Before the introduction of mesh office chairs, fabric or upholstered office chairs were a competitive alternative to the other must-have office chairs in the market. Because why not? They definitely are more comfortable compared to plastic or wooden chairs.
But when mesh office chairs entered the market, people started questioning their choices as mesh chairs have their own benefits that attracted the people’s attention. Therefore, this started the ongoing debate on whether the mesh or fabric office chair is better. Ultimately, it all boils down to your preferences and needs.
Hence, in this article, we take a look at some of the common comparison factors of each office chair to help narrow down which suits your office space better.
To keep your employees cool throughout the most humid and hottest days, mesh chairs win this round due to their superior ventilation quality. The material has tiny loops that allow greater airflow as compared to fabric chairs which are often made out of polyester that might be breathable to an extent, but not anywhere on the same level as mesh.
Sweat can get trapped within the fibres of the fabric chair, causing odours and even stains. All those porous holes that are found in mesh definitely serve a great purpose.
Fabric chairs with cushion seats are much more comfortable for a long period of seating if you are working in an air-conditioned office.
Mesh office chairs on the other hand, though breathable, are often prone to fraying, especially when it comes to cheap mesh. Some mesh may also have plastic or other rough materials in it, lowering comfort levels and sometimes even scratching your skin.
While mesh chairs often come in a variety of colours, fabric office chairs precede them when it comes to aesthetics and design. Not only do they come in a wide variety of colours, but they are also usually available in a variety of styles. To suit the aesthetics of your office, it is more likely that a fabric chair suits your preferences.
Moreover, it is extremely easy to reupholster or cover pre-existing chairs, leaving more choices and options for different designs.
Both of these chair types are susceptible to damage, though fabric chairs are much easier to repair. When mesh frays or becomes damaged, it is impossible to fix, due to the nature of the synthetic materials. If you are handy with a thread and needle, however, you can easily fix any small tears in a fabric chair or simply reupholster the chair completely.
Although fabric chairs and mesh chairs have their own sets of advantages and disadvantages, the office chairs you decide on would ultimately depend on your employees’ and your office’s needs. For the ultimate comfort, do buy an office chair in Singapore that is adjustable and has ergonomic features. If you need more information on ergonomic office chairs and any other office furniture, do contact our experts at Okamura and we would be more than happy to help you out!
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