Many of us take our office chairs for granted. We shouldn’t. The wrong option can lead to bad posture, back and neck pain, stiffness and even lack of focus – which should be the least of your worries when you’re working hard.
You’re spending eight or more hours in it per day, so why not treat it the way you would a mattress investment? When shopping, you should take extra time and care in finding a durable, ergonomic option that will hold up through years of use.
There are some features you’re going to want to home in on when looking for a new office chair for your desk job or home, like adjustable height, tilt, tilt tension, arm rests and lumbar support. But there are a few other factors that go into finding a stellar office chair that you might not have thought about.
For starters, you’ll want something with a warranty. This is probably going to be one of your most-used items, so you’ll want protection against defects.
And you should check whether your product of choice meets ANSI/BIFMA standards. This type of testing ensures that office furniture meets rigorous safety, functionality and sustainability standards and, right off the bat, can give you an idea of the overall quality of a product.
An item that has all of the above, plus a pretty impressive customer satisfaction rating, is Staples’ Hyken Technical Mesh Task Chair ($156.41, originally $172.05; walmart.com). It has a 5-star rating from over 2,200 past customers. It has great adjustable support components and a seven-year limited warranty, meets ANSI/BIFMA standards, and is easy to put together. And on top of all that, the chair is currently on sale for just a hair over $156.
With all that extra cash in your wallet, you’ll have enough money to splurge on some other office essentials. Planners, anyone?