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The Cost Of Cheap Office Chairs

The Real Price Of Office Chairs:

We conducted a quick internet search today which demonstrated that you can buy a new office chair from as little as £15. There are several options if you want to be spending over a grand on a single chair and we even managed to find one (in our unscientific online search) for £27,896.00 – and a used, rather uncomfortable looking one at that!


If you’re in a large office or have a small budget it’s tempting to go for the cheaper options. And why not? There are several reasons why buying cheap office chairs will backfire on you.

The Cost Of Cheap Office Chairs

A recent study conducted by the British Council of Offices found a 23% increase in productivity when old or uncomfortable office furniture was replaced.

Or, to put it another way, people who said that their office furniture was “bad” were 3x more likely to claim that it directly affected their productivity.

In 2015 more than 23 million working days in the UK were lost due to office-related ill health, which includes 553,000 cases of work-related musculoskeletal disorders.

Now we’re not claiming that all work-related poor health is attributable to bad chairs, but what is known is that as we become increasingly deskbound, poor seating can be a pain in the backside, literally and financially.

If you think that you are keeping the budget in check by buying cheap office furniture, you need to weigh up that cost against lost productivity and sick-pay. Whilst we’re not advocating spending £27,000 on one chair, our work force does deserve to have the best tools for the job – and that includes where they park their rear ends.

How To Choose Office Chairs

Your office chairs are an integral part of your overall office design. A common mistake people make when they choose their office chairs is to go for the aesthetic quality of design without taking the ergonomic design into account.

When you consider that a badly designed chair can cause back strain, leg and hip problems, and contribute to carpel tunnel syndrome, you begin to see why it is important to spend money on buying really good quality office chairs.

20six's Top Tips For Choosing The Best Office Chairs:

Adjustability: Most office chairs have at least some adjustability, most commonly height and arm rests, but as we are all different shapes and sizes your office chair should have a minimum of five different adjustments.

Back Support: With "bad backs" being the cause of employees taking sick leave, the backrest needs to have adequate support for your lower back - and as above, ideally you also need to be able to adjust it to fit your body.

Chair Base: Your chair's wheels need to be compatible with your office flooring: there are wheels that are designed specifically for carpets for example. And your chair should be able to swivel freely allowing easy access to any part of your work station and office desk.

Fabric: You may be figuratively glued to your office chair but you don't want to be literally stuck to it. Materials need to be breathable and have enough cushioning to support you.

Here at 20sixltd we have considerable and extensive experience of supply all types of office furniture including the best office chairs for your requirements, so if you need further help in getting your purchase right please get in touch with us.