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The Best, Highly Reviewed (And Prettiest) Desk Chairs For 2023

Last year when Jess posed the brave question, “Do beautiful yet comfortable office chairs exist?” the very real yet slightly unsatisfying answer appeared to be “it depends”. Like so many things in life, it depends on the person and their needs, wants, and desires. If you need a desk chair that you can comfortably sit in for 8 hours Monday-Friday then the perfect desk chair might not be magazine-worthy beautiful. On the other hand, if you only require a desk chair that you’ll sit in a few hours a day or less you might get away with a more stylish-looking chair. That illuminating post made us all realize that there are so many options out there because the perfect desk chair is subjective. So of course, we wanted to pull together some of the best desk chair options from the very beautiful to the top-rated, most ergonomic chairs that are on the market right now. So if you are in the market, we hope this post can help you get exactly what you need. Here we go.

Really Pretty (But Non-Traditional) Desk Chairs

design by jess bunge for ehd | styling by emily bowser | photo by sara ligorria-tramp | from: moto reveal: jess’ home office

If your desk is in a common area, you might be searching for a comfortable chair that is also pretty to look at and you are not alone. Jess discussed this very problem here, and I also work from home at my dining table so a traditional desk chair just doesn’t make sense for my current situation. The solution? Comfortable yet attractive-enough-to-stare-at-all-day dining/accent chairs (and perhaps some lumbar supporting accessories just in case). And look, if not having the perfect desk chair means I have to get up, stretch, and make myself walk around a few times a day, that might not be the worst thing in the world. Here are some of our top picks:

1. Pula Modern White Boucle Dining Chair: This dining chair has a foam seat for optimal comfort and the boucle fabric adds a beautiful texture. The solid wood legs are really special, too.
2. Talbert Pillow Top Slipper Chair with Casters: We knew this chair was special as soon as we laid eyes on it, but after reading reviews we are even more convinced. A lot of them revere the quality for the price and one reviewer mentioned, “This chair is a steal. $250.00 for a chair that is so comfy, and looks and feels like West Elm quality. I wish I had a need for every color, I’d buy them all.”
3. 1980s Mario Bellini 413 Cab Armchair: This 1980s Mario Bellini chair deserves a good home, don’t you think? This is a vintage gem with some wear and tear, so it might be best suited for someone who doesn’t sit at their desk all day, but is looking for a chair for light sitting and decorative purposes. But oh boy, it is beautiful and I’ll be jealous of whoever ends up snagging it.
4. Azalea Green Velvet Chair: This green velvet armchair is a beautiful modern option. It has sleek legs so it doesn’t take up a lot of visual space and for added comfort, you could add a lumbar support pillow.
5. Foley Faux Mohair Dining Chair: This chair is gorgeous. I love the modern block legs, the deep blue color, and the reviews are raving. One customer said, “I ordered these a few weeks ago and am obsessed! They are absolutely stunning, the design is so unique and modern. The material is soft and luxurious, the blue is so vibrant.”
6. Salome Dining Chair: From the looks of it, this is a very plush dining chair that could act as a comfortable desk chair. The description notes that it is upholstered with buttery top-grain leather and oh, so pretty.
7. Mid 20th Century Danish Leather Office Guest Chair: You can never go wrong with a vintage midcentury modern armchair. For your Mad Men-inspired home office, this is your guy.
8. Avont Upholstered Metal Dining Armchair: This beautiful upholstered, metal armchair has 5 stars and one reviewer commented that they could sit on this chair for hours.
9. Mazie Chair: We love Room and Board for their quality and beautiful pieces and this chair is no exception. One customer raved: “WOW! So many perfect things about this chair – insanely comfortable seat and back, sleek design, has armrests, easy to clean.”

Design Forward Desk Chairs

design by pricilla frost and emily henderson | styling by emily henderson | photo by sara ligorria-tramp | from: a teen bedroom reveal! + 7 budget-friendly ideas gen-z loves

If you know you can sacrifice a little comfort for style, then a design-forward but still comfortable desk chair might be the right fit for you. These picks are not recommended to be sat on continuously for extended periods of time, so just be mindful of that. You can also add a standing desk converter to your WFH setup, so you can rotate between sitting and standing if that suits you.

