The choice of office chairs is huge, which makes it all the more difficult to find the right model for your own needs and requirements. Since we spend a large part of the day sitting, it is essential to find a suitable chair that can be adjusted to our physical needs and prevent back pain. For this reason, we have compiled this chair buying guide, in which you will find many useful tips and interesting explanations about our chair assortment. Discover our large selection of brands and own brand chairs with a wide variety of designs and our extensive range of visitor, conference and work chairs.
Chair Buying Guide: Viking's best Office Chairs
Before you decide on an office chair, consider the following questions:
› In what kind of environment will the office chair be used?
› Which time period of sitting will the office chair be used?
› What adjustment options should the office chair have?
› What mechanisms should the office chair be equipped with?
› What material should the chair be covered with?
› How much should the office chair cost?
Usage & Budget
At Viking, we offer a variety of office chairs that are tailored to the widest range of needs and requirements. Discover our large selection of brands and own brand chairs with a wide variety of designs and our extensive range of visitor, conference and work chairs.
In general office chairs range in price from a very basic entry-level model to more executive-style chairs. The materials, style of chair, functionality and design all affect how much the chair ends up costing.
Niceday Basic Tilt Ergonomic Executive Office Chair with Armrest and Adjustable Seat Malaga Bonded Leather Black
£64.79 incl. VAT
Energi-24 Basic Tilt Ergonomic Office Chair with Adjustable Armrest and Seat Posture Task Black
£113.99 incl. VAT
Realspace Synchro Tilt Ergonomic Office Chair with Armrest and Adjustable Seat Atlas Black
£71.99 incl. VAT
Energi-24 Synchro Tilt Ergonomic Office Chair with Adjustable Armrest and Seat Intensive Black
£226.80 incl. VAT
Ergonomic Office Chair Toulouse
This is one of our favourite chairs for various reasons. The biggest feature of the Toulouse is the super easy 2-Click assembly which means that the chair comes pre-assembled in the box and all you need to do is just click the lift into the starbase and then attach the seat on top of it. It's both quick and easy. Additionally, the Toulouse has a very simple, linear yet elegant design that fits into any office environment. Doesn't matter if it is a big open space - or a small private office, it’ll still look great. What’s more, it comes with a lot of excellent ergonomical features, so that it is adjustable to different body shapes.View all
Reception Chair Dogewood
It's an all-time favourite. The modern and sleek design of the Dogewood chair makes it an easy choice. It not only fits into lounges, meeting and reception rooms, but also in a private dining room. It's the perfect all-rounder. This chair has an integrated cushion made from polyurethane, which makes it both very comfortable to sit in, but also very easy to clean.View all
If you spend up to 8 hours sitting at a desk, you need a good office chair with high comfort level and attractive design. While being aesthetically pleasing, the chair should help achieve an ergonomically correct seating posture to minimise work-related stress. The adjustment options are the key for the additional comfort.View all
If your work makes you spend more than 8 hours sitting at a desk, you need not just a good chair, but ergonomic one! Ergonomic chairs are designed for long hours of daily work where the recommended seated time frame go beyond the normal hours. In addition to their ergonomic design, what really sets these office chairs apart is a higher number of adjustment functions.View all
Meeting Room & Conference Chairs
Meeting spaces should be available in a number of different sizes – small for a few people and larger for conferences. Stackable or folding chairs are a great way to make meeting space flexible. Comfortable chairs make it easier to stay attentive and alert throughout the entire meeting. Moreover, professionally looking chairs boost corporate atmosphere.View all
Unlike the classic or ergonomic office chair, the executive chair is designed for shorter periods of time up to five hours a day, and often comes with fewer adjustment options. The executive chair is particularly suitable where there is a lot of contact with customers or business partners, and where creating a senior image is important.View all
Increase your work flexibility by choosing work chairs! The work chairs are particularly suitable for people who often have to switch between seating and standing or who need to move a lot during their work as in warehouses, laboratories, medical practices or production facilities.View all
Visitor & Breakroom Chairs
While visitor and breakroom chairs are generally designed to be simple and functional, they also add a touch of class to the workplace. These two types of chairs are key components when planning comfortable and supportive shared spaces, that are both formal and informal.View all
Avoiding back pain: correctly adjusting the office chair
Everyone has their own seating habits and a unique physical build. A good office chair should therefore have a wide range of adjustment options so that it can be individually tailored to the physical dimensions of its occupant and help to prevent back pain.
In addition to the various adjustment options, the mechanisms of the chair also play a key role in any office chair purchase.
The right cover material
While the seats and backrests of most chairs are cushioned with a thick foam filling, there is a large selection of materials for the seat covers. While the type of cover greatly influences the appearance of the chair, it should also increase the comfort of the occupant. Fabric Probably the most popular cover material for office chairs is a fabric covering. Not only is it particularly durable and long-lasting, it is also available in the widest range of colours. Unlike leather, fabric is a warm material and breathable at the same time. Mesh A mesh cover is an extremely breathable and flexible fabric, and is often used to span across backrests, helping to ensure good air circulation around the body. Leather & imitation leather Chairs with leather covers lend an air of elegance and exclusivity. Leather is a natural product with unique properties. Not only is it particularly durable and long-lasting, but it is also simple to clean. To remove spots, the leather simply needs to be wiped with a damp cloth. For those with a lower budget, chairs are also available with an imitation leather cover. These are just as easy to clean, and unlike natural leather, do not show any irregularities, but have a uniform, consistent surface.
Viking places great value in offering high-quality, excellent products. This is our top priority when it comes to office chairs, which is why all models in our Niceday, Realspace and WorkPro ranges are subject to intensive tests and are required to meet a wide range of European standards. These standards comprise of various factors including the seating time, load-bearing capacity, and roller capabilities. This overview provides a summary of the standards that the different chairs are required to meet before they can be included in our range:
|Office chairs||EN 1335-1, EN 1335-2, EN 1335-3 (incl. EN 1022)|
|Heavy-load chairs||BS 5459-2|
|Chairs for professional use||EN 16139 (incl. EN 1728 and EN 1022)|
|Chairs for domestic use||EN 12520 (incl. EN 1728 and EN 1022)|
|Chairs for outdoor use||EN 581-1, EN 581-2 (incl. EN 1728 and EN 1022)|