Best Chairs for Reading
Are you lacking concentration when reading in your apartment or hostel room? Well, if so, your study posture could be the culprit. I mean, your sitting position while reading plays a crucial role in how well you can concentrate. And since studying is an indispensable and imperative part of everyone’s life, it goes without saying that you need to cultivate a healthy studying environment to bolster your concentration levels. The first step to cultivating a perfect studying atmosphere should be getting an ergonomic chair that will not only improve your study posture but also help you concentrate. The problem is, it can be a daunting and intimidating undertaking to find the right chair considering that the market is flooded with different models. And since we understand that not every other chair is as good as manufacturers claim, we have tasked ourselves to help you navigate the murky waters that are choosing a studying chair. In this guide and review, we have tested a wide array of chairs and selected the 11 of best chairs for reading plus a definitive guide on how to make a choice and use your chair.
Top 11 Ergonomic Reading Chairs
If you are looking for an affordable chair but can’t compromise on comfort and quality, this IntimaTe chair comes with a lot to desired and admired. Above all, it is designed with a tilt system which offers excellent support on your back.
For the sake of extra comfort, while studying, the headrest is well padded to allow the neck to rest comfortably on any sitting position. Besides, the seat is equipped with a tilt back feature for extra comfort. Once the rocking mode is activated, you lean back slightly on the backrest to relieve pressure off your back. This design can be efficient if you want to rest your legs on a footrest, without injuring your back.
In addition, the chair is swivel, which means that it turns 360 degrees. With this feature, you have the freedom of movement. In addition, its height is also adjustable as in most office chairs. This gives you the freedom to adjust it to your own convenience for your comfort. The seat is well padded and slightly rounded at the front to facilitate blood circulation in your legs while offering you optimal comfort. The fixed armrests are also well padded and rounded to relieve your shoulders and forearms off stress, especially when typing.
If you have a deep regard for style and colors, you will be impressed to learn that it comes with a stylish and classic design plus several colors. In addition, this chair is covered with imitation leather, very pleasant to the touch and easy to clean. The fabric is also antiperspirant meaning that you can sit comfortably throughout the day even during unpleasant temperatures in summer.
| Well padded and slightly rounded at the front to facilitate blood circulation in your legs
The chair is swivel which means that it turns 360 degrees
Equipped with a tilt back feature for extra comfort
The headrest is well padded to allow the neck to rest comfortably on any sitting position
The chair is suitable for people with strong body builds (maximum 150 kg) and can be used for up to 6 hours a day
The wheels supposed to allow seamless movement do not quite fulfill their function on a wooden floor. Users have complained that they move with difficulty and quite noisily.
Not very comfortable to sit on it for longer
The back of the seat is not as straight as it should be
We all would love a chair that will seamlessly adapt to our morphology to provide a comfortable sitting experience while studying. If that’s what you are looking for, this model is the best option for you. It is uniquely designed to adapt to your sitting posture regardless of your height or weight, making it an ideally studying chair. To be precise, it is designed with Live Back technology which imitates the movement of your spine and neck to adjust to the posture of your body. Its armrests are also very adjustable to suit the various positions that you would like to place your hands. Besides this, the height of the chair can be adjusted according to your height and that of the reading table you are using. It is also a swivel chair meaning that it rotates 360 degrees. With such freedom, you can turn freely and effortlessly in any direction.
| Highly adjustable to match your sitting needs and preferences
High quality material
The armrests swivel at an addle of 360 degrees giving you extra to position your arms as you would like
Comes with 100 percent warranty form Steelcase
The chair feels like the seat pan is angled downward slightly, like it’s trying to push me forward out of it
Didn’t find it very comfortable, back support was lacking
Non-adjustable lumbar support
If you’re looking for a high-end ergonomic reading chair, look no further than this model from the famed Herman Miller. It comes with a Pellicle seat and backrest, both of which are crafted from breathable fabrics to offer you extra comfort even when studying for a long time. It also has leather armrests and a stylishly polished finish and is available in a variety of sizes and colors. Its Kinematic tilting system and PostureFit mechanism are two outstanding features that make it a worthwhile investment. These allow the neck, shoulders, hips, pelvis, knees, and ankles to adapt to the chair for a seamless and comfortable fit. And unlike mediocre office chairs that are not adjustable or create stress points on your body, Herman Miller has paid great attention to the human morphology when designing it to ensure that it is over way ergonomic.
