If you love what you do for a living, sitting and working for long hours can be an absolute pleasure. But no matter how much you love to get work done, it’s no fun at all when you’re sitting in an uncomfortable chair.
As we all know, many office chairs have the same look.
Trying to decorate your home office? Don’t want a desk chair that looks like the ones you see in every cubicle in every office building? Need a new office chair that doubles as a gaming chair that you can adjust the tilt tension?
Good news: you don’t have to buy an office chair that you see in every office building to get the support you need.
There are lots of incredibly ergonomic and comfortable chairs out there that are also super chic.
Ready to shop? Here are the seven comfiest office chairs that also look great!
What to Look for in a Comfortable Office Chair
When it comes time to shop for an office chair, there are a few things to look out for.
For starters, you’ll want a cushioned seat with enough padding to keep your bum comfortable for hours at a time. If you overheat easily, you might want to look for an office chair with a mesh back or a more breathable material.
You’ll need it to be the right height (or height adjustment feature) to work with your desk/computer/laptop set up.
You’ll also want a chair that’s deep enough and wide enough to provide you with adequate surface space, yet can still fit under your desk.
And never underestimate the power of lumbar support and armrests. Having the right back support and arm support is key to sitting and working for long periods! Finding the right headrest and backrest is more important than you might think.
These are the most important elements to look for in an office chair. Our list below includes all of those features (and a whole lot more).
If you’re really looking for the best office chair money can buy, the Eames® Aluminum Group Management Chair with Pneumatic Lift can be yours for a mere $2,495.
But this isn’t just any old office chair. This is literally an architectural work of art that has been gracing the offices of CEOs, executives and trendsetters since 1958.
The techniques and the materials used to construct this executive chair are of a superior level. Plus, the clean lines and elegant look are impossible to ignore.
This Eames chair is made from 61% recycled materials. It features a durable aluminum frame, 360-degree swivel options, rolling casters and sling construction that literally conforms to your body’s shape, making it the most ergonomic chair on this list. To say this office chair is comfortable is the understatement of the year.
Okay, so the main reason we love the Don Office Chair is its super cool black and white cow print seat cushion. But it’s also really comfortable. At $349, it’s a great option for anyone looking for a stylish chair that won’t send you into debt.
It’s perfectly cushioned design, it’s height-adjustable, and it’s on rolling casters so you can move around with ease. It’s a great option if you don’t like office chairs with arms, plus the metal stud accents give it a one-of-a-kind look. This is the perfect chair to make you feel chic throughout the entire workday.
You really can't go wrong with any high-end office chair from Herman Miller. But if you are looking for a comfortable office chair that can also double as a piece of artwork, the Herman Miller Sayl Ergonomic Office Chair is a perfect choice. The 3D design on the back of the chair, inspired by the Golden Gate Bridge, offers a minimalist look without sacrificing any comfort with its ergonomic elements.
This office desk chair has tilt adjustability in 91, 101 or 124 degrees depending on your needs. This chair doesn't have adjustable arms, but it does have an adjustable seat height, an S shape and ergonomic design encourages healthy posture. If you are interested in a super ergonomic option and not as particular about the design, you can never go wrong with the Herman Miller Aeron option, but it definitely isn't as pretty as the Sayl.
Trying to increase your comfort level and redesign your workspace on a budget? At $89, the Union & Scale Mesh Back Task Chair is an affordable option that doesn’t slack on style or compromise comfort.
Granted, this breathable mesh chair has the classic “office chair” look with a high back, raised arms, height adjustment and rolling wheels. But it’s a proven design that works well in all settings, including small home offices and cubicles.
We love West Elm for its clean, modern furniture and thoughtful designs, and the Slope Leather Swivel Office Chair is no exception. Ranging in price from $399 to $499, depending on the upholstery you choose, this chair is designed for one purpose: to make working as comfortable as possible.
Available in genuine or vegan leather, this height-adjustable chair features a swivel base, rolling casters, and a firm, sturdy seat. This leather chair doesn't have any armrests making it easy to get in and out of as well as fit perfectly under your desk.
If you’re looking for something ultra-cushioned that you can sink into, this isn’t the office chair for you. But if you prefer a firm seat that encourages you to sit upright, it’s one of the best options out there. This is a great office chair for those who need a little extra back support.
Have you ever thought about a comfortable office chair that has memory foam in the seat? The Serta Leighton Home Office Chair is not only functional but also stylish.
This adjustable office chair is perfect for someone with back problems or tailbone issues. If you have ever had a Serta mattress, you will understand how much this desk chair has to offer when it comes to comfort.
Our favorite part about this office chair is you don't need any tools to put it together.
Starting at $1,495, the Rossi Leather Desk Chair from Restoration Hardware is definitely a splurge – but it’s so worth it.
Available in a range of luxe leather options, this high-quality office chair boasts a midcentury design with padded armrests, box quilting, and dense foam fill. It's super comfy, no matter how many hours you sit in this leather chair.
It swivels, it’s height-adjustable, and it’s on wheels so you can whip across your office to reach your shelves or filing cabinets. The look is timeless, making its hefty price tag a bit more palatable.
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The Steelcase Gesture Chair is super stylish, but it wasn’t designed based on style and aesthetics – this baby was built based on science.
Typical office chairs force you to sit upright. And that’s fine if you’re sitting at a desk working on a computer all day. But when you’re in the mood to recline, stretch back, or put your feet up to use your laptop, tablet and phone, you need a seat that’s designed to move with you.
The Gesture Chair lets you sit in multiple positions comfortably. Starting at approximately $1,100, it’s fully customizable in your choice of fabrics, colors, and finishes. You can also add extra lumbar support for an even more comfortable experience in this ergonomic office chair.
Another customizable feature of the Gesture Chair is the chair height; you can choose from a traditional office chair or a stool office chair. The stool option is great if you have short legs and want something a little raised to rest your feet on throughout the day.
We get it, not everyone can spend upwards of $1,000 on an office chair. Some of us can’t even afford to spend $100. If you’re looking to spend next to nothing on an office chair, the $19.99 IKEA SNILLE swivel chair was made for you.
Can you sit in this chair comfortably for eight hours a day? Maybe not. But it definitely does the trick for people who need an inexpensive home office chair where they can sit and work for short periods of time.
It features a polypropylene shell that provides sturdy support, a swivel frame, rolling casters and height adjustment making it a great addition to any home office.
What Are the Most Comfortable Office Chairs?
Everyone has their own definition of what comfortable is. So before you buy a new office chair, think about your specific needs and your price range.
If you prefer extra seat cushioning, look for a chair with thick padding, a curved back and proper lumbar support. If you prefer a stiffer seat, look for something with less padding or with minimal arm cushioning. If you prefer something with height adjustment and reclining options, make sure to read all of the features and add ons.
In general, an ergonomic office chair with thick padding, armrests, and lumbar support tend to be the most comfortable option for most people. There is no reason to continue working with lower back pain anymore. There is a perfect office chair for all body types out there, find the perfect one for you and your body will thank you!
And remember, the best chair for you is not necessarily the best chair for your coworker, and that is okay.
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