IKEA Volmar Office Chair – Like a rock, an expensive but comfortable rock
This office chair from IKEA looks pretty simple but don’t let that deceive you. It comes with a lot of adjustable components to better conform to your body and with a price tag starting at around $210 that can go all the way up to $280 when fully loaded, it’s the most expensive office chair you can buy at IKEA today.
But is the price premium worth it over the highly regarded and slightly cheaper IKEA Markus chair? For me I think it is but the answer won’t be the same for everybody. Hi I’m David and these are my impressions on the IKEA Volmar Office Chair.
If you’ve watched my other video on choosing the best office chair you know that I already have the super popular IKEA Markus chair but adjustability is probably its greatest weakness. This IKEA Volmar on the otherhand comes with all the adjustment I want in an office chair but still has still has some limitations.
One of the first things I look for now in a chair is the seat pan depth. You can adjust the depth of the seat by releasing this knob and shifting the whole back closer or further away from you. The seat pan depth range seems a little small and I feel is better suited for shorter people which is perfectly fine for me but might not work well for taller or larger body types.
The back of the chair has a nice curve and is tall enough to support my spine all the way up to my shoulder blades. The back can also be raised up to line up with your natural curve but it only locks into 5 discrete height positions so you can’t dial it in super precisely but it’s flexible enough to be comfortable.
There’s also an optional headrest you can buy if you get the leather version of this chair but I found the headrest a little low for my head and didn’t really provide any additional support or comfort for my body.
Other basic adjustments like height works well and compared to the IKEA Markus it has a lower height range which again works better for my shorter legs. The seat also has a pretty standard recline that doesn’t go super far back but is decent enough.
And at its full upright setting the back holds you up pretty straight so for longer season I like to lock recline at a lower position to take some weight off of my spine. There’s also this knob for adjusting the tension of the recline for a stiffer or looser motion.
You can also buy optional arm rests for this chair and they’re height adjustable but they feel quite flimsy and cheap so I opted to not buy them. I purchased the black fabric version of this chair but alternatively you can get it in a grey or leather material.
Some people prefer having a mesh back like that on the IKEA Markus for more ventilation but I’m perfectly fine with solid foam for both my back and seat. Speaking of the foam cushioning, it’s very firm.
I mean like really firm. But that’s not entirely a bad thing. Fresh out of the box the cushions are a little too firm to be comfortable but after a couple weeks they soften slightly or maybe my body’s just has gotten used to sitting on a firm chair.
In the end I actually really like the firmness of this chair. It’s not my go to chair if I want to be super comfy and loaf around but as a productivity office chair it keeps me nice and alert and I have no issues sitting on it for hours a day.
Finally let’s look at the build quality. The base of the chair seems pretty solid and while I’m not a big fan of them using plastic over metal to design the star base for the legs they do the job and the chair comes with a 10 year warranty to give some peace of mind if anything does go wrong.
I did also notice on the demo units at IKEA that this recline tension feature was commonly broken but I assume that’s because people didn’t really didn’t know what it does and kept turning it until it brakes, just something to keep in mind.
So that’s the IKEA Volmar, A premium office chair from IKEA that has all the adjustments and features I’d want in an office chair. While not the best looking chair and in terms of comfort the cushions are really firm so you’ll need to get used to that.
Also the size of the chair seems better suited for shorter and smaller frames, but at least for me this chair is comfortable and ergonomic enough that it will replace my IKEA Markus as my main chair. But I’ve only had this chair for a couple weeks now and I’ll let you know if that changes in the comments below.
Hope you guys enjoy this one. You know what to do. And I’ll see you in the next video.