Different types of materials and fabric for office chairs
In this guide, we analyse the different materials and fabrics that may be used to cover an office chair.
Office chairs with mesh or net backrest
We recommend chairs with net upholstery for hot and warm environments. What’s more, they’re very easy to maintain, which is an important factor to bear in mind, particularly in the professional sector where practicality is valued above all else.
Cleaning. Resistant and easily washable material that does not accumulate dust or dirt.
Breathable. Perfect for warm environments.
Comfort. They are more lightweight and adaptable, increasing comfort and adjustability for the user.
Looks. Net chairs generally offer a more modern look to work environments.
Colours. In general, net chairs offer less variety in colours and materials than upholstered chairs.
Adaptability. Mesh backrests are more elastic and adaptable, but this can be uncomfortable for some users who prefer a more traditional seat.
Fabric-upholstered office chairs
Fabric-upholstered chairs are the most common option, most likely due to the wide variety available on the market, both in terms of colours and textures.
Fabric-upholstered chairs can be separated into specialist fabrics and natural fabrics. The main difference, other than appearance and texture, is that specialist fabrics offer a greater level of resistance to wear, fire and dirt.
Adjustability. Fabric upholstery is easily adaptable, making it very easy for an upholsterer to work with them. For this reason, their scope of use is very wide and they can be used in infinite ways.
Price. In general, cloth fabrics are more affordable. However, there are some exceptions to this, according to the characteristics of each fabric.
Varieties. There is a wide variety of options to choose from, both in terms of colour and materials.
Maintenance. Cleaning fabric upholstery is generally a more delicate and complex task.
Faux-leather upholstered office chairs
Synthetic leather is a material used in office environments for its price and functionality. There are various faux-leathers available, with different qualities and compositions. The main differences between them are their feel, appearance, texture and resistance. Among the most popular groups, you can find different qualities such as eco-leather, simil leather, novapiel or synthetic leather.
Eco-leather is a material that can be found in certain chair models within our extensive catalogue. This is a highly innovative synthetic material that mixes synthetic materials with natural leather remnants, offering greater performance and quality than conventional faux-leathers.
Resistance. Synthetic leathers are very tough and resistant to wear. This makes them highly appreciated in office environments, as it allows for intensive use.
Cleaning. This material is very easy to clean. All you need is a damp cloth to remove the majority of stains.
Cold. synthetic leathers are cold materials, particularly in winter. Given that they have less pores, the fabric is not particularly breathable. As such, in summer, it can stick to the skin, making some users uncomfortable.
Natural-leather upholstered office chairs
Natural leather is a very fine and stylish material that conveys quality and sophistication in any office environment. It is normally used in management offices or exclusive environments.
Comfort. As this is a natural material, in contrast to synthetic leathers, it is breathable and does not create heat – making it very pleasant for the user.
Resistance. Another advantage of natural leather is its high resistance. For this reason, it is often used in areas of intensive use, such as airports or waiting rooms.
Durability. In contrast to fabric, natural leather suffers practically no damage – offering impeccable appearance over time.
Price. The main downside of leather chairs is the price – this material is more expensive than traditional upholstery.