Leather Vs Mesh Office Chairs, Beyond Aesthetics | Upholstery Comparison
Have you ever sat and wondered about all the upholstery types of office chairs. Every type has their best use cases, but which is best in terms of ergonomics?
Such questions are subjective because comfort is in the beholder’s choice. That being said, I am the beholder of this blog and this an opinion.
Does The Material You Choose For Chairs Affect Your Posture?
No, it really depends on the design of the chair and how you will use it.
For office chairs,most ergonomic designsare a hybrid between fabric, mesh, and vinyl. Leather office chairs are less likely to be ergonomically designed and commonly used for the upholstery of ‘executive’ office chairs.
Mesh Upholstery In Office Chairs
Mesh material has become the most common upholstery on office chairs within the last decade for its breath-ability and economic viability.
Mesh upholstery covered office chairs usually appear more minimalist compared to leather-covered chairs and are easier to keep clean.
Some downfalls to mesh chairs are how with continued use they flatten out. This leaves the sitter with little to no support. A small percentage of sitters report using certain mesh upholstery chairs result in itchy backs.
WHAT WE LIKE
Breathable back seat pad
Easy to clean
More ergonomic features
OH MY YIKES
Less padding than leather
Not as many colors available
Material may scuff up clothing
Leather Upholstery Office Chairs
The professionals usually first choice upholstery, leather is more versatile than mesh in terms of customizable design. It has also become a material synonymous with executive chairs.
These types of office chairs are larger and more expensive. On average, leather upholstery ages better. That could vary depending on the manufacturer and whether it’s properly cared treated,
You know the saying ‘Black Don’t Crack’, sadly this is not the case for black faux leather chairs. Day after a day of sitting will lead to cracks and wrinkles that eventually peel away the upholstery of your chair.
The aging process of a leather office chair varies on the quality of material and type of sitter, but normally shows signs after 4 – 5 years of use.
WHAT WE LIKE
More Professional Aesthetic
Thicker seat cushion
Easier to clean
OH MY YIKES
Smells strange IMHO
Less adjustable on average.
Leather VS Mesh Office Chairs
This verdict should be on a chair by chair basis. In my experience, both types can be comfortable, but mesh gets a bit of an edge because of most leather chairs my butt comes in contact with are over-sized.
Leather chairs offer better support as thick seat pads but lack a wide range of customization.
While we usually equip Mesh chairs with more ergonomic features and, on average, offer a wider range of mobility.
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“Office Ergonomics: Your How-to Guide.” Mayo Clinic, 2016, www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/office-ergonomics/art-20046169.
Dowse, Mark. “Mesh vs Upholstered Fabric Office Chair | MD Business Interiors Devon.” MD Business Interiors Devon, 10 Aug. 2017, www.mdinteriorsdevon.com/mesh-vs-upholstered-fabric-padded-office-chair/.
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