1. Zarek Mid Century Upholstered Office Chair: Once upon a time I had to temporarily store this chair at my house for a shoot, and I remember being extremely impressed with how comfortable it was. A reader who has this chair apparently thought the same and had this to say about it: “I bought this one near the end of 2020 in a WFH panic purchase. I often sit with my leg bent and foot on the chair, and this one is wide enough for that, which is a weird requirement I know! It is comfortable for long periods of time, but in the office chair way, not in the lounge chair way.”
2. Winged Arms Swivel Office Chair: I am obsessed with how stunning yet traditional this office chair is. The high back is really nice and elegant, and the description includes that it has high-gauge sinuous springs for extra seat cushion support.
3. Graham Grey Office Chair: This one is a classic, stylish-looking office chair that I can see looking really nice in a moody MCM-style office.
4. Renato Modern Chenille and Burl Wood Chair: This is my personal favorite. I love that it is stylish but still reads ‘office chair’ and the circle base is slightly more aesthetically pleasing as long as you don’t mind not being able to roll your chair to and fro. For some extra lumbar support, you could add this lumbar support pillow.
5. Orsen Modern Saddle Leather Office Chair: This one could be filed under: You don’t sit at your desk 8 hours a day but you want something that looks office-appropriate, is adjustable, but also has a little edge. I wouldn’t expect this one to be ideal for long-term sitting, but if you are looking for an attractive option that you won’t need to sit in all day long, this could be the one for you.
6. Finley Swivel Office Chair: I could picture this in a teen bedroom or a luxe glam office. I love the brass legs paired with the muted green upholstery.
7. Upholstered Wraparound Office Chair: I really love the back cutout on this one, plus the dual textures make it a little more elevated than your standard office chair.
8. Vintage Pollock Executive Swivel Chair in Black Leather: Oh I love this vintage option so much. If I had a real work-from-home office it would be REALLY hard for me to not choose this one.
9. Nyle Suede Office Chair: I love this one for its simplicity and the camel suede provides a lovely color/texture. Just be careful with spills because suede is not the most forgiving:)

Top Rated And Ergonomic

design and photo by keyanna bowen | from: blue walls be gone! key’s totally transformed office reveal – maybe the most dramatic before & after ever (?)

Now we are getting to the real meat and potatoes. Of course, if life was perfect we would all have the space/means/maturity to own real, ergonomic, non-back-ruining office chairs. I truly hope to get there one day. And if that is where you are at currently I commend you and want to share these top-rated, highly endorsed options that some of YOU, our very own trusted readers, have suggested to us in the past. And if you aren’t ready for this stage yet, perhaps bookmark this post for when that time comes (I know I will!).

