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How to Maintain a Leather Office Chair

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When it comes to purchasing an office chair most people have one key feature in mind that they expect their chair to come with, and that is easy maintenance. Of course, maintaining an office chair is not always as easy as it sounds, especially if you sit in the chair for long hours everyday for several years. There is always that occasional accidental spill that occurs when you are eating your favorite snack before lunch or the time you spilled your pepsi on your chair. When spills and stains take place on chairs that are made from a fabric material, they are generally more difficult to clean and maintain than chairs made from other kinds of materials. That being said, if you are looking for a chair that is designed for its durability, comfort and low maintenance, then leather office chairs are a must have item for your office.

An ergonomic leather office chair finished in a high quality hide will give you many years of good service no matter if you are using the chair as an executive leather office chair that you sit in for a few hours a day during meetings or a leather office desk chair that you sit in for the whole duration of your work day. Reputable suppliers will be more than happy to tell you about the origin, quality and grade hide used in the manufacture of their office seating products to help you assess the difference between high and low quality leathers. High quality leathers are usually upholstered in a single piece of hide to maintain the appearance and the finish. Frequently cheap chairs with leather upholstery are made from off cuts and scraps of very low quality leather that have been pieced together to cover the chair. Typically this leather can be thin and brittle in texture which will cause the chair to rip and tear over time.

Generally speaking leather upholstery is easy to maintain and simply needs a regular wipe down with a damp cloth combined with a little bit of soap and possibly an application of a specialist hide cleaner every six months or so. Leather cleaner is relatively inexpensive and can be purchased at your local home appliance store such as a Home Depot or a Target. When you spill that drink you brought back from lunch on your chair, a damp rag will do the trick to get rid of the spill leaving virtually no remembrance. If leather is carefully maintained, a good quality hide upholstered chair will develop its own patina to give your leather office chair a distinctive appearance as it matures and ages.

Leather chairs in general are easier to maintain than fabric office chairs. Whether you have a black leather office chair or a brown leather office chair, maintenance will stay the same regardless of color or style. With leather fabric being easy to wipe down, spills and food remnants are easy to take care of and remove. High quality leather office chairs are also built to be durable, another distinguishing factor that will help your chair last longer. If you are looking for a chair that will need little maintenance and will still provide you with a touch of class and style, a leather office chair is the way to go.

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More pointers to choosing a better leather office chair…

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There are a variety of leather office chairs out there, and buying on the Internet requires a knowledge of what the different mechanisms do – which is where SitBetter comes in. Really, buying a chair should be based on two things:

1. Does it fit my decor, my desk and the style of the office? That you should be able to tell just based on your taste alone. If you have good taste, then you’ll probably make a good decision. However, if you wear plaid sport coats and red shoes (take Craig Sager, for example) then you should probably leave the chair buying to the well dressed person on your left.

2. Is it comfortable? This is not just a question of whether the cushions are comfortable. There are various factors that determine the comfort level of a chair…Let’s assume that you aren’t able to sit in it before hand, which reallistcally is the case with 99% of chair shoppers, give that there are over 5000 different chair types available. So consider a few things and comfort can be derived from whether or not they exist on the chair:

Knee Tilt v. Spring Tilt Mechanisms: The link to the left is a great reference to the difference between the two types of mechanisms. Knee tilt is more expensive, but more ergonomic. In a nutshell, you should consider leather office chairs with knee tilt mechanisms if you are using said leather office chairs as executive or desk seating. The knee tilt promotes keeping your feet on the ground and thighs parallel to the ground when you recline, thus reducing the pressure on your thighs and achieving more blood flow – more blood flow means less yawning, so on and so forth. A knee tilt mech will have height adjustment, tilt tension and be able to lock the back rest in multiple positions. That said, spring tilt mechanisms are great for conference rooms. A spring tilt mech is positioned at the middle of the chair seat, so there is little to no ergonomic benefit. Get it for leather office chairs where long ardous hours are not required, but sitting for 2 or 3 is – and the spring tilt (which has height adjustment, tilt tension and one locking postion) will save you money so you can buy beer to make that meeting less than 2 or 3 hours…

What’s in a name? You can get many good chairs that will last a good long time online, but buyer beware. The great budget leather office chair companies are far and few between, with the best being Boss Office Chairs, then Office Star and Chairworks. OFM is good too, but they are not classified as budget. For true value in leather office chairs, it should probably be from on of the aforementioned brands. SitBetter has a great selection of budget and value oriented leather office chairs, btw.

