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The Best Chair Material For Your Office

Anyone with a desk job knows the importance of a good office chair, even more so if you work long hours. Quality seating is a necessity for individuals working in public safety, government, transportation, casinos, process control, utilities and ambulance/air flight industries, as well as other occupations.

Part of picking the best chair means choosing the best chair material. You’ll want something that can withstand ongoing use and will serve your facility well into the future.

With that in mind, here’s a look at the pros and cons of the many seating materials available for your chairs.

  1. Fabric — Shop for office chairs with fabric construction and you’ll find various types, from woven to knitted. A fabric-covered chair can be comfortable and attractive, making it a good fit in many round-the-clock environments. However, there are some drawbacks. For example, fabric is notoriously susceptible to spills, so you’d want to avoid eating or drinking at your workstation.
  2. Vinyl — A vinyl chair is durable and easy to clean. It’s available in a variety of softness levels and textures. Even with regular use, it typically will continue to look good. On the down side, vinyl doesn’t breathe as well as other materials. While it doesn’t hold heat as well as leather, it may be uncomfortably warm for workers.
  3. Mesh — Mesh chairs are a good choice for breathable comfort. By nature, they allow airflow to reach the body as it’s seated. At the same time, mesh chairs typically won’t distribute a person’s body weight as well as fabric chairs. As a result, they can become less comfortable over time.
  4. Leather — Leather offers a timeless elegance and a prestigious feel. For many, it’s the ultimate in seating luxury. Unfortunately, that luxury comes with a price. Leather chairs will weather if they aren’t kept out of sunlight. They also require regular cleaning and upkeep to preserve their natural beauty.
  5. Faux Leather —Available in a huge variety of colors, textures, and levels of softness and stretch, faux leathers are often preferred over natural leather. For one, faux leather materials (often made from polyurethane or PVC) are usually less expensive than natural leather and are easier to clean. Additionally, faux leather can be manufactured using anti-microbial, liquid-resistant, and even flame-retardant properties. Like vinyl though, faux leathers don’t breathe as well as fabric or mesh, and usually costs more than both.
  6. Wood — It’s difficult to think of a more traditional chair material than wood. Wood chairs are not only time-tested and available in many styles, but they also provide good back support to users. They’re durable, able to keep their shape and unlikely to irritate a worker’s skin. The main drawback with wood seating is comfort. Even with back support, a wood chair can become uncomfortable over long hours.
  7. Plastic — Designed to be affordable and resilient, plastic chairs don’t typically have the amenities available in constant-use seating, but they do have several benefits. Plastic chairs come in a wide variety of designs, for example, and are often cheap enough to allow for regular replacement.

The bottom line: When you’re shopping seating options for your commercial setting, the best chair material depends on your environment and needs. Use the information above to consider the possibilities and determine your needs.

For round-the-clock environments, the best bet is 24/7 chairs or 24/7 stools from Concept Seating — durable, resilient, comfortable options that support personnel all day. Learn more here.