The Top 20 Waiting Room Chairs for Offices & Reception Areas
So you've got the office space ready and it's time to choose the lobby seating. How do you decide what's best for your waiting room?
Since this is the first opportunity your guests will have to develop a first impression of your business, we think some decent chairs are in order. But what kind, and where can you get them? No worries. We've got you covered, as usual. Read on for the top 20 waiting room chairs for your office waiting room.
IKEA Stoljan Conference chair
When you need affordable, stackable waiting room chairs that look nice and feel good to sit on, it's time for some IKEA:
The chic and minimalist Stoljan chair comes in black or white with a cushy polyurethane seat and supportive backing. Stackable in groups of 7 when it's time to move them around or vacuum the floor.
These are perfect for lining up along a wall, in front of the reception desk, or around a table full of reading materials. Easy to clean with a non-removable cover.
Price: $40 each.
- Easy to clean
- Stackable in groups of 7
- Simple and easily paired with tables, bookshelves, and other office furniture
- No armrests
- Comfy but probably not for an extended period of time
These are great for a simple waiting area where guests can read, watch TV, or chat while you're preparing for their visit. Make sure you don't keep them waiting too long, though! IKEA recommends this table to go with them for a complete look.
Costco Reception Chairs
There's usually something for every room and even your garage and patio at Costco. No surprise that they carry an extensive array of waiting room and office chairs, too!
When you'd like something with a little more cushion and a nice supportive set of armrests, this 2-Pack of Reception Chairs with Oak Finish has you covered:
Conveniently available in groups of two, these waiting room chairs keep Costco at the front of the line. Stylish and easy to match with most light woods with built-in lumbar support. Reviewers have named a dental office and medical waiting area as happy homes for some of these. With 4 and 5 star ratings from 17 of the 23 reviewers on the Costco site, these are well-liked by most who've purchased them.
Price: $170 for a set of two.
- Easy to assemble (slide together)
- Good value for a starter waiting room
- Easy to move at 37 pounds each
- Some felt the seat cushion could have been thicker/more dense
You can't go wrong with a couple of sets of these for your reception area. Grab a few matching items to pull the look together easily (like this coffee table to set your magazines on), and you'll have the perfect spot for your visitors to wait.
Brenton Studio Bellanca Guest Chair
Our next stop is a no-brainer for the best office waiting room chairs — it's even in the name! Come on in and get a gander at the reception area goods at Office Depot:
Padded armrests and thick polyurethane cushioning give these Brenton Studio Bellanca Guest Chairs an extra dose of cozy.
Well-made and highly functional, these are sure to set your lobby apart as a lush place guests try to arrive at early to read or relax before appointments.
Where can I buy these? On the Office Depot website, or possibly at your local Office Depot (call first to make sure).
- Free next day business delivery or same day pickup in some locations
- Can support up to 250 pounds
- 65 of 71 (92%) reviewers would recommend this product to a friend
- Guests have actually remarked these are extremely comfortable
- Nice quality of materials used
- Light assembly is required
- Some are a little wobbly at times (remedy this by placing one of these strategically)
Bottom line: Quality isn't forgotten with these chairs. Reasonably priced, they'll be mistaken for a luxury brand, but they're only good old Office Depot! Grab a few, they're cheap!
Hayneedle Linon Simon Club Chair
When you need something a little more grand but you still want to keep the budget on target, check out these sumptuous waiting room chairs for sale at Hayneedle:
You'll get compliments on these. Available in black, blackberry, and brown, the Linon Simon Club Chair makes an opulent addition to any waiting area — at a price your guests won't believe.
- Maintains a 4.5 star rating after 88 reviews on the Hayneedle site
- Sturdy, hardwood frame
- Stain-resistant, fade-resistant, easy-to-wipe-clean vinyl upholstery
- Super cushy seats
- Some found the leg assembly difficult or did not receive the correct bolts
Modern and stylish and extremely affordable. We're picturing a couple of these in a couple of corners, complete with an end table between, a few healthy plants, and a stack of vintage magazines in a basket on the floor. Need a throw rug to go with it? They've got those at Hayneedle too.
Boss Traditional Oxblood Vinyl Guest Chair
We think the best reception chairs receive guests with gusto! Which brand could be better than Boss to bring out the brilliance in your lobby waiting area — with hand-applied brass nail head trim to boot. These are available at Staples, as well as a few other stores.
The Boss Traditional Oxblood Vinyl Guest Chair with Mahogany finish is stately and impressive, giving the feel of a richly decorated private home library or study, for less than $150.
Available in Oxblood vinyl (shown) or black Caressoft vinyl, this Boss chair comes complete with a lush mahogany finish and traditional tufting.
Price: $148.99 at Staples, $124.31 on Amazon.
- 75% of all reviews on Amazon gave 4 or 5 star ratings
- Nice back support and comfy armrests
- Weight capacity is 250 lbs, but larger folks have been known to sit on these without problems
- Great price
- Some had trouble with assembly and recommended checking for some already assembled at local stores (same price)
Is Blake Carrington in the house? If so, he'll surely enjoy this waiting room! Very nice-looking chairs for the price, and it comes with a six year warranty to boot. Buy these at least in pairs if not more. Works well with a simple hardwood coffee table, classic reading materials, and a box of cigars.
eModernDecor Cali Modern Accent Armchair
It's back to the basics of color and design with eModernDecor.
