It’s time to upgrade my office chair.
The one I’ve been using is fine – it’s an extra dining room chair that we don’t regularly use, it’s simple and easy to get in and out of and has clean lines.
But – I feel like such an old lady saying this – it hurts my neck.
I keep getting these terrible headaches that stem from a spot on my shoulder/upper back that is super tight. I’ve narrowed it down to be an issue with my posture at my desk. I sit up nice and tall (thanks to my ballerina tendencies) but I raise my shoulders when I’m typing or designing or doing whatever I’m doing at my desk because my chair is just a bit too low. I’ve always read about needing to be a certain optimal height and distance from your keyboard/screen/tabletop and now I get it. So, I’m on the hunt for the perfect office chair.
There are a few qualities that are important to me as I’ve been searching:
1. Seat Height. It must be between 19-21 inches. I might be okay with 18.5, but I’d rather err on the side of taller than shorter. (my current chair seat height is 17″)
2. Clean Lines. I prefer a back to lean against and no arms.
3. Comfort. I do sit for hours at a time on my work days, so comfort is pretty important.
4. Style. Something classic and feminine and neutral.
Okay, so here are the options I’ve narrowed it down to:
A tufted back is always a favorite (just look at our living room sofa and chairs). I like the wood legs and simple shape of each of these. The middle chair is a bit pricier as it is from potterybarn (as opposed to overstock on the left and target on the right) but because it is a chair that I sit in often, I’m okay spending more if the quality is decidedly better (I’m not totally convinced it would be in this case). The seat height of the potterybarn chair is perfect at 20.5″ while the others are in the 19″ range, so maybe that makes the price worth it. I do like the blue color and it could be a fun touch of color in my office.
What these chairs lack for in comfort, they totally make up for in style. The casters! The wood/metal mix! That leather seat! If it were a chair I wasn’t going to sit in as frequently, I would choose one of these in a heartbeat, but I’m pretty sure I would regret not going with something more cushy. And because my office is carpeted, I’m not sure how the rolling casters would do.
I really like all three of these options. The first linen chair has a cute metal ring pull on the back – a detail that gives it something special. The center wingback is not a typical office chair and I like how stately, yet relaxed it is with the slipcover. And the final chair has great lines and a subtle diamond pattern in the fabric that I love. It comes as a set of two, which I don’t need, so that’s the only slight drawback there.
I’d love your help in deciding on the perfect office chair. Thankfully, there are so many great options to choose from and I’d love to know which one you like best.
What office chair is your top pick?