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Best desk chairs for a productive and comfortable home office

Our round-up of stylish desk chairs that are also designed with ergonomic excellence in mind

If working from home is set to be part of your life for the foreseeable future, it’s high time to invest in the equipment you need to make your home office set-up.

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Read on for our picks of the best office chairs on the market, both for style and ergonomic design.

How to choose the right desk chair

Seat height is a key feature to keep you sitting comfortably and will enable you to have your eyes at the correct level (ideally, in line with the top of the screen).

Seat width and depth are equally important; for instance, you shouldn’t be sitting too far forward as this can put pressure on the back of the knees.

A good ergonomic chair will also have a tilt function and lumbar support, allowing you to maintain your posture throughout the day, plus a swivel function and set of wheels for low-effort manoeuvring.

Design is important, but so is style! Wayfair’s Resident Style Advisor, Nadia McCowan Hill, gives her advice on what to look for in the perfect office chair: ‘Focus on adding cosy texture to your workspace with an upholstered option. Choose designs in tactile materials such as velvet, maximising your comfort throughout the working day.

‘Moodboosting hues like sunshine yellow and blush pink will also give you extra motivation, and they’ll add a touch of style to your space, too.’

Eight of the best desk chairs for your home office

SIHOO high-back executive swivel chair

SIHOO high-back executive swivel chair

If joint and muscle support is the number one priority for you when it comes picking an office chair, this is the option for you.

The back support, headrest, arms, seat height and tilt function can all be adjusted on this super-ergonomic model, which also has a W-shape seat design to encourage a central seating position – critical for good posture. Plus, the backrest tilts to a maximum angle of 125°, meaning you can even take a power nap in it!

  • Five areas of adjustment
  • Breathable mesh back
  • 125° maximum tilt angle
  • Optional upgrades include rollerblade wheels or a footrest

Allinah Mesh Desk Chair

Allinah Mesh Desk Chair

With a soft, padded seat and breathable mesh backrest for better air flow on warmer days, this office chair certainly delivers on comfort. As well as being a neutral colour that could suit almost any room scheme, it features a sleek curved backrest for lumbar support, too.

  • Adjustable seat height
  • Adjustable tilt tension
  • Swivel function
  • Breathable mesh back
  • Curved backrest

Murray ergonomic chair

John Lewis & Partners Murray Ergonomic Office Chair, Black

This is no ordinary black office chair – its stylish, form-fitting mesh backrest will give you plenty of lumbar support, plus it has all the adjustments you’ll need for good posture throughout your working day.

  • Swivel function
  • Tilt lock mechanism
  • Adjustable seat height
  • Breathable mesh back
  • Adjustable armrests

Zennor Hinoki meshback cushioned office chair

Zennor Hinoki Meshback Cushioned Office Chair - Grey/White

For a chair that cocoons you in comfort for a bargain prices, look no further than this mesh-packed and amply padded seat. And to top it off, its height and armrests are adjustable too, so you can find the perfect position.

  • Comfortable armrests
  • Adjustable lumbar support
  • Rocking function
  • Height adjustable
  • Easy to assemble

Alma high back ergonomic office chair

Habitat Alma High Back Ergonomic Office Chair

This chair has been built with both style and comfort in mind. You can easily swivel, lift and tilt to get comfortable, while the high headrest helps to relieve tension in your upper body – an especially important feature when working long hours. This padded and upholstered chair also comes in a stylish grey.

  • Tilt, swivel and lock mechanism
  • Height adjustable
  • Headrest
  • Easy mobility
  • Stylish and comfortable

Fernleaf Portia office desk chair

Fernleaf Portia office desk chair

This buttoned-back chair will have you sitting in style while also providing you with muchneeded support. For versatility and comfort, it features an adjustable seat height and swivel mechanism as well as a structured back and padded cushion.

  • Swivel function
  • Adjustable seat height
  • Stylish design
  • Padded seat and back
  • Other colours available

Exofcer high curved back swivel desk chair

Exofcer High Curved Back PU leather Home Office Chair Executive Computer Height Adjustable Swivel Desk Chair (White)

The perfect finishing touch to a modern office, the sleek white upholstery and clean lines of this high-backed imitation leather desk chair from Exofcer make it a minimalist’s dream.

It isn’t just stylish, though. The steel frame is buoyed with integrated lumbar support, and you can also adjust the backrest into three positions for preferred comfort – choose from upright, reclining or switch it into the rocking function.

And if you prefer darker shades – or you just have a habit of spilling your morning coffee – the same model is available in black, too.

  • Stylish white upholstery
  • Gas-powered lift cylinder
  • Rocking function
  • Upright and tilt lock function

ANYDAY Hinton office chair

John Lewis & Partners Hinton Office Chair, Black

This chair has an upholstered, height-adjustable seat and a breathable mesh backrest that will help to improve your posture and keep you cool. You can lift the armrests, too – a nifty function that will enable you to tuck your chair away at the end of the day.

  • Also available in grey
  • Mesh back
  • Lumbar support
  • Swivel function
  • Adjustable seat height
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Put the finishing touches on your home office with a room divider or a stylish filing cabinet. Or get inspired with our guide to turning an unused closet into a ‘cloffice’.