Mesh backed office chairs have been around for quite a while but recently we have seen most seating manufacturers in the UK bring out their own versions of this style of chair, which is becoming increasingly popular.
The main reason is simply to do with the actual look of the chair – the lack of padding makes the office chair look very sleek and contemporary. However it has to be said that a well designed mesh chair is usually more comfortable than a standard upholstered chair, and will be more comfortable in warmer weather as the fabric allows air to circulate much easier than with a traditional office chair which is upholstered with foam and fabric.
Also many of these office chairs have incorporated the latest design features which have started appearing on the more expensive office seating . Features such as sliding seat mechanisms and ratchet height adjustable chairs are becoming standard on these products, as is another useful feature, remote control.
Simply explained, all of the main adjustment mechanisms, such as height, tilt and backrest freefloat/lock are all controlled by small thumb levers, situated at the side of the chair base, rather than buried beneath it.
This makes it very easy to adjust the chair from a seated position, rather than having to grope about under the chair looking for the right adjuster lever.
This technology has been around for quite a few years, specifically on the Aaron chair, which was and still is a very popular chair, often specified by architects. When this chair arrived on the market it was quite revolutionary with its extruded aluminium frames, mesh upholstery and easy to use cable operated seating adjustments.
They were not cheap but they were very well made and good value. They still are today, although now other manufacturers have been able to compete on price and value for money, even if the quality may not be as high.
The Aaron mesh office chair still sells at anything between £500 and £700 depending on optional extras, which means that it definitely sits at the higher end of the office furniture market, and this fact has allowed other manufacturers to come up with their own versions.
If you are interested in purchasing a mesh upholstered chair then your starting point is a budget version called Cobham which has a hi-tech mesh back with a breathable upholstered seat.
It doesn’t have the remote control mentioned above, but everything is within easy reach and it has a full synchronomic reclining mechanism.
It also has an adjustable lumbar support which is a feature not usually found on office chairs at this pricing level
Priced at around £160 it represents real value for money
Another mesh backed chair worth mentioning is one called Enjoy from Mesh Seating. This chair has all of the bells and whistles including full remote control and retails at around £300 which is exceptional value
Even some of the more staid British chair manufacturers have decided to get in on the act with very stylish offerings
So if you think you could be tempted with this style of office seating please visit our office chair section for more information on these and other mesh chairs which we have on offer