What is an Ergonomic Chair?

What is an Ergonomic Chair?

Ergonomics are all Around Us: 
From that potato peeler that fits perfectly into the palm of your hand, to the rocket ship launch seat protecting the astronaut from the effects of g-force, ergonomics are everywhere.

Good Ergonomics are so important and affect the way we interact with the world around us constantly.

Bad ergonomics or products that haven't been thought out well can have a negative impact on our wellbeing, health and enjoyment of life.

What is an Ergonomic Chair?

NOUN: ergonomics

  1. the study of people's efficiency in their working environment.

  2. the design characteristics of an object or objects resulting especially from the application of the science and study of ergonomics

Also known as: human engineering, biotechnology & human factors

1950s: from Greek ergon ‘work’ and 'onomics' meaning on the pattern of economics.

What's our philosophy on a great Ergonomic Office Chair?

That's an easy one to answer - movement. For us even the very best ergonomic chair is instantly un-ergonomic if it does not have enough movement and enough forwards tilt. Without those two factors combined with excellent design, your body cannot move - and movement is everything.

It's essential to maintain healthy bones, joints, energy levels, aid concentration, boost your immune system and maintain endorphin levels - we are built to MOVE and we become rapidly unhealthy if we don't. All the greatest ergonomic designs are designed to generate, aid and promote more movement throughout your working day. Some chairs do this very gently, such that you barely even notice it happening, and others introduce movement in a big way - maximising your fitness and long term health while sitting.

Whats our philosophy on a great Ergonomic Home Working Chair?

It's all the same principles as we mentioned above, but movement is even more important because at home, there is far less reason to get up and move around. 

How to find a great Ergonomic office chair?
Well we have spent years testing, trialling, filtering, poking, jumping on, sitting on and laying on thousands and thousands of the worlds chairs, beds, recliners and office furniture. What we have discovered are some truly innovative, stunning and life-enhancing products. 


  1. Movement, lots of it
  2. A forward tilt in the seat; the ability to get your knees below your hips is essential for easy balanced posture
  3. A firm seat, to support your pelvis helping you sit upright more easily and for longer without getting tired
  4. High quality fabrics to prevent slippage on the seat
  5. No mesh seats! it hammocks and you'll forever struggle to get your hips upright and spine stacked
  6. Wobble, all the best chairs have movement forwards and backwards, but also left to right.  

Notice we didn't mention the word 'support'?

That's because the idea of needing to support your spine is a red herring and often makes back problems and spinal health worse. There are many incredible chairs that offer movement AND support, which is the most incredible combination. Its the movement and forwards tilt though that we find make the single biggest difference to wellbeing, health, comfort and productivity. 

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HAG Sofi Mesh - In Stock

So good for creating forwards tilt - If you aren't familiar with the huge benefits of forwards tilt and what it can do for your activity levels / spinal health, give us a call to chat or head over to our blog.

  • The Sofi Mesh combines the comfort of an ergonomic mesh backrest with the firm pelvis support of a foam seat - firm seats are essential for maintaining healthy posture throughout a working day. 
  • Made with a free-flowing centre pivot tilt mechanism the Sofi Mesh allows easy low-level movement throughout your working day to reduce fatigue, increase muscle fitness, boost productivity - and it's beautiful too.
HAG SoFi Mesh

HAG Futu - A lot of chair for the money - In Stock

We can’t say it enough, movement is everything. We haven’t yet found a back problem that isn’t improved by it (except a few during the early recovery stages) and your body struggles to function without it.

Movement is not just about what you do outside of work, it can completely transform your work environment - Find furniture that nourishes you rather than getting in your way. Your office chair is like a life partner, and you’ll probably spend more time with your chair than almost anyone or anything else in your life.

HAG Futu

The Variable - World Famous - In Stock

The Varier Variable Balans - The original, the most ergonomic and the best. Designed by legendary ergonomic designer Peter Opsvik. Varier kneeling chairs are unique in being perfectly angled to prevent knee pressure, with lots of movement built in to trigger your balance reflex and keep your core strong. They also use materials that are designed to last decades.

Varier kneeling chairs (Variable, Variable Plus, Thatsit and Wing) are the best, and we have tested thousands of kneeling chairs over the last 35 years. To read more about the value of Movement when sitting Click Here.

Varier Variable Balans

Varier Thatsit - The Ultimate Kneeling Chair - In Stock

We believe that Thatsit is the ultimate kneeling chair. It allows the most movement and offers the greatest support. The chair has adjustable leg supports and can be adapted perfectly to the user, regardless of height.

It has an optional back support for those using a chair for long periods of time. Thatsit is ideal for people who have to sit for long periods of time either at home or work. Perfect for all kinds of work at a table. One of our staff has used this chair for over ten years and wouldn't give it up!

