Conference Room Chairs

Conference room chairs may be stationary with four-leg or sled-base frames or mobile with casters and a traditional 5-prong base. Caster options for four-leg chairs are also available for select models to customize for different needs. In general, conference room chairs offer comfortable, coordinated seating for conference table and office furniture layouts.

Styles

Big & Tall Chair: Big & Tall chairs offer stronger weight capacities for larger users and long-lasting support, as well as generously sized seat and backrest elements for more comfortable use by all.

Executive Chair
Executive Chair

Ergonomic Chair: Ergonomic chairs feature adjustable comfort settings and controls to enhance personalized fit and feel for a healthier work posture. Ergonomic features include adjustable seat height, seat depth, backrest height, depth, and angle, adjustable armrests, and adjustable lumbar support, as well as tilting seat with tilt-tension and lock controls, and forward tilting for active work postures.

Executive Chair: Executive chairs are designed for extending use and longevity, with ergonomic support to reduce aches associated with office work. The backrest is almost always a high-back design, and the seat swivels with adjustable controls for height and comfort settings.

Heavy-Duty Chair: Heavy-duty chairs generally offer higher weight capacity, supporting well over 250-pounds for exceptional durability. These chairs often contain steel or solid structural components and other reinforcing features for enhanced support.

High-Back Chair: A high-back chair features a backrest that extends up to or above the shoulders. Some high-back chairs offer or include a headrest component as well.

Low-Back Chair: Low-back chairs have backrests that extend no higher than the middle of the back, offering lower back or lumbar support, but leaving the shoulders and upper body relatively unobstructed.

Manager’s Chair: Manager’s chairs are almost always set on casters with a 5-prong base and may have a high-back design like the executive chair, or mid-back and low-back styles depending on the features. Most have armrests and a variety of adjustable ergonomic controls to enhance all-day use.

Manager's Chair
Manager's Chair

Mesh-Back/Mesh Chair: Mesh or mesh-back chairs feature breathable mesh panels or covering for cooling airflow and more comfortable sitting. The mesh is adjustable on select models for added or loosened tension to optimize personal comfort and back support.

Mid-Back Chair: Mid-back chairs have backrests that reach roughly 12” above the seat, usually just reaching the shoulder blades and not the tops of the shoulders of the user.

Multifunction Chair: Multifunction chairs feature additional comfort settings and customizable controls for enhanced comfortable use. These chairs often contain more than one lever under the seat, allowing easy access to the controls for quick adjustments as needed.

Swivel Chair: Swivel chairs are office chairs with a seat that moves around the base, usually with a full 360° swivel range. Most office chairs with 5-prong base and adjustable seat height offer a swivel seat design.

Task Chair: A task chair supports active work environments with efficient design and comfort features. The seat swivels and adjusts in height with easy to reach controls, and the base is set on casters with a balanced frame for stability. The task chair can have a backrest or backless design and armrests, depending on the collection.

Components

Adjustable Arms: Adjustable arms are armrests that offer at least adjustable height for a taller or shorter position to enhance comfortable rest.

Multifunction Chair
Multifunction Chair

Adjustable Back: Chairs with adjustable back designs typically offer adjustable backrest height, allowing better positioning of the lumbar section for optimal back and spine contact. Additional adjustable features may include back angle adjustments and adjustable depth, allowing the backrest to come forward or more back for improved posture support.

Adjustable Lumbar Support: Conference room chairs with ergonomic design generally include adjustable lumbar support, allowing the user to customize the position or height of the lumber section or the depth in relation to the seat, allowing greater contact with the spine.

Adjustable Seat: Adjustable seat refers to conference room chairs with swivel seat and mobile base that generally include a pneumatic or gas lift mechanism for instant seat height controls, and often include tilt motion with adjustable tilt-tension and lock features as well.

AirGrid Back/Seat: Conference room and office chairs with AirGrid Back and/or Seat offer airflow through a mesh-style covering in place of traditional padding and upholstery. The design is durable and provides support through tension with flexibility to adjust for comfortable contact with spin. Many AirGrid back chair styles include a built-in lumbar support element for lower-back relief.

Base Scuff Guards: Base scuff guards refer to plastic protective caps installed around the 5-prong base of a mobile office or conference room chair, designed to provide a safe space for resting feet and shoes, rather than scuffing the 5-prong base and finish.

