In a Nutshell:
The OFM ComfySeat Ergonomic Multi-Adjustable Task Chair falls short of greatness, but it’s better than you might imagine and is offered by a respected brand. Recommended for anyone weighing 250 pounds or less, who’s looking for a decent, low-cost backup chair.
Value for the Money
Are you on a budget? Looking for a low-priced office chair for light to moderate daily use, or to serve as a decent backup chair? If you answered yes to either of those questions, then you’re going to be intrigued by our review of the ComfySeat by Office Furniture Marketing (OFM).
Founded in 1995, OFM primarily sells to companies buying in bulk. Their furniture is easy to assemble, reasonably comfortable and offers basic functionality. While they’re not incredible chairs, OFM has a reputation for making decent, reliable furniture, and those descriptors absolutely apply to the ComfySeat. Even better, this task chair is offered at a price that will leave you money left over for other things you may want to buy.
In the sections that follow, we’ll tell you all about what the OFM ComfySeat Ergonomic Multi-Adjustable Task chair has to offer, what it can do, and where it comes up a little short. While it’s far from being the perfect office chair, it’s an option well worth considering. Want to learn more? Let’s take a closer look!
An Overview of the OFM Model 125 Ergonomic Task Chair
Unobtrusive. That’s the first word that will likely spring to mind when you see the OFM ComfySeat Ergonomic Multi-Adjustable Task Chair for the first time. It’s not an unattractive chair, but it’s clear that the ComfySeat’s designers were more concerned with functionality, so it’s designed along purely conventional lines. That’s not a bad thing. In fact, it makes it incredibly easy for this chair to blend seamlessly with almost any environment, a fact that’s made easier still given that this chair is offered in a modest selection of colors, including:
Before we get into feature particulars, let’s take a closer look at the stats that define the model. Here they are:
These numbers are a bit curious to us. The seat height adjustment range marks this as a chair designed for bigger, taller folks, but the modest maximum supported user weight doesn’t support that idea.
It’s a great chair for taller, long-legged people with light to average builds, but a big and tall chair, this definitely is not.
Task chairs are typically not as well-padded or comfortable as executive office chairs, and this one is no exception. It utilizes modest amounts of conventional block foam, with the company’s stain-resistant fabric stretched over it.
There’s certainly enough padding to make the OFM Model 125 Ergonomic Task chair comfortable for light to moderate daily use, but this chair simply wasn’t designed with power users in mind. If you’re looking for something that you can sit comfortably in for 8+ hours a day, this isn’t it.
It’s a great option for people with active jobs though, who spend short periods of time sitting, then get up to move around to do something else before returning to their chair for another short period.
The ComfySeat sports a pair of well-implemented ergonomic features: a sculpted seat that helps to improve your posture and improve the circulation in your lower extremities; and a very good lumbar support system. The lumbar support isn’t adjustable in any way, but that’s not a surprise, given the delightfully low price the chair is being sold.
Note too, the design of the seatback. It’s sculpted such that when you lean back, it cradles you in the chair. It’s not the same effect as sitting in a bucket, racing-style seat, but it’s the same concept in much more modest form.
Although we can’t say that it provides a notable amount of ergonomic benefit, it’s clear that the design team knows their way around the office furniture market and it does give the comfy seat an understated but interesting look.
In addition to that, you’ll find the usual array of features – tilt and lock, swivel, and height adjustment. This model does offer one smallish surprise though, in the form of a seat tilt function that allows you to tilt and lock it in a slightly forward position. It’s not something everyone will want or need, but depending on the type of work you do, you may find it of value.
Although the armrests are not ergonomically designed, they are independently height adjustable, which gives you at least some ability to tweak and customize your seating experience.
Assembly is a Breeze
The OFM Model 125 ComfySeat Ergonomic Task Chair has very good, clear assembly instructions and none of the pieces are excessively large, which makes putting the chair together a snap. It should take no more than twenty minutes to put it together solo, and adding a second pair of hands won’t really speed the process along much.
Of interest, this model comes with an expert assembly on offer for an additional fee. In this case, we can’t say we recommend it. The fee to put it together is about 50% of the total price of the chair, and given how easy it is to assemble, in our view, it’s not worth the extra money. If you just don’t want to be bothered though, you might consider adding that option to your purchase.
Pros & Cons of the OFM Model 125 Ergonomic Task Chair
The ComfySeat is about as basic as it gets. It’s a decent chair offered by a smaller, respected brand that does their best to take care of their customers. OFM was founded as a labor of love, and although companies that tend to sell in bulk are often get accused of being the lowest common denominator, you can tell that the ComfySeat is a little bit different. That’s because OFM is a little bit different and in the very best way.
In our minds, we put OFM in the same basic category as Flash Furniture, and we love Flash Furniture’s products, so that’s definitely intended as a compliment!
These are not show-stopping or flat-out amazing chairs. They’re good chairs. The ComfySeat would make an awesome chair for someone with an active job, or someone who needed a chair for light to moderate daily use.
As long as you keep those facts in mind and see the chair for what it is, rather than trying to make it into something it isn’t, you’ll find a lot to like here.
About the only thing we’d recommend changing would be to ruggedize the frame a bit more to bulk up its maximum supported weight. Not only would this bring that element into better alignment with the model’s seat height adjustment range, but it would also make the ComfySeat appealing to a broader swath of the market. Even better, we know that’s within OFM’s capabilities because they make chairs with a 400-pound supported weight limit.
Any other changes we could think to recommend would make the chair into something it wasn’t designed to be, so aside from that, we like it just as it is. It’s worth noting that if you’re not a brand conscious person and remove the brand weight from our scoring metric, the ComfySeat delivers an impressive 4.1 stars out of five, which is pretty respectable for a task chair.
OFM ComfySeat Ergonomic Multi-Adjustable Task Chair Review Conclusion
OFM is a good little brand you’ve probably never heard of. That’s a shame because their chairs deserve more attention than they get. While we readily admit that the OFM ComfySeat Ergonomic Multi-Adjustable Task Chair isn’t for everyone, it’s an awesome choice for the right person.
In our view, the right person is someone who:
If that sounds like you, then this chair deserves a second, and possibly even a third look. The fewer of the points above that apply to you, the less satisfied you’ll be with this model. We like it perhaps more than its final score would indicate, and on that basis, we provisionally recommend it.
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REFERENCES & RESOURCES:
- Office Chair Makeover, Love Grows Wild.
- The Future of Ergonomic Office Seating, Knoll
- 5 Types of Office Chairs That Increases Your Business Productivity, OfficeSkills.