One of the most commonly overlooked aspects of a home office is, without a doubt, the desk chair. Think about it: We place all the focus on the actual confines of the area that will double as a workspace and the desk itself. And then rarely do we pay attention to the seat that goes with that setup, often defaulting to one borrowed from the dining room or using a kitchen counter stool instead. But having to spend over eight hours perched on an uncomfortable seat is no one's idea of a good time, not to mention the fact that it's probably wreaking havoc on your posture.
An ergonomic executive office chair is always the best option — especially with the host of benefits that comes with it — but let's face it, they're not always the most aesthetically pleasing. The next best alternative is a task chair with just enough adjustable features to stand up to daily use such as a swivel functionality. Outside of promoting a much-needed element of movement, they are also relatively more comfortable when compared to seating options sans wheels.
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Before buying a desk chair, there are a number of factors to consider, starting with seat height. An adjustable component is always useful but especially so if your desk-to-personal height ratio isn't quite standard. Next, think about armrests. Or, would you prefer something armless? Additionally, you should consider whether or not you could benefit from a backrest or a reclining functionality. Once you have a semi-solid grasp on what your work style preferences are, it's on to the fun part. And to help you get started, we've sourced 10 design-forward, swivel desk chairs that will transform your WFH situation with flair.
Vibrant coloring aside, this velvet swivel desk chair is serving up all kinds of glam vibes thanks to the vintage-inspired design that channels old, Italian classics. Customize the seat to fit your space by choosing between 15 fabrics. And with a 360-degree swivel, brass-finished base, and adjustable seat height, this one gives form-meets-function a new meaning.
An office chair that looks this good is pretty hard to resist. Crate and Barrel's take on the workspace staple involves a curved barrel seat that's upholstered in a linen-like fabric with a white oak frame and a brass-finished base. Reminiscent of art deco style, the plush chair comes with a supportive backrest and armrests for balance, while a gas lift feature makes it easily adjustable.
A midcentury design with a contemporary refresh looks a lot like this seat, spotted on Lulu and Georgia. A cushioned, top-grain leather chair means you can kick back in complete comfort and rest easy knowing that the "natural washed mushroom" upholstery color will seamlessly blend into just about any aesthetic.
This minimalist swivel office chair can bring a bold dose of luster to any workspace, courtesy of its art deco-inspired form. And if that isn't enough, it also flaunts a moody gray (or blush) velvet upholstery and an antique brass-finished steel frame on casters for portability.
IKEA never fails to please with stylish essentials you can snag on a budget and this ergonomic office chair is a prime example. Its clean and streamlined design is one of many reasons to love it, closely followed by its muted pastel coloring and easy-to-use features. Plus the safety casters come with a brake component that automatically locks when you're standing up and instantly releases the moment you sit down.
Plush, ivory pleats give a standard home office chair an element of visual interest and a touch of glam. Set on a brushed brass base, this velvet swivel seat features a gas lift that makes adjusting the height a breeze. Not to mention, the chic, curved design can complement a wide range of decorative styles.
For the home office lacking color, a desk chair can be a simple yet stylish way to usher in a saturated detail, without overwhelming an existing scheme. Think of it as a focal point. This velvet, burnt auburn task chair is poised to do just that and then some, thanks to a modern build and elegantly sculpted back.
It's all about simplicity with this midcentury-inspired office chair from Article. Made from powder-coated metal and set on casters, this versatile seat is a breeze to clean and affordable to boot. Choose between six shades — its UV-resistant finish means that even under direct sunlight, the coloring won't fade.
For those who prefer to recline and put an emphasis on functionality, without entirely compromising on style, the Daily Chair by the newish DTC (direct to consumer) home office brand, Branch, offers the perfect middle ground. The swivel task chair is modern, contoured, and prime for ergonomic lumbar support. Its breathable mesh back and upholstered seat cushion means that hours spent working no longer need to feel like a chore. Adjust the seat to your preferred height and relish the tilt tension feature, which promotes natural movement.
Looking to make a statement in your home office? The About A Chair 153, designed by Hee Welling for HAY, is certainly one way to get there. With its quilted, curved shell and two-tone upholstery, this modernized piece banishes all preconceived notions of what a desk chair should look like. That said, you can still count on its chrome, height-adjustable swivel base for a little touch of normalcy.