Choosing the right material for your office chair | Hangjian Chair

October 14, 2022

Choosing the right material for your office chair

If you're struggling with hundreds of options, we've put together a helpful guide on what to look for when choosing a fabric or textile for your office chair.

There are a plethora of options when it comes to choosing the right office chair, especially when it comes to choosing the fabric or material that the chair is covered in. From thick wool to plastic finishes, the options available reflect the variety of needs of the workspace in which people need to sit.

We've put together a short guide to some of the more important aspects to consider and things to keep in mind when exploring the various options available.


For many people, this is the most important part of the decision making process, but unfortunately, it often ends up here. How your chairs fit into your overall interior plan is important, especially if you are buying pieces for your home, but the type of materials you use may also have an impact on the aesthetics, especially if you buy something that is not durable.

Fortunately, many manufacturers offer a wide variety of materials and fabrics, which means you can find a material that not only meets your color expectations, but can also be customized to meet your individual requirements.


Let's take a look at some of the more popular materials and review their particular advantages.

Types of Material


Fabric is a very popular choice for office chairs. Not only does it offer the widest choice of colors and textures, but the fabric is also hard-wearing, making it suitable for regular use. Its softness makes it comfortable, and it is better suited to colder environments than leather or vinyl.


The downside to fabrics is that they are harder to clean, so any spills will require extra effort to restore your chair to its former glory. However, using the right techniques, this is not impossible.


Mesh chairs offer truly breathable comfort. They provide excellent airflow to your body, making them perform well in warm environments. While offering a high level of comfort, some users prefer standard fabric upholstery, especially if they are more susceptible to the cold.

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Leather is often seen as a sign of luxury, providing a sense of elegance or prestige. However, this usually comes with a price tag and is usually the most expensive option. Although leather is easier to clean than fabric, in order to maintain its natural beauty over time, leather chair needs to be kept out of direct sunlight for long periods of time and maintain a regular maintenance schedule.


Plastic chairs are designed to be durable and affordable. While they may not be as comfortable as upholstered seats, modern plastic chair designs have come a long way, and they may be much more comfortable than you think, especially if they include embedded cushioning. They are very easy to maintain and are often lighter and more compact.


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