Sitting ducks: Everybody wants to bring the office chair home


Ergonomic chairs are selling like hot cakes as B’lureans try to work from home with the right posture


Lazing around on the sofa as he was working proved to be a pain in the neck for Manjunath SK, a techie. After a few days of work-from-home, he had to visit a physiotherapist for neck and back pain. The physiotherapist suggested he straighten up affairs and get a chair that will ensure that his posture is right. Manjunath ordered a chair and had to spend a few more weeks as the chair took its own time coming.

Along with sanitisers and masks, ergonomic chairs too have become must-haves in the post-covid world, as more and more offices have moved to homes. The demand for office chairs is such that some of the chair companies have run out of stocks.

When this correspondent visited a furniture showroom in the city, the company representative confirmed that this was indeed the case. “We have been receiving a lot of requests but are unable to fulfill the demand. We have ordered for a consignment of 35,000 chairs from Malaysia which is yet to arrive.



The demand grew with many techies working from home. However, the supply chain disruption followed by import restrictions affected the delivery at the same time,” he said.

The price range of chairs available in the market is wide. While the entry level chairs are being sold from Rs 4,200 to Rs 10,000, mid-level chairs are being sold from Rs 11,000 to Rs 80,000 and the top-level chairs used by senior officials go up to Rs 1.4 lakh to Rs 2 lakh.

Shiva Shankar, a seller of office chairs, said, “Many prefer to buy entry level chairs at Rs 4,200 which come with a high back. There is also a demand for office tables for home. The 4.2-foot table keyboard tray costs around Rs 7,200, while a 3-foot table with provision for a coffee cup and mobile holder is being sold at Rs 3,800.”

The demand is high, he said. “In the last few days, I have sold more than 40 office chairs. The catch is that the customers want immediate delivery as it is affecting their work. But, we are unable to deliver so fast as there are issues in procuring the chairs from factories and also there is a manpower shortage in the assembly lines,” he said. A few of the shops are now selling ‘WFH package’ of chairs and tables as a combo offer. Even online furniture stores have introduced new WFH lines in their product options.

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Anil T, who deals with high-end chairs, said that a customer recently bought a chair costing Rs 1.4 lakh. “Many senior professionals are demanding costly chairs as it can give them the right comfort. High-end chairs come with the right ergonomic configuration, recyclable material, right spine support, lesser hip pressure, tilt options and the provisions for adjustable height. These chairs can withstand weights of up to 120 kg and fit perfect for people of different heights.”

T Rajan who works as a recruiter with a top MNC said, “Many companies are offering a one-time payment to employees to buy office chairs and accessories. As we are used to sitting in office chairs, it is difficult to work at home. If you look at the trend, till now, people hardly used to have office chairs at home. However, now office chairs have become an essential at home due to work from home.”

Shatrunjay Sharan, a physiotherapist, explained why that is so. “I have been getting a lot of patients complaining of back and neck pain due to working from their sofas or beds. There are a few thumb rules while selecting a chair: The monitor level should be a little lower than the eye level and the wrist should be placed in a neutral position. Spine should have good support so that the person has no pain and tiredness while working. As people are working for long hours during work from home, maintaining the right posture is essential,” he said.

A chair manufacturer said that the demand for office chairs was maximum in the price range of ₹ 3,500 to 13,000 and the office chairs preferred are either of fabric, leather and leatherette. “One of the common complaints is that lazing around the sofa and work is killing productivity. We have seen a huge demand for chairs, we sold 200 pieces in just four days, he said.



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