1. Gesture Ergonomic Office Chair: On Jess’ desk chair post, a reader gave this chair high praise saying: “I recently got the Steelcase Gesture and love it. It’s expensive but it is very comfortable and very adjustable. I’m 6ft so not super tall but I think it would work well for even taller people. It has an adjustable seat pan and the arms have tons of adjustment options: going low enough to be completely out of the way or high enough to comfortably rest your elbows at any height. It’s got some nice color combos that I think look attractive but it’s not going to be as cute as anything from this article. After going through some uncomfortable cheap chairs I decided that it was worth investing in a high-quality chair since I spend so much time using it.”
2. Autonomous ErgoChair Pro: This one was rated one of the top desk chairs for 2023 for its comfortability and longevity. One customer said, “I have gone through a lot of chairs, two gaming chairs, two office chairs. and now finally autonomous. I love this product with a passion. this chair is both comfortable on the seat and on my back. It provides nice support along with amazing comfort. “
3. Aeron Chair: Several readers recommended this one including Jennifer who commented: “After about 1.5 years of working from home due to the pandemic, I finally caved and bought the Herman Miller Aeron office chair. Six months later and I don’t for one minute regret my decision to go with the Aeron. It’s an investment piece that is completely worth it.”
4. Ergonomic Chair: If I do eventually get my very own work-from-home office (the dream) this is the real desk chair I can see myself purchasing due to the price point and glowing reviews. One person claimed, “The chair has been an absolute game changer to working from home. I no longer have extreme pain from sitting during the day. It’s super comfortable, stylish, and was easy to put together.” Another reviewer praised the several adjustable features but my favorite review has to be, “The only downside is the chair is so comfortable I forget to stand up now.”
5. Steelcase Series™ 1 Office Chair: A number of readers also recommended this chair and it also has glowing reviews online. I personally found this one very helpful: “This chair is ideal for plus size/big and tall. It’s extremely easy to assemble, lightweight but heavy-duty construction, certainly worth the cost. I would also recommend adding a headrest. Overall great functionality. The lumbar support is excellent. I would rate 20 out of 10 for comfort. You can sit in this chair for hours”
6. Tic Toc Chair: I love this cute review: “The best stool I’ve ever sat on. I smiled ear-to-ear the moment I sat down the first time and began to oscillate. The stool is ergonomically sound – I was skeptical of working from a stool but I can no longer imagine going to a traditional office chair. 10/10
7. aeris Swopper New Edition Ergonomic Stool: On Jess’ famous desk chair post, one reader suggested this backless stool which really intrigued me. They claimed, “The best chair I ever had was at my previous job, and it was actually a backless stool that had a sort of rocking function. I wish I could have brought it with me! It made me use my core to support myself instead of slumping, and I was able to move around easily. “
8. Gaiam Ultimate Balance Ball Chair: If you are someone who needs to move around a lot during the day, this ball chair might be the one for you. One reviewer noted, “I’d tried other ergonomic chairs, but the ones that seemed ok for my back had firm seats that bothered my hip. While I’m working at the computer, the ball allows me to do small exercises recommended by my physical therapist”
9. Capisco Chair by HÅG: I was hesitant about this one due to the odd shape, but the more I read about it the more I was convinced. This review pretty much sold it for me: “Love having a bunch of options for how I sit – I can perch at the edge, sit cross-legged, sit back for a “normal” office chair experience, … I was skeptical that this would be comfortable because it’s such a wacky shape but I’m really happy with it!”

Okay my friends, that concludes are 2023 desk chair picks. If you have tried any of these options, or have other recommendations to add, please sound off in the comments below. xx

Opener Image Credit: Design by Melanie Burstin Design | Photo by Tessa Neustadt | From: An Office Reveal That Happens To Be A Full-On EHD Alum Family Affair…

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JB
11 days ago

I just went thru this exercise…as my chair was killing my hip as I slid forward. The chair I got is better but still not great. I did buy a slanted foot stool which helps keep me better aligned and in the chair when I have to sit for longer periods. I want high back that reclines a little with cushy sink in seat with the front slightly raised so I don’t slide forward. Where are you chair?

🥰 Rusty
11 days ago
Reply to  JB

JB, I used to work at WorkSafe (the State OSH watchdog and enforcer of safe wotk practices) and I learned so much!
When you adjust your cgair, the front of the seat should be s.oghtly higher than the back of the seat, raising you knees up a bit – no sliding forward. Effectively, your knees should be at least the same geight as your hips, if not a smidfe higher.
Your foot rest will certainly help, but check the tilt of your seat, too.👍

🥰 Rusty
11 days ago
Reply to  🥰 Rusty

Sorry ’bout all the typos🙄

Beth
11 days ago

I spent 2 hours last night looking for desk chairs! You heard me!!! This is a great and balanced line up.

I ha d an additional need that isn’t addressed here. If anyone has some insight, I’d love e the tips! I’ve always been up an sown in weight, but I am now at my heaviest and chairs with arm rests rarely fit me comfortably. Those stools look amazing, but they have upper weight limits… there are definitely chairs in this round up that would work! Just looking for even more if anyone has had similar experiences!