With these tailor-made features, it is ideal for people seeking the highest level or those that spend long periods studying. Moreover, it is will also come in handy if you have neck problems, back problems, or other conditions exacerbated by sitting.
| Pellicle seat and backrest both of which are crafted from breathable fabrics to offer you extra comfort
Its Kinematic tilting system makes it possible to adjust the chair according to your needs and preferences
Crafted from leather which is highly durable and stylish
Ideal for people with problems caused by sitting
Leather tends to heat up when seated on for long periods
Struggling to concentrate because the chair you have is lousy and sloppy? If so, treat yourself and improve your studies with this affordable yet very functional studying chair. It comes with lots of features and functionalities optimized to bolster your comfort. To be precise, this chair is designed with five dual wheels which glide seamlessly and smoothly on all floor types may it be carpet, tiles or wood. It is crafted from highly breathable fabrics more so the back mesh to ensure that you don’t overheat when you need your chair most. The sitting section is reinforced with cushion pads, which are sturdy yet soft enough to guarantee comfort. Depending on your needs and preferences, you choose between a mesh and vinyl fabric, and if you have a favorite color, you will be impressed to know that it comes in a wide array of colors and designs.
Besides that, the Articulate is built on a sturdy steel frame which withstands up to 312 pounds. It comes with a plethora of features which allow you to adjust the height and incline according to your needs and preferences. To be specific, it is designed with an adjustable headrest, one-touch chair adjustments and also features a 360-degree swivel which allows you to turn and move in any direction. The armrests are also flexible meaning that you can position accordingly. Altering the seat depth and back height allows the chair to adapt according to the morphology of your body further bolstering your comfort. If that’s not good enough, the lock and tilt system gives you the leverage to recline comfortably on the chair for those moments when you really need to relax.
| Designed with an adjustable headrest, one-touch chair adjustments and also features a 360-degree swivel which allows you to turn and move in any direction
A sturdy steel frame which withstands up to 3312 pounds
Crafted from highly breathable fabrics more so the back mesh to ensure that you don’t overheat
Five dual wheels which glide seamlessly and smoothly on all floor types
The adjustable arm locking mechanism on one arm is weak.
As a student, I can bet that you spend most of your time on your PC or laptop. For this reason, you should be looking for a seat that not only looks good but also with the features to ensure that you can sit and study for long periods without getting fatigued and uncomfortable. Fortunately, that’s where the PU leather High Back chair comes in. It is soft to the touch and also designed with enough padding to guarantee your comfort even when studying for long. And since it is crafted from high-quality synthetic leathers, it is water resistant meaning that you do not have to worry about the fabrics being discolored or compromised by water. The leather is also resistant to oil stains, which makes it easy to clean and polish.
For the sake of your comfort, it is designed with an adjustable tilt system which allows you to recline for extra comfort. The chair is also 360 degrees swivel to enable you to move and rotate in all directions. However, the armrests are not adjustable, but this doesn’t diminish the service that the chair brings on the table.
| Crafted from PU leather which is not only durable but also water resistant
The leather is also resistant to oil stains which makes it easy to clean
Designed with an adjustable tilt system which allows you to recline for extra comfort
360 degrees swivel to allow you to move and rotate in all directions
The armrests are not adjustable
This highly ergonomic chair guarantees unrivaled comfort when you most need it. It is designed with a curved mesh back which offers lumbar support for extra comfort, and the fabrics are very breathable to allow free circulation of air. This prevents the chair from overheating even on hot summer days, giving you the freedom to study for a long time comfortably. Moreover, it is available in a wide variety of designs, depending on your needs and preferences. I mean, you can choose from a mid back, high back and mid back drafting designs to satisfy your comfort cravings accordingly. The high back trim is designed to relieve tension on your lower back, while the mid back designs are tailored to relieve stress from your upper back section.
