Flash Furniture Mid-Back Black Mesh Ergonomic Drafting Chair Review

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Updated September 15, 2022

The Flash Furniture Mid-Back Black Mesh Ergonomic Drafting Chair is a back mesh drafting chair with a black fabric seat and an attractive price. It competes with mid-range chairs such as the Boss Office Products Ergonomic Works Drafting Chair, bringing features such as back mesh and armrests in exchange for adjustability and overall comfort. Its low price makes it one of the best drafting chairs on the market, though it’s a tougher sell when its competitors are on discount. If comfort is important to you and you are are willing to pay more, take a look at our guide to the best office chair.

Why We Like It – Flash Furniture Mid-Back Black Mesh Ergonomic Drafting Chair

The Flash Furniture Mid-Back Black Mesh Ergonomic Drafting Chair is an affordable office chair with a plethora of useful design choices, like an adjustable chrome foot ring and a tall, curved back that provides solid lumbar support. Its appealing black mesh design only sweetens the deal; it’s a good task chair that provides solid form and function at a reasonable price point, but it struggles with mild comfort issues and a lack of adjustability.

Pros
  • Attractive price point
  • Back is made of mesh material
  • Decent build quality
Cons
  • Back isn’t very flexible
  • Adjustability is extremely lacking

Support

Despite its lack of adjustability, the Flash Furniture Mid Back Black Mesh Ergonomic Drafting Chair provides decent support thanks to a height adjustable seat, a well-placed footrest, and a mid back mesh design that provides back support. It’s a fairly standard mesh drafting chair in that regard; its lack of adjustability harms its overall supportive functionality, but it doesn’t lack or skimp out on any major supportive feature you’d expect to see in a ~$100 back mesh drafting chair.

Related: If you like this monitor, you might be interested in our Flash Furniture Mid Back Mesh Swivel Ergonomic Task Office Chair review.

Comfort

Comfort is a mixed bag on the Flash Furniture Mid-Back Black Mesh Ergonomic Drafting Chair. On the plus side, the chair features a swivel seat and a mesh back for flexibility and breathability, but it’s not all perfect. Customer reviews commonly complain of one major problem–the chair leans slightly forward and has an inflexible back, meaning some users inevitably begin to slide out of the chair as they use it. This, combined with its lack of adjustability, makes it a difficult proposition despite its appealing price point. So, if you need a super adjustable chair, you might want to look at our Drafting chair tall office review.

Related: Also check out our Flash Furniture High Back Office Chair.

Adjustability

With a decent range of height adjustment (its maximum seat height is around 30”, while its minimum seat height is around 24”) and an adjustable foot ring, you’d think this chair would provide adequate adjustability, but that’s not really the case. You can’t adjust the lumbar support at all, the arms only move forwards and backwards, and the seat is mostly locked in place; you can only adjust the footrest, its height, and its tilt. The tilt is especially a problem, as the chair naturally sits forwards, making it feel like you’re going to slide off. When it’s on sale, the Modway Veer Drafting Chair provides a better overall experience, but it costs around $100 more when it’s not on discount.

Breathability

Thanks to its mesh design with a tall back height, the Flash Furniture Mid-Back Black Mesh Ergonomic Drafting Chair has decent breathability on par with any other mesh chair in its price range. It’s decently suited for warm rooms, soundly beating out all-fabric designs provided the room has some form of airflow. For a look at other models by this brand, check out the Flash Furniture ergonomic stool, Flash Furniture mid-back black mesh ergonomic task office chair, and the Flash Furniture black mesh sled-base side reception chair.

Value

Value is this chair’s saving grace; its poor adjustability and questionable forward-leaning design are largely forgiven by its low price point, especially when compared to more expensive chairs like the Harwick Evolve Heavy that offer similar features (albeit better executed) for nearly three times the price. When on sale, the Modway Veer Drafting Chair is a better pick overall, but when it’s at MSRP, the Flash Furniture Mid-Back Black Mesh Ergonomic Drafting Chair is similar enough that shelling out the extra $100 isn’t worth it in most cases.

Flash Furniture Mid-Back Black Mesh Ergonomic Drafting Chair Wrap-up

The Flash Furniture Mid-Back Black Mesh Ergonomic Drafting Chair is a decent but unspectacular option that hits a very lucrative price point. Better options exist when they’re on discount, but when nothing is on sale, not much competes with what this chair offers at the price point it goes for. If you’re deal-savvy and can wait for sales, you’re better off waiting for a competitor to drop in price, but if nothing is on sale and you need a chair right now, you can’t go wrong with this one.

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