Office chairs are one of the most important pieces of office furniture that you can invest in, and finding one that offers comfort and support over longer working hours is essential for keeping your employees happy and free from discomfort that can cause many sick days in the long run. But just how long can an office chair last? We are looking closer at the lifespan of your office chair and when you should be replacing them.

Like all office furniture, office chairs usually last around 7-8 years depending on their quality, and should be replaced within this timeframe to continue to get the very best out of the piece of furniture. There are many different types of office chairs, so how does their lifespan compare?

The Lifespan Of Fabric Office Chairs

Fabric office chairs are known for their hardwearing qualities, ensuring a long lifespan and a worthwhile investment. Fabric office chairs withstand wear and tear longer but can begin to age aesthetically and look worn quicker than other chair materials. Buying fabric office chairs will for sure be an investment for longevity, but if you’re looking to retain a higher quality of aesthetics for longer you should potentially look at other options.

The Lifespan Of Leather Office Chairs

Nothing lasts better than a leather office chair, leather is a durable material that lasts a long time and retains it appearance for just as long too. These qualities will reflect on the increase of investment needed, you will find leather chairs are much pricier, so with this being said, it can be a dent on your office furniture budget if you do decide to go down the leather chair route. Leather chairs that are well looked after can last as long as a decade.

The Lifespan Of Mesh Office Chairs

Mesh office chairs are less durable than their rivals in leather and fabric. Their sleek design offers a lightweight option with great ventilation, but are the most likely to fall apart with a smaller lifespan. Using mesh office chairs would be less suitable for employees working at their desk for prolonged periods, but could be suitable for part time workers.

When Do You Need To Replace Your Office Chair?

  • If the chair is damaged beyond repair, especially on the back of the chair that you lean into.
  • If the chair has a flattened seat cushion or back cushioning is damaged, this can cause serious detriment to your posture over time and cause long term issues.
  • If the chairs wheels are worn, making sure you are as mobile as possible and the wheels are in good shape to support weight and support the structure of the chair correctly.

Increasing The Life Span Of Your Office Chair

  • If you are using a leather chair, keeping the leather in a good condition is essential for getting the most out of the longevity of your chair. You can buy oils and creams for the leather that will prevent cracking, and tears along the way.
  • Regularly vacuuming your chair should be a priority, a build of dust can be detrimental to the condition of the material both inside and on the outside of your chair, dust will eat away at the upholstery meaning your chair will lose comfort and support in the cushioning much faster.
  • Fixing loose parts can be easy to do if you catch them at the right time and don’t allow these little problems to worsen and cause irreparable damage. Catching these little needed repairs out fast can save you lots of money on replacement, so we recommend having a thorough check over of your chair once a month to make sure everything is working and functioning as it should.


To discuss your office furniture requirements, please give us a call on 01675­ 437 547 and to see some of the ranges of office furniture we can supply and install, please take a look at our office furniture brochures.