If working from home has become more painful than productive, you may want to invest in a new desk chair to save you from aches and pains. Step in the Langfjall – a stylish design from Ikea that we couldn’t let go unnoticed. After scouring the shops for the very best desk chairs, this model grabbed our attention, not only for its attractive appearance and amazing price point but, also, for the range of features geared towards making the working day that much more comfortable.
Lumbar support and a tilt mechanism so you can adjust the back are the main points that stood out, as you don’t often get those features with a more affordable design. You can also adjust the height, which puts it up there with some of the more pricey chairs on offer.
Interested? Read on to find out why we feel this chair is worthy of a review and could be a purchase well worth making…
At $199 (£110), the Langfjall isn’t the very cheapest desk chair out there, but neither is it going to put too much of a strain on the purse strings. You may want to invest in a more expensive ergonomic chair that’s focussed purely on comfort, but if you’re looking for a design that is as stylish as it is comfortable, then we suggest giving this model a whirl for yourself.
Langfjall office chair: why we like the design
Curves are in – from pill-box shape mirrors to round dining tables and softly sculpted sofas, we’ve seen this trend hit the interiors market in a big way this year. The undulating curves of the Langfjall desk chair pay tribute to that, with a rounded back and seat, and tapered arms that work beautifully to create a unique and stylish piece of furniture.
Don’t worry if you’re not falling for the Gunnared Beige colour either, as this chair comes in a choice of five colourways, including blue, dark grey, light green and a delicious brown-pink. We particularly like that the frame of the chair is in a powder-coated white, rather than the more traditional chrome, which gives it a fresh, modern look that’s likely to coordinate with a wide range of interior schemes.
On the practical side, the chair is a swivel design and has castors, as you’d expect from a good desk chair, meaning you can roll from desk to filing cabinet quickly and easily. There’s no chance of rolling off when you don’t want to though, due to the pressure-sensitive brake which keeps it in place when you stand up and sit down.
What about the comfort?
It can be said that you get what you pay for, but in this case, the comfort factor certainly outweighs the price. We like that you can tilt the back of the chair to adjust the position for your posture, albeit with an Allen key, which is stored neatly in a zipped compartment on the underside of the seat. You can also adjust the height of the chair pretty easily using a small hidden mechanism – so you can make sure your feet are flat on the floor when you’re seated, as is recommended.
The cold-foam seat is a generous size, which is a bonus as some of the more compact chairs can be slightly on the narrow side, and it’s covered in a cotton mix fabric, so it’s a softer seat than some of the hard wood chair designs. Is it the softest seat out there? No – but it’s also not going to have you itching to get up after an hour or two.
What are the specifications of the Langfjall office chair?
Tested for: 110kg
Max height: 92cm
Seat width: 53cm
Seat depth: 41cm
Min seat height: 43cm
Max seat height: 53cm
Does it come with a warranty?
You’ll get a 10-year guarantee from Ikea with this chair.
Langfjall office chair summary
So, what you’re no doubt wondering, is whether we’d recommend this chair? Would we buy it ourselves? The answer is yes. It’s sleek, it’s stylish, it has built-in lumbar support and a tilt mechanism that many of the more standard chairs don’t have, and it’s affordable.
If you’re looking for more of an investment chair, and don’t mind splashing the cash, you may prefer a more heavy-duty ergonomic office chair with all the frills and science behind it. We found the Langfjall to be a great all-rounder for anyone wanting a little bit of everything: functionality, practicality and aesthetics.
Our only concern is how long it would take us to choose between the colours!