The Advantages and Disadvantages of Mesh Office Chairs

Published on 28/07/2018

When it comes to thinking about furnishing a new office with high quality office furniture, you have a range of different decisions to make. Of course, office seating is probably one of the biggest decisions you’ll need to think about, because the comfort of your employees should always come first.

The new kids on the furnishing block are mesh office chairs. Haven’t heard of them? It’s time to sit up and take notice, because these chairs are taking over the office furniture world, and they have a huge number of benefits which work alongside them too.

Mesh is a great alternative choice of material to more standard options, such as leather or fabric. Whilst there is always going to be place for these long-standing choices, perhaps it’s time to try something new? Maybe you want to be animal friendly, and you don’t want leather in your office decor, or maybe you want something which offers an easier cleaning experience. In that case, mesh is a good option to look into.

As with anything however, there are upsides and downsides to mesh office chairs, so let’s check out the pros and cons, to help you make your decision when you’re looking into new office space planning options.

The Advantages of Mesh Office Chairs

Breathability and Ventilation

Because mesh is open for the most part, mesh office chairs allow a greater amount of air to circulate whilst you’re sitting on them. This means you’ll be cooler overall whilst you’re working, and you will not get that annoying sweaty patch on the back of your legs or your lower back, particularly on hot days. This is a big problem with leather chairs; you’ve no doubt stuck to the material and squeaked your way off your chair at some point, but you will not have that issue with mesh!

Easy to Maintain

Mesh chairs are usually very lightweight and quite minimalistic, so they’re equally easy to clean and maintain. All you need to do is wipe them down with a wet cloth and allow them to dry, and you don’t have the possibility of rips like you do with leather or fabric, as the mesh is designed to be very durable and strong. Similarly, the lightweight nature means you can move the chairs around with ease.

Good Value For Money

You’ll find that a chair made of mesh will be cheaper than an office chair made of leather. Despite the lower price, they still very much look the part and could easily fit in with your idea of luxurious office furniture for your next office refurb.

The Disadvantages of Mesh Office Chairs

Not as Comfortable as Leather

A mesh office chair is comfortable and supportive, and it will mould to your regular contours, but it can’t ever be described as having the same level of comfort as a large leather office chair. The same can be said for very high quality fabric chairs. For that reason, perhaps mesh office chairs are not suitable for very long hours at a computer screen.

Durability Could be an Issue Over Time

Whilst mesh chairs are very strong and easy to clean, they’re not as durable as leather and can sag as time goes on. This means they will lose their supportive nature and you’ll need to replace them earlier than you would if you went for the regular leather or fabric option.

Less Choice of Design

Whilst this may change as the popularity of mesh office chairs grows, at the moment, there are a limited number of designs to go for, and it is usually the black or grey mesh colour scheme you’ll come across first. This limited design could be an issue for some, but again, it could change in the near future as more colours are introduced, to fit in with brighter office decors and designs. 

What’s Your Take on Mesh Office Chairs?

Mesh office chairs are affordable and they’re stylish, as well as being easy to clean and lightweight, but there are some downsides to going down this road. What is your take on mesh office chairs? Have you used them in the past, and if so, how do you rate them versus leather and fabric choices you might have experienced before? Share your views and let’s spread the word about the newest office seating craze in the office refurb world!

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