Chairs Buyer's Guide: conference room chairs

Selecting conference room chairs

Selecting the right conference room chairs can be challenging. You want to consider the comfort of your clients and guests but need to stay on budget without compromising a professional appearance.

Since your clients and guests could be sitting for long periods of time, your conference room chairs should be ergonomic for all body types. The more comfortable you make the chairs in your conference room, the less likely your guests will be to take frequent breaks and leave the room during important meetings.

Many conference room chairs offer a contoured seat and back and allow you to adjust the height and angle of the chair for better lumbar support. A swivel mechanism allows you to move from side to side without much effort. You can also choose from sturdy wheels that can glide effortlessly over thick carpeting or raised floors, or rubber-tipped casters that prevent scratches to delicate surfaces. The chairs also feature options such as tilt tension to keep muscles flexible and avoid discomfort or a tilt lock feature to keep chairs upright and prevent your guests from slouching. Optional chair arms can provide additional comfort and maintain good posture.

Next, consider the look and feel of your conference room chairs. If possible, try to select designs and color schemes that complement the décor of your office. You want all chairs in the room to be consistent in style and color. Many chair manufacturers allow you to customize the upholstery of the back and seat of your chairs with leather, synthetic blends with padded foam, or stitched fabrics. You can also have the arms of a chair upholstered as well.

You can really get the most out of your money with conference room chairs because of their durability. With strong frames and quality mechanics, a well-maintained chair can last you from 10-15 years. In addition, many manufacturers offer limited lifetime warranties on the chairs to protect your investment over time. This typically covers the frame, adjustment mechanisms, and severe rips in upholstery.