The best office chairs for your home study

Are you sitting comfortably? You soon will be with our list of the best office chairs...

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All too often, the home office – and the home office chair in particular – doesn’t get the attention it deserves. When redecorating or updating, we tend to spend our energy and budget on the kitchen, the living room and the bedroom, running out of steam when it comes to the box room with the desk. But if you have a creative hobby or work from home, whether it’s at a small home office in a corner or in a dedicated garden room, creating the right space to inspire and motivate is a must. That’s where our round-up of our favourite office chairs comes in, and there’s more to choosing the right one than you might think.

What to consider when choosing a home office chair

If you suffer from neck or back pain and are planning on sitting in your office chair for long stretches, you may want to consider an ergonomic office chair with lumbar support. As with any specialist seating, it will usually cost you a bit extra, but it’s worth it for the knowledge that you’re giving the best support possible to those all-important joints and muscles. And just because it’s good for you, doesn’t mean it has to look like a piece of medical equipment. Our buying guide boasts some elegant ergonomic office chairs that don’t look like they belong in a chiropractor’s office, swapping fussy pedals, levers and bars for clean lines and clever design.

If you don’t – lucky you! – then you’re free to focus on the design. Choose from elegant button detailing that’s just right for a period space, ultra-minimal and modern swivel chairs that look just as beautiful at a dressing table as in the home office...

1. MADE Flynn

An elegant office chair with thoughtful detailing

Specifications
Best for:
Material: PU leather (beige) / mixed fabric (grey and black)
Type: Swivel
Reasons to buy
+Looks beautiful, especially in a period office+Very comfortable 
Reasons to avoid
- Arms are quite low 

If you’re looking for a traditional office chair, this is a great choice. It’s impossibly elegant, with its button detailing and choice of neutral shades, combining the look and feel of a cosy armchair with the functionality of an office chair. Multiple family members can enjoy it thanks to the adjustable height, and its firm cushioned base is supportive enough to keep you comfortable through a long day’s work.

2. Herman Miller Setu

Sustainable and supportive design for a mid-range price

Specifications
Best for: Good-looking ergonomic
Material: Elastomeric fabric
Type: Ergonomic
Reasons to buy
+ Ergonomic support + Clean design 
Reasons to avoid
- Rather expensive 

Consider this cutting-edge office chair your undercover support team – in elegant grey or a more unusual chartreuse, and with its clean curved lines and streamlined controls, it certainly doesn’t look like an ergonomic chair. Its adaptive mesh covering and flexible spine adapt to the sitter’s shape, and the buoyant design responds to weight with no need for levers. Great design and pain-free working needn’t be mutually exclusive, thanks to this cleverly-made chair.

3. Humanscale Freedom Office Chair with Headrest

An ergonomic, executive-style chair in real leather

Specifications
Best for: Best executive
Material: Leather
Type: Ergonomic / executive
Reasons to buy
+ Real leather construction  + Normal-looking ergonomic 
Reasons to avoid
- Very expensive

This executive-style leather office chair is just the thing for distinguished studies and those who frequently work from home. A lumbar-supporting ergonomic chair disguised as a regular executive chair, it doesn’t compromise on good looks for long-term comfort, with a luxurious real-leather outer and lack of fussy extras that might turn design-lovers off regular ergonomic chairs. For outwitting back pain and getting some serious work done, while looking timelessly stylish, this is an excellent investment piece. Still looking for the perfect leather office chair? Check out our pick of the best leather office chairs for more inspiration... 

4. MADE Keira

A light, bright, simple and stylish office chair

Specifications
Best for: Stylish offices
Material: Linen and cotton
Type: Swivel / static
Reasons to buy
+ Looks very stylish + Soft, comfy linen and cotton outer 
Reasons to avoid
- Not the most supportive for long sits 

The clean lines, piping detail, soft grey shade and standout copper hardware of Made’s Keira chair all come together to make one fabulously on-trend seating solution. It’s a match made in heaven for minimal, Mid-century modern inspired offices with its design walking the line between retro and ultra-modern, and not a lever in sight. It won’t be the best for sitting for very long periods, but it’s clean, unfussy and very fashionable. 

5. Langria Ribbed PU Leather Executive Chair

A budget leather-look chair that’ll looks the part in any serious study space

Specifications
Best for: Value and simplicity
Material: PU leather
Type: Executive
Reasons to buy
+ Great value choice + Simple and modern 
Reasons to avoid
- May overwhelm smaller rooms 

If you are buying an office chair on a budget, this faux leather executive design offers good looks and fantastic value. Its black leather-look cover and crisp hardware are a sleek and considered choice for any modern office, and while it’s not fully ergonomic, it offers lumbar support and height adjustment to keep you comfortably upright. Excellent for under £100. 

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