Best budget office chairs UK in 2021: under £100
Affordable office chairs that won’t break the bank - but will help your back.
Yes, we all dream of having a Herman Miller office chair but unless your home office comprises a walnut desk and you are constantly shouting “Buy! Sell!” then it’s more likely that you are looking for an affordable office chair that offers the best of ergonomics and aesthetics but at a price that's cheap - and that's where our best budget office chairs guide comes in.
UPDATE: With many of us working from home now - and that's probably the reason you are searching for the best budget office chair - it seems that we are hitting an overtime epidemic. New research claims that more of us are working hours we shouldn't be, with a report from Autonomy thinktank saying that we should all have "the right to disconnect". The report continues: that workers should “not require a worker employed by him to monitor or respond to any work-related communications, or to carry out any work, outside the worker’s agreed working hours”. Amen to that.
We get you, and we are currently sitting on one of the best budget office chairs right now - a Yaheetech Office Chair while writing this, which is a fantastic cheap office chair offering, given it's under £100.
It has helped out our posture through lockdown no end so it’s definitely one we recommend. This chair and more are in the list below - hopefully you can find the right office chair for you and without having to spend too much in the process!
All of the office chairs below are budget friendly but they are decent, too. These affordable office chairs may not have quite the style of a chair that costs thousands but are fantastic from a practical point of view.
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Best budget office chairs UK
1. COMHOMA Office Desk Chair
While the brand sounds like something Matthew McConaughey would shout in one of his ultra-hip movies, COMHOMA is more at home producing well-built, comfortable office chairs. Get this one and you'll have enough money left over from £100 to buy yourself a fancy notebook. We like the curved backrest, the spongey seat and it's the sort of chair that matches pretty much any office environment. Oh, and the arms flip up, which may sound like something trivial but is great if you need to save a bit of space when you aren't using the thing, as it'll fit nicely under your desk as a result.
2. Yaheetech Office Chair
Our butts are sitting on this one right now. Of course we could have gone with something far more expensive - ahem - but why would we when the Yaheetech offers a decent amount of comfort and that all-important reclining option for those times when we close our eyes to 'think'. It's easy to put together, durable and has castors, which are no use in our 6x10-foot office-shed but we're sure someone somewhere will find them of benefit.
3. Hironpal Yellow Velvet Office Chair
Velvet?! In an office?! Yep, we are going all Mad Men here, having cocktails at 2pm and relaxing after one too many in our Hironpal office chair. The fabric is easy clean, it has a 360-degree swivel and a gas lever to get you to the perfect height. This is definitely one to consider if your room is an office in the day and something entirely different in the night, as it should suit both needs.
4. Symple Stuff High-Back Mesh Desk Chair
When you think of office chairs, this one from Symple Stuff is what first comes to mind. The high back, the plush armrests, the fact it can recline and it's completely adjustable, too. If you are a traditionalist and want a chair that completely supports your back while screaming "This is my office!", then this one is for you.
5. EUCO Office Chair
We love the simple design of the EUCO office chair. It's unlike anything else, looks wise, in our guide and while the white puts us off a little (given the amount of coffee we consume and spill in a day) the faux leather is easily cleaned. This chair is one of the cheapest in this list and one of the best looking. You can have the chair in two versions: with or without armrests.
6. Alvar Faux Leather Office Chair
If this was real leather the you would be adding a nought on the price. We are all for the faux at ShortList, though, and this smart black office chair has a cool £25 off at the time of writing this list. Even at £85, its full price, this is a great little office chair that's adjustable in all the right places.
7. Life Carver Mesh Office Chair
While Life Carver sounds like a fancy job title for the modern world ("What do I do? Well, I life carve dahling"), it's actually a brand that makes very affordable, very comfy office chairs. We like the rounded seat on this one and while there is a distinct lack of arms, adding them would only ruin the minimalist look. You do get castors and easy height adjustment, though.
8. House by John Lewis Whistler Office Chair
While whistling has no place in the modern office, this Whistler chair has melted our cold, dead hearts thanks to its beautiful look and comfort factor. This isn't an executive style office chair, but one that wouldn't look out of place in a kitchen, study or wherever your makeshift desk is. You can move the seat up and down so you don't look tiny in those Zoom calls (all while sitting on the thing) and it comes in mustard or grey. The castors are suitable for all floors, too, so no worries about scratch marks as you rumble over your faux oak flooring in search of another coffee.
9. Ginnie office chair
Ginnie is the latin name for 'virgin' but don't let that put you off this brilliant-looking office chair. Habitat reckons this chair is great for adults or teenagers - but we reckon if you don't fit into either of these categories you will be happy. While the moulded plastic back may not be to everyone's taste, it comes with the all-important castors, a seat adjuster and numerous colours to suit whatever Farrow and Ball paint job you've done out your study in.