Varier Thatsit

HAG Creed - Centre Pivot and Free Movement - In Stock!

This allows users to control the chairs forward and backward tilt by the movements of their upper body. Controlling the chair is intuitive and fluid. The chair has a "Mercedes" like feel and a very long warranty... Superb in our view!

Designed by legendary ergonomic designer Peter Opsvik it is the ONLY chair we know of that doesn't just offer all the ergonomics you would expect - but also allows left to right rotation of the shoulders. This is something we haven't found in any other chair (only a feature on model HAG Creed 6005 - High back partially upholstered).

HAG Creed

Varier Actulum - Best Chair ever? - In Stock

An office chair doesn't have to look like an office chair. This is possibly the best chair we've ever sat in, and the one many BIA staff use around our dining tables and in front of our computers. 

The Actulum is an elegant Home Office or Table Chair that can reduce sitting fatigue, improve posture, increase activity levels and reduce neck and back pain.
It is also well suited to study and hobbies. The rocking movement is exceptional at maintaining alertness and develops core muscles while you sit. Actulums make great dining chairs (particularly with our dining tables), allowing long enjoyable dinner parties and conversation well into the night.  Design: Peter Opsvik.

Varier Actulum

HAG Capisco - Company Directors Choice - In Stock

One of the most unusual office chairs out there, designed by legendary ergonomic designer Peter Opsvik - this is an all time favourite for many of our team. In our own offices and showrooms this is the most commonly chosen chair.

It pairs beautifully with sit to stand desking (something all our staff have and we strongly recommend) and can help increase energy, boost productivity and reduce back pain.

We recommend a really hard wearing fabric on this like Capture, Comfort+ or Leather as this is a chair you will have for many years. Its looks wonderful in bold colours because of its unusual silhouette

HAG Capisco 8106 & 8107

Swopper: Experience Joyful Sitting - In Stock

You've probably never sat on anything quite like it - we think this might be up there with the most fun of all the chairs ever invented.

Worried about how little exercise you do in a day or how little movement you have in your life?
Enter the Aeris Swopper - it's hard to explain in writing just how much movement (and joy) this chair brings. It's not easy to start with as you have to allow your fitness to improve - but boy it is worth it.

CLICK HERE to see why we love movement so much.

The Swopper

RH Logic 220 - Movement and Adjustability - In Stock

One of the best things about the fluid mechanism on the Logic 200/220 range is the minimal movement of the front of the seat when leaning backward - Your feet remain in contact with the floor, minimising pressure on the underside of your thigh.

The Logic 200/220 has a high backrest with padding to provide support between the shoulders and pronounced support for the curve of the back to provide optimum sitting comfort. The backrest narrows towards the top to allow greater freedom of movement for the arms.

RH Logic 200 & 220

HumanTool for Posture and Core Fitness - In Stock

The Humantool is for those who want to beat back pain by getting fitter rather than by supporting their back. It's a modern ergonomic approach for reversing the damage that static ergonomic sitting is known to cause.

We find sitting on The Humantool (without touching the backrest) causes the spine to balance and micro-move, and hence to be exercised. Plus it works brilliantly for those for whom walking is relatively comfortable but sitting is not.

Human Tool Saddle Seat

Capisco Puls, Affordable Ergonomics - In Stock!

The Hag Capisco Puls, 8010 and 8020 models are among the most unusual ergonomic office chairs out there. This is an all-time favourite for many of our team.
In our own offices and showrooms, this (or its fully upholstered sibling the Capisco 8106) is the most commonly chosen chair.

They pair beautifully with sit-to-stand desking (something all our staff have and we strongly recommend) and can help increase energy, boost productivity and reduce back pain.

HAG Capisco Puls

Varier Wing Swivel Kneeling Chair - In Stock

The Wing is an unconventional working chair with its height adjustment, swivel and tilt functions, and castors for hard or soft floors.

The height adjustability makes it ideal at any work space even if your desk or table is higher than standard table heights.

The Varier Wing promotes active sitting and keeps you breathing deeply, giving your energy levels and concentration an invaluable boost.

Varier Wing

HAG Tribute: Unbeatable Comfort - In Stock

This is one for the executives, or for those that like the very best in luxury. The HAG Tribute is high end in comfort and style, without compromising on the functionality or freedom of movement.

"The Rolls Royce of the office chair world"

Active upper back move featuring the unique HÅG in Balance® technology. Smooth backward and forward tilt function to support you as you recline. S-curved back supports the body's natural curvature and reduces tension in the upper back, shoulders and neck.

HAG Tribute

Vluv - Ergonomic Seating Ball - In Stock

Inflatable balls are a great way to keep you active, to get fit and to keep your spine and muscles strong.

Available in three sizes - 55cm, 65cm, and 75cm.

VLUV Seating Ball

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