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How much does an office chair cost?

How much does an office chair cost?

Another way to pose this question is;

Do you value your ability to stand up, to walk, to run, to be mobile? If so, then how much do you really value your spine?

Humans are built to stand upright. Our heart and cardiovascular system work more effectively this way.

Increasingly though, due to work, traffic, technology and lifestyle, we are spending less and less time upright and more time in a seated position which is arguably the worst position in which we could spend up 30-60% of our adult life (think about it – university, work, public transport, driving, eating and travelling).

There are many ways in which incidental exercise and better health can be promoted in the workplace and I will detail that in another article however as sitting is likely to remain the major posture for office workplaces across Australia, the quality of your office chairs is critical and a cost on which scrimping should not be an option.

If you have just signed a lease for 5 years and your staff will be sitting at their workstations or desks 5 days a week 8 hours a day, then don’t expect that a cheap, imported chair is going to do the job.

Chairs that fall into this price bracket may have their place but it is our professional belief that that place is not in a commercial office.

So how much is the minimum spend for an office chair?

There is not a “one size fits all” answer to this question. Many aspects including but not limited to the following must be considered;

  • The role of the person using the chair
  • The frequency of the chair use.
    • Is it part of a hot desk workstation used once per week or is it used in a 24/7 call centre?
  • The configuration of the work and office space
  • The style/design of the work and office space
  • Personal taste and preference

The benefits of a high-quality office chair are well documented and include;

  • Better posture and therefore natural protection of your spine
  • Marked reduction in back pain
  • Increased neck support
  • Armrest reduce arm and carpal tunnel strain
  • Multiple height adjustments allow for the perfect seating height for each individual
  • Improvement of work output due to reduced physical pain and stress

Although there are a myriad of choices for your office chair needs, we always suggest the following as a basic rule of thumb;

  • Always try to purchase Australian made or at the very least, chair with a large Australian-made content. Australian made chairs are of a very high quality and any opportunity to support Australian made is better for the nation as a whole.
  • Look for seating that has an AFRDI (an independent Australian furniture testing body) rating suitable for the use you are planning. For example, for heavy use task chairs, we don’t like to go below Level 6.
  • Ask for expert opinion – your Office Design and Fitout Company will be armed with testimonials from other clients and will have the latest and most up-to-date industry information for you.
  • Always ask for demonstration chairs that you can test for a period of time.
    • Much like a mattress, a chair may seem comfortable at first, however, you may change your mind only a few short hours later.


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I have completed 4 successful projects with Steve Parkins from Apex Executive Interiors. Our first project was a small job in existing premises. Our second job was the fitout of a small 120sqm office. Our next job was the biggest project, moving to 300 sqm and relocating some 20 staff. We are working currently on the fourth project, our brand new Hurstville office. In the early stages, it was Steve’s customer service skills that most impressed me. Nothing was ever too much trouble for him. If I needed to see some sample chairs, they arrived. If I needed to get photographs of carpet tiles, they were produced. Steve has always made it his business to call in personally to discuss any matters pertaining to the current project. This personal touch has been crucial to the success of our projects.

The next quality that struck me with Steve’s work was his Project planning. The processes that Steve works through are second to none. Whilst he always has a clear view of what a project should look like, he is completely consultative every step of the way. His paperwork, project plans and designs are always immaculately presented and he has demonstrated flexibility around pricing.

Once a project is commenced, Steve is always on hand to answer questions and solve problems. He is always available and his responses and follow-ups are swift. He works with many, many tradesmen and his ability to build strong relationships means he has a good team of specialists around him. His organisational skills are highly developed, coordinating many teams to meet project deadlines at once.

Steve takes great pride in his work. The smallest of problems is dealt with the same interest and seriousness as a larger issue might be. Even when a project is finished and paid for Steve still takes ownership of his work. He understands that business relationships extend beyond the completion of a project and it will be referrals that make his business the huge success that it will be.

I cannot recommend Steve Parkins of Apex Executive Interiors highly enough and I would be happy to provide further information if required. He is a gentleman and a first class operator. He sets extremely high standards and expects only the best for his clients. I have enjoyed every moment working with Steve.

Gemma Avon - General Manager
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We provide a fully integrated design and construction service specialising in large scale office fitouts and refurbishments in the Sydney area, we deliver workplaces that reflect both functionality and good design all within your budget.

Our Services
  • Property evaluation
  • Interior design
  • Office Fitout
  • Office refurbishment
  • Workplace optimisation
  • Bespoke office Furniture
  • Activity Based Working (ABW)


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