Ikea Office Chairs
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.
Ikea Office Chairs
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.
Ikea Office Chairs
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Ikea Office Chairs
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.
Ikea Office Chairs
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.
Ikea Office Chairs
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.”
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.
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.
Best All-Out Office Chair: If Gordon Gecko was a real person, this would be his office chair. Another creation from Niels Diffrient, the Humanscale Freedom Headrest Task Chair is comfortable, functional and strikingly beautiful. It features a unique self-adjusting recline mechanism that “uses the sitter’s body weight and the laws of physics to perfectly and automatically adjust recline support for each individual.”
Rani Lueder recommends testing out a new chair for at least 30 minutes, in the type of setting you’d be using it in at home or in the office. That last part is crucial. Ideally, you’ll want to bring your laptop to Design Within Reach or some other dealer, zero in on a few contenders, pull ’em up to a desk, and knock out a few emails. Yes, doing this requires a bit more of an effort than sorting Amazon search results or driving down the street to Office Max and settling on the first seat that seems like a decent fit, but when you’re talking about a product that could well be in your life longer than your current pet or significant other, an afternoon of butt testing seems prudent.
Office furniture Who says you can’t mix business with pleasure? It might be work, but it doesn’t have to feel like it. All it takes is a comfy chair, home office furniture that keeps things organized, and the right lighting for the job. And by making it easier to tackle those to-do’s, you’ll have more time to spend on your wanna-do’s.
Best Office Chair for Commercial Use: The Steelcase Leap is one of the most popular desk chairs in the world. Designed in 1999, the Leap is the culmination of four years of intensive research on how the human back is impacted by long sitting sessions. The result of all that research is the LiveBack system, a method by which the seat and back of the chair adjust independently, allowing for complete support. Add that it’s 98 percent recyclable and blanket-wrapped for domestic delivery (instead of boxed, to reduce shipping costs) and you have a complete explanation for its popularity.
Best Office Chair When Money Is No Object: The Embody is an expensive option, for sure, but you get what you pay for. The chair was designed by one of the original designers of Herman Miller’s flagship Aeron chair. To achieve its goal of helping the body move naturally, rotation points on the seat and the back keep your back in one stable position while everything else moves. Like other Herman Miller chairs, the Embody is sized, so it fits you perfectly, and it comes in a few fun color options.
After a year of sitting in nine top-rated chairs and talking to four ergonomics experts, we’ve concluded that the Steelcase Gesture is the best office chair for most posteriors. Thanks to its ball-and-socket armrests (which function like a human shoulder), it offers a wider range of adjustability than any other task chair, so you’re more likely to find a fit that works for you, however you like to sit.
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