Which Office Chair? – A Quick Buyer’s Guide
Hey Guys, David Here and I’ve been asked a lot about my chair and whether I still use the Ikea Markus. And the quick answer is yes but it’s not perfect. You can check out my full review of the chair in my other video.
I also have this other generic office chair that was a freebie but it also has its issues. Why? Well that’s what I want to cover in the video, so you know exactly what I look for in the perfect task chair for the office.
So let’s start with probably the most overlooked but actually one of the more important feature, the seat pan depth. When you sit with your back flush against the chair your legs should hang over the edge leaving roughly around 2-3 inches of space between the seat edge and the back of your knees.
If the seat pan is too short your legs don’t get the proper support and if it’s too deep the seat will pinch the back of your legs cutting off circulation. Some cheaper chairs will have limited seat pan adjustment like this knob here to move the chair back and forth, higher end chairs will usually have more adjustments for this but the ikea markus doesn’t have any so it’s not great for everybody.
Next let’s look at seat height and this pretty standard on most chairs from cheap to expensive. You’ll want to set your chair low enough so that your feet are firmly supported by the floor. And also so that your arms are high enough so your forearms are roughly parallel or slightly downward with the table, while keeping your elbow close to your body.
This does sometimes mean you may need a footrest if your table is too high. Or an adjustable desk like my Ikea bekant so I can adjust it down to proper levels. Arm rests are another thing I find pretty important especially if you’re sitting for long periods of time.
While not necessary for everyone, at least for me I like to lean on something once in a while to take the weight off my back. The arm rests on the Ikea Markus don’t move and are little too low for me too lean on sometimes.
Most other office chairs like my generic one have at least height adjustable arm rests but I still have a problem with these. I like bring my chair really far forward so my forearms over the table and I can keep my elbows close to my body so I’m not reaching or hunching over.
The issue with typical armrest is even at the lowest setting they can get in way when I try to tuck in my chair in. High end chairs will sometimes have more adjustments so you can move them to the back or to the side so you can avoid this problem or if you don’t need them you can usually just remove the arm rests entirely like I did for both my Ikea Markus and Generic chair.
Everything else I look for in a chair is pretty standard. Is the seat firm but comfortable? Check. Does the chair allow for the back to lean and lock in place when I want a change of position? Check. Is the lumbar support in the right position for my comfort? Pretty good (terrible on my generic chair) Do I need a high back and head rest? I really like the options.
Will it last for years to come? Only time will tell but so far so good. So in the end what is the perfect chair? Is the Ikea Markus perfect for me? Not really but it’s decent for the price. If you can afford to spend $800 plus on a chair you can look at the Steelcase or Herman Miller chairs that are super customizable and are built to last with long warranties.
And they’re definitely worth it especially if you’re sitting for hours but if you can’t afford them. Well there are some cheaper options like buying used, or considering models like the Alera Elusion or Office Master OM5.
These look interesting but you often make some sacrifices on adjustability, build quality and warranty as you move down the price ladder. Or if you’re lucky the Ikea Markus or some other cheap generic office chair could be perfect for you right out of the box.
But in the end you’re going to need test them out in person and check for all the things that I mentioned like seat pan depth, height, and arm adjustments to know what’s best for you. Hopefully that helps you find your perfect office chair.
You know what to do. And I’ll see you in the next video.