Comfortable Desk Chairs for Back Pain: Ultimate Guide

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Looking for a new desk chair to eliminate back pain caused by your old and non-functioning office chair? You’ve come to the right place! Finding comfortable desk chairs for back pain can be overwhelming with the wide range of available options and the great array of features out there. You may be asking whether it’s wise to invest more money into certain features, or whether some features are more important than others.

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We hope this post will be able to guide you in looking for the chair that has the feature you need best. Here, we’ll outline the top factors to look into when shopping for a comfortable desk chair for your back pain.

Things To Consider When Shopping for a New Desk Chair for Back Pain

When shopping for a new chair, you’d want to focus on the most important and practical features that will give you the best benefits in your day-to-day chair use. Check out the following:

Height and Size

The truth is, there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to chairs. If you want to enjoy optimum comfort and complete chair support, you need to find a chair that matches your specific body types.

  • Look into the height range of the chair—how high or how low it can go.
  • Check the size (width) of the chair and its weight capacity. While most chairs come in a regular size, there are chairs that are designed to be extra wide for users with large body types. 

It is important to find a desk chair that matches your specific height and size. Otherwise, the wrong chair might only cause worse back pain than you already have.

Adjustability Features

From the height of the chair, armrest, and neck support to the recline tilt angle and seat depth, all of these require consistent and exact adjustment to make sure the chair matches your body and your specific sitting position.

Do more adjustability features equate to better comfort? This will depend on the specific features and how much you need them in your current working lifestyle. For instance, the right neck support adjustment is important if you work long hours on your chair, needing regular breaks to lean back and relax your shoulders. Meanwhile, adjustment in seat depth is beneficial when it comes to keeping circulation in your legs at an optimal level, preventing fatigue and numbness. Check which adjustability feature you need best according to your working lifestyle.

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Fabric Material

The two most common materials used in office chairs are leather and mesh, each one with its own set of pros and cons. 

Mesh chairs are generally lighter. They have a breathable fabric that makes them ideal for use in warm environments. They are also easier to clean and maintain, and they do not take up a lot of space. Meanwhile, leather chairs have a more premium quality that makes them ideal for use as executive chairs. Daily maintenance is easy, but they can be more costly to repair or replace when damaged.

For more comparative information on these materials, you may check this post.


We mentioned adjustability of armrest height earlier in this post, but there are more things to look into when it comes to armrest adjustment, specifically two things:

  • The 4D adjustability feature in armrests. This feature allows the armrest to adjust horizontally, allowing you more space to enjoy less restricted movement, which is especially helpful if you need more reach for all other office materials on your desk or around you. 
  • The ability of the armrest to be tucked away to easily keep it under the desk when not in use. Some chairs offer this feature, a minimalist design that is beneficial in small spaces. It also gives the chair a sleek and modern look, perfect for the modern office.

Lumbar Support

The right ergonomic chair should be able to provide you with enough back support to help you remain comfortable in your seat. However, if you feel you need extra lumbar support, there are two available options for you:

  • There are specific lumbar support chairs designed specifically for this purpose, comfortable desk chairs for back pain that have specific features targeted at providing upper and lower back support to prevent pain and promote comfort.
  • If you have an existing office chair and just need a bit more of lumbar support, you can also go for lumbar support cushions to pair your chair with. Find the right match for you and your chair to give your back increased relief from pain.

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Shopping for comfortable desk chairs for back pain should be easy if you know the features to look for, and we hope this guide will be able to help you. For more information, you can check one of our old video posts on ergonomic chairs. And if you’re ready to shop, check our chair catalog for high-quality options.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How practical is a 4D armrest in a chair?
  • Most armrests that you will find in a chair are adjustable in height, which is helpful in giving you the right arm support while you type. However, there are chairs equipped with 4D armrests that provide more adjustability options. Apart from height adjustment, these armrests can be moved forward and backward, left and right, and diagonally sideways. These adjustments can provide you with more space to move, which is especially helpful when you are gaming.

  • Between a mesh chair and a leather chair, which is the better option?
  • The answer to this question will depend on several factors, primary of which is your specific need. If you want a chair that will give your space a professional look and all while giving your back the feeling of being ‘hugged’ and fully supported, a leather chair is a great choice. However, if you are looking for a sleek, modern feel in a chair, as well as increased breathability, then a mesh chair is your best bet. Check this guide for more information.

  • Do I really need a headrest from a chair?
  • The answer to this question will largely depend on how you use the chair and how long you spend time in it. If you spend long hours on your chair while typing on your computer, a headrest will give your head and neck a surface to lean on and rest, relieving pressure not only on the said body parts but also on your shoulders and upper back. This is helpful in preventing muscle fatigue and helping you maintain proper neck and shoulder posture.

    About Us

    MotionGrey is a Canadian standing desk company that specializes in ergonomic furniture. We supply and install only the best quality standing desks and ergonomic chairs in the country. We offer free shipping within Canada and the US.

    What made you switch to standing desks? Our products are designed with wellness as the focal point. From our electric standing desks to our office and gaming chairs, we deliver best value by putting your health, safety, and comfort as top priority. Boost your creativity and level up work performance. We want you to create great outcomes so we’re providing you only the best tools to make them possible.

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