Different tasks and different desks require different chairs. Thankfully, there's a wide variety of chairs to get the job done. The ideal chair provides ergonomic support, comfort, and function as it relates to your duties and desires, but what chair is the perfect fit?
The different types of office chairs can be broken down into a few categories:
- 24 Hour Chairs designed for long-term or shift-based use
- Big and Tall Chairs for larger-stature individuals
- Computer Chairs for use at standard desks and tables
- Conference Chairs for boardrooms and meeting spaces
- Drafting Chairs and Stools for standing or adjustable-height desks
- Ergonomic Chairs for enhanced comfort and adjustability
- Executive Chairs with a little flair for a stately office
- Kneel Chairs to take advantage of a natural kneeling position
- Petite Chairs for smaller stature individuals
- Beam Seating for collective seating solutions
- Loveseats for use in waiting or reception areas
- Ottomans for low seating or use as a footstool
- Reception Area Chairs for waiting rooms and reception areas
- Sofas for seating multiple people in waiting areas
- Tablet Arm Chairs for use with writing utensils or tablets
- Armless Chairs for waiting areas or breakrooms
- Benches for indoor or outdoor multi-person seating
- Folding Chairs for a temporary seating solution
- Stacking Chairs for temporary and easy-to-store seating
These chairs are ideal for constant use, as seen in working environments like call centers. They are specified by the manufacturer as being able to withstand this kind of use and are usually designed with extra durable frames, thickly padded seats and backs and a few ergonomic adjustments.
Mesh Back Chair
Standard chair sizes do not fit all. These chairs, which are rated for over 250 lbs., provide an extra roomy build for those who need more space. Big and tall chairs also include heavy-duty construction to ensure long-lasting use and safe support throughout the work day.
Big and Tall Executive Chair
These chairs, also called task chairs, are designed specifically to be paired with computer desks. These chairs often feature a few ergonomic adjustments to ensure the customizable comfort of any user. They also have a five star base, typically with rolling casters to ensure smooth movement in an office setting.
Mesh Computer Chair
These chairs are designed to be slightly forward leaning so as to keep users engaged in meetings and discussions. These seating options also usually have very minimal adjustments, as individuals tend not to be seated in them for long periods of time.
These chairs are designed to be paired with drafting tables, standing height desks and counter-height meeting tables. Many of these stools feature a foot ring to support the user’s feet and a height adjustment in order to best fit the desired working surface.
These chairs are complete with numerous adjustments so as to fully support many unique individuals. Some of these important adjustments are seat depth, knee tilt, seat height, back height and lumbar support.
These chairs are designed to look impressive, usually with high backs and ample cushion.
Chairs that position the user’s thighs at a 60 to 70 degree angle rather than the normal 90 degree angle of a standard office chair. Kneel chairs are designed to reduce lower back strain by dividing the weight between the seat and knee cushions.
As stated earlier, standard chairs simply do not work for everyone. These chairs are designed specifically with petite individuals in mind so as to best address their ergonomic needs in the workplace.
One or multiple chairs that are attached to a horizontal metal bar beneath the seat. These chairs may also be referred to collectively as “tandem seating.”
Small sofas or couches that typically seat only two people at a time.
Low seat or footstools without a back or arms. Storage ottomans feature a removable top that reveals a storage compartment within.
Single person chairs that are typically stationary. Also called guest chairs or side chairs, these seating options can have a four-leg base, sled base or cantilever base.
Fabric Guest Chair
Long, upholstered seating designed for two or more people to sit in at a time. Sofas are also known as couches.
Any variety of chair that has a writing surface attached to one or both of the arms. The tablet may be fixed or may have a swiveling feature.
Tablet Arm Chair
Any type of chair that has a back, but does not have arms.
Armless Guest Chair
Whether in a lobby or in a park, benches offer durable seating and a unique looking. Benches typically accommodate more than one individual.
Mostly used for banquets or events, folding chairs are great options for temporary, portable seating. These chairs are easy to set up, take down and store for future occasions.
Stacking chairs bring space-saving design, as they easily stack together when not being used. These options are also portable and usually lightweight, making them an ideal option for wedding seating, fundraiser seating and extra seating for office guests.
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