When you're in need of cheap waiting room chairs that don't skimp on style, give eModernDecor a glance. The Cali Modern Accent Armchair has an extra thick cushion for the enhanced relaxation of your guest, durable backing, as well as non-marking plastic floor protectors so you won't leave scuff marks.
Both artistically and ergonomically sound, this chair is ideal for many locations. Easy to pair with most types of decor, you could put these in your beauty salon waiting area, a chic showroom lobby, or a contemporary hotel reception area.
Price: $99 on eModernDecor and $109 on Amazon.
- Assembles in five minutes
- Great price and quality
- Works in countless areas
- Show up exactly as pictured (although one reviewer thought the grey cushion she received was a bit darker than shown - but she still loved it)
- If you look around, you may be able to find it in black and tan, too:
- Light assembly required
This chair works almost anywhere, and keeps the space contemporary. Instructions and assembly hardware is included with the delivery package — trust me, you can do this! Some sites have it listed more expensive, so make sure you find your best deal (right now, it's eModernDecor).
Floraville Side Chair
We can see a couple (or a few?) of these Andover Mills Floraville Side Chairs in a small home therapy office or a posh spa or hotel waiting room. In a subtle, artistic pattern of blues and browns, you can draw out any of the colors you like for your accent rug or wall decor.
With solid wood legs, easy-to-clean fabric, and an upholstered back and seat, these chairs are easy on the eyes, the back, and the wallet.
Price: $125 at Wayfair and $120 at BHG.
- Free shipping over $49 (at Wayfair)
- Works well in a variety of settings
- 4.5 star ratings after 83 reviews on Wayfair site
- Wayfair offers business pricing if you're shopping for a business; apply here
- Some felt the seat cushion was a bit stiff
- Some reported needing to tighten the legs occasionally
These are pretty, vibrantly-colored chairs, attractive for a variety of settings. You won't regret them, especially at this price, but you may need to tighten up the legs from to time.
OFM Armless Guest and Reception Chair
Since sick people are the main visitors to medical and other healthcare venues, it's essential when shopping for the waiting room chairs for medical offices that all seat surfaces are easy to keep clean. That's where this chair from Quill comes in.
While still comfortable and supportive, this OFM Armless Guest and Reception Chair is just as is stated — covered in anti-bacterial and anti-microbial vinyl.
Help keep your waiting area germ-free with these comfy charcoal chairs. Easy-to-clean and durable, their anti-microbial and anti-bacterial vinyl covering is smooth and scuff-resistant,
- Easy to clean and keep free of germs
- Smooth, professional look
- Comes with a limited lifetime warranty
- Meets ANSI/BIFMA standards
- Light assembly required is easy to complete
- No arms (There's also one with arms for a few dollars more here.)
Maintain the professional look and germ-free status of your medical office waiting area by filling it with these chairs. Their anti-bacterial, anti-microbial vinyl is easy to clean and they're simple to assemble. Their limited lifetime warranty ensures you're getting what you pay for - and then some.
HON Topflight Wood Guest Chair
Available in a Mahogany finish or Bourbon Cherry (below), with attractive black leather seat cushion cover and backing.
We had to search a bit for the light wood frame below, but you can find it here under a slightly different name (and substantially higher price; unless you really love it, we'd probably stick with the darker woods above.)
- Durable and attractive for years of use
- Great for doctor's office examination rooms; patients of all sizes can sit comfortably in these with their wide-set frame
- Lightweight and easy to assemble; all parts and tools needed are included with package, and it even includes extra parts
- Soft and well-padded seat and backing
- Looks more expensive than it is
- Some felt it was not comfortable for a long sit
These are perfect for any office space or waiting area and come highly recommended by those who've purchased before. Chair goes together easily within 15 minutes and the kit includes the Allen wrench necessary to assemble.
Boss Stackable Guest/Conference Room Chair
Buy 20 of these Boss stackable waiting room chairs at a price most pay for 10. Comfortable and sturdy, these stack well, fit nicely around any kind of table, and look fine lined up in one or more colors. They'll save you space while the 4 color choices easily match any decor.
Rated at 4 or 5 stars by the majority of those who've purchased them, these simple, easily stackable guest chairs are ideal for a waiting room on a budget.
Price: Starting at $50 (for the blue and grey), on up to $52.49 for the red and black.
- A nice price and look when you need to keep things cheap but don't want to skimp on comfort or style
- Smooth covering
- Good stability; these have been used successfully in a physical therapy waiting room
- Lightweight at 18 pounds each, easy to move around
- Armrests may not be set wide enough for some larger guests over 200 lbs
- Some had trouble with assembly
These are the right price for a budget-minded office manager, and can fit in almost anywhere if you match the right color to your office decor. Stack them up at night for the cleaning crew, or move them around as you wish. Most found them easy to assemble.