The unique drafting design is designed for students who use high table surfaces more so those dealing with designs and architecture. All of these designs come with a waterfall sitting posture which relieves pressure and tension from your legs to improve blood circulation, which in turn improves your concentration. They also include flip armrests which are ideal for those who don’t like chairs with armrests but use them one time or another. Other features include tilt tension, which allows you to tilt the chair and height adjustments so that you can select your best sitting position.
| Waterfall sitting posture which relieves pressure and tension from your legs to improve blood circulation
You can choose from a mid back, high back and mid back drafting designs to satisfy your comfort cravings accordingly
The fabrics are very breathable to allow free circulation of air
Designed with a curved mesh back which offers lumbar support for extra comfort
Armrests can be flipped but not adjustable
Not very high quality
Even if you don’t have the cash to spend on a high-end reading chair, you can still enjoy the comfort and benefits that come with it for much less, and that’s where this chair from the famous flash furniture comes in. It is designed with a sturdy steel frame giving it the strength to withstand vast amounts of weight for a very long period. The fabrics are also soft and plush, giving the impression of a high-end chair.
For your comfort, the chair is designed with a contoured seat and curved armrests which improve blood circulation on your legs and arms for optimum comfort. And if you are the type that likes moving around on a chair, it comes with 360-degree swivel which gives you the freedom to turn and move in all direction. And you don’t have to worry about ruining your floor since the wheels are reinforced with plastic glides that prevent floor damages. Moreover, the glides are stackable meaning that you can always store them in an organized many when not use.
| Comes with 360-degree swivel which gives you the freedom to turn and move in all direction
Contoured seat and curved armrests which improve blood circulation on your legs and arms for optimum comfort
The fabrics are also soft and plush, giving the impression of a high-end chair
Designed with a sturdy steel frame giving it the strength to withstand vast amounts of weight
Designed with fewer comfort features when compared to other chairs in its class
For less than 150 dollars, you can have this comfortable reading chair. It is fully optimized to provide you with unrivaled comfort. To be precise, it has a tilting system while its height is adjustable thanks to a lever located under the seat. Its armrests are well padded and foldable, so you can slide your seat under the desk to save space. Its high back design seamlessly adapts to the shape of your spine, which prevents you from having back problems. Moreover, the well-padded headrest allows the neck to comfortable rest during your entire sitting period.
The tilting system offers the ability to change the sitting position frequently, allowing numb muscles to recover faster and also delay the onset of fatigue, discomfort, and stress. For extra comfort, the height of the seat is adjustable thanks to a lever located under the seat. The armrests are also well padded and foldable to relieve your shoulders and forearms from stress and also give you the ability to slide the seat easily under the desk.
The 5 wheels of the seat, are PU and move very seamlessly on any floor. And that’s not all, they are quiet and adapt to almost all floors types including tiling, wood flooring, PVC flooring, and carpets. With this, you do not risk damaging your floor.
| Has a tilting system while its height is adjustable thanks to a lever located under the seat
Armrests are also well padded and foldable to relieve your shoulders and forearms
Its wheels move seamlessly on all floor types
The well-padded headrest allows the neck to comfortable rest during your entire sitting period
A bit of a pain putting together
Looking for a big chair that you can sit on comfortable for long periods of time without getting fatigued and uncomfortable? Well, this Songmics executive office chair could be the real deal for you. It is wide and padded with a 12 cm thick foam. The backrest reclines between 90 ° and 135 ° to allow you to adjust it to your best sitting position. Moreover, the width and height of the backrest are suitable for tall and heavy people of up to 150 kg.
