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Chair Buying Guide: Viking's best Office Chairs

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The choice of office chairs is huge, which makes it all the more difficult to find the right model for your own needs and requirements. Since we spend a large part of the day sitting, it is essential to find a suitable chair that can be adjusted to our physical needs and prevent back pain. For this reason, we have compiled this chair buying guide, in which you will find many useful tips and interesting explanations about our chair assortment. Discover our large selection of brands and own brand chairs with a wide variety of designs and our extensive range of visitor, conference and work chairs.

Before you decide on an office chair, consider the following questions:

›  In what kind of environment will the office chair be used?
›  Which time period of sitting will the office chair be used?
›  What adjustment options should the office chair have?
›  What mechanisms should the office chair be equipped with?
›  What material should the chair be covered with?
›  How much should the office chair cost?

Usage & Budget

Seating time

At Viking, we offer a variety of office chairs that are tailored to the widest range of needs and requirements. Discover our large selection of brands and own brand chairs with a wide variety of designs and our extensive range of visitor, conference and work chairs.

Budget

In general office chairs range in price from a very basic entry-level model to more executive-style chairs. The materials, style of chair, functionality and design all affect how much the chair ends up costing.

Bestsellers

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Niceday Basic Tilt Ergonomic Office Chair with Armrest and Adjustable Seat Malaga Black

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€49.99 Each

€61.49 incl. VAT

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Energi-24 Basic Tilt Ergonomic Office Chair with Adjustable Armrest and Seat Posture Task Black

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€129.00 Each

€158.67 incl. VAT

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Realspace Synchro Tilt Ergonomic Office Chair with Armrest and Adjustable Seat Atlas Black

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€79.99 Each

€98.39 incl. VAT

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Energi-24 Synchro Tilt Ergonomic Office Chair with Adjustable Armrest and Seat Intensive Black

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€239.00 Each

€293.97 incl. VAT

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Ergonomic Office Chair Toulouse

Ergonomic Office Chair Toulouse

This is one of our favourite chairs for various reasons. The biggest feature of the Toulouse is the super easy 2-Click assembly which means that the chair comes pre-assembled in the box and all you need to do is just click the lift into the starbase and then attach the seat on top of it. It's both quick and easy. Additionally, the Toulouse has a very simple, linear yet elegant design that fits into any office environment. Doesn't matter if it is a big open space - or a small private office, it’ll still look great. What’s more, it comes with a lot of excellent ergonomical features, so that it is adjustable to different body shapes.

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Reception Chair Dogewood

Reception Chair Dogewood

It's an all-time favourite. The modern and sleek design of the Dogewood chair makes it an easy choice. It not only fits into lounges, meeting and reception rooms, but also in a private dining room. It's the perfect all-rounder. This chair has an integrated cushion made from polyurethane, which makes it both very comfortable to sit in, but also very easy to clean.

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Categories

Office Chairs

Office Chairs

If you spend up to 8 hours sitting at a desk, you need a good office chair with high comfort level and attractive design. While being aesthetically pleasing, the chair should help achieve an ergonomically correct seating posture to minimise work-related stress. The adjustment options are the key for the additional comfort.

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Ergonomic Chairs

Ergonomic Chairs

If your work makes you spend more than 8 hours sitting at a desk, you need not just a good chair, but ergonomic one! Ergonomic chairs are designed for long hours of daily work where the recommended seated time frame go beyond the normal hours. In addition to their ergonomic design, what really sets these office chairs apart is a higher number of adjustment functions.

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Meeting Room & Conference Chairs

Meeting Room & Conference Chairs

Meeting spaces should be available in a number of different sizes – small for a few people and larger for conferences. Stackable or folding chairs are a great way to make meeting space flexible. Comfortable chairs make it easier to stay attentive and alert throughout the entire meeting. Moreover, professionally looking chairs boost corporate atmosphere.

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Executive Chairs

Executive Chairs

Unlike the classic or ergonomic office chair, the executive chair is designed for shorter periods of time up to five hours a day, and often comes with fewer adjustment options. The executive chair is particularly suitable where there is a lot of contact with customers or business partners, and where creating a senior image is important.

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Draughtsman

Draughtsman

Increase your work flexibility by choosing work chairs! The work chairs are particularly suitable for people who often have to switch between seating and standing or who need to move a lot during their work as in warehouses, laboratories, medical practices or production facilities.

