Aching work-at-home backs driving demand for ergonomic chairs

Tuesday, 24 March, 2020

(Photo: Herman Miller’s Aeron chair Source: Herman Miller)

With tens of millions of Americans suddenly working from home, staffers at companies that make and sell office chairs don’t have time to sit down.

“I can’t talk now, sorry,” Ben Henderson, a senior sales executive at Office Chair @ Work, a New Jersey-based online discounter, said. “I’m unbelievably busy.”

In the past two weeks, sales of Herman Miller Inc.’s Aeron chairs — the gold standard of ergonomic workplace seating — have spiked fivefold at Office Chair @ Work, while demand for Steelcase and other well-known brands has doubled. Online searches for the term “office chair” increased 150% between March 9 and March 20, according to web data provider SEMrush, mirroring the increased traffic in what Steelcase.Inc says it’s seen at its online showroom in recent weeks. Office superstore Staples says working from home is “the new normal” for many.

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