The chair is swivel meaning that you can turn 360 degrees and its height is adjustable to accommodate your height. However, the adjustment of the height of the seat is limited. The headrest is also very flexible, and both of its sides are foldable between 0 and 90 °. The telescopic footrest relieves your feet from stress allowing them to relax effectively while the integrated cushion on the back and bottom of the chair perfectly supports your bottom and lower back. For extra comfort, the armrests are padded and fixed. The structure is made of high-quality aluminum alloy while the casters are made of nylon enriched with polyurethane. They lock automatically when the chair is unoccupied to avoid any unexpected movement.
| The backrest is also well padded and is tiltable between 90 ° and 135 °
The chair is swivel, which offers freedom of movement
Its height is continuously adjustable according to your height
Designed with a modular headrest
The telescopic footrest will allow you to relax at any time of the day
It should be noted that the adjustment of the height of the seat is limited
Customers complained that the caster don’t roll smoothly
With no doubt, this chair is comfortable, ergonomic, and comes with several distinguishing features. To start, the seat is spacious and comfortable, the backrest is wide and can tilt up to 160 ° (maximum). In addition, the height of the chair is adjustable, making it ideal for people of any height. The structure is also tall and strong enough to accommodate anyone between 150 cm to 200 cm and weighing up to 150 kg. Its tilting mechanism allows you to choose between five positions. If you want a reclining position to relax you can opt for the 160 ° (maximum) inclination. In addition to its swivel mechanism, the five wheels allow incredible freedom of movement and move seamlessly on any floor type.
The cushioning and padding is made of high-quality foam to offer you optimal comfort even when studying for long periods of time while the headrest and the back are effortlessly adjustable. And that’s not all; the well-padded 4D armrests give you the ability to adjust the height, depth, width, and orientation of each armrest for comfort. In addition, the seat is spacious with a rounded shape on both sides, which provides even more comfort.
The upholstery of the chair is made of high-quality PU leather and is very easy to clean. Besides, it has been specially treated to resist wear. The black and white coating gives the seat a classy and sober touch. All in all, this seat stands out mainly for its incredible strength because its structure is entirely made of reinforced steel while its base is aluminum. In addition, the chair is very easily adjustable on all levels so that you can perfectly adapt to your needs.
| The height of the chair is adjustable, making it ideal for people of any height
Its 4D armrests give you the ability to adjust the height, depth, width, and orientation of each armrest for comfort
Cushioning and padding is made of high-quality foam to offer you optimal comfort even when studying for long periods
The upholstery of the chair is made of high-quality PU leather and is very easy to clean
Incredible strength because its structure is entirely made of reinforced steel while its base is aluminum
No cons here. Bit expensive but worth the money.
If you do not want to break the bank when buying a new reading chair, IntimaTe WM Heart is the affordable option you have been looking for. When you think of cheap computer chairs, you probably think of cheap, paddles and flimsy chairs that are incredibly uncomfortable. However, this reading chair is better off than most cheap and basic chairs for several reasons.
The exterior is made of bonded leather, which is not only elegant but also soft and easy to keep clean while the foam padding provides greater comfort when sitting. The chair is easily adjustable, so you can configure it according to your height for total comfort throughout your study period. Arm pads support your arms and maximize its ergonomic benefits so that you can study comfortably even for long periods. Moreover, you can easily adjust this chair according to your height and the height of the table you will be using. You will have to adjust your seat so that you can rest your feet on the ground and your knees are bent 90 degrees.
| The chair is very comfortable
It is easy to assemble
High design – Lumbar support helps support the spine and lower back
The price is fair
No tools are required to assemble
Offers full back support
360-degree turn and the multi-direction of the wheel move smoothly on all floor types
Leather can heat up when sitting for long periods
Seat is a little hard
How to Choose the Perfect Ergonomic Reading Chair
Evaluate the chair’s adjustment capabilities
Look at the ability to adjust the height of the chair. The height of an ergonomic chair must be fully adjustable. The seat of the chair should be easy to move up or down. This adjustment will allow people of different heights to sit comfortably on it. Therefore, make sure you can adjust the seat height before buying it since most chairs offer only a small range of adjustment. A person between 1.52 and 1.93 meters (5 feet to 6 feet) will sit comfortably on a seat of 38 or 55 centimeters (15or 22 inches) in height. Moreover, your feet should be able to rest flat on the ground while your knees are flexed at a ninety-degree angle.