Danielle Lewis
11 days ago
Reply to  Beth

I’m plus size and just did the office chair hunt in the fall. The Herman Miller Aeron comes in three sizes. I got the largest one and the armrests leave plenty of room around my hips and torso. I also found several Steelcase chairs to be roomy – I liked the Think, which only comes in one size, but they also have a couple of chairs in plus size. Steelcase has higher weight limits than Herman Miller but I was well within the range for both.

Jenni
11 days ago
Reply to  Danielle Lewis

Yes, the Aeron chair definitely is good for all sizes. I got the small chair, which is comfortable for me since I’m short and the large is comfortable for my 6’3″ 275lb boss. The fact that Herman Miller produces the chair in different sizes is genius.

Roberta Davis
11 days ago
Reply to  Beth

The good commercial chairs have lots of product options, including the height and, I think, the weight. The more expensive versions have adjustable armrests. It may be expensive but worth it. Maybe head to a commercial furniture dealership (Herman Miller, Steelcase are two cited in this article) and ask for help getting a chair that is tailored for you.

11 days ago
Reply to  Beth

Check out Aeron (size C), Steelcase Leap, and possibly Steelcase Gesture or Amia. You’ll want a chair that’s supportive and BIFMA certified.

Ellen
10 days ago
Reply to  Beth

Steelcase Leap supports individuals up to 400lbs and there is a wider version of the chair, called Leap Plus, that supports individuals up to 500lbs. My brother has one and is obsessed with it!

Beth
10 days ago
Reply to  Beth

Just wanted to thank you amazing people for the help!

Jenni
11 days ago

The Aeron chair is 100% worth the price. I finally got one last year. My hips and back were killing me at the end of the day with the chair I had previously. Once I started using the Aeron chair, my end of work day discomfort has been hugely improved. If you are a desk/computer worker, you must have a comfortable, ergonomic chair. Now in my 40s, the cutesy fashionable chairs just don’t provide the ergonomics needed. I wish they did, but they just don’t.

Jennifer
11 days ago

OMG, that’s me quoted in my recommendation for the Herman Miller Aeron Chair! It’s still great! March 2023 will be three years of working at least part of the time from home each week and this chair has saved me. I have the Aeron in a light gray color and sometimes hang a colorful throw or cardigan over the back for a little “decor moment.” For the record, prior to the Aeron, I used to have a green velvet, tufted, swivel chair with a brass base from cb2 that looked great (and also was not inexpensive) but after 2 weeks of using it as a desk chair, my lower back was killing me to the point I felt nauseous in the afternoons. I tried adding a lumbar pillow, adjusting the height, adding a foot rest, etc. but nothing worked. I donated it to Goodwill.

🥰 Rusty
11 days ago

This is one area where FUNCTION is far, far more important than form!!! I don’t wanna know how cute or beautiful looking a work chair is if it’s not good for your body. That’d be akin to wearing stilletos to run a marathon or a short-burst sprint. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a just a couple or 8 hours, the chair must not cause you harm…and unfortunately, many do! often, by the time you realise it, it’s too late.😳 Anyone with a back/neck/hip problem will attest to this. I used to work at WorkSafe (the State OSH watchdog and investigator) leading the training team. One of my team was an Ergonomist and he had a LOT to say about desk/office chairs. The seat tilt is vital (as I mentioned to JB). The back rest should not be all the way down either. It should “fit” the curve of your back – get someone to help you adjust it while you’re sitting if you can. The actual height of the chair should be adjusted so your feet are flat on the floor or flat on your foot rest. Pleeeeease, don’t be fooled thinking a few hours a day doesn’t matter. It… Read more »

Roberta Davis
11 days ago

I spent 3 1/2 years working as a corporate interior designer for the likes of Nordstrom and Amazon. When I was at Nordstrom, the people in their offices would literally have their Aeron chairs stolen by other employees who wanted one and couldn’t get one! I worked with both Steelcase and Herman Miller products. I tried many of the chairs from both companies. The comfort is a very personal thing. There were quite a few expensive chairs that I just could not get comfortable in, and then I would have numbness in my legs/feet from sitting in them all day. But other people could- so I think you have to try them and see what works best. Ergonomically, you should be able to sit with your feet flat on the floor and have your arms hang down naturally and then reach at a 90-degree angle to the keyboard. I’m glad I don’t have to sit at a desk all day anymore! 🙂

Shannon L.
11 days ago

Chiming in here to say that I went to my local Home Depot a couple days ago, and they had a lot of chairs you could try out and sit in. They had them rated by the amount of time spent in them, but I just found it helpful to try them out!

