A very important factor to consider when purchasing an office chair that often gets overlooked is whether your chair will be used on a carpeted floor or on a hard surface floor such as wood, laminate, tile or Soft and Hard Caster vinyl. Today’s ergonomic office chairs come with many options, arms or no arms, standard lumbar or adjustable lumbar, and even the type of caster.
Hard desk chair casters are standard on most chairs and are made for carpeted floors, however, not all offices are carpeted. If your floor is a hard surface such as hardwood, laminate or tile, you will need soft casters on your executive office chair. Many people prefer to use a chair mat to protect their carpet. Soft desk chair casters should also be used with hard plastic chair mats. Soft casters are typically offered at a small upcharge but sometimes at no difference in price depending on the chair and the manufacturer. But whether offered at an upcharge or not, it is well worth it to have soft casters if you will be using the chair on a hard floor. Using hard casters on a hard floor is actually quite hazardous and will affect the life cycle of your chair.
A chair with hard casters will scoot very quickly on a hard floor sometimes catching an employee off guard, and the employee may find themselves on the floor. It is not worth the risk of injury to the employee and liability to your company. It is imperative to always take the type of flooring into consideration when selecting the options for your chair. Steelcase even has a specialty site set up to help guide your caster selection.