8 Common Office Chair Mistakes to Avoid

10/23/2016 09:11 pm ET Updated Oct 24, 2017

Buying an office chair requires a lot of considerations such as comfort and security. The best office chair does not have to be hard to come by, and you can avoid some of the most common mistakes by going through our checklist below.

Wrong material: Fabric is one of the most important factors to consider. You will feel this especially in the summer months. The fabric also affects the ease of cleaning as office chairs may be exposed to stains and dirt. Vinyl is a great choice where stains are more prevalent. However, leather is still the most popular fabric for office chairs especially in executive suites and conference rooms. It is easy to clean and dries fast as well. If you are not keen on leather as it is not ideal to sit on it for longer periods of time, mesh is now the preferred fabric for maximum breathability. For example, the world-famous Herman Miller Aeron has an ergonomic design with contoured mesh back for breathability. It also has a Pneumatic seat-height adjustment and padded seat for comfort.

Selecting the wrong colors: Sometimes, we want a pop of colors to a modern and clean looking office space. This is where colored furniture comes in. A black chair may be the safest choice in selecting new office chairs, but sometimes, it may not be your best bet. White chairs may tend to get dirty easily while classic colors such a brown or black may seem too boring. In contrast, a red chair can give some flair to your office.

Not considering the user's height: Aside from knowing who will use the chair, it is also important to know how tall or short the user is. A tall employee will have a hard time sitting on a fixed chair with short legs while a short employee won't be comfortable in a big and high stool. It is nice to go for chairs that are adjustable in height so you won't have to worry about the height of the user. They are versatile, and have pneumatic seat height adjustment that helps raise or lower your chair into its most comfortable position. The best office chairs usually have a height adjustable angled arms with soft cushion pads and one touch pneumatic seat height adjustment to ensure the user maximum comfort however tall he may be.

Not testing the chair: Yes, that office chair looks like the perfect addition to your office. The price is also right and it just seems the right one for you. But do take time to actually test the product to see if it is comfortable to sit in or free from defects and damages. Sometimes, you won't see the damage unless you sit on it and feel it. Failure to test the chair before buying it may lead to returns, and you may end up wasting your time for a chair that won't function at all.

Not considering how much space you have: Office area is one important factor to consider when buying office chairs. If you have large space, then you may go for bigger office chairs. On the other hand, offices with limited floor area require smaller chairs such as the Flash Furniture Mid-Back Armless Ribbed Designer Task Chair which can fit under your office table perfectly. This space-saving chair is ideal for small offices with limited space.

Sacrificing value over price: We know that everyone loves to find a bargain. But in buying a good office chair, it is important to know that you also give weight not only to price but to its value as well. Make a smart decision in buying that heavy-duty office chair, than that stool that may only last you for months. Even if it may cost a little higher, it has greater value since it can last you for years. The Proline II ProGrid High Back Chair has breathable ProGrid Back with built-in lumbar support. It may cost a little bit more but you are guaranteed of the design and quality of the materials used to make this chair.

Choosing looks over comfort: That chair may be pretty to look at, but is it comfortable to sit in? There are a lot of chairs nowadays that looks really beautiful and stylish. It may look pretty, but if you won't be able to sit on it for so long, then it is useless. Comfort should be one of the top priorities when selecting an office chair. Yes aesthetics are important, but you should not base the decision of buying an office chair to just design alone. Go for comfortable chairs with cushions like this Boss Black Caressoft Medical Stool upholstered in durable black Caressoft for easy maintenance and cleaning. It includes a back cushion for maximum comfort and dual wheel casters for easy movement.

No warranty: It is important for products to have product warranty and sellers should always offer after-sales support to their customers. It is a common mistake of people to overlook product guarantee in buying new office chairs. Warranty services and issues sometimes may lead to headaches and regret. Make sure your office chair has at least 1-year warranty from the seller to secure you from manufacturing defects and damages. This HON 5701 Volt Series Task Chair is covered by the HON Full Lifetime Warranty so you are guaranteed to be secured from all defects. The chair is big and sturdy enough with generous proportions that can comfortably support workers of all sizes up to 250 lbs.