Task Chair
Task Chair

Button-Tufting: Button-tufting refers to the use of buttons, usually covered in matching upholstery, which are tied through the padding or cushioning and pulled taut for a tuft or bunch the cushioning for a distinct appearance.

Carpet Casters: Carpet casters are hard, usually plastic, casters that offer consistent quality performance on carpeted flooring. Carpet casters may be too hard for wood or laminate floors, posing increased risk of scuffs and scratches with use. Many chair styles offer alternative casters for flooring with or without carpets.

Die-Cut Cushions: Die-cut cushions are composed of durable foam and shaped using a custom-designed die to machine-cut the cushions for a consistent, high-quality seat and/or backrest element.

Drafting Chair/Stool Kit: Drafting chairs and drafting stools generally feature a footring positioned above the 5-prong mobile base. A drafting chair or stool kit will offer the footring as well as a height extension, especially for the drafting stool, allowing a taller seat height range for adjustable height chairs.

Extra-Wide Seat: Select conference room chair styles and most Big & Tall seating feature extra-wide seats for increased comfort with a more spacious seating design.

Chair with AirGrid Back/Seat
AirGrid Back/Seat

Flip Arms: Conference room chairs featuring flip arms have straight-style armrests that pivot up, parallel with the backrest, for an open seat to increase range of motion and reach. The flip arms also enable easier sitting and standing.

Forward Tilt: Forward tilt indicates the chair can lean forward, tilting slightly, to reduce pressure on the backs of legs when actively engaged in work or project activities.

Gas Lift Mechanism: Gas lift mechanisms are another term for pneumatic height mechanisms and utilize compressed air and a spring to instantly adjust seat height for comfort when activated by an easy-reach lever.

Gooseneck Arms: Gooseneck arms are usually carved wooden armrests with a curved shape that resembles a goose’s neck. The armrest design is primarily aesthetic, offering basic armrest support in a non-adjusting style.

Hardwood Base/Arms: Chairs featuring a hardwood base and/or hardwood arms have carved or shaped solid hardwood components forming the 5-prong base and/or armrests. These wood components are finished and protected with a topcoat for a durable appearance, and enhance the classic look for updated office and conference room furnishing.

Independent Seat and Back Adjustments: Conference room chairs with independent seat and back adjustments allow the seat and backrest to adjust separately for enhanced personalized comfort.

Base Scuff Guards
Base Scuff Guards

Inflatable Lumbar Cushion: Select chair models have inflatable lumbar cushion, with a hand-activated pump, easily reached under the seat and used to inflate or deflate the integrated lumbar cushion in the backrest for ideal pressure and support.

Infinite Tilt Lock: Infinite tilt lock indicates a chair that allows locking in place at any tilted position. This is in contrast to chairs with a set number of predetermined tilt positions allowable.

Loop Arms: Loop arms are fixed-height, fixed-position armrests with a loop-shape, often rounded at the top.

Lumbar Cushion: A lumbar cushion is an integrated or obvious feature of a backrest, positioned for premium contact and support of the lower back or lumbar region of the spine, and often enhanced with adjustable position or inflatable for greater contact.

Mesh Side Panels: Conference room chairs with mesh side panels have seat cushions upholstered in fabric, vinyl, or leather with mesh fabric on the sides of the cushions allowing airflow and heat dissipation. These mesh side panels can protect the upholstery seams from wear and tear caused by frequent rough sitting or plopping down in the chair.

Chair with Button-Tufting
Button-Tufting

Molded Foam Cushions: Molded foam cushions are high-density foam cushions formed in a mold to create a custom shape ideal for the seat cushion, backrest cushion, or other padding elements.

No-Sag Spring Seat: Conference room chairs with no-sag spring seat composition feature integrated springs that ensure the foam cushions and padding retain shape and offer resistance for a more upright seating posture.

Padded Arms: Padded arms may be full armrest-sides with padding and upholstery or standard armrests with padded, upholstered armrest pads on top for comfort.

Pillow Top Chair: Pillow-top chair designs feature cushioned seat and backrest with additional cushioning, upholstered and joined to the seat and backrest for a pillow-like effect.

Pneumatic Height Mechanism: A pneumatic height mechanism is a spring-guided compressed air cylinder within the supportive base of a mobile office chair that provides the easy adjusting of the seat height when activated by a convenient lever. Pneumatic height mechanisms are sometimes referred to as gas lift mechanisms.

