISITOR CHAIRS
So if task chairs need the most focus on comfort...
And conference chairs need the most focus on style...
Office Visitor Chairs need to be the most durable.
After all, reception chairs are the ones on the front lines! They are one of the first things your customers and guests will notice. And while they don't need to comfortably support a worker for hours at a time, they are used many hours in the day, by many different bodies.
They are going to go through a good deal of use, and need to be engineered to withstand multi-users. The upholstery should be extra thick and well stitched. The frame should be sturdy and capable of accommodating a wide range of body weights. Wood guest chairs should be treated to resist scratches to the wood.
Also consider how your office reception chairs interact with the physical space. Office chairs without wheels need to have decent caps or glides on the bottom of the feet, to protect your office floors. And if you're placing a row of guest seating against a wall, look for chairs with a "wall saver" design, creatively curved to prevent damage to your wall from the chair back and feet.
AT THE END OF THE WORK DAY...
ALL types of Top Selling chairs should be equally affordable, be it for desk, conference, or reception spaces. And it's always nice to find a collection of office chairs that perform different functions but match in their aesthetic.
If you find yourself overwhelmed by too many options, find yourself a good office furniture dealer that you can trust - like us! This is what we are here for. You tell us about your dream office chair, and we can be sure to find it for you.
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