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Office chairs Vs executive chairs - what's the difference?

What makes an executive chair different from a standard office chair? 

You may have noticed that we display several different chair categories on our website. It occurred to us recently that not everyone is as well-versed in the intricacies of chair terminology as we are, and that it may be worth explaining what the differences are between some of these seating types. Perhaps you're in the market for a new chair, perhaps you're just filling in some crucial gaps in your general knowledge. Either way, you're about to find out everything you'll ever need to know about executive chairs – the most luxurious and exclusive category in our range.

Executive chair – what is it?

An executive chair is a premium, tall-backed office chair providing comfortable support to the entire upper body. It's an icon of a bygone era – an era in which the height and quality of one's chair correlated closely with the seniority of their role. In other words, it's the boss chair. It’s the chair reserved for the upper echelons of company society – commanding power and authority with its tall, elegant back, sturdy arms and premium upholstery (traditionally black leather). Short of buying a throne, sitting on an executive chair is a great way of signalling to everyone that you're not to be trifled with.

But executive chairs aren't all about image. The high back and premium build quality guarantee next-level comfort, especially for tall people who can benefit from the extra space and back support that executive chairs offer.

Why buy an executive chair?

While all of the chairs we sell meet our strict quality criteria, our executive range is just that little bit fancier. You'll want to buy one if you:

  • Are looking for a stylish, high-end chair for your home office.
  • Have a senior role in your company, or are buying for someone who does.
  • Are particularly tall.
  • Simply enjoy the finer things in life.

What are the benefits of buying an executive chair?

Apart from the obvious benefit of having an extremely slick, stylish and comfortable chair to sit in while you work, here some benefits of choosing an executive chair (bearing in mind that all of the executive chairs we sell are ergonomic):

  • You can choose your own specifications to create a bespoke design, from back height and fabric colour, to the finish on your foot base.
  • Plenty of adjustment options so you can tinker with your chair until it perfectly supports you in all the right places.
  • Create a lasting impression - executive chairs are designed to look good, ideal for making good first impressions with visitors and clients.
  • Improve posture for lower risk of aches, pains, injuries and long-term health problems.
  • Reduce need for replacement - these are top quality chairs with an extremely decent build quality and generous guarantees (up to 10 years).

Meet the executives

HÅG Tribute

Here's your iconic executive chair with all the luxurious padding, ergonomic contouring and premium leather upholstery you'd expect from the best chair in the office. With its innovate HÅG in Balance®, the Tribute can enhance circulation throughout the body, with the forward and backwards tilt keeping you in a smooth and balanced motion without needing to give it a second thought.

Price: From £822 Ex VAT

HÅG H09 Inspiration

Designed by Svein Asbjørnsen somewhere between a fjord and a Norwegian mountain, the HÅG H09 Inspiration positively emanates Scandinavian cool. The back is made from strong, transparent mesh for comfortable ventilation and an attractive, contemporary look. You can choose from four high end fabrics, including classic soft black leather, tex grey and shimmer in white or black.

Price: From £1,224.00 Ex VAT

HÅG H09 Excellence

Another of Asbjørnsen's designs, HÅG H09 Excellence is just as elegant as its Inspiration cousin, but instead of the mesh back, it comes with a high-quality leather or smooth, felted wool back. It has a high backrest and an adjustable headrest, while HÅG in Balance® technology encourages natural movement while you sit.

Price: From £1,414.00 Ex VAT

HÅG H04 4600

This is the tallest backed chair in the H04 collection (which is not strictly a collection of executive chairs). But by adding the optional extras – like the neck rest, foot rest and arm rests, you can elevate an exceptionally good ergonomic chair to executive status without the very high price tag.

Price: From £672.00 Ex VAT

RH Extend 220

A modern take on a classic, the RH Extend offers high-end ergonomics packed into an elegant body padded for comfort and support. Enjoy easy-to-use controls and plenty of options, including a selection of arm rests. Incredibly, 100% of the RH Extend is recyclable.

Price: From £737.00 Ex VAT

RH Mereo

RH Mereo is designed for enhanced performance in the workplace with ergonomic technology that supports your body’s natural structure while encouraging active sitting. It follows your natural movements to stimulate blood circulation and facilitate breathing. Just adjust the chair to your body, sit down and let the Mereo do the work

Price: From £671.00 Ex VAT

RH Logic 400

The workhorse of the collection, RH Logic is designed for 24-hour use (perfect for shift workers or workaholics). Based on the unique 'two-point principle' of upright posture and active sitting, the chair improves breathing and circulation, and stimulates the muscles. The one-to-one tilt action ensures that lower back support remains constant, whatever position the user sits in.

Price:  From £869.00 Ex VAT

Want to know about correct posture and sitting? Visit our Art of Sitting guide.