Leather, vinyl, Caressoft…While the latter two don’t classify as leather office chairs, don’t be so quick to dismiss them, especially if you want a cheaper option in the “leather category”. The vinyl of olden days is not the vinyl of today. And caressoft is a blend of leather and vinyl. Just keep this in mind: leather is more comfortable over the long term, vinyl and caressoft is less expensive over the short term. Tomatoes, tomaaaatos?? Eh.

Plushness… You can tell by a picture. There is a big difference between this chair here (La-Z-Boy Sintas), and this chair here (Boss B8106). And the price is always telling. Not to upsell, but price does matter sometimes. A $99 chair is just NOT going to feel like a $649 chair, no matter how many pleasure inducing drugs you take.

Ergonomics…Knee tilt and spring tilt aside, ergonomics are rare in leather office chairs, but not absent. Most common is the knee tilt and the lumbar support that is built into the back of the chair (but not adjustable), but there are a few more options, listed here of leather office chairs with ergonomic features. Necessary? Not really, in my opinion. A leather office chair should be plush and enveloping, more than anything, not fully adjustable to the exact millimeter of comfort.

Anyways, take some or all of these factors into mind when buying a leather office chairs online. Like I said, understand your situation for which you need the leather office chair. It is a critical factor in choosing the chair. The rest is really just gravy.

Likewise, the crew at SitBetter seems to know a whole lot about chairs, and are good about dispensing advice…almost as good as my Batman Pez dispenser was…

Leather office chairs by La-Z-Boy

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So what is this rumored La-Z-boy leather office chair you hear of? Is is a recliner just as comfortable as the one you know and love so well at home, but disguised with a suit and tie for the office? Not really…(Although, on second thought, that would be an awesome design…)

A La-Z-Boy office chairs come in a variety of shapes and fashions, from leather office chairs, to task chairs, to mesh chairs and modern chairs. But ultimately, the one that is most similar to its home brethren is the leather office chair collection of La-Z-Boy office chairs.

One look at them and you can tell they we cut from the same cloth – or in their case, the same foam! (And the chair cheesiness has begun…) But seriously, they are extremely comfortable. Very plush, thick and cushy, and the look commanding…an ironic description for a La-Z-Boy chair, I know, but it’s true. Their leather office chairs exude a very executive presence.

They aren’t the most inexpensive chairs in the lot, but they will treat you nice…very nice, for a very long time to come…Then, the most uncomfortable part of your day will be the car ride to and from your office….if only la-z-boy made car seats…hmmm…

The most popular colors of leather office chairs are…

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La-Z-Boy Altitude Leather Chair

So you want to bandwagon your color choice of leather office chairs, huh? It’s ok. We understand. There are three most popular, readily available colors of leather office chairs: Black, Brown and Burgundy. Lately, we’ve noticed a lot of people looking for burgundy leather office chairs, as opposed to black leather office chairs or a leather office chair in brown. Granted, black leather office chairs are the most popular, but in case you are looking for a quality burgundy leather office chair, here is a nice one: Office Star EX5161. However, if you want a high back burgundy leather office chair, try this executive leather office chair. But what’s the most popular color of leather office chair? Black leather office chairs are top sellers, simply because black goes with everything. It’s not prone to fashion swings (which there are in the furniture industry…for example, oak has not been ‘in’ for the past 10 years. It went out of style faster than the pet rock)…Brown is more popular within home offices, as is burgundy…but for your office or conference room chairs, we usually recommend black leather office chairs. They don’t cause any drama and they don’t look like they belong in the 1970′ – simply said, they keep it classy. Just like San Diego.

Written by leathersitbetter

February 9, 2009 at 11:01 pm