The comfy under £100 office chair that will upgrade your WFH set up

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Want to upgrade your WFH set up? Here's the affordable chair you need to know about. (Getty Images)
Want to upgrade your WFH set up? Here's the affordable chair you need to know about. (Getty Images)

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Despite most offices opening up following the easing of coronavirus restrictions, many of us continue working from home for the time being. 

Whether you've got a private study or are still working from the kitchen table 18 months later, having a comfortable chair is essential. 

Over the past year, John Lewis' £139 Hinton Office Chair has become a worthy addition to many homes around the UK. In fact, it's so popular that John Lewis can't keep it in stock and despite several restocks it remains unavailable at the moment. 

But if you missed out and decided you really should invest in an office chair for WFH, don't fret, as John Lewis has released a similar (and even more affordable) contender that's proving equally popular. 

The best-selling chair is part of John Lewis' ANYDAY collection, which offers new homeware essentials everyday, at surprisingly affordable prices.

Why we rate it

The John Lewis & Partners Penny Office Chair is just under £100 which is a steal for a chair of this quality. 

Finding a chair which encourages a better posture and sitting position makes all the difference.

It's easily adjustable - the seat and back rest feature a tilt mechanism, so they move back in tandem and can be locked into a position that you find comfortable. The upholstered seat can also easily be adjusted to suit your height. 

It's time to upgrade your WFH space. (John Lewis)
It's time to upgrade your WFH space. (John Lewis)

£99 at John Lewis

The back rest is made from a soft, mesh fabric for added support, which allows air to circulate behind your back. 

We also like the polished chrome base which provides a smart, professional finish. If you're worried about damaging your flooring, you can get a floor pad or mats for as little as £3. 

While the instructions are easy to follow, if you're really not into DIY, you can have the chair assembled for you for an extra £22. 

There's also an option to see the chair at a John Lewis store before ordering it online.

What the reviews say:

With over 100 reviews, it has accrued a positive average 4.2/5 star rating.

Unsurprisingly, many shoppers mentioned that the chair is "helpful for posture, particularly during the numerous zoom chats". Slouching can cause tension in your back, neck, shoulders and other joints so this is important. 

  • "Best office chair! I have tried ALL chairs at John Lewis, Ikea and other furniture shops. I am a bit overweight, need back support, and to feel comfy to sit for hrs by the computer. And I choose this. Why? Not because of the good price! My budget was up to £250. But this was the best. Strong, comfortable, big seating area, good back support, holds you well."

  • "Very comfortable, it can be adjusted for better position and support. Would definitely recommend."

  • "I tried all the office chairs in the store...this one was the cheapest and the best for me. It is comfortable and I would give it excellent all round except for the fact that it creaks - perhaps that is because it is new."

  • "Really pleased with this office chair as very comfortable, it can be adjusted for better position and support. Would definitely recommend."

People also love that it's "very easy to assemble" which is a relief for those who aren't keen on DIY.  

Others praise the chair for being "easy to clean and easy to manoeuvre even on carpet". 

Not forgetting the fact that it's under £100, we have to agree with one customer that it's "very good value for money". 

Buy it: John Lewis & Partners Penny Office Chair | £99

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