How to Shop for an Ergonomic Task Chair

How to Shop for an Ergonomic Task Chair

Turn your long hours in front of your desk into a pleasure, not a pain. We know that it is easy enough to become distracted by emails, texts, the sounds coming from the next office or next door. What we don’t want is to be distracted by our desk chair. What makes for a comfortable seat? Without putting you to sleep!

Consider these simple tips when buying body-conscious seating:

Look for five key adjustments. Some chairs have more; some have less. These five should accommodate 95% of the population: seat height, seat depth, backrest and lumbar support height, and armrest height.

It is crucial to think about seat pan depth – especially if you are short. Look for at least two inches of clearance behind the back of knee when you are sitting in the chair.

Choose a seat with either an adjustable backrest height or lumbar support so the chair’s curve fits into the curve of a back like two pieces of a puzzle.

Clarity chair by BMW Group DesignWorksUSA with All-Steel, from $750. This streamlined version of the classic task chair features a mesh seat and a back that allow a range of poses without manual adjustment.

Collection Ciel chair by Noé Duchaufour Lawrance for Tabisso, from $1500. The French designer’s ideal work chair warms up the category with a walnut veneer shell, Gabriel upholstery, and leg options including casters (as shown) or wooden legs.
Gesture chair by James Ludwig for Steelcase, $979. A seat made from steel, nylon, polypropylene, and aluminum was designed to accommodate nine new postures identified in a company study on how people work today.

Mirra 2 Chair by Studio 7.5 for Herman Miller, from $649. A leaner, lighter office chair from one of the stalwarts of American workplace design includes a butterfly-shaped back that allows for dynamic, flexible support.

Diffrient Smart chair by Niels Diffrient for Humanscale, from $1,310. The designer’s ergonomic legacy lives on with a chair that features a tri-panel mesh back and the company’s patented mechanism-free recline.

I would love to know if anyone out there has tried any of these? My current task chair is the Eames Aluminum Group Management.


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Happy Sitting!


Resources: Dwell Magazine,, Humanscale, Sacha Burn,