Types of Office Chairs

There are numerous types of office chairs available in today’s market.  Each office chair is designed with a specific use in mind.  Before making a purchase, use the guide listed below to assist you in narrowing down your search.

Heavy Duty Office Chairs – Task Chairs, Work Chairs

Heavy duty office chairs are for people who spend the majority of their working day in a chair.  These chairs are designed to provide maximum support and comfort.  They also allow for easy adjustments throughout the day.  Most heavy use chairs also include a synchro tilt mechanism which is a device that on the under side of the chair that allows you to control back support when you move.  The idea is to provide back support at all times.

Executive Office Chairs

These office chairs have the same mechanical features as moderate use chairs, but they are typically larger, more comfortable and stylish for the executive.  It is designed for the busy executive who is running between conference rooms and spends a good deal of time on the phone and on the computer. Style, comfort and status are key features of an executive office chair.

Typical Users:  Executives, upper-level Managers

Moderate Use Chairs – Work Chairs, Multi-purpose Chairs

If you are a typical middle manager, you are running back and forth between your desk and other areas of the office.  Consider a desk chair with a knee-tilt mechanism. This will allow you to lean back in the chair but still keep your feet planted flat on the ground. In chairs without this, your feet typically are lifted when you lean back and can lead to discomfort over time. These type of chairs are also usually more stylish than your typical task chair.

Typical Users:  Middle Managers, Supervisors, Sales personnel, Home Office users

In Frequent Use Chairs – Conference Room Chairs, Side Chairs, Reception Area Chairs, Specialty Chairs

If you are a typical middle manager, you are running back and forth between your desk and other areas of the office. Consider a desk chair with a knee-tilt mechanism. This will allow you to lean back in the chair but still keep your feet planted flat on the ground. In chairs without this, your feet typically are lifted when you lean back and can lead to discomfort over time. These type of chairs are also usually more stylish than your typical task chair.

Typical Users:  Visitors, Meeting Attendees, Employees