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Best office chairs for home working: Find the perfect desk chair

Best office chairs for home working: Find the perfect desk chair
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Our round-up of the best office chairs is perfect for anyone looking to update their home office – or build one from scratch!

If you're anything like us, you've been considering replacing the old, dilapidated kitchen seat that's been your makeshift office chair for the past few years, but have never quite got around to it. Unfortunately, it now appears as though your hand is being forced. With millions of people worldwide being told to work from home, one thing will soon become abundantly clear – that less-than-ergonomic kitchen chair will have to go!

Office safety is important, with most countries having strict guidelines on what is appropriate for an office. Regulations such as having your monitor in line with your eyes and having a properly supported back are there to protect you from developing problems with your neck, back and other areas of your body. 

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This advice shouldn't go out of the window now that you're confined to your makeshift home office, so it's vitally important that you pick up the right equipment to help protect yourself for the foreseeable future. 

We've collected the best office chairs we can find to help you make the next few weeks or months as comfortable as possible. We know that many of you will be reluctant to spend much money on something you might not have originally been planning to purchase, so we've rounded up plenty of affordable options. 

If you're building your home office from scratch, you might want to take a look at our roundup of the best desks and the best laptop stands as well. 

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01. Flash Furniture Mesh Back Chair

If you're looking for something cheap & cheerful, look no further

Pneumatic height adjustment
Not available in the UK

If you're working within a budget, then this office chair from Flash Furniture might be the right piece of equipment for you. Plain, simple, yet endlessly functional, this desk chair features nylon armrests and a ventilated mesh back that circulates air to help keep you cool. Plus, its built-in lumbar support is designed to help prevent back strain and muscle fatigue. 

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02. Office Essentials Mesh Back Desk Chair

If you're in the UK, this is the best affordable option

Ergonomically designed
Only available in the UK

This is another great budget option, although it's currently only available to shoppers in the UK. This ergonomically designed swivel desk chair has a well cushioned seat and a supportive mesh back. You can adjust the height of your seat, and you can also tilt it back and forwards to find the most comfortable sitting position for you.  

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03. Mainstays Vinyl and Mesh Task Office Chair

The perfect affordable desk chair if you don't want armrests

Bargain price
Easy assembly

While armrests can be helpful, many people prefer to work without them. This affordable office chair has a generously padded back and seat, with no armrests in sight. The chair is height-adjustable and is refreshingly easy to assemble, so there's no need to worry that you'll be stuck for hours with a screwdriver to complete your home office.

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04. GT Omega Pro Racing Office Chair

It might be for gamers, but it makes a great office chair too

Supreme comfort
Four reclining options
A little pricy

If you're seeking the ultimate comfort, and you don't mind paying a bit extra for it, then this might be the chair for you. While originally designed for gamers, it can also function as a great office chair as well. It provides maximum support, with cushions for both your head and your back. There are four reclining positions, a '4D' adjustable armrest and a tilt lock mechanism. 

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05. Gaiam Classic Balance Ball Chair

Embrace a work-life balance with this yoga ball chair

Keep fit while you work
Not for everyone

This balance ball chair from Gaiam isn't going to be for everyone, but for those of us who dislike being sat down all day, it might just be the perfect office chair. Created by health and fitness experts, this alternative desk chair promises to promote proper alignment and relieve the back pain and soreness associated with sitting for long periods of time. 

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