Polypropylene Arms: Polypropylene arms are among the most common type of armrests, composed of a thermoplastic polymer that provides a strong, durable, quality armrest shaped for comfortable use and attractive design. The polypropylene armrest may be smooth, but usually features a textured surface for non-slip traction to enhance use.

Polyurethane Backrest: Polyurethane backrest components can refer to a thermoplastic, molded backrest with lumbar cushion or without upholstery and padding. It can also refer to a backrest shell designed to protect the backside of the chair from impact and use.

Chair with Gooseneck Arms
Gooseneck Arms

Resin Base: Resin base refers to the molded plastic resin base of many conference room chairs, featuring a 5-prong star-shaped design and set on casters for mobility. The resin base is durable, standing up to frequent use and contact with feet, shoes, and office furniture.

Seat Slider: A seat slider is a mechanism in select ergonomic chair models that allows the seat to slide forward and back within the frame for greater or decreased depth to enhance leg comfort, foot contact with the floor, and posture support.

Steel Frame/Base: Conference room chairs with a steel frame or steel base feature steel four-leg or sled-base frames, steel structural seat frame, and/or steel 5-prong base supporting the chair, depending on model and design. Steel components are finished in chrome or paint, often with eco-friendly powder-coat paint for a “greener” design.

T-Arms: T-arms are armrests designed to resemble the capital letter T, often enhanced by adjustable height and other features to customize the seat for personalized comfort.

Tilt Lock: The tilt lock feature allows office chairs to lock in an upright or tilt position supporting individual ideal comfort and preferences.

Tilt Settings: Tilt settings are adjustable controls within many chair designs that allow the user to adjust the tilt tension and also to lock the chair in a preferred tilted position.

Tilt Tension Control: Tilt tension control refers to the adjustable tension that allows a chair to tilt with greater ease or greater resistance depending on personal preferences.

Chair with Loop Arms
Loop Arms

Upright Lock: Upright lock features enable a conference room chair to lock with the backrest in an upright position, preventing the chair from tilting back or forward for more stable seating when preferred.

Urethane Arms: Urethane arms are typically polyurethane, or thermoplastic polymer, molded to form durable armrests with a customized shape and size to suit the design needs of the conference room chair. Urethane refers to the links formed in polymerization and should not be confused with ethyl carbamate, a form of carbamic acid commonly known as urethane.

Waterfall Seat: Waterfall seat design features refer to a sloped and curved front seat edge designed to reduce significant pressure on the backs of legs, easing discomfort and allowing better blood circulation for reduced fatigue and better overall work conditions.

Wood Accents: Conference room chairs with wood accents feature hardwood and wood veneer elements along the base, armrests, backrest, and seat frame with rich wood tone finish, decorative detailing, and updated styles with classic flair.

Wood-Capped Steel Base: Conference room chairs with wood-capped steel base designs feature a virtually invisible steel base frame with customized wood caps that form the star-shaped 5-prong design. The wood caps are finished with wood stain and protected for lasting appearance, providing the look of a wooden base with the enhanced strength of steel.

2:1 Synchro-Tilt: Conference room chairs with 2:1 or 2-to-1 Synchro-Tilt controls allow the backrest to tilt while providing continued floor contact when seated, enhancing stability and control within the chair.

5-Prong Base: A 5-prong base refers to the molded or shaped star-like base component of mobile conference room and office chairs. Each of the prongs is fitted with a caster for a mobile design and the wider but open-style base design helps stabilize the chair for consistent quality performance.

Chair with T-Arms
T-Arms

6-Direction Arm Adjustments: Armrests that offer six-direction adjustments typically adjust up and down in height, forward and back for perceived depth in relation to the seat and backrest positions, and in and out for closer or wider positioning in relation to the seat.

Construction Materials

Brass Nail Head Trim: Brass nail head trim is used to add traditional flair to select conference room chairs. The nail heads are typically applied along the armrests and/or seat frame, creating a decorative effect and tacking down the leather or vinyl upholstery in style.

Caressoft Plus: CaressoftPlus upholstery offers the look and ultra-soft feel of genuine high-quality leather with the easy upkeep design and lasting durability of vinyl. The CaressoftPlus upholstery is breathable and an economical solution for high-end office and conference room furnishing without compromise.

Commercial-Grade Fabric Upholstery: Commercial-grade indicates a consistent high-quality product, resulting in relatively fewer faulty parts or defects in the product line. Commercial-grade fabric upholstery provides long-lasting appearance and durability, with consistent quality and style throughout.

