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Charles Darwin famously added wheels to his chair

Charles Darwin famously added wheels to his chair

Office chairs date back to the early 1840s when Charles Darwin famously added wheels to his chair so he could move around his study and get to his specimens quickly. This is pretty much the reason why most office chairs have wheels today.

Most modern chairs still feature wheels

Office chairs have evolved over the years, but most modern chairs still feature wheels, especially executive office chairs. That’s not to say you can’t pick an office chair without wheels if you prefer. Let’s look at the pros and cons of office chairs with wheels vs those without:

Office chair with wheels Pros & Cons

Office chair with wheels Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • Wheels give office chairs a firm foundation and provide better balance whilst working.
  • Office chairs with wheels are more mobile and allow employees to move around easily. Workers can reach documents and office equipment without having to get up or stretch.
  • Most ergonomic office chairs feature wheels because they offer more support and can be adjusted to suit the specific user.

Cons:

  • Wheeled office chairs are not suitable for all work environments e.g. in meeting rooms where employees are expected to sit still.
  • Fixed office chairs like tub chairs may be a better option for employee breakout areas and reception rooms.
    Wheeled office chairs can be difficult to assemble and some employees find the swivel feature distracting or annoying.
Office chair without wheels Pros & Cons

Office chair without wheels Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • An office chair with fixed legs can be just as comfortable as an office chair with wheels.
  • Office chairs without wheels are usually less expensive than wheeled office chairs.
  • Static office chairs are a better option for meeting rooms, reception areas, and employee breakout areas.
  • Office chairs without wheels have a simple design and are easier to assemble.

Cons:

  1. When you choose an office chair with four static legs, you won’t have the ease of movement that comes with a wheeled chair.
  2. There are fewer varieties of static office chairs to choose from.
  3. Most static office chairs don’t feature armrests or adjustable support.
75% of our waking hours sitting

75% of our waking hours sitting

  1. Office workers in the UK spend approximately 75% of their waking hours sitting.
  2. Office chairs get a lot of use and they play a crucial role in creating a comfortable and productive work environment. Take the time to research different office chairs and choose the best chair for your employees.
  3. Need help picking the best office chair? Our office furniture experts are always happy to assist! Get in touch today on 020 8840 6298 or drop us an email at [email protected]

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