The best cheap office chairs on a budget and where to buy them

Anyone who has spent any amount of time working at a desk will tell you how important a good chair is. You have to think about it this way - you're spending long hours of the day sitting in your desk chair, so you have to make sure that it's not only comfortable but healthy for your body as well.

Unfortunately, so many chairs that fulfill these needs are also unreasonably expensive - not everyone can afford chairs from the likes of Humanscale or Hermann Miller, alas. Thankfully there are plenty of options out there on chairs that are still very comfortable, good for your back, and come in at more modest price brackets. For all the chairs here we've stuck to a $150 price limit, and you'll find great options below for all budgets.

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Which would we go for?

On its Amazon page, Hbada claims its Task Chair can 'Understand you better than your boss' and it's a 'cute little penguin'. While we can't really comment on either of these statements (although its color scheme is very fetching and penguin-like), we do know for sure that it's a comfy, reasonably priced desk chair - for something that sits nicely in the middle, we'd say it's the overall pick of the bunch.

Of course, if you're still waiting on payday but your desk chair stem has just perforated the cushion, leaving you chairless in the face of another week of home office work, you may think you're limited on options. Thankfully, the Amazon Basics Task Chair is lovely and cheap, yet still features a mesh back - so you'll be nice and comfy through the work day. And it's available in blue!

If you want all the bells and whistles, there's the Erguosit Home Office chair. It is the priciest of the bunch, but it features gizmos that even more expensive chairs don't have - padded armrests and adjustable lumbar support to name but a few. Yes, it is a little dearer than its peers - but it is worth it, if you want to stretch the budget a bit. Your back will thank you.

What should I look out for in a desk chair

Everyone has their own needs in an office chair, but there are some things that are a must when choosing a chair that won't do you any damage as you sit at your desk for the long workday.

  • Back support - your back is important. Make sure that any desk chair you're choosing has some amount of support for your posture and back - that means keeping you upright throught the day, so that you don't end up slumping in front of your computer.
  • Lumbar support - we'll say it again - your back is important. It's also not a straigt line from head to leg, it's a kind of subtle S shape. Lumbar support keeps your back in shape, making sure that your lower back is catered for. Ideally, a chair should have adjustable lumbar support to make sure the back rest is the perfect shape for your back.
  • Height adjustment - you don't want to be sat on your chair on tip toes, and neither do you want to be sat at your desk, barely able to see over. It might sound obvious, but height adjustable desk chairs make working for long hours not only more comfortable, but also better for your legs and back health.

Where to buy desk chairs on a budget?

If none of the above are quite your style, then there are a great range of places to have a look at other cheap, comfy office chairs. Wayfair has some really stylish options at really great prices, and Home Depot has an entire office section where you can sort your options by price and go from there. There's always the ever-faithful Amazon, although searching through the enormous range on offer can be daunting at best. Make sure you're doubling checking reviews, and if in doubt, pop back here! The list will continue to evolve with time, and we'll keep making sure this list reflects how you can get a cheap office chair on a budget for a long time to come.

  • Amazon (opens in new tab) - Good old faithful Amazon - they've got thousands of options.
  • Home Depot (opens in new tab) - It's very easy to sort the options on their site, so you can really narrow down your search.
  • Walmart (opens in new tab) - We've already put an Ascending price filter on here, so you'll see the cheapest options first.
  • BestBuy - They've mixed in some accessories with the chairs here, so you'll have to scroll a bit to get to the chairs. They are there though, we promise!
  • Wayfair (opens in new tab) - Wayfair may not be the cheapest, but they have some very stylish options for good prices.

Do I need lumbar support with my desk chair?

Given you'll be spending many hours sitting at your desk on your desk chair, lumbar support is very important. See, your back isn't dead straight - there's a subtle curve that needs to be looked after. Lumber support gives that carve some support, so you don't end up with a twisted, painful spine by the end of the day.

We have a few more buying guides you might be interested in too. If you can stretch that budget further, then the best ergonomic office chairs are well worth a look. Our roundup of the best desk chair for kids is great for the little workers at home.

Or maybe you quite like the chair you already have and just wish it was a bit more padded? If that's the case, then you might be able to skip buying a chair if one of these best seat cushions suits you.