How do I choose the best Executive Office Chair for me?

executive office chairs

People looking to buy office furniture have often asked us what is an executive chair and how does it differ from a task or operators chair?” This is usually followed by, is an executive, or high office chair comfortable, and does it provide good ergonomic support?” These common questions made us realise that not everyone is as knowledgeable in office chair terminology as we are. It therefore makes sense to explain the important differences between the chair types.

Traditional executive seating

The traditional executive office chair was a big chair reserved for “those at the top”. The bigger the chair, the more senior was your position in the organisation. If you commanded power and authority, then you had the right to sit on a high chair with sturdy armrests and premium upholstery, preferably leather. In may cases, these chairs were not particularly comfortable, but that was not the point. The chair was a ‘throne’ and sent a signal to everyone else….I am the boss.

The traditional ‘bosses’ chair as shown above, has only basic features like a simple swivel & tilt mechanism and fixed armrests. They lack the adjustability and advanced ergonomics of their modern counterparts.

Modern executive office chairs

In the modern era, executive office furniture is far more functional. Senior managers insist on desks and chairs that include all the state-of-the-art ergonomic features. Height adjustable desks are common, and chairs must be exceptionally comfortable and provide superior ergonomic support. Where can I buy the best quality executive office chairs in Johannesburg?

Standard features of a modern executive chair

Today, executive seating is not just about image. The high back and premium ergonomic features guarantee that next-level of comfort. A distinguishing feature of the modern chairs is a backrest that includes a headrest of some sort. Standard ergonomic features typically include:

  • Adjustable headrest.
  • Fully upholstered or mesh backrest.
  • Upholstered or mesh seat.
  • Adjustable lumbar support.
  • Seat depth adjustment.
  • Multi-adjustable armrests.
  • Synchronous mechanism.
  • 5-Star Ergonomic Rating.

What is the difference between executive and task chairs?

The single key feature that differentiates modern executive chairs from task or operators chairs, is the addition of an adjustable headrest.

This inclusion ensures that our executive office chairs are our most comfortable products, with many having a 5 Star Ergonomic Rating.

Why buy an executive office chair?

These chairs are naturally aimed at managers and other senior people within an organisation. However, they are also perfect for anyone who is:

  • Particularly tall and needs more upper back support.
  • Looking to create a lasting first impression with visitors and clients.
  • Working in a control room or call centre that operates 24/7.
  • After a stylish and comfortable chair for their work or home office.
  • An avid gamer who wants better back support and likes to recline while playing.


Author: Mike Karle
Director at Karo Manufacturing (Pty) Ltd
6 March 2021

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