If you’ve ever been to IKEA, you’ll know they have a pretty decent range of office chairs. The most expensive chair they currently offer in 2021 is the Järvfjället, which costs around £175 with the armrests.
In terms of pricing, this desk chair is about the same as the other options I’ve listed in our best office chair list, if not a little bit more expensive. It’s labelled as a premium option though, and it’s supposedly made to last.
But is the Järvfjället really worth its price, or would you be better off going for a cheaper model? Or just ignoring IKEA altogether? Well last month I actually purchased the chair after visiting the store, so here’s my short review of how I’m getting on with the Järvfjället so far.
IKEA Järvfjället Chair Review
Update 1: Overall, the Järvfjället has been pretty great over the past year. It’s very upright, which helps you to maintain a good posture when working. It’s pretty comfortable too, though not as comfortable as a leather office chair.
Second Update: After about a year of use, the chair started making horrible squeaking noises whenever I sat back properly. To sort this out, I sprayed some WD-40 into the seat tension springs. This resolved the problem, and it’s gone back to silence again.
It’s very similar to the IKEA Markus chair, which is another one of the brand’s bestsellers. There aren’t too many high back executive office chairs around, especially those with a mesh back for increased breathability.
This chair is also really good in terms of head and neck support as well. It’s probably the best IKEA office chair that the company stock, though it can be difficult to get one in current circumstances. Let’s look a little closer at the chair itself and the different parts of it.
Putting it together
Now first things first, I have to admit – I am absolutely awful at putting things together. So when the box arrived at my house, I already thought that I might have some issues putting the chair together.
However, this wasn’t the case – it was much easier to put up than anything else I’ve put together (to be fair, it is a chair and there’s not much to it). So if you’re worried about how long it might take you to build the chair, it won’t take any longer than 5 or ten minutes.
It’s pretty much the same method as putting together any office chair. Most of it comes pre-built, so you won’t have any worries here. The armrests screw in very easily, and it’s all pretty solid, so you don’t need to worry about breaking anything.
Aspects of the Chair
Let me run through quickly what the chair has and how well I think they’re all implemented;
- The Järvfjället has adjustable head support, which is really useful if multiple people are going to be using the chair. Obviously your head isn’t going to be pinned back to the headrest permanently, but being able to adjust the support is really helpful.
- Along with this, it has lumbar support for your lower back. If you struggle with back pain or back ache, then it’s important that you get a chair with lumbar support – this keeps your head inline with your lower back.
- You can easily change the seating position too, which will affect how far that your chair reclines (not a massive recline, but it prevents you from hovering forward over the desk). I like to have mine on the maximum recline, as this helps to relieve any pain in my lower back.
- Like with any office chair, you can easily change the height of your seating too. Remember that in an ideal world, you want your eyes to be roughly level or just above the top of your monitor.
- I use my chair on a carpet, but it does have 5 solid casters if you want to use it on a hard floor. I’ve used mine on a hard floor too, and it stays sturdy whilst still giving you the ability to manoeuvre around.
Overall, from a practical perspective the Järvfjället is everything I want from an office chair. It provides great support for my back, which I’ve always had issues with (that was the whole reason for getting an office chair in the first place!).
I’ll be honest – aside from the upright positioning of the chair, another reason I opted for it is there isn’t an abundance of white office chairs available on the market.
The Järvfjället does come in a blue or a black material as well, but it isn’t anywhere near as nice as the white material in my opinion. The only obvious downside to this is that it’s more prone to staining, but this isn’t likely if you’re only using it as an office chair.
It’s also one of the more professional looking chairs out there too, and whenever someones come over to the home office (which is rarely), they’ve commented how nice it looks. It does have a very high back which looks kind of odd, but it’s definitely forced me to sit up straight.
With the Järvfjället, you have the option of purchasing the armrests separately. They cost an extra £25 at the time of writing, and in my mind they were worth it. Like most people I don’t often use the armrests, but it’s nice to have them there if I need them. They also make the chair look more complete.
Another thing to mention is that one of the main reasons I think my chair works really well is because I have a Bekant Adjustable Desk from IKEA too. This means that I can adjust the height of my desk to whatever I want, so I’m not too fussed about the adjustments of the Järvfjället, although it does everything I want it too.
All in all, I’m actually really happy with my Järvfjället purchase, even if it was a little on the pricey side. I find it to be the most upright positioned chair I’ve ever used, with solid lumbar and backrest support. This is the main issue I’ve had with previous office chairs – leaning back on them and them not providing proper support.
The Järvfjället is ideal for taller folks too, as I’m around 6ft 1 and have the headrest on the shortest setting, so there’s definitely room for increasing there. If you’ve used the Järvfjället or you’re thinking of getting it, feel free to leave a comment or ask a question below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can!