Gaming Chairs Vs. Office Chairs: Which Should You Get for Your WFH Setup?
Say what you will work from home (WFH) arrangements are now part and parcel of life as we know it. Even with gradually relaxing Covid-19 measures, institutions like the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and many others are supporting flexible work arrangements and WFH as permanent features going forward.
So, if you haven’t gotten your WFH setup all ready yet, it’s about time to get started!
One of the biggest elements of a WFH setup is the choice of chair. After all, it’s what you will be spending hours of your workday on, and you don’t want to make a hasty choice.
If you’re new to this most people tend to choose between a conventional office chair or a gaming chair for their WFH setup.
Can’t decide? Our team at AUKEY is here to help you dissect the differences between the two, so you know which choice is best for your budget and needs!
What is a Gaming Chair?
A gaming chair is designed with a gaming audience in mind. With gamers spending many long hours at their computers, the average gaming chair is designed with high customizability and ergonomic support to enable the user to maximize comfort while at their desks.
Some defining characteristics of a gaming chair include a high backrest, reclinable back, adjustable armrests, headrests, lumbar support, and eye-catching aesthetics.
What is an Office Chair?
Standard office chairs, on the other hand, are meant for office use or conventional desk usage, and hence are usually no-frills to keep the price low. A quick search online for a standard office chair will show many options under SGD 100.
Some defining characteristics of a standard office chair include low backrests, non-adjustable features apart from height, and a simple minimalist design.
Differences Between a Gaming Chair & an Office Chair
Not sure which suits your WFH needs better? Here are some of their key differences to help you make the right choice.
Between the two, gaming chairs tend to be a pricier option. The reason? The many adjustable features, ergonomic support, and premium materials.
As a no-frills option that is meant to support your most basic need, a frame to support you while at your desk, it’s no wonder office chairs can be sold at extremely low prices starting from SGD 50.
If you’re on a tight budget, office chairs are the way to go. But if you care about your back and want a comfortable sitting experience while you work, then consider forking out a little more for a gaming chair.
Pro tip: Opt for AUKEY’s ergonomic gaming chairs which are affordably priced at under SGD 300 instead of pricey brands that are almost double that!
The Type of Seat
If you ever have the chance to experience sitting on a gaming chair and office chair you will notice a significant difference.
Gaming chairs come with bucket seats designed to cradle your bottom and come with raised sides that keeps you moving side to side. On the other hand, the office chair comes with a simple standard seat.
If you like to sit cross-legged or with your feet on the seat, the seat design of the gaming chair may feel restrictive due to the raised sides that restrict movement. However, if you sit with the recommended sitting posture with two legs planted on the floor, then it’s up to your personal preference of how it feels for you.
Do you prefer sitting with a reclined backrest for a more relaxed posture? Or even enjoy taking a nap on your chair in the middle of the workday?
If your answer is yes to any of the above questions, then a gaming chair would be a better option for you as they tend to come with more recline than normal chairs. Some office chairs don’t even offer a reclinable option.
The AUKEY ergonomic gaming chairs come with reclinable backrests of up to 155° recline – that’s almost fully horizontal!
Ergonomic features don’t come cheap. And considering that standard office chairs are meant to be cheap and durable rather than supportive, it’s reasonable to expect minimal to no ergonomic features for its price point.
However, instead of jumping straight to ergonomic office chairs like Herman Miller which are priced in the thousands, gaming chairs are a good alternative as they are also designed for comfort and back support!
Check out our article “The Ergonomics of Our AUKEY Gaming Chair Explained” to learn all about how ergonomic features don’t have to break the bank!
At a glance, you will notice that most office chair designs tend to be run-of-the-mill standard designs, whereas gaming chairs come with more luxurious materials and look more stylish.
Worried about gaming chairs looking too flashy for a work setup? Not to worry, AUKEY’s ergonomic gaming chairs, come in ever-stylish black or grey designs that are sleek but classy enough to appear on your zoom work calls!
Start Your WFH Experience Right with AUKEY’s Ergonomic Gaming Chair
Convinced that an ergonomic gaming chair is the right choice for your WFH setup? The next step is to get one at an affordable price point, so you don’t have to eat cai fan for the next few months.
Priced under SGD 300, the GC-A01 and GC-A02 Gaming Chairs from AUKEY are the most value-for-money ergonomic gaming chairs you can find in Singapore today!
Interested to learn more? Here’s a quick overview of the amazing features they come with:
- Full ergonomic design – from winged backs, headrests, proper lumbar support for the lower back, and more
- Highly adjustable features – from backrest recline to flexible armrest adjustments to accommodate all body shapes and sizes
- Premium materials – durable PU leather for easy maintenance, dense shaping foam for comfortable sitting experience, and thickened steel frame and heavy-duty wheelbase to withstand daily wear and tear.
Ready to invest in a comfortable WFH setup? Head over to our website to order yours today!