If you don’t buy into the whole standing desk lifestyle, make sure your time at the office is as comfortable as possible. If you’re going to spend up to 40 hours a week sitting down, a cushion-y, ergonomic, adjustable seat can make all the difference. While you don’t have to fork over handfuls of cash for a sweet spot for your behind, sometimes the materials and adjustability make the upgrade worth it. Here are some quality picks for all budgets.
AmazonBasics High-Back Executive Swivel Office Computer Desk Chair
Fake leather, but real support. Amazon
The 35-pound AmazonBasics office chair is affordable and comfortable with its curved contours for improved back support and foam cushioning in the seat and back area. It comes in three colors—black, brown, and white—and can hold up to 275 pounds. The design is fairly simple, and features padded armrests with a pneumatic control handle underneath the seat to change the height between 41 to 45-inches. The handle also enables or disables the recline function. A knob underneath changes the tension, which affects how far the chair can tilt. There are wheels on the bottom for easy office cruising and allows for full 360-degree turning.
DRAGONN Ergonomic Kneeling Chair
Improve your posture. Amazon
Spending hours sitting in front of a computer can have serious negative implications on your posture. The Dragonn ergonomic kneeling stool promises to look out for your back, knees, and rear-end. Its 90-degree angled cushion forces your body into a position that helps you improve and maintain good posture. There are two three-inch cushions for your butt and your knees. It holds up to 250 pounds. The height adjusts between 21 and 28-inches, which sounds low, but allows you to kneel and keep eye-level with your desk. Just like a normal office chair, lockable wheels on the bottom help you easily scoot around the office.
Modway Articulate Ergonomic Mesh Office Chair in Black
Comes in a handful of colors. Amazon
If your office is always a little hotter than it should be, try this Modway Articulate office chair. A mesh back provides ventilation so your back won’t be super sweaty before your big meeting. Three adjustment points for control the chair’s height, seat tilt, and back tilt. The six-inch spongy, mesh cushion is contoured to fit your behind. The five-wheeled seat has a maximum height of 42-inches, can hold up to 331 pounds and has height-adjustable armrests. There are seven color choices and the chair works smoothly on both hardwood floors and carpets.
Gaiam Classic Balance Ball Chair
Workout while you sit. Amazon
The latex-free Gaiam balance ball chair is another health-inspired option. While it isn’t for everybody—or meant to be used all the time—it’s an effective option for getting in some physical movement without having to blow off your work. Ball chairs force you to keep your spine upright and engage your abdominal muscles and achieve better posture. It forces you to perform constant micro-movements which benefits your muscles. The chair fits under most standard desks—it’s 2.5-feet tall and 20-inches wide—keeps you active even while you’re sitting for extended periods of time. This specific ball is made for people 5 feet to just under six feet tall. It holds up to 300 pounds. The ball is removable, comes with an air pump, and features a support bar for your back.
GTRACING Gaming Chair
Learn how to sit from gamers. They are quite good at it. Amazon
Just because you’re at work, doesn’t mean you can’t take a break and have a little fun. If you’ve got your own office—or don’t work around many people—this GTRACING gaming chair comes with two built-in Bluetooth speakers to produce surround sound while you listen to music, movies, or games. The speakers plug into a Bluetooth receiver located in the back of the chair. It holds a six-hour battery life and must be recharged via USB. The ergonomic chair has a thick foam seat with synthetic leather cover, adjustable armrests, and can recline up to 170-degrees. It also comes with a removable headrest. It can hold up to 300 pounds and there are five color options to choose from.