Office chairs for a more comfortable work day

Eight hours feels like even longer in the wrong chair. Invest in your body and get a better chair.

Now that we know so much about biomechanics, posture, and the impact it has on our health and wellbeing, there’s no excuse: you need a great office chair (and to prioritize getting up and walking around regularly).

And while it’s all very well going to a physio or chiropractor when your back starts niggling, prevention can save you a lot of time, money, and discomfort. If you’re a desk worker, prevention means ensuring the place you spend most of your working day is designed ergonomically to support your body as well as it can. That’s where a proper office chair comes in.

Yaheetech Ergonomic Fabric Mesh Office Chair
An affordable option but with all the features you need if you’re kitting out an office on a budget.Amazon

You don’t need the most technologically advanced chair on offer—sometimes a simply-designed chair that’s been properly adjusted will get the job done. Your chair should be adjusted so that with your feet are flat on the ground, your knees form a 90 degree angle, your thighs are at 90 degrees to your torso, and your elbows form another 90 degree angle when you’re typing on your keyboard. That’s why height adjustment is the bare minimum you should be looking for in a chair. This one offers that, as well as a mesh backrest for airflow, and lumbar support for your back.

Requena Gaming Racing Sport Elite Desk Chair
With multiple adjustable features, this chair is as suitable for gamers as well as office workers.Amazon

While height adjustment is essential, the more you pay, the more likely you are to find a chair that can be adjusted so it’s entirely bespoke. Chairs like this let you change the angle and height of the arms, the level of the headrest, the height of lumbar support, and the tilt of the backrest. This option even tilts all the way back so you can lie flat—although it’s probably not the best idea to be taking catnaps in the office.

Cherry Tree Furniture Executive Recline Extra Padded Office Chair
CEO-style perks with a personal masseur coming as standard.Amazon

Would the promise of a massage have you spending more hours at your desk, or get you feeling a bit more enthusiastic about the working day? This chair, which comes with all the usual height and back adjustability, also manages to pack in 6-point vibration massage functionality if you need a bit of R&R after a particularly stressful call or meeting.