Reclining office chairs can provide the function of two chair types in one. However, one of the questions you should probably ask yourself is – why do you need a reclining office chair? With the chair right at your desk, there probably won’t be enough room to be able to recline without knocking into your desk. There are some situations where having a reclining office chair is nice. If you plan to turn the chair around because you have a TV behind you, and recline to watch TV, that may be useful. However, keep in mind you can’t recline without moving away from your desk a little bit before doing so.
Having multiple monitors setup with a monitor arm above your head may also be a situation in which a reclining chair makes sense. One thing we can say is that a reclining office chair is not a commonly used item in the workplace today. It’s more of a home office related piece of furniture. Most common workplaces today are ergonomic, and there’s no ergonomic need for a reclining office chair with a footrest in today’s working environment.
We’re not saying you shouldn’t buy a reclining office chair – we’re just saying, ensure it makes sense for your environment and the dimensions and function of the environment you wish to use it. If you’re working with very limited space, how will you be able to recline in the chair?
On a final note, reclining too far back in a reclining chair, or reclining in a chair that is not made for it will eventually snap or break the mechanisms that make the chair work.