The pandemic continues to affect how many Australians live their lives, with working from home becoming the norm for a great number of Aussies. With this often comes the realisation that the chair at your desk might not be as comfortable as you once thought.
Even if you aren't stuck in it all day long, setting yourself up with a plush throne – for work or leisure – is a good idea for the longterm health of your back, and the short term satisfaction of comfort.
No matter how high-tech your workspace at home may be, the quality of your chair is one of the most important factors day-to-day. That's where we come in. We've had a look at the office chairs available in Australia and we've picked some of the best you can get.
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There's plenty to consider when shopping for the perfect chair – how adjustable and ergonomic it is, its size, how its look will match your workspace – and it can be tricky to weigh all these factors up against the chair's price.
In our guide, we've covered chairs for different budgets, sizes and aesthetic inclinations so there'll be something here for everyone.
Once you've got your chair, here's a handy guide on everything else you need to set up your home office.
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Combining excellent build quality, premium materials, functional and adjustable design, and a relatively affordable price makes the NeueChair a no-brainer for those looking to solve their home office chair dilemma. With grippy pleather (polyurethane leather) arm-rests, an aluminium alloy frame, and a breathable mesh backrest, this chair is classy, comfortable, and built to last.
You can adjust everything you realistically need to – armrest height and angle, lumbar support, backrest tilt – and the controls are easy to access. While some of the other chairs on the list lean more towards the 'designer' end of the price bracket, the NeueChair does manage to squeeze in under this, although there are definitely some more affordable options out there if you're willing to sacrifice a little of the NeueChair's class.
For more detail, you can check out this glowing review of the NeueChair from our associates at Windows Central.
Humanscale makes some seriously nifty high-end ergonomic office chairs, and the Freedom is, for us, the pinnacle of that niftiness. It not only looks fabulous – particularly in the leather option – but the really clever bit is that the Freedom is designed to do away with the complex knobs or levers that many ergonomic options can baffle you with. Instead, it adjusts itself automatically to fit the ideal ergonomics for your body.
For example, when reclining the chair, it automatically adjusts the backrest resistance to the optimal level. The end result is a whole lot of comfortable sitting, without having to do any thinking about tension settings and so forth. There are, of course, some adjustable elements, including the armrests which move in tandem (so they’re always at the same height as each other).
This is not a chair for the faint of wallet, but bear in mind that the pricier models are the leather and polished aluminium offerings. Remember that there are versions with plain fabric and a graphite frame – they might not look as high-end, but they still provide the same superb sitting experience, often for hundreds of dollars less. Also note that the Freedom is backed by a 15-year warranty.
Check out our full Humanscale Freedom review for more info.
While it's certainly not the cheapest office chair on our list, the Aeron from designer brand Herman Miller has made quite the name for itself with its adjustable ergonomic design and breathable fabric.
Pretty much every component you could think of wanting to fine-tune (and a few you wouldn't even think of) can be tweaked and adjusted with the Aeron, so if you want to skip the cheaper options and go right to the top, the Aeron will not disappoint.
Secretlab is known for its quality gaming chairs, and while most thrones in this category might be considered a little bit too flashy for the office, this isn't as important when you're in your own home. In fact, for a gaming chair, the default design of the Titan is actually rather subdued, with minimal branding and quieter trimmings, but there's plenty of customisation to be had if that's what you're after.
The best thing about the Titan is that it's purpose-built for people on the larger side – both vertically and horizontally – so people that fit this category don't have to make do with a 'one-size-fits-all' solution. You have plenty in the way of adjustments, including lumbar support, and the pleather is easy to clean (albeit a little sweaty at times).
You can check out our detailed Secretlab Titan gaming chair review to get a better idea of what you're in for.
It's not as aesthetically subtle as the other offering from Noblechairs, but if you don't mind that then it's a real winner. From the cross-thatched embroidery to the real leather of its namesake, if you’re looking for a no-compromises gaming throne, this is it. Plus, it’s surprisingly quick and easy to set up. And, once the set-up is complete, the Epic Real Leather is a dream to sit on – and you can customise your position however you want. Just do us a favour, and read the instructions while you’re setting it up. Synthetic leather is also an option if you want to save some money.
If you're after an ergonomic chair in the vein of the NeueChair or Aeron above but aren't so keen on paying the steep prices, this is a solid alternative at a more reasonable cost. The main material is a similar mesh to the aforementioned designer alternatives, and the base and frame are both polished aluminum.
The mesh panels will mould to your form as you sit in the chair, but still keep you supported, and there's your standard affair of adjustments you can fine tune to suits your ergonomic needs – height, arm height, head support, lumbar support, tilt, and swivel.
If the Titan is a little too large for you, consider its smaller (and slightly more affordable) sibling, the Omega. Incorporating that sleek, Mad Men-level sophistication with that SciFi gaming look, the 2020 iteration of the SecretLab Omega is simply stunning, especially if you opt for the PU leather or high-end Napa leather models. But, the SecretLab Omega 2020 doesn’t just rely on looks alone; one of the best gaming chairs of 2020, this one comes with a head pillow and a lumbar pillow – both memory foam – and offers even better support than its predecessor. That’s not to mention the improvements over the 2018 model, like the metal support on the armrests, that makes the SecretLab Omega 2020 feel so much more robust. So expect, after a grueling gaming session, to just go straight to napping for a couple of hours without moving an inch – without having to worry about the chair falling apart on you.
IKEA’s Markus chair has been around for a long time, and is a well-liked option for folk who want a good quality office chair without having to break the bank (some of the seats out there can take a truly exacting toll on your wallet).
You don’t get much in the way of adjustments with the Markus, at least not compared to the fancier ergonomic chairs around, and that's definitely it's main detractor. Still, it's a sturdy seat which offers a comfortable upright sitting position, with a long back and integrated headrest. Furthermore, the back is made of a mesh material to let the air through and provide better breathability.
You can adjust the Markus for height, tilt, and the back can be locked in place, or it can be reclined. So there’s a decent amount of adjustability, and overall, this is a solid chair which is well-made for the money.
Noblechairs is well known for crafting some of the best gaming chairs out there – and the Noblechairs Icon makes it clear why. It's quite affordable, extremely comfortable and one of the best PC gaming chairs out there.
This is thanks to its nice lumbar pillow, which you can easily remove if you don’t like it. The Icon is Noblechairs's least aggressive design, which may appeal for those wanting a chair that blends in with their home office and doesn't have the typical gaudy gaming designs.
Humanscale Diffrient World
Another one from Humanscale, this is a lightweight and minimalist task chair which is designed to use the laws of physics and user’s bodyweight to adapt itself to the correct position for good posture. Diffrient World is a more affordable option than the Freedom chair we covered above.
The IKEA Renberget won’t win any design awards, but it provides a solid enough offering for very little money. As you might expect, there isn’t much in the way of versatility here, but you can adjust the height of the chair, and the tilt tension (the resistance you encounter when leaning back) to suit your personal preference. The Renberget is also equipped with safety casters that have a brake mechanism which automatically applies itself when you stand up, and releases when you sit down.
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