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

Boardroom showing large table and executive chairs

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

You may have noticed that we have 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 an explanation of different chair types might be useful.

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 – and how they differ from the standard office chair. First, let’s have a brief overview of the ever-popular and reliable office chair.

What is an office chair?

Put simply, an office chair is a seat designed for use in an office or workspace. Office chairs come in different shapes and sizes, for various needs and body types. There are high back and medium back options, in a range of styles and finishes. Here at Posturite, we specialise in ergonomic office chairs, which offer the best support to protect against aches and pains.

What is an executive chair?

An executive chair is a specific, premium type of office chair. Executive chairs are tall-backed, providing superior comfort and support for the entire upper body.

Executive chairs are an icon – their height and quality conveys authority. In other words, the ‘boss chair’. The best chair around – commanding power with a 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 in charge.

However, 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 further executive chair benefits (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 good build quality and generous guarantees (up to 10 years).

Meet the executives

Ready to find your perfect match in one of our executive chairs? Let us introduce our range.

HÅG Tribute

HÅG Tribute

An 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 innovative 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.

Buy the HÅG Tribute chair

RH Extend 220

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.

Buy the RH Extend 220 chair

RH Mereo

RH Mereo

The 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.

Buy the RH Mereo chair

RH Logic 400

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.

Buy the RH Logic 400 chair

RH Logic 220

RH New Logic 220

The RH New Logic 220 is a redesign of the original Logic. It’s been reworked to fit fast-paced, modern, agile environments. Compared to the original, the New Logic 220 offers greater seat depth, softer cushioning and an improved lockable movement mechanism for freedom of movement. The seat features a rounded waterfall edge to reduce pressure on the thighs, while the backrest now features a soft curve to keep the back upright, mobilising the arms and shoulders for increased comfort in any position.

Buy the RH Logic 220 chair

Say hello to executive style and comfort

While our ergonomic office chairs have benefits, we can’t deny the appeal of a superior executive chair. Want to learn about correct posture and sitting before your new chair arrives? Read our Art of Sitting guide.

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