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

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Best office chairs for home working: Find the perfect desk chair
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Need one of the best office chairs for your home office? You've come to the right place. Whether you're finally upgrading from your kitchen table office, or you simply need a new office chair that will provide a stylish, yet ergonomic experience for an affordable price, these are some of the best office chairs currently available.

Focusing on office safety is more important than ever – especially with so many of us currently working from home. Regulations such as having your monitor in line with your eyes and having a proper amount of back support are important no matter whether you're working for home or in the office. If you find that you're experiencing aches and pains in your neck, back or wrists, you might want to take a look at your home office setup and see if you can make improvements. 

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Investing in one of the best office chairs is a great, quick upgrade you can make to your home office. However, don't forget to take a look at the best desks as well to ensure that you've got one at the right height. Plus, the best laptop stands and best monitors can also help keep your eyes at the right level. 

We've collected some of the best office chairs below to help make your home office as inviting as possible. 

Best office chairs for homeworking

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01. IKEA Markus

The best office chair for homeworking on a budget

Reasons to buy
+Affordable+Breathable mesh back
Reasons to avoid
-Not the most stylish

The IKEA Markus chair offers a sturdy set of features at a great price. As one of the best office chairs with an affordable price tag, it's not surprising that the IKEA Markus chair has been such an enduring design for IKEA. Featuring an upright sitting positions, a long back and an integrated headrest, the IKEA Markus is a great option for those who prefer higher backs to support their upper backs and heads. 

Users can easily adjust the Markus for height and tilt – and you can also choose between locking the back in place or leaving it free to be reclined. With the welcome addition of a mesh back for breathability, the IKEA Markus is a great choice for those looking for a comfortable and affordable office chair. 

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02. Flash Furniture Mesh Back Chair

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

Reasons to buy
+Affordable+Pneumatic height adjustment
Reasons to avoid
-Not available in the UK

If you're working within a budget, then this office chair from Flash Furniture is another great affordable option. 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. 

Users can adjust the chair using the three-paddle control, featuring a tilt lever that you can push in to lock the chair into an upright position and pull out to activate the rocking motion. Meanwhile, you can also use the tilt tension knob to control tilt resistance. 

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04. Office Essentials Mesh Back Desk Chair

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

Reasons to buy
+Affordable+Ergonomically designed
Reasons to avoid
-Only available in the UK

This is another great 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.

The fixed sculpted arms are perfect for providing support for the upper body and shoulders throughout the day, while the pneumatic seat height adjustment, adaptable recline and 360º swivel is perfect for enabling the ultimate customization. 

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04. Humanscale Freedom

It might be pricey, but this office chair is super ergonomic

Reasons to buy
+Ergonomic+No complex knobs or levers
Reasons to avoid
-Quite pricey

If comfort and ergonomics are the most important features for you, then this Humanscale Freedom office chair is definitely one to consider. While a fair bit pricier than the other offerings in this guide, this chair is capable of automatically adjusting itself to fit the ideal ergonomics for your body. For example, when the user reclines in the chair, it will automatically adjust the backrest resistance to the best level. 

However, while the Humanscale Freedom is designed to automatically adjust itself, the user can still change some elements. This includes the height of the armrests, the height of the backrest and the height of the headrest. If you're after the ultimate office chair for ergonomics and style, we're recommend the leather and polished aluminum model. However, if you'd rather save a bit of cash, but still get the same great structural design, try the plain fabric and graphite frame instead.

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Louise Carey

With over a decade of photographic experience, Louise arms Digital Camera World with a wealth of knowledge on photographic technique and know-how – something at which she is so adept that she's delivered workshops for the likes of ITV and Sue Ryder. Louise also brings years of experience as both a web and print journalist, having served as features editor for Practical Photography magazine and contributing photography tutorials and camera analysis to titles including Digital Camera Magazine and  Digital Photographer. Louise currently shoots with the Fujifilm X-T200 and the Nikon D800, capturing self-portraits and still life images, and is DCW's ecommerce editor, meaning that she knows good camera, lens and laptop deals when she sees them.