A variety of options are available
for office chairs, including:
The standard option for office chair upholstery, fabric
is great for people who want a reliable look available in
a variety of colors and patterns. Fabric is often a top
choice for offices and institutions that want a uniform
look throughout a space.
Mesh chairs are modern furnishings that give the office
space a new, different look and feel than more traditional
office furniture. Mesh upholstery comes in two forms:
A padded mesh chair will have an appearance similar to that
of a fabric or leather office chair, but will feel different
to the touch than fabric or leather will. Padded mesh is
coarser than leather and is most similar to fabric. Padded
mesh chairs have thick padding wrapped in mesh upholstery.
Unpadded mesh is more of a departure from a typical office
chair than padded mesh. An unpadded mesh chair is characterized
by tightly woven mesh with no padding and will stretch and
shape depending on the weight and shape of the user in the
chair. Unpadded mesh chairs are considered comfortable because
of its contouring properties as well as its breathability
due to lack of padding.
For many, leather is an attractive option for office chairs
because of its sleek look and comfortable feel. Many view
leather as a prestigious material, and therefore it’s
a top choice in offices, particularly for executives. Office
chairs upholstered with leather are available in a variety
of colors, the most common of which being black.
There are a few different forms of leather that are commonly
used for office chairs:
Top Grain Leather
Top grain leather, like its name implies, is high quality
leather. Top grain leather is derived from the outer layer
of the cowhide and is durable, workable, and soft to the
touch. Top grain leather is the first choice for office
chairs due to its comfort level. If a chair is to be used
for more than a few hours at a time, top grain leather is
the right choice for the chair.
Glove Soft Leather
Glove soft leather is a subset of top grain leather that
refers to leather that is particularly soft. Glove soft
leather gets its name because it’s typically used
in gloves, though some high-end office furniture employs
glove soft leather as well.
Split leather is lower quality leather that tends to be
coarse to the touch and difficult to work with. It’s
not recommended that split leather, which originates from
the fleshy underside of the cowhide, be used for anything
that will be used as one’s exclusive seat.
Vinyl is a synthetic material that looks like leather but
lacks the softness that leather gains with age. Vinyl is
extremely easy to clean and is smooth to the touch. Vinyl
is commonly used in lower-end office chairs.
Polypropylene is a plastic-like material commonly used in
high-traffic areas such as computer labs and industrial
environments. Polypropylene is extremely easy to clean and
is difficult to break.