Office Chair Accessories – Different Add-ons for Your Chair Explained

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Updated November 26, 2022

The most sought-after office chairs come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and design types to suit a wide array of consumers. There is also a thriving third-party accessory market, allowing for a multitude of specific add-ons.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • There are a wide variety of accessories and add-ons intended for use with a normal office chair.
  • These accessories include cup holders, footrests, heating pads, chair covers, floor mats, and lumbar support pillows.
  • Make sure the retailer offers a return policy on these accessories, in case they are not comfortable for your individual body.

Office Chair Accessories

There are a number of useful accessories and add-ons you can attach to your favorite office chair. Using these accessories allows the chair to offer a number of unique functionalities. These can be accessories to correct poor posture, increase seat comfort with memory foam or let the chair move easier with a chair wheels replacement, and more.

Different Add-ons for Your Office Chair

We have assembled a list of some of the most useful accessories for a standard office chair.

Footrests

For the sake of long-term physical health, one should have their feet resting on the floor while sitting in an office chair. This practice can be uncomfortable for some users. That’s where footrests come in. A footrest for an office chair is a raised platform that allows the feet to rest flat without compromising on comfort. Make sure the platform is large enough to accommodate your feet. There are chairs that will come equipped with a retractable footrest, but these are usually designed as one size fits all, so chairs with footrests may not be as comfortable as if you buy one.

Insider Tip

A footrest for an office chair is a raised platform that allows the feet to rest flat without compromising on comfort.

Lumbar Support Items

Modern office chairs typically feature some form of lumbar support to help promote spinal health.** If your chair lacks any lumbar support features, there are a number of accessories you can choose from.** Lumbar support pads do the job nicely, as do lumbar support rolls and pillows. Make sure the seller accepts returns, just in case your lumber support device does not suit the contours of your body. Lumbar isn’t the only feature that should be adjustable, however. These lumbar support accessories can help to correct posture if you have bad posture, and some will even have a massage functionality built-in. For more tips check out how to adjust office chairs to get as much support and comfort as possible. Alternatively, if you are looking for a different kind of chair, you can check out the best office stability chairs, to help engage your core while you work.

Heating Pads

Traditional offices can be on the colder side, depending on the settings of the air conditioning unit. If you find yourself shivering while at work, then you might consider buying an office chair heating pad. These heating pads typically are placed right on top of the seat cushion and are usually powered by plugging into a USB slot on your computer. There are also full-seat covers that provide heat throughout the entire chair, but these larger-than-average heating pads can impact the chair’s comfort level and ergonomics.

Insider Tip

These heating pads typically are placed right on top of the seat cushion and are usually powered by plugging into a USB slot on your computer.

Chair Floor Mats

An office swivel chair can be on the cumbersome side and, over time, can leave skid marks or otherwise damage carpeting and hard floors. Purchasing a floor mat can prevent accidental damage if this is an issue. These floor mats come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and designs, as well as price, suiting nearly any consumer. If you can’t find a shape to fit your workstation, you can always buy a larger mat and trim it down with a utility knife or a high-quality pair of scissors. If you are curious we have a guide that goes more in-depth on how to trim office chair mats.

Other Accessories

There are other types of accessories available for office chairs, including cup holders, chair covers, armrest pads, and more. If you are not interested in accessorizing your office chair, there are places where you can donate it as you upgrade to a better one.

F.A.Q.

How can I make my office chair more comfortable?

We would recommend shopping for a high-quality footrest and a lumbar support pillow, in addition to an armrest pad. You may also want to adjust the chair’s settings.


What should a good office chair have?

A good office chair should be made of high-grade components and offer a number of adjustability options, including seat height, seat width, and seat depth.


Why are office chairs so expensive?

Some office chairs are made with high-grade components and are designed to offer maximum support to the spine and back. This can increase the overall cost.



STAT: The United States office furniture market generates more than 58 billion dollars annually. (source)

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