Features to consider when choosing an office chair
As you can imagine, there are a lot of different factors and features to take into consideration when you are looking for a new office chair for a reasonable price. In this section, we will provide you with all of the information you need to find the perfect model for your working or gaming needs.
The very first thing that you will want to figure out is the kind of material you want your chair to have on it. There are three basic types of upholstery materials to choose from in an office chair under $200. These include the following or a combination of thereof:
- PU Leather – If you are looking for a high-priced look without spending a ton of money, then PU leather might be the way to go. This material doesn’t absorb water, which makes it very easy to clean. It will also last a good long time because, unlike real leather, it will not dry out over time. Of course, it isn’t very breathable, which might make it uncomfortable in warmer locations.
- Fabric – Fabric chairs are breathable and very comfortable, even if you are working in a warmer area. They are also very easy to clean. If you are someone that uses your chair regularly, however, you might have a bit of an issue with fabric chairs since they are usually not all that durable.
- Mesh – Mesh is not a material that can be used for an entire chair. Instead, it is usually used for the backing, as you can see in a chair like the Flash Furniture Ergonomic Office Chair. This allows the chair to be a lot more breathable, which makes it a lot more comfortable in warmer areas. Mesh is not very durable, however.
After you have chosen your material for your new chair, then the next thing you need to look into is the overall weight capacity of your new chair. Obviously, the higher the capacity, the larger the chair is going to be. If you have a smaller space, then you will need to get a chair with a smaller capacity, like the Hbada Office Task Desk Chair. Thankfully, even though this is a smaller chair, it can still hold up to 250 pounds.
On the other hand, if you are in search of a chair that will hold a bit more weight, then the Modway Attainment Modern Office Chair is going to be your best bet. This larger style chair can hold up to 330 pounds comfortably, making it an awesome option for someone with a larger frame. The Boss Office Products CaressoftPlus Executive Chair is another good choice in this regard, as it has a capacity of 275 pounds.
Backrest and seat dimensions
Something else that you will want to carefully consider is how large the backrest and seat are for your new chair. It is always a good idea to get a chair that has a larger backrest and seat than you think that you are going to need. That way, you will have more than enough room to provide you with the support you need while you are working or gaming. Of course, you also need to factor in how much space you have at your desk or table as well so that you know that your chair will fit appropriately.
If you have lots of room, then the Boss Office Products CaressoftPlus Executive Chair is a great choice. This executive style chair will provide plenty of support for both your back and your seat. If you don’t have a lot of room, however, you could always go for something like the Hbada Office Task Desk Chair, which has a much smaller seat and backrest.
While the seat and backrest are certainly going to be a big factor in where you can fit your new office chair, the overall dimensions are a better indicator of whether or not you have enough space for a certain model. These dimensions will let you know both how tall a chair is and how much floor space it will occupy in your office.
It is always a good idea to measure your space beforehand to make sure that the chair you have in mind will fit without making it impossible to move from place to place.
If space is not an issue, then the BestMassage Ergonomic Massage Chair is a fine choice. This larger than average chair will provide you with plenty of support and can also massage you while you work, which is always a plus.
Another factor that you need to consider is just how high you need the seat to be on your new chair. Thankfully, all of the models on our list are able to be raised and lowered within a wide range. This versatility should allow you to find the right height to fit your preference, no matter if you are a taller or shorter individual.
Smaller chairs are usually going to have a lower maximum seat height when compared to larger chairs. As such, the Hbada Office Task Desk Chair might not be the right option for a much taller individual. Of course, that means that a chair like the BestMassage Ergonomic Massage Chair might be a bit too tall for shorter people.
If the armrests are adjustable
You will also want to decide whether or not you need the armrest of your new chair to be adjustable. Even though you will be able to change the height of your new chair, you still might not be able to get comfortable enough if you cannot change the height of the armrests. The last thing that you want to do is have your chair at the perfect height but then be uncomfortable due to the armrests.
There are several different ways that armrests can be adjusted. They can be adjusted by tightening and loosening a knob that allows you to pick the correct height. The other way is to have a quick release that allows you to move them up and down much more quickly to different pre-determined height slots. Both systems work well, though the quick release, as you would expect, is much faster.
Caster wheels features
While you might not think that you need to worry too much about the wheels on the bottom of your chair, that is actually not the case. Even the most comfortable office chairs can be done in by inferior casters, so it is a good idea to look these over closely as well. You want to make sure that you get a chair that has casters that can swivel independently of each other. Otherwise, you won’t be able to make the chair roll the direction you need it to while you are working.
Something else to remember while you are thinking about the casters on your new chair are what material they are made of. These wheels usually come in two different materials, which are plastic and rubber. Rubber is much more durable, while plastic wheels help to keep the cost of the chair down. No matter which material was used for the casters, you need to make sure that it is pretty thick. That way, they won’t break down on you any time soon.
Ergonomic seat and lumbar support
One of the most important things to keep in mind when buying any chair that you are going to be spending a lot of time in to get work done is how well it supports your back. You want to make sure that you are getting an ergonomic seat that will help to keep your posture good. This will save you a lot of back pain while you are working, which is, obviously, quite important.
It is also a good idea to look for a chair that has lower lumbar support. Chairs like the Flash Furniture Ergonomic Office Chair help to provide extra cushioning for your lower back, which, in turn, will make it that much more comfortable to sit in for an extended period of time. This support will also help to keep you from getting sore, which will allow you to sit the next day without any adverse effects.