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Visitor & Breakroom Chairs

Visitor & Breakroom Chairs

While visitor and breakroom chairs are generally designed to be simple and functional, they also add a touch of class to the workplace. These two types of chairs are key components when planning comfortable and supportive shared spaces, that are both formal and informal.

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Functions

Avoiding back pain: correctly adjusting the office chair

Everyone has their own seating habits and a unique physical build. A good office chair should therefore have a wide range of adjustment options so that it can be individually tailored to the physical dimensions of its occupant and help to prevent back pain.

Seat height: The seat height should be set so that the soles of both feet are flat and in complete contact with the floor. Also, the thighs and lower legs should form a right-angle when seated.
Backrest The form and size of the backrest should match the back of the user and at the very least be height-adjustable. However, it is also vital that the backrest supports the lumbar region in the lower back. All of our ergonomic office chairs have lumbar support.
Seat depth and area: Use the entire sitting area of the chair. You can achieve this by sitting far enough back in the chair to ensure your back is in full contact with the backrest and there is a approximately a hand’s width between the back of your knee and the front of the seat.
Armrests: Armrests should help relieve the burden on the shoulders and neck. Ideally, they should be height-adjustable so that when moving forward toward the desk, the abdomen touches the desk first, and not the armrests. To achieve the correct setting, the armrests should preferably be height-adjustable.
Neck and head support: The neck and head support should be adjusted to the height of the neck in order to help relieve the stress on the neck. This must at the very least be height-adjustable. However, in terms of ergonomics, a headrest is not strictly necessary.
Castors: These should not only be robust and of high quality to withstand intensive daily use, but they should also match the type of floor. Our chairs are fitted with castors for carpet flooring as standard. However, castors for hard floors can also be bought for any chair.

In addition to the various adjustment options, the mechanisms of the chair also play a key role in any office chair purchase.

Synchronous mechanism: Most ergonomic office chairs are fitted with this mechanism. With a synchronous mechanism, the seat area and the backrest are linked, although when the backrest is tilted back, the seat area is tilted slightly less than the backrest, usually at a ratio of 2:1. In other words, if the backrest is tilted back by 10 degrees for example, the seat is normally tilted down by 5 degrees. This movement stretches the body, which stimulates blood flow.
Permanent contact: Unlike the synchronous mechanism, with a permanent contact mechanism, only the backrest moves when tilted back, while the seat area remains in its horizontal position. Sometimes, the strength of the backrest’s spring force can also be adjusted on some office chairs.
Rocking mechanism: The backrest and seat area are connected at a fixed angle so that when the backrest is tilted back, the seat area also tilts with it.
Knee rocking mechanism: Once again, the backrest and seat area are connected at a fixed angle, but in this case, the tilt angle is close to the knee joints.

The right cover material

While the seats and backrests of most chairs are cushioned with a thick foam filling, there is a large selection of materials for the seat covers. While the type of cover greatly influences the appearance of the chair, it should also increase the comfort of the occupant. Fabric Probably the most popular cover material for office chairs is a fabric covering. Not only is it particularly durable and long-lasting, it is also available in the widest range of colours. Unlike leather, fabric is a warm material and breathable at the same time. Mesh A mesh cover is an extremely breathable and flexible fabric, and is often used to span across backrests, helping to ensure good air circulation around the body. Leather & imitation leather Chairs with leather covers lend an air of elegance and exclusivity. Leather is a natural product with unique properties. Not only is it particularly durable and long-lasting, but it is also simple to clean. To remove spots, the leather simply needs to be wiped with a damp cloth. For those with a lower budget, chairs are also available with an imitation leather cover. These are just as easy to clean, and unlike natural leather, do not show any irregularities, but have a uniform, consistent surface.

Quality demands

Viking places great value in offering high-quality, excellent products. This is our top priority when it comes to office chairs, which is why all models in our Niceday, Realspace and WorkPro ranges are subject to intensive tests and are required to meet a wide range of European standards. These standards comprise of various factors including the seating time, load-bearing capacity, and roller capabilities. This overview provides a summary of the standards that the different chairs are required to meet before they can be included in our range:

ChairsStandards
Office chairsEN 1335-1, EN 1335-2, EN 1335-3 (incl. EN 1022)
Heavy-load chairsBS 5459-2
Chairs for professional useEN 16139 (incl. EN 1728 and EN 1022)
Chairs for domestic useEN 12520 (incl. EN 1728 and EN 1022)
Chairs for outdoor useEN 581-1, EN 581-2 (incl. EN 1728 and EN 1022)

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