On the surface of it, chairs seem pretty simple. You sit yourself down and that’s really all there is to it, right? Well, not exactly. If you sit for long periods of time, for instance, in front of a computer or when working in an office, you need a chair that can keep you comfortable but more importantly, healthy.
Enter the Steelcase Gesture. It’s an ergonomically designed office chair that combines a simple design with cutting-edge research in order to allow you to reach your full potential. There’s a lot to like about the Steelcase Gesture chair and we’ll cover this in more depth below. We’re just kidding with the title if you haven’t noticed already, as we absolutely love this chair.
Let’s start simple. The Gesture comes in 13 different colors and you can even choose which kind of upholstery you’d like. We recommend the leather option since it doesn’t attract hair or dust quite as much as the fabric does. You can also add specialized casters for hard flooring if you’d like.
Of course, with a price tag of around $1000, you’re going to want more than just upgraded casters. That’s why Steelcase has added a host of other functionality. This chair allows you to adjust the seat height (from 16” to 21”), seat depth, back tension, and tilt angle.
The arms of the Gesture are particularly impressive. They can be moved inwards, outwards, up, or down. This allows you to remain comfortable even if you’re sitting in a strange position, and they can even be pushed out of the way for easier storage. There’s no horizontal locking feature, however, which is a bit of a shame.
Steelcase surveyed more than 2000 people when creating the Gesture. They found that the way we sit when using a computer is a major contributing factor to poor posture and back strain. To counter this, the Gesture’s back automatically adjusts to fit the shape of your back. It’s very impressive – so much so that it won gold at the Neocon awards in 2013.
This chair is suitable for everyone thanks to its sturdy construction. It can support 300 pounds without any issues and is designed for long-term usage. In case anything breaks, it comes with a 12-year warranty. This helps offset the high initial investment to some degree and ensures you’ll never be left without an office chair.
One of the Gesture’s most interesting features is the seat itself. It’s very large and padded all over. This means that no matter your size or seating position, it remains comfortable. Again, because the arms can be moved out, it’s even possible to sit cross-legged without any problems.
We have to address the price, however. It’s one of the most expensive office chairs on the market today but when you consider that a comfortable worker is more likely to work harder, it really becomes a question of whether you can offset the cost with increased productivity.
Taking all of the Steelcase Gesture’s strengths into account, it’s clear why it’s so popular. This is a chair that prioritizes the health and comfort of its user above all else and that’s a commendable goal. It may be too expensive for small business to afford, but those that can will find it to be a fantastic product, capable of exceeding any and all expectations you may have had.