All the Types of Chair for Office and Their Uses

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What are all the Types of Chair for Office and where are they even used?

Alright alright we get it, there are a lot of chairs out there. Some tall, some stocky, some wide, some bossy, some sleek. But which exactly do you need? And what do these chairs actually entail? This article answers all those questions, and helps you find out which type of chair you actually need!

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Types of chairs-

  • Executive Chair:

The iconic and premium chair, executive chairs are the one used by well, executives. The chairs are premium and finely designed, with a tall back, which provides comfort and support to your back. Executive chairs are meant to convey authority, and the one sitting on it usually implies the one running the show. They have sturdy arms and elegant upholstery, and the materials used are of the finest quality. Executives chairs are usually expensive and are made up of leather, giving it a refined feel.

For whom: 

Executive chairs are usually best for taller people, who don’t mind spending a few extra dollars for exclusive back support and refined finish. Furthermore, executive chairs are usually used by senior executives, and might not be the best for cubicles, since the chair in itself is quite big, and since it has implied meaning to it.

Other benefits :

1) Customizability is available, and the pricier a chair is, the more specifications it comes with.

2)  The chair has a firm support, providing comfort to your entire back, and maintaining your posture

3) Has great value in the longer run. Yes executive chairs might cost more than other alteratives upfront, but they are much sturdier and come with more guarantee and warranty.


1) Costlier (much more than other chairs)

2) Bigger size implies it can fit in smaller places

3) Limited aesthetical options

4) Lack of airflow, which leads you to sweat more and your temperature is not regulated 

  • Ergonomic Chairs:

Specially designed keeping your posture in mind, Ergonomic chairs are unmatched when it comes to chairs that are best for comfortability and maintaining healthy bones. Ergonomic chairs support your lower back and spine region, and the weight is distributed in a way that your spine doesn’t take the brunt of it. The space of the chair perfectly fits the natural curve of our spine ,and so there’s little chance of it deforming overtime

For whom:

Ergonomic Chairs work perfectly for everyone, although we recommend it for user’s who prefer back support rather than refined feel(like Executive chairs). User’s who tend to work long hours need constant back support, and Ergonomic chair is the best option for that

Other benefits:

1. Ergonomic Chairs come with huge amount of customizability 

2. Adjustment Options make it viable for users of varying height and age-range

3. Back support ensures lower risk of injury

4. Usually, the materials are quite breathable, allowing for airflow and making the chair perfect for hotter temperatures

5. Light-weight yet strong, granting you movability

6. Often comes with a Headrest, taking stress of your neck


1. Might not be best for users too short/tall

2. Doesn’t have that refined feel that comes with pricier chairs (executive ones)

3. Comfortability varies

4. Lack of adjustment options in poorly designed one’s increase risk of injury and makes it uncomfortable 

  • Conference Chairs:

Conference chairs are chairs used for meetings and conferences. These chairs are designed for shorter hours of sitting, and usually have a leather/faux leather finish to it. This gives the chair a premium feel, and since conference/meeting rooms are usually air conditioned, the lack of airflow isn’t much of a problem. Conference chairs are usually quite comfortable

For whom – 

This chair is strictly for conference and meeting rooms, and they are not for workspaces/workstations. 

Other benefits-

1. Perfect For shorter hours of sitting

2. Matches the aesthetics of a meeting room, bringing out professionality

3. Not as costly as workstation chairs

Disadvantages –

1. Use is quite limited

2. Adjustability and customizability options not available 

3. Doesn’t come in many variations 

  • Drafting Chairs:

Chairs used for drafting tables or other elevated surfaces are drafting chairs. Drafting tables are usually for design and architectural purposes, giving designers and architects a solid base to work on their projects. A drafting chair compliments the drafting table, allowing its user much more space than traditional workstation chairs

For whom –

People who need to use drafting table a lot. We recommend Drafting chairs for designers, architects and writers who feel comfortable working on a drafting table, and other elevated surfaces. 

Other Benefits –

1. Height adjustable

2. Armrests can be removed 

3. Perfect for cross-leg sitters

4. Foot ring for added support

5. Often boasts good ergonomics and lumbar support


1. Not for traditional desk workers

2. Not as sturdy as other chairs

3. Padding is comparatively lesser

4. Not ideal for longer hours 

  •  Task chairs:

Also called Computer chairs, Task chairs are specifically designed for those who have to work from a computer desk all day long. These chairs are very much like ergonomic chairs, although the focus is more on work related to a computer desk. This often leads a task chair to have different modifications, like padded armrests for the seasoned typist.

For whom-

Those who need to work on computers for long hours, and need a sturdy movable companion to help them at their workspace

Other benefits-

1. Usually quite sturdy, with their five star base

2. Has Proper Lumbar support and neck rest, taking strain off your back and neck

3. Generously padded armrests 

4. Customizability available in a lot of ways


1.Comfortability can be an issue

2.The seat depth is rather insufficient 

3.Doesn’t have the refined feel to it like other pricier alternatives

Chairs for Open spaces at an office:

  • Beam Seating:

Multiple chairs attached to one another with one unifying Metal bar. Usually best for waiting areas

  • Love Seats:

Small sofas with the sitting capacity of two people. Usually best for waiting areas at more premium locations

  • Ottomans:

Low stools with the sitting capacity of one. Can be used as a storage unit with the top removed

  • Traditional Sofas:

Sofas with the capacity of two or more people to sit. Usually coupled with a table

  • Petit Chairs:

Designed for shorter people, petit chairs are great for sitting areas and and compact workstations 

  • Kneeling Ergonomic Chairs:

These chairs are great for maintaining the natural curve of your body ,and taking stress off your back. Recommended for workstations

  • Stacking Chair:

As the name suggests, they can be stacked on top of each other. These chairs are good for public sitting areas

  • Tablet Arm chairs:

Designed specifically for students and examines, these chairs serve their purpose when it comes to classrooms.

These are descriptions of various workspaces and open spaces chairs that are available in the market. 

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