Walmart Flash Furniture Executive Side Chair
Elegant with LeatherSoft (a leather and polyurethane blend) upholstery and mahogany finished legs, these waiting room chairs were highly rated by over 71% of those who've purchased on the Walmart site.
Also available on Amazon as well with a choice of two additional colors and a 20% better price, these are very comfortable, yet sturdy, and pleasing to the eye in any lobby.
Price: $110 on Walmart and $90 on Amazon.
- Super prices and gorgeous colors (black is nice, but Amazon has burgundy and a creamy white color, too)
- Will work in almost any waiting area, in pairs or more
- Box stitching on the seat and back give a clean appearance to the smooth covering fabric
- Some had trouble with assembly and found the chair wobbly upon completion
Easy to wipe clean and a pleasure to sit on, these chairs make a bold, classic statement in any setting. You'll get compliments on these, too. When assembling, don't tighten screws in all the way until everything is put together — then tighten. This should help keep it all even without any extra drama.
UrbanMod Black Modern Dining Chair
For a casual, artsy, or modern spaces, give these UrbanMod waiting room chairs a try. Sold conveniently as a set, nobody says you need to put them around a table — unless it's a coffee table full of magazines, that is!
Basic chairs with a chrome finish and simple design, these can hold up to 330 pounds and come with a 2-year warranty on all parts issued by the manufacturer.
If you're in the mood for something a little different, check out UrbanMod's waiting room chairs. These Birch Sapling Chairs come in sets of 4, available in black, red, green, or white — and they're even stackable.
Price: $178.95 for a set of 4. (Also sold as a pair for $89.68).
- These maintain a 4.8 star-rating after 170 customer reviews on Amazon (wow!)
- Sturdy and lightweight
- Surprisingly comfy
- Easy to assemble
- Fits great into almost any space
- Some felt the seat was lower than expected
Grab a set or two of these to make your modern lobby space pop. A chic salon could rock these in their waiting room. Kid-friendly and pet-friendly, these work almost anywhere.
Alera Reception Lounge Series Guest Chair
Sturdy with a chic, modern design, these Alera waiting room chairs will take your guest space up a notch.
Retro circles pull the legs/arched armrest combo of a modern style chair together. Could work in a room with solids or other prints (see below).
- Leveling glides are included to even up legs on any floor
- Attractive in any waiting area
- Some felt they were too lightweight
- Some wished they were a bit softer
Easy to assemble in less than 15 minutes, these work well in most lobby spaces and with plenty of other styles and colors. They also have it on Amazon, but is more expensive.
Global Industrial Stacking Guest Chair
When you need something already fully assembled but can't spend a fortune, go for these Global Industrial stacking guest chairs, sold in groups of 4.
As the best no assembly waiting room chairs we've found, many offices can afford at least 2 sets of these at prices like this.
Price: $187.80 for a set of 4.
- Vinyl upholstery is super easy to keep clean
- Ships fully assembled with a hard shell back for greater durability
- Stylishly contoured seat and back
- 2 inches thick seat and back cushions for optimal comfort
- No other colors to choose from
Fill your waiting room with these cheap, fully assembled, cozy, and easy-to-clean chairs. At $187 for 4, the bang for your buck can't be beat — and black goes with everything, anyway.
Hercules Stacking Church Chair
Still plentifully in stock, these stacking church chairs are a steal at $29.99 — and nothing says they have be used in church, either! Available in 12 colors, there's something to match every decor in this selection.
At $30 each, you can get one in each color and make a rainbow or at least buy six in your favorite color. They even have purple!
With church seating designed to withstand lengthy sermons and 3-course potlucks, you'll get more than enough durability for your waiting room with these babies — especially since they can hold up to 800 lbs!
These move easily for any seating arrangement you prefer, with a handy book pouch on the back which can hold anything from magazines to brochures and training materials.
The seat and back cushioning is 4 inches thick with a comfy waterfall edge and built-in ganging brackets to connect them when you wish to create perfect rows.
Price: $29.99 each.
Where can I buy these? At School Furniture 4 Less.
- Up to 800 lbs. weight capacity
- Available in 12 colors
- Cushions comprised of fire retardant foam
- Limited Lifetime Warranty on frame
- Ganging Brackets can connect several chairs together
- No armrests
Any reception area can work with these, especially when they come in every color. They have waterfall seats for healthy blood flow and plenty of cushion for lengthy waits. Stock these if you need to seat larger folks, too — they can support up to 800 lbs.
Pottery Barn Sorrel Tufted Dining Chair
When you have a smaller waiting room to fill, go ahead and splurge a little with these perfect chairs from Pottery Barn.
With a traditional tufted back and brushed dark legs to contrast the creamy eggshell upholstery, this gorgeous find is ideal for anywhere you need an impressive seat.
Comprised of kiln-dried pine and plywood, the Sorrel Tufted Dining Chair is more than just a spot to mange ton dejeuner — it's a place to brainstorm, relax, read, and properly compose yourself prior to a meeting.
Price: $199 each (so splurge a little!).
- Supports up to 400 lbs
- Clean easