5 best office chairs for carpet [2022]

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Providing insulation, slip-resistance, noise-reduction, underfoot comfort and even improved air quality [1], it’s easy to see why many workspaces opt for carpet floors.

There might be a snag, though – literally. Depending on the carpet pile and your chair wheels (aka casters), carpet threads can get entangled and eventually be pulled out. 

Other kinds of casters will end up wearing your carpet with constant use.

So how can you enjoy the benefits of chair mobility without sacrificing your carpet? The answer is choosing from the 5 best office chairs for carpet.

NOUHAUS Ergo3D Ergonomic Office Chair

The NOUHAUS Ergo3D chair is a great option for carpet. That’s because it comes with five-point 50R nylon casters.

Having a Super-Lounge Recline that allows up to 135 degrees of tilt, the five-point base offers extra stability by preventing over-tipping. 

These five casters also share the chair’s load (all the way up to 275 lbs) so it will not sink far into your carpet. That means less drag and less strain on your body when you swivel.

If any parts of your floor are uneven, five casters can also offset wobbling.

Hard nylon casters are better for carpet. With a 50R rating, these nylon casters are considered medium to hard and will cut through even the thickest carpet. 

The rollerblade design is also carpet-safe, and rolls smoothly and quietly. (Nouhaus even provides extra rollerblade casters for hardwood floors but we are talking about carpet here!)

Fortunately, carpet mobility isn’t the only ergonomic value of the Ergo3D. It comes with an adjustable headrest, and armrests that can glide up, down, backwards, forwards and side to side.

Breathable mesh offers flexibility so that long hours of working are a comfortable and cool experience. Dynamic lumbar support provides you with lower back support when and where you need it, and the sculpted seat edge reduces the pressure on your thighs.

Pros:

  • Medium to hard casters for any carpet pile
  • 4D adjustable armrests
  • Elastomesh provides optimal airflow 
  • Reclines up to 135 degrees 
  • Extra set of hardwood floor blade casters provided

Cons:

  • Lumbar support is only intuitive, not manually adjustable
  • Mesh seat might be uncomfortable 
  • Not suitable for big and tall users

Gabrylly Ergonomic Mesh Office Chair

Suitable for people of heights 5’5″ to 6’2″, the Gabrylly Ergonomic Mesh Office Chair is good for carpet too. It boasts polyurethane (PU) mute caster wheels that are able to prevent damage to your carpet.

PU wheels are great for shock absorption and ultimate noise reduction especially when used on uneven or textured surfaces. That means your carpet swivelling will be smooth and quiet.

Ideally, casters with hard tread materials give easier movement and increased mobility on carpet. Polyurethane is a softer tread material. 

In fact, polyurethane wheels will be difficult to roll on a high pile carpet especially if the user is of heavier build.

With a weight capacity of 280 pounds, and being made for bigger users, this chair is better suited for low-pile carpet.

The Gabrylly chair has a mesh back that offers lumbar support. Mesh allows airflow and offers flexibility as well. 

Adjustable armrests, backrest and neck rest are another practical feature of the Gabrylly chair. With the press of a button, these heights can be changed to your comfort. And if the armrests ever get in the way, they can be folded completely. 

Ergonomics? Check!

Pros:

  • Easy to install
  • Highly adjustable
  • Mesh chair
  • PU caster wheels 

Cons:

  • Not suitable for high pile carpet
  • Lumbar support may be uncomfortable
  • Not for short people

La-Z-Boy Delano Big & Tall Executive Office Chair

The manufacturers of La-Z-Boy Delano made this one easy.

Their user manual actually states upfront that these casters are meant only for carpet!

So what are these special casters? The La-Z-Boy Delano uses polyurethane (PU) dual-wheel casters. 

Polyurethane is a good choice for its ease of movement while preventing damage to your low-pile carpet. 

Dual wheels are a smart pick for evenly distributing weight. This is an important feature for the La-Z-Boy Delano since its weight capacity is 350 pounds. That’s a lot of weight that could progressively wear out your carpet! 

The La-Z-Boy Delano comes with other ergonomic highlights. 

The seat has a ComfortCore, which has layers of memory-foam cushioning that conform to your body. The very wide and tall frame offers comfortable support for big and tall users. With easy-to-use levers for fully adjustable tilt, height and recline, this chair is an ergonomic gift to you and your carpet.

Pros:

  • Supports up to 350 lbs
  • Dual-wheel casters for even weight distribution
  • Easy-to-use levers  

Cons:

  • Leather upholstery isn’t breathable

KOLLIEE Mid Back Mesh Office Chair

The KOLLIEE office chair has a stable five-point base with hard plastic casters. These casters enhance the chair’s mobility and the thickest carpet is no match for them.

That’s good news when you work long hours and need to swivel back and forth smoothly. 

The mesh backrest adjusts to your weight and keeps your back cool with free air circulation. 

High-resilience foam on the seat offers comfort without being easily deformed. 

The armrests are padded for a touch of extra comfort and boast a very valuable feature: they can flip up at any time for your convenience, and you can tuck your chair under a desk at the end of the day.

Pros:

  • Mesh back allows air circulation
  • Flip-up armrests with padding
  • Hard plastic casters for any pile carpet

Cons:

  • Modest weight capacity of 250
  • Small height adjustment
  • Backrest adjustment not lockable

Staples Hyken Technical Task Chair

This Staples Task Chair uses soft polyurethane dual-wheel casters.

They are suitable for low-pile carpet and the dual wheels help to preserve your carpet by evenly distributing the chair’s load (which is a maximum of 250 pounds). The dual design also improves stability.

Mesh upholstery allows air to circulate. This minimises sweating for the long work sessions you are so used to. Mesh is also good support for your body without being too stiff. 

Many adjustable parts contribute to the ergonomic beauty of this chair: from the headrests to the seat height; to the recline and tilt tension – all are individually modifiable. 

You will also benefit from the seat’s waterfall edge, to keep you free from the leg cramps caused by prolonged sitting.

Pros:

  • Dual-wheel casters for stability
  • Mesh upholstery 
  • Waterfall seat edge design 

Cons:

  • Armrests are only height adjustable 
  • Soft PU casters not suitable for high pile carpet

Buying guide

You want to have the perfect chair for working that will boost efficiency while lowering your risk of repetitive stress injuries. 

The problem is, you also don’t want to ruin your carpet. 

How can you get the best of both worlds? 

Here’s a quick guide to buying an ergonomic office chair your carpet will love.

Ergonomics

When you already have a sedentary work life, there are some basic features you should check for in a good office chair.

You want elements that will promote good circulation and correct posture.

These ergonomic elements include modifiable lumbar support, and adjustable seat height and depth. The backrest recline, tilt tension, armrests and headrests, should also be adaptable. 

This is particularly important if you already have lower back pain, for which you’d also need to consult a physician.

Comfort

An extra layer of padding can make a difference when seated for a long time. While leather is known for its comfort, mesh chairs can also be made more comfortable by adding cushioning. 

However, cushions and pads are more likely to make you sweat – and that isn’t comfortable either! 

So if you’ll be lucky enough to work with air conditioning all day, go for chairs with 2-3 inches of seat padding, and even with padded headrests and armrests. 

Otherwise, breathable mesh comfort should be what you look for.

Casters

Casters are the wheels that get your office chair moving. They come in a wide range of sizes and materials, but there are some general guidelines to help you choose the best.

  • Single rollerblade wheels and dual-wheels with a PU cover, are good in preventing scratching. 
  • For carpets, harder casters are a better choice since they roll without getting stuck. 
  • When dealing with hardwood floors, materials like hard nylon, plastics, or metal casters will eventually cause scuff marks and scratches.
  • Larger-sized and dual wheels will handle more weight. 
  • Polyurethane casters are heavy-duty, so they tend to be more durable.
  • Some wheels roll without making a sound and roll more smoothly than other wheel casters. 

Here’s a video to help explain how to choose a caster:

Final thoughts

Office chairs with wheels improve your ergonomic work experience, mobility and productivity. Carpet offers a number of benefits, including comfort and style. These 5 best chairs for carpet are proof that your swivel office chair and your carpet can peacefully coexist. 

References

[1] https://www.carpetinstitute.com.au/commercial/benefits/#:~:text=Carpet%20is%20the%20only%20floor,than%20any%20other%20flooring%20surface