Merri McMurry
11 days ago

Not the Graham Crate and Barrel chair. Hi all, just spent a few months sitting in the Graham, and developed severe low back pain. Still recovering. Do not recommend for daily use.

11 days ago

I love that you addressed this. One definite thing to add is the value of talking to an Ergonomist before investing in a chair for your home office! A lot of the chairs mentioned in the first part of the post can (and do) end up contributing to symptoms of discomfort with prolonged use. Along with habitual movement and an understanding of neutral posture, a supportive ergonomic chair that’s we’ll design will make such a huge difference. Happy to see the iconic and incredibly engineered Aeron, as well as the Branch and Steelcase options included. I would add to the list the Haworth Zody, Haworth Fern, Steelcase Series 2, and the Herman Miller Sayl chair for the Yves Behar fans out there.

11 days ago
Reply to  Carla Jaspers

*an ergonomic chair that’s well designed…

Emily
11 days ago

Here to sing the praises of the Herman Miller Arron chair. Great for ergonomics, and they last FOREVER. When my company moved into a new office three years ago we bought a big lot of refurbished Arron chairs from a local hospital that was going through a remodel. Those babies are 30 years old and still look and work as though they were new off the factory floor last month. Highly recommend reaching out to your local Herman Miller dealership to see if they run warehouse sales on returned/refurbished items. Also – look into an ergonomist or physical therapist to come in and help you set up our desk correctly. We have one come in once a year and make sure everyone’s chairs and adjustable desks are set correctly to each individual, and it’s made a huge difference.

Juanita
10 days ago

I have #8 in the first bunch (Avont Upholstered Metal Dining Armchair from CB2) as my dining / WFH chairs. They are SO COMFORTABLE and low profile enough to work in my small space while also making a statement – the arms are low, so the chairs can be pushed in under the table. Scored a set of 4 at the Crate & Barrel Outlet near me for less than $200/chair, and they had lots—so check out your nearest outlet if you’re in the market!

AzureSongLA
10 days ago

I bought the Ovo desk chair 7 years ago from Living Spaces. I love the pattern on the back. Recommend. https://www.merryfair.com/product/ovo-2019/

9 days ago

In cased it’s helpful, I’ve had a messed-up back for many years, and both the HAG Capisco and the Herman Miller one have made my body issues worse rather than better. (To be fair, having a job for which I sit way too long is the primary culprit, but sitting in the wrong chair sure doesn’t help.) I recommend seeing if you can test or even rent these before splurging as they really are a splurge and are not for all bodies.

Courtney
9 days ago

I spent years using a vintage Max Pearson Executive Chair, but moving from two WFH days a week to completely remote during the pandemic wreaked havoc on my back. I got my Steelcase Series 1 about a year and a half ago, and I’m still in love. It assembled in about five seconds flat, has adjustable arms and lumbar support, and the Seagull/Graphite combination looks lighter and airier than a typical ergonomic chair. Worth every penny.

8 days ago

This is a great article for anyone looking for a new desk chair in 2023. It is helpful to see the top-rated and most attractive chairs to choose from. The reviews provided are also very helpful in making an informed decision. Thanks for taking the time to compile this list!

8 days ago

Great article! It’s really helpful to have an overview of what desk chairs are available and which ones are highly rated. It’s also nice to see the different designs and colors that are available. Thanks for the information!

Heather
6 days ago

I love the Herman Miller Sayl chair! https://store.hermanmiller.com/office-chairs-performance-seating/sayl-chair/2294.html?lang=en_US I think it is more attractive than the Aeron, but has all the same adjustments for comfort.

Courtnie
4 days ago

I found 2 of the pollock desk chairs on Facebook market place for $80 a piece. Brown leather. I almost died!

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