Consider who will use the chair and how it will be used
Before choosing an ergonomic reading chair, you should think about who will use it. The chair will have to comfortably accommodate anyone who sits on it or adjust it for a seamless fit. In other words, the chair that interests you should comfortably accommodate the person intended to use it. Luckily, most ergonomic chairs in our review are very adjustable such that they can comfortably accommodate anyone who sits on it.
Make sure that the elements of the chair can be adjusted individually
An ideal ergonomic chair should allow you to adjust each part individually. I mean you should be able to move the armrest, seat, and backrest independently. A high level of customization will give you the freedom to make the chair suitable for anyone who ends up using it. In general, you should choose chairs that have a large number of adjustable features.
Evaluate the backrest of the chair
The appropriate ergonomic chair offers a superior and half full backing. If you sit for an extended period of time, supporting your back in its natural shape will be essential to prevent injury or tension. Make sure the ergonomic chair you have in mind has an excellent top and middle backing before buying it. The backing should be between 30 and 48 centimeters (12 and 19 inches) wide. While the backrest of the chair should support the natural curve and the shape of your back.
Examine the lumbar support of the chair
Chairs without proper back support will have a damaging and flattening effect on the lower back. And since the lower back has a natural inward curve; poorly designed chairs will cause it to flatten. Make sure your chair helps you maintain the normal curvature of your lower back to help you stay strong and healthy. The lumbar support can be adjusted by raising or lowering the backrest pad of the chair. Chairs that have a non-adjustable backrest will not be ideal for everyone.
Ensure that the backrest can be adjusted and reclined
Being able to recline or adjust the backrest of the chair will affect the amount of weight placed on your lower back. If you spend a lot of time reading, reclining the backrest can help relieve the pressure on your intervertebral discs and the muscles of your lower back. Therefore, avoid buying an ergonomic chair that can not recline. People with lower back injuries can benefit more from reclining
Evaluate the size of the seat
Seats that are very large or very small can affect your comfort and health when you use them for a long time. When you are looking for a good ergonomic chair, you should make sure that the seat is the right size for you or the person who will use it. Have some of these criteria in mind when judging the size of the seat of an ergonomic chair:
- The seat should be about three centimeters wider than the hips.
- It should be located just behind the knees.
The seat cushioning and padding
Most probably you will be spending a lot of time sitting on your ergonomic chair. Therefore, you must ensure that the chair is appropriately and adequately padded to ensure comfort and ergonomic support. Make sure that the chair seat is made of high-quality foam before buying it. Inferior quality foam can deteriorate quickly, which causes the chair to become uncomfortable. Which can cause hip misalignments and back problems.
Determine if you can adjust and tilt the seat of the chair
Although the ability to tilt the seat of the chair is optional, you may still want to have this function in your chair. Tilting the seat of the chair can help you maintain an appropriate posture when you sit on it. If you think the ability to tilt the seat would help you sit more comfortably, ensure your ergonomic chair has this ability.
Making a final decision
Try the chairs in person
Although you can learn a lot from a chair by reading its specifications, it is still advisable to try it in person. By sitting on it, you can feel firsthand how comfortable it is and know if it can be adjusted appropriately to your needs. As much as possible, try to examine an ergonomic chair in person to make sure it is right for you.
Consider the features of the chair
There are several aspects to consider when looking for an ideal ergonomic chair. And since there is too much to consider, some aspects tend to be overlooked. To be on the safe side, consider the following features.
- The base of the chair must have five legs.
- Wheels of the chair should move seamlessly and freely.
- If the chair comes with a headrest, ensure it is appropriate for your body type and shape.
