Chairs Buying Guide

Many people spend most of their working day sat in a chair, so ensuring that you are properly supported and maintaining good posture is essential to avoid discomfort and back problems. Let the Officeworks Chairs Buying Guide take you through the key things to look for when buying the perfect chair.


Chair Types

At Officeworks you'll find a massive range of chairs, fit for all purposes. Check out the extensive array below to help you get on your way to find the perfect chair.

AFRDI explained

AFRDI, standing for Australasian Furniture Research and Development Institute, are an Australian based, independent, not-for-profit organisation who specialise in the testing, certification and research of furniture to ensure the highest standards. You’ll find a wide range of AFRDI office chairs to choose from online at Officeworks.

For further information on the work AFRDI do, check out their website


Ergonomic Chairs explained

Sitting at a desk all day can put stress on your back that can lead to pain and long-standing problems. To get the best support for your back and stay comfortable all day, an Ergonomic chair is ideal.

Compared to your basic desk chair, an ergonomic chair is highly adjustable, including arm rests, seating position and movable backs. This flexibility means that no matter what body type, shape or size, you’ll find the optimal seating position to keep you comfortable and supported.

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Executive Chairs explained

The term ‘Executive chairs’ refers to a chair where the seat and back are 1-piece and do not move independently of each other. Executive chairs are ideally suited to boardrooms and meeting rooms, where the users are not sitting for long periods.

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Mesh Chairs explained

Mesh chairs have become a preferable option to fabric or leather thanks to their superior breathability. The mesh material allows air to circulate between your back and the chair, keeping you cool and comfortable.

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Design Your Own Chair

By customising your office chair design, you can create a cohesive and stylish home office or workplace. Design the seat type, base style and back support for your office chair as well as mixing and matching colours and adding armrests. You’ll find the best ergonomic chair designs at Officeworks.

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How to Choose a Chair

Ergonomic Features

Ergonomic chairs can feature a wide variety of features, some more than others. Here are the things to look out for to help you find the perfect seating solution.

Adjustable Back Rest

A key component in any self-respecting ergonomic chair is the ability to adjust the height and angle of the back rest. It should also be a separate piece from other parts of the chair, meaning you can adjust to suit without worrying about altering other aspects of the chair.

Seat Height

A basic feature that all good chairs should have, adjusting the height will allow you to support your legs accordingly. In addition to adjusting the height, you should be able to alter the height of the chair back.

Seat Tilt

Adjusting the seat tilt is a good way to improve posture and encourage a more supportive seating position.

Adjustable Arm Rests

To get the best support possible, your arms also need to be considered, so make sure after you’ve adjusted the seat, the back and height, that you also pay your arms some attention too.


Things To Consider

These are some key considerations when picking the perfect chair.

Sitting Time

In a similar way to headphones, chairs have varying periods over which they will remain comfortable. Some chairs are built to sit on comfortably all day, whilst some are more suited to infrequent use. Depending on the purpose for which you’re buying a chair, pay close attention to sitting time.

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Weight Capacity

This is a consideration widely dependent on the likely user. Officeworks stocks a huge range of chairs to suit all shapes and sizes, so to ensure you get the most supportive and comfortable seating experience, keep the weight capacity in mind when browsing.

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Is it AFRDI?

For the ultimate piece of mind and symbol of quality, check for AFRDI certification on the chairs at Officeworks.

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For ultimate piece of mind, check out the warranty on our chair range, as there are varying degrees of cover.

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Accessories to Consider

The following monitor accessories can help to ensure a better viewing experience.

Chair Mats

Chair mats are convenient for a variety of reasons, including the protection of your floor (particularly relevant for wooden floors) and stopping your chair from rolling around by offering grip. There is a fantastic selection to choose from in a range that features PVC and carpet chair mats.

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Lumbar Support

You can pick the most supportive, adjustable chair in the world but if your posture is not correct, you may still encounter back pain and discomfort. Ensure you get the most out of your chair with lumbar support. This products are strategically placed behind your back to help maintain good posture and offer an added layer of support.

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Similar to lumbar support, footrests help to support your back whilst reducing strain on your feet and legs. A footrest can be a good way of supporting your legs if the chair is too high.

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