Gaming Chairs VS Office Chairs

Other than the racing seat styling is there an actual difference between gaming chairs vs office chairs, or is it just another marketing shtick.
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Gaming Chairs Vs Office Chairs

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Similar to speed-runs, gaming chairs have risen in popularity in recent years. Other than the racing seat styling, what’s the actual difference between a regular office chair and a gaming chair, or just another marketing shtick?

Features Regular Office Chair Ergonomic Office Chair Gaming Chair
Recline 90° - 110° 90° - 170° 90° - 170°
Arm Rest 2D (⬌) 2D, 3D (⬌⬍) 2D, 3D, 4D (⬌⬍⬊⬋)
Types of Arms Usually Flip-Up, T-Arms, Loop Arms Usually Flip-Up, T-Arms Usually T-Arms
Foot Rest
Head Rest Pillow
Lumbar Suppot System
Tilted Angle Lock
Breathable Design
Thick Cushions
Colors Usually Black or Brown Usually Black or Silver Full Spectrum
Wild Card Feature No Wheels Chrome Wheels Bluetooth Speakers
Materials Used Faux Leather, Linen, Mesh Fabric, Vinyl Faux Leather, Linen, Mesh Fabric, Vinyl Faux Leather, Linen, Mesh Fabric, Vinyl

At first glance, gaming chairs have the edge over office chairs.

The most striking difference in design between your average office chair and the run-of-the-mill gaming chair is their appearance.

  • Gaming chairs usually are overall bigger, with a higher backrest than a regular office chair. They are boldly marked with brand logos and come in a variety of edgy colors.
  • Office chairs are manufactured in a single design and have modest branding and color choices.

Fake Gaming Chair


Gaming chairs, compared to office chairs, get shipped out with more accessories, like a headrest cushion and lumbar support pillows for added comfort.

(I should say it that these accessories vary in quality depending on the manufacturer.)

Ergonomic Differences In Design

More often than not gaming chairs sport a racing design and this is more than just an aesthetic The curves of the seat and backrest offer less roomy sitting area that some shorter people find them uncomfortable.

Traditional office chairs focus on ergonomics over edgy designs. Your more likely to find adjustable lumbar support built-in to their design. They do not require added plush pillows to promote healthy posture.

The most common gaming chair armrest are 2D armrest, these only move up and down. While 3D armrest moves both vertical and horizontal; so you can adjust them to your desired height.​

Bonded Leather ChairWhich Chair Is Comfortable and Durable With Design In Mind?

If your sitting for long hours like most gamers do, a regular office chair won’t cut it after 3 or 4 hours into your binge session.

Your body will hunch over and fidget around. Maybe your arm gets stiff. Most unfortunate of all… it will ruin your K/D ratio.

I know this from firsthand experience, because before starting this blog, I’ve been replacing office chair year after year!

Side by side, a gaming chair’s seat pad is thicker and their arm-rest on average more durable. Compared to most office chairs, gaming chairs will have both lumbar support and head rest pads as packaged features.

OPSeat_Grandmaster-Top_Gaming_PickWith antidotes from online strangers, friends, and hours of research; I’d say Gaming Chairs are a better pick if you’re into racing stripes and are in the market for something durable.

If you’re in the market for an ergonomically powerful—pain easing chair and have a higher budget. I’d look more into the ergonomic office chair category.

Below is a breakdown on some sought after feature for regular office chairs, ergonomic office chairs, and gaming chairs.

This data was gathered from Amazon, Walmart, & eBay Market Places.*
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What To Consider Before Buying A Gaming Chair Over An Office Chair?

Are there any differences compared to the traditional Office Chair?


Most office chairs don’t have to bear the burden of looking cool, gaming chair manufacturers allocate much more resources into the design.

This is obvious from the race car inspired aesthetic and premium materials used. One drawback however is that it leaves less room on the table for more important features like ergonomics and comfort.

In fact, most racing design components aren’t always conducive to comfortable long periods of stationary sitting. This is true if you like to change positions a lot (Cross Legs).

Height and Weight

Are you either 6’5 and weigh over 250 lbs. If so, then a gaming chair might not be the best seat for your stature.

  • Due to its racing design, your height and weight will be the deciding factors into which chair to get for optimal comfort. There Is NO One Size Fits All Chair, Always Check Height & Weight Requirements of Chair Before You Purchase!


Most of sub $200 gaming chairs are made a single manufacturer but re-branded and sold under different names.

See for yourself on amazon, It’s commonly filled with DXRacer Chair knockoffs drop shipped from china.

If you’re stuck on a style or brand of a gaming chair, amazon has a reputable 30-day money back return policy. If you purchase straight through the manufacturer, check their return policy.

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Related Questions

Helpful Info & Some F.A.Q. Answered About Gaming Chairs

Yes, however these types will cost you. For professionals and serious sitters, I would recommend looking into an ergonomic office chair.  An ergonomic chair that sold by a respected brand that has a proven track record.

Unlike a traditional office chair, ergonomic office chairs support the natural curve of your back so you're less likely to hunch over.


These specialized swivel chairs offer better lumbar support which improves sitting posture while easing back pain, and is overall a healthier option for your rump.

The curvature aesthetic in these chairs was inspired by racing seats which are made to keep a driver from shifting around during a race!


There is no need for this design for a sitter stationary at their workstation, avoid curved seats because its limits movement and narrows down the optimal sitting range.


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Zhang, David. “The Problem With Racing Gaming Chairs.” YouTube, YouTube, 20 Oct. 2017,

MagikarpUsedFly, David Zhang. “Why Do People Buy Gaming Chairs?” YouTube, YouTube, 7 Jan. 2019,

Guided, Tech. “Are Gaming Chairs Worth It? 7 Things to Consider Before Buying A Gaming Chair.” YouTube, YouTube, 2 May 2018,

​DXRacer. “Use of 3D Arms.” YouTube, YouTube, 22 July 2016,

DXRacer. “Use of 4D Arms.” YouTube, YouTube, 22 July 2016,

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