Waterfall Seat
Waterfall Seat

Contoured Chair Shell: Conference room chairs with contoured chair shell design typically feature a thermoplastic molded chair shell, with or without padding and upholstery, designed to support natural body curves and spine with a durable structure that lasts.

Eco-Leather Upholstery: Eco-leather usually refers to leather made using a percentage of recycled leather from other products. The recycled leather may be the backside of the upholstery with a blended fabric and/or polyurethane surface for lasting softness and durability. The use of eco-leather is considered a green feature for the environmentally friendly design.

Environmentally Friendly Powder-Coat Paint: Powder-coating is a paint finishing process that offers an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional paint. Using a dry powdered paint, the coating is applied to surfaces using electrostatic and then heated to cure for a durable, protective finish.

Impact-Resistant Shell: Chairs with impact-resistant shell components usually have a thermoplastic molded chair shell protecting the backside of the backrest from impact associated with everyday use.

Italian Leather: Italian leather is considered among the best for leather products, with old-world style care and attention to detail put into the leather production process.

Leatherette Upholstery: Leatherette upholstery is usually a synthetic leather composed of non-leather materials creating a leather-like appearance and feel.

LeatherPlus: LeahterPlus upholstery generally indicates the use of genuine leather on the seating and backrest surfaces, but uses coordinating blended upholstery for the backsides and non-seating surfaces to reduce overall costs and reduce leather consumption for a more Earth-friendly compromise.

Brass Nail Head Trim<
Brass Nail Head Trim

Memory Foam: Memory foam refers to conference room chair cushions designed with high-density polyurethane foam, enhanced for a dense and viscous feel that retains its shape but conforms to fit individual users and then reverts back to its original shape when not in use.

Mesh Fabric Seat: Mesh fabric seat upholstery is a breathable fabric with a solid appearance, unlike the see-through mesh used in many chair backrest designs. The mesh fabric allows airflow through the cushion and out of the seat when depressed during sitting.

Microfiber Upholstery: Microfiber upholstery describes a number of popular high-quality fabrics with synthetic composition and ultra-fine threading that is approximately 1/100th the diameter of a strand of human hair. The fiber threads are also about 1/20th the diameter of silk thread, thus the microfiber label. These fabrics are typically durable, rugged, and water repelling, such as nylon.

Polyurethane-Infused Leather: Polyurethane-infused leather is comprised of genuine leather enhanced by the polyurethane infusing resulting in soft, durable upholstery.

Stain-Resistant Fabric: Stain-resistant fabrics resist staining from frequent use, contact with dyed clothing, and oils from hands and skin. These fabrics are often treated to enhance stain resistant properties.

Synthetic Leather: Synthetic leather can be made using a variety of cloths and/or plastics, creating the look of leather in a non-leather product. Leatherette and faux leather are types of synthetic non-leather upholstery options.

Teflon Guard Fabric: Teflon guard fabric is treated to reduce or prevent stains, much like Teflon guard carpets are treated to reduce risk of staining. These fabrics are generally easier to clean, and resist dirt buildup for lasting appearance.

Vinyl Upholstery: Vinyl upholstery comes in a variety of styles, some of which can resemble traditional leather upholstery. The vinyl surface is generally easy to clean, and many styles are antimicrobial, resisting germ and bacteria growth for healthier design.

100% Polyolefin Fabric Upholstery: Polyolefin fabrics are made extremely durable and used for the interior of automobiles as well as some furniture designs. The resulting fabric is typically resistant to damage from heat, stains, mildew, abrasion, and also fade-resistant even in direct sunlight.

Features

Base Width: Conference room and office chairs often list the base width as an indicator of the chair’s stability. These chairs typically have a 25” or 27” base, meaning the 5-prong base is greater than 2-feet wide and offers enhanced stability and balance for safe mobile chair use.

Green Features: Green features generally indicate the use of environmentally friendly paint or finish, recycled materials, or other eco-friendly design elements. Products that are recyclable are also considered environmentally friendly.

Lumbar Support/Lumbar Section: Most modern office chairs and conference room chairs feature integrated lumbar support or specifically designed lumbar sections to relieve lower back pressure and enhance extended sitting typical of office environments.

Weight Capacity: The listed weight capacity indicates the maximum safe weight a particular chair or furniture element can support at a given time.