The Best Budget Office Chairs Under $50 (2020 Review)

If you’re looking for a new office chair but have a limited budget you need to stick to, there are many options available. Whether you’re working in an office or working from home, your chair is an important part of your workday.

This guide will help you decide which one might be right for you. These are five of our favorite budget office chairs that are under $50. These desk chairs provide maximum value for their price.

The Best Budget Office Chairs Under $50 for Your Office

  1. Furmax Mid Back Office Chair: Editor’s Choice
  2. Yaheetech Ergonomic Mesh Office Chair: Most Stylish
  3. BestOffice Ergonomic Office Chair: Best Armless Chair
  4. OFM Essentials Collection Armless Leather Desk Chair: Best for Heavier Support
  5. AmazonBasics Low-Back Desk Chair: Best Value

What makes them good options? We’ll, we’ve tested them and even use some of them daily. Additionally, others who have spent time sitting in the chairs and using them have good things to say.

Let’s take a closer look at each of these to see why they’re the best office chairs on a budget.

This is my top choice for the best budget office chair under $50. It’s the one I’m currently using and I’ve found it to far outclass its price — I think it’s more comfortable than many chairs three or four times it’s cost. I’ve had this chair for over six months and it’s proved to be comfortable, supportive, and durable.

The Furmax Mid Back has good ergonomic and lumbar support which sets it apart from many budget office chairs. I’ve found the mesh back coupled with the plastic lumbar supports work particularly well for this chair. One downside is that the arms are not adjustable in any way. The desk chair supports up to 250 lbs and has 360 degree swivel wheels. 

It has a modern office design and it comes in 9 different colors. It’s on wheels and you can recline in it, lock the recline position, and adjust the chair’s height. Overall, it’s everything you’d want.

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KEY FEATURES:

  • Adjustable recline feature
  • Ergonomic lumbar support
  • Breathable mesh material
  • 360 degree swivel wheels

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Weight: 25lbs
  • Dimensions: 23.2 x 11 x 22.8 inches
  • Supports up to 250lbs
  • 9 colors

Pros

Cons

  • Lumbar support
  • Breathable mesh back
  • Adjustable recline feature
  • Variety of color options
  • Arms are not adjustable

This is my second choice for a great office chair that won’t break your budget. It’s similar in style and features to the Furmax chair with an ergonomic design and lumbar support. While I tested this chair, I don’t own it so I can’t speak to its durability. However, reviews generally say that it holds up.

The chair has a soft, thick cushion which is always good if you’re sitting for long hours at a time. I found that it was easy to put together and feels sturdy and it’s lightweight so it’s easy to move around the home or office and rolls well on multiple surfaces. You can adjust the office chair’s height and it also can be reclined. 

This chair comes in three colors, including the classic black. It looks stylish and offers good lumbar support and supports up to 250 pounds. However, the arms are not adjustable. If I didn’t already have a Furmax chair, I’d get this one in a heartbeat.

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KEY FEATURES:

  • High density foam
  • Height adjustable seat
  • Ergonomic backrest design
  • Reclinable

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • High density foam
  • Height adjustable seat
  • Ergonomic backrest design
  • Reclinable

Pros

Cons

  • Lumbar support
  • Stylish
  • Easy to put together
  • Arms are not adjustable

Now, I wouldn’t choose an office chair without arms for myself, but this one made me reconsider. It’s ergonomically designed, lightweight, and rolls easily on hardwood and carpet. 

Like our top two picks for budget desk chairs, this office chair has a mesh back that is breathable. However, it lacks the additional lumbar support. It’s smaller in size so do take that into consideration — it’ll be great for some spaces and some people and not as much for others. It supports up to 250 lbs. 

The cushion is a little thinner than the others and I could notice it after a full day of testing. However, this chair is easy to put together and comes in five different colors. It has adjustable height but does not recline.

KEY FEATURES:

  • Durable breathable mesh
  • Adjustable height
  • 360 degree swivel wheels

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Durable breathable mesh
  • Adjustable height
  • 360 degree swivel wheels

Pros

Cons

  • Easy to put together
  • Ergonomic design
  • No additional lumbar support
  • Thinner cushion

This desk chair is great if you’re looking for something basic, inexpensive, and solid. It’s a little wider than other chairs by a couple of inches which makes it a top choice if that’s a feature you need. Additionally, it has a low back and it’s got a comfy (faux) leather cover which looks stylish.

The chair rolls well and fits well into different desks and spaces. The chair height is adjustable but otherwise there isn’t much you can do. This office chair doesn’t recline and offers little lumbar support.

It supports up to 250 lbs, is on wheels, and comes in black.

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KEY FEATURES:

  • Faux leather cover
  • Adjustable height
  • 360 degree swivel wheels

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Dimensions: 27.2 x 22.8 x 37.8 inches
  • Supports up to 250 lbs

Pros

Cons

  • Wider design
  • Stylish
  • Lack of lumbar support
  • Not very adjustable

This is another good option for a low back office chair. I found this chair to be lightweight, compact, and surprisingly comfortable for its simple style. 

It rolls decently and can support up to 225 pounds. It has an adjustable height but not much adjustment for the back. The cushion was pretty comfortable, even after testing for a full day. 

The chair has a mesh back so it’s breathable and it’s pretty compact so you can make it work for just about any space. It was easy to set up and the height is easy to adjust. However, there isn’t any additional lumbar support. Overall, like the name says, it’s a good basic option.

KEY FEATURES:

  • Adjustable height
  • Mesh covered seat and back
  • 360 degree swivel wheels

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Weight: 16.75 lbs
  • Dimensions: 18.7 x 17.7 x 38.2 inches
  • Supports up to 225 lbs

Pros

Cons

  • Compact
  • Easy to assemble
  • Doesn’t support as much weight as other chairs
  • Back isn’t adjustable

Getting a that you can sit in for long periods of time is key for anyone’s workday. As someone who has worked from home and in an office, I’ve had a lot of good chairs and a lot of bad chairs. These are some of my favorites that fall under $50 and what I think are the best office chairs on a budget.

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David Cusick

David Cusick is the executive editor for Overheard on Conference Calls. He comes from a strong news background and currently works in digital marketing in Raleigh, NC. His work has won multiple awards, including Interactive Content Marketing's award for Best Use of Content Marketing and the US Search Award for Best Use of PR in a Search Campaign. Additionally, his work has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, CNN, ABC, Business Insider, and more.