Office Chairs Ikea

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Office Chairs Ikea

What is it like? It’s solid. Right when you start pulling things out of the box, you’ll notice the reassuring heft of the parts (this being IKEA, assembly is up to you). The materials seem to be of good quality; you get no sense of that cheap faux-luxuriousness you find with many of the chairs at this price at Office Max or wherever else. It’s hard to say how well the Markus will hold up over years of use, but at least you’ll have IKEA’s limited 10-year warranty, a rarity among chairs of this price.

Office Chairs Ikea

We think that paying extra for a nicer chair, if you can afford it, is a worthwhile investment since you’ll be spending a lot of time in it. But if you can’t spend $900-plus on an office chair, IKEA’s Markus is a good bargain. If it fits you—and it probably will, since it’s designed as a lowest-common-denominator product—it can be pretty comfortable compared with other cheap chairs we’ve tried in the past. The mesh back breathes well, the back-tilting mechanism is surprisingly smooth, and the chair has good build quality for the price. But it offers almost no adjustments—just seat height and back tilt. The seat cushion is very hard in comparison with those of more expensive models, as well. To be clear, this IKEA model is good for its price, but that doesn’t mean it’s remotely comparable to our other recommendations in comfort or adjustability.

Office Chairs Ikea

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Office Chairs Ikea

We spent a week and change sitting in the Markus, one of the few task chairs that anyone has designated as a standout at the $200 pricing tier. The Markus came to our attention through a Lifehacker article that asked readers to offer their own task-chair recommendations. Of the dozens of models the commenters put forward, the IKEA chair was one of the five most commonly mentioned, and of the five it was far and away the cheapest (other picks included the Herman Miller Aeron and Embody, and the Steelcase Leap). In subsequent voting, the IKEA chair took second place.

Office Chairs Ikea

Another concern: After having spent the previous few months sitting in the best task chairs money can buy, we could immediately detect differences in comfort. The Markus’s leather-covered seat pad was the least forgiving among the chairs we tested, its hard foam offering considerably less cushion than the Gesture’s softer foam pad or the Embody’s crazy pixel-matrix one. Testers noticed the hardness less and less as the days went on, but reported more frequent urges to wiggle around to relieve pressure while sitting in the IKEA chair compared with higher-end chairs. Knowing how important that surface-level butt comfort is to people, we think this is something to consider.

Office Chairs Ikea

Good ergonomics are not inherently expensive, and expensive does not necessarily guarantee good ergonomics. The basic principles that have guided chair design for the past several decades have to some extent trickled down to the lesser chairs of the world. You could find a chair that makes good ergonomic sense for you at the office-supply store down the street, but it is less likely, and many big-box-store chairs have limited adjustability. All of the experts we talked to at length agreed that, for people who can afford it, investing in a high-end office chair is a better bet. As Alan Hedge of Cornell told us, “There’s the old saying ‘You get what you pay for.’ That’s very true in chairs.”

Office Chairs Ikea

December 23, 2015: After a year of testing, our new office chair pick is the Steelcase Gesture. It has a wider range of adjustments than any other chair. If the Gesture isn’t available, we recommend our previous pick, the Steelcase Leap. If you are prone to perspiring, we recommend the Herman Miller Aeron, which has a mesh back and seat. And if you can’t spend $900-plus on an office chair, the IKEA Markus is a good bargain.

Office Chairs Ikea

Getting down to work is easier when you're comfortable and our office chairs should help keep your mind on the job. We have swivel chairs with features like built-in back support, height-adjustable seats and tilt functions that your body will love. While our visitor's chairs have a good basic level of comfort and many have a padded layer for softness, too.

Their job is to make you comfortable Getting down to work is easier when you're comfortable and our office chairs should help keep your mind on the job. We have swivel chairs with features like built-in back support, height-adjustable seats and tilt functions that your body will love. While our visitor's chairs have a good basic level of comfort and many have a padded layer for softness, too.

The $199 IKEA Markus is a high-backed chair that comes in a variety of colors and your choice of leather or padded fabric, with a mesh back for breathability. Compared to some of the others here, the Markus is lacking in features and customizability, but if you sit in one for a while, you'll find it remarkably comfortable (I was thinking about getting one myself before I got my Embody.) It is height adjustable and can tilt and lock, but don't expect to independently adjust the armrest width or height, or change the seat depth. The curved design and the mesh back to support your back, however, and the seat pan isn't really deep enough for you to slouch or sit improperly, so it does enforce good posture. If you're on a budget but want a quality desk chair, it's a great bang-for-your-buck office chair.

Not all desk chairs are created equal. Some have particularly heightened ergonomic benefits. These include the usual lumbar supports and breathable mesh seats. But as the prices get bigger, so do the benefits: think customized size and suspension, extra supports, better aesthetics for any office. These 13 great desk chairs might not be the cure for sitting all day, but they’re a pretty good start.

Unfortunately, even a good chair might not be enough to save you from the problems associated with a sedentary lifestyle. Over the past few years, a huge amount of research has indicated that the central workplace health risk is not in using ill-fitting chairs but in remaining sedentary for long periods of time—whether that’s sitting or standing.1 We outlined the scientific case against sitting at length in our guide to standing desks, but here’s the gist: Recent studies have shown that long periods of not moving put you at higher risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and a handful of forms of cancer. But the good news is that modern task chairs such as the Steelcase Gesture and the Herman Miller Embody take this into consideration and actually encourage you to move while sitting.

On the other side of the coin are some specific things you should avoid. Jenny Pynt, a physiotherapist and the author of A History of Seating 3000 BC to 2000 AD: Function Versus Aesthetics and The Design and Use of Healthy Seating, told us to “avoid chairs that force your upper spine, that part between the shoulder blades, forward. So-called ‘executive’ chairs often do this.” Basically, you want something that’s supporting your back, not sculpting it. The same goes for the lower region. Another common mistake, Pynt warned, is “sitting with the low back maximally arched. This position compresses the joints in the spine, creating pain.”

The other disadvantage of cheaper chairs is that they have limited warranties. Whereas the typical no-name chair might be covered for one or two years, most high-end chairs come with at least an eight-year warranty, meaning the manufacturer will happily replace broken casters or out-of-whack armrests. As Wirecutter founder Brian Lam outlined in 2012 in The New York Times (now the parent company of The Wirecutter and The Sweethome, as of October 2016), a handy equation for determining the true cost of a product is dividing its price by the number of hours you’re going to use it. With the certainty that it will last at least eight years, the true cost of a high-end task chair starts looking much more reasonable.

You spend hours at a time at your desk, so hopefully you're sitting in a comfortable chair. If not, it might be time for an upgrade. This week, we wanted to know which office chairs you thought were the best of breed, either because they offer great value, great comfort, or great ergonomics. Here are the top five, based on your nominations.

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