- You may need a footrest if the height of the chair is too high and can not be adjusted.
- You should consider the lining of the chair. Vinyl can be easy to clean, but it is not breathable, and though fabric covers may allow free air circulation, they are difficult to clean.
Ergonomic reading chairs come in a wide variety. These chairs will differ from the traditional chair style, and each will have its own unique benefit and its own purpose. Look at some unique styles of ergonomic chairs to identify the best for your needs and preferences.
- Knee chairs do not have back support and can help you improve posture and back health.
- Saddle-shaped stools are good options for working on a computer or desk. These are designed with the shape of a horse saddle and can help make your back luckier and healthier.
- If you have back problems, reclining chairs with footrests may be the most comfortable option.
How to use and adjust your reading chair for optimum comfort
Look for the adjustment levers
Most office chairs have adjusters located under the seat and attached to their base. There may be several levers to control, for instance, the height or inclination of the seat. You can change the pitch by pulling on the right lever if you are already sitting on it. On some models, you have to turn a knob and not pull a lever. If you do not know which lever controls height, you can either read the chair’s instruction manual or pull all the levers until you find the right one.
Raise and lower the seat until you find the correct position
On most chairs, once you pull the right lever, the seat will move up and down as you please. Look for the height that suits you. To achieve this, slowly raise and lower the seat a few inches at a time. When you’re done, just put the controller back to its original position. On some models, you need to pull a lever to raise the seat and press down to lower it. Pneumatic models allow you to pump the lever (you push it several times to raise or lower the seat).
Adjust the height of the seat while standing
Get up in front of the chair and push the right controller. Lower or lift the seat until its top is just below your knees. You should now be able to sit comfortably with your feet flat on the ground.
Choosing a seat height suited to your task
Place your monitor at eye level
If you work on a computer, the monitor should ideally be just below the level of your eyes and the keyboard at your elbows. If you can not raise or lower your monitor, adjust the height of your chair.
Keep your elbows at the same level as your desk
This applies when reading a book or a piece of paper, writing, drawing, etc. Lower or lift your chair until your elbows and arms rest comfortably on the desk.
Put your feet flat on the floor
If you have to sit for a while, such as during a meeting, it is very important to sit properly. Adjust the height of your chair until your feet are flat on the floor to avoid a bad sitting position.
Safety and comfort
Adjust the height of the armrests if your chair is equipped with them
If you are typing on a desk or a similar task, raise the armrests until they allow you to position your arms at the same height as the desk. If you do not need to rest your arms, you can remove these accessories or simply lower them so that they do not interfere with your movements. Lower or raise the armrests if they prevent you from comfortably sliding your knees under your desk.
Change position every 15 minutes
This prevents fatigue and other problems, such as discomfort. If you do not need to adjust the height of your seat because of your work, you can always try to change position. For example, lean forward briefly and then return to a fully seated position. You can also lean slightly from side to side of the chair.
Use a footrest if your chair is too high
If there is no way to lower your chair to rest your feet comfortably on the floor, keeping your arms at a comfortable working height. If so, put a footrest under your desk and put your feet on it. Footrests are sold in office supply stores and can also be adjusted.
Determining the right sitting posture
It might seem that the ideal position is to sit upright, but in fact, the amount of pressure exerted on the disks of the back can be significantly reduced if there is a slight inclination. A backrest is likely to be more comfortable if it can be tilted back approximately 15 to 20 degrees (105 to 110 degrees from a position parallel to the ground) and perhaps up to 30 degrees. While a slight tilt exerts less pressure on the discs, you should not lean too far back, since, while reclining in excess could be better for the discs, it also changes your neck position, extending it slightly.
This can often cause the muscles to shorten and, in the long run, muscle aches and tension headaches. Following the subject of the posture, you should bend your knees at a right angle (90 degrees) when you are sitting. Your hip should be at an angle just a little beyond a right angle so that it can adapt to the slight inclination of the back position. Therefore, take your time and choose the best reading chairs to bolster your academic efforts.