Nick

Long time blog writer for Office Chairs Unlimited. Who knew that office furniture could actually be interesting!

Jun 192014
 

Buying an office chair is a big decision, as employees tend to have a range of preferences. Fortunately, office chairs are available in a wide variety of materials. One of the most popular material options is mesh. There are a number of benefits to buying a mesh office chair.

Mesh office chairs provide airflow for your back

A cool back = a happy back

Ventilation

The average office worker spends a large part of the day sitting in a chair. Chairs made of materials that trap heat trigger sweating, making seats hot and sticky. Mesh chair backs offer ventilation. They enable airflow, keeping employees cool and dry, even in very warm climates. As many of you know, employers are not always looking out for your best interests or comfort level. Thermostats are turned up in the summer. Mesh backed chairs can help with this.

Option: Office to Go Mesh Office Chair (OTG11647B), which features a supportive screen mesh backrest for maximum airflow.

ergonomic workstationErgonomics

An ergonomic chair provides lumbar support for the lower back by mimicking the spine’s natural curve. Ergonomic chairs prevent back pain by decreasing pressure on the spine and promoting good posture.  Since all bodies are different, employees need to be able to adjust office chairs, particularly when sharing them with other staff. Adjustment controls make it possible to change the seat height, tension, backrest, and armrests for maximum support.

Option: Ultimate Ergonomic Mesh Office Chair (2300), with waterfall seat front to ease pressure on thighs and increase circulation.

The more durable the chair, the better the warranty

The more durable the chair, the better the warranty

Durability

Weaved construction makes mesh office chairs durable, even chairs made of thin fabrics. In fact, it can take years for some materials to wear down. Since the ventilation prevents sweating, staining isn’t an issue either.  In addition, office chairs with rigid metal or plastic frames also add durability, extending the life of each chair considerably.

Option: Platinum Finish Leather Air Grid Chair (3680), with comfortable cantilever platinum finish arms with PU pads and a platinum finish aluminum base.

A cool looking mesh office chair

Is this a cool chair or what?

Appearance

It’s possible to match the décor of any office environment. These chairs also have sleek profiles, making them a modern and stylish option.

Option: Boss High Back Ergonomic Mesh Task Chair (B6777), with a stylish Air Grid, screened backrest available in your choice of a mesh seat or vinyl as well as a headrest option.

 

How to Shop for Mesh Office Chairs

The more adjustment controls a chair has, the better chance you have to fit it to your body.

1. Adjustability: Search for chairs with adjustable backrests that you can raise or lower to different heights. Ergonomic chairs help ease back pain. Adjustable armrests are also helpful.

2. Seat width/depth: Choose a chair that fits a range of widths and depths. Some seats, like the Big and Tall line, fit larger body types well.

4. Tension control: Find a seat with tension control so that you can transfer some of your upper body weight to the backrest. Chairs that swivel also help to ease tension.

For a large selection of office chairs, visit OfficeChairsUnlimited.com or call us toll-free at 800-410-7494 today!

Apr 142014
 

Choosing an office chair is a big decision, as most people spend a large part of the day sitting in it. Sitting for long periods of time puts pressure on your spine. Fortunately, the right office chair eliminates pressure and provides comfort. To ensure that a chair is healthy for your body, there are several features to keep in mind.

Office Chair Adjustments

A fully adjustable office chair

1. Adjustability:

One of the top features people look for when buying an office chair is its adjustability. Ideally, you should be able to reach the controls while seated, when it’s easier to position. Adjust the chair so the desk is at elbow height when your feet are on the floor. Consider adjustable armrests, which allow you to rest your arms comfortably without slouching. A high quality chair that is adjustable is better for your back, helps you to be more productive and may even make you less grouchy.

Seat Depth Measurement

Seat Depth Measurement

2. Depth:

In order to find the right office chair, you need a seat that is wide and deep enough to fit your body. Big and tall chairs are a great option for larger body types. A shallower seat is preferable by employees who are not very tall. To test the chair, sit up straight, with your back against the backrest. For maximum comfort, look for a chair that leaves 2-3 inches between the back of your knees and the seat. For reference, a standard seat is about 20″ in depth. This typically fits most users unless you are on the smaller or larger side.

Spinning in chair

Spinning in chair for no reason = fun

3. Casters and Rotation:

Mobility plays a large part in a chair’s usefulness. Being able to rotate the chair and move between different work areas is an important feature for many shoppers. Casters control mobility on different floorings, including, wood, carpet, and laminate. In addition, a few chairs only turn 90 degrees in each direction, while most do rotate a full 360 degrees. Being able to spin your chair around to talk to your boss or co-worker is much easier on your neck and back.

4. Material:

Office chairs are available in a variety of materials, including:

  • Top grain leather: The ultimate in style and prestige plus it’s easy to maintain
  • Imitation Leather: An inexpensive option to leather that is durable and thicker
  • Mesh: Offers ventilation so that air flows along your back and keeps you cool
  • Executive Fabric: A quality alternative to leather that can be matched to any décor
  • Molded foam: Standard office chair material covered in a wide range of fabrics
Foam Padding

Chair foam should not be too soft, or too firm

5. Padding:

When it comes to padding, Goldilocks knew what she was doing. The chair shouldn’t be too hard or too soft. We all want a chair that feels “Just Right.” Chairs that are too soft don’t provide enough support. Hard office chairs can be uncomfortable. Office Chairs Unlimited has a large selection of office chairs with a variety of padding options.

To find the office chair that’s right for you, call us toll-free 800-410-7494 or visit OfficeChairsUnlimited.com today!

Nov 272013
 

Black Friday Deals It’s that time of year: Black Friday – when you can find great deals and big sales on just about anything. For Black Friday 2013, OfficeChairsUnlimited.com is offering a 10% discount on already low priced office chairs from well known brands like HON, OFM, Office Star and more.

To get the Black Friday sale price, enter the discount code “THANKS10” when you check out.

It seems that every year the Christmas shopping season starts earlier, so this promo code will also work on Thursday, November 28th 2013.

Oct 222013
 

Cheap Office Chairs Do Not Have to Be Cheap Quality

In previous posts, we’ve highlighted some very nice, high-end office chairs. But not everyone is looking to pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars for an office chair. So let’s take a look at some of the best affordable office chairs available at low prices under $100.

Affordable, but not “Cheap”

OFM office task chairOFM offers this solid, low cost office chair for just under $100.  The OFM Computer Task Chair [150] features a contoured seat & back, lumbar support for back comfort, pneumatic seat height adjustment, back depth adjustment, optional adjustable height arms, Teflon-coated, stain-resistant fabric and a molded five-star base with standard dual wheel casters. That’s a lot of features for a low cost chair!

Basic But Stylish

Harwick Mesh Office ChairThis mesh back task chair from Harwick features a screen mesh backrest for maximum support and ventilation, contoured, foam padded seat cushion, commercial grade stain resistant seat upholstery, pneumatic seat height adjustment, 360 degree swivel and a heavy duty five star nylon base with dual wheel carpet casters. The Harwick Ergonomic Mesh Office Chair [3052] looks awesome when you need a room full of sleek chairs. For only $249.00, you might not expect it to be high quality, but it does come with a 10 year limited warranty!

No-Frills Comfort

Boss Office ChairHere’s a surprisingly comfortable office chair from Boss Office Products that won’t break the bank. Available for only $74.99, The Boss Fabric Computer Chair [B315] is available in four different fabric colors and features a contoured seat & back cushion, built-in lumbar support, adjustable back depth, a waterfall seat edge to help reduce stress on your legs, pneumatic seat height adjustment, 360° swivel and a 5 star nylon base with hooded double wheel casters.

The Penny Pincher

Beige Metal Folding ChairsLast but not least… well, maybe it is the least – the basic beige metal folding chair from Lorell. OK, this isn’t something we really recommend for all day use. You aren’t going to win any office manager of the year awards or make your employees happy and productive with this one, but if you are on the tightest budget ever, you could always fill your cubicles with these.  Lorell Beige Metal Folding Chairs feature a curved metal backrest, U-braces on both the front and back legs for added support, tubular steel frame, frame is powder-coated for durability, smooth hinge folding operation and protective end caps on legs to help protect floor surfaces.


For more low cost office chair choices, as well as a huge selection of higher priced name brand office chairs at the lowest possible prices, be sure to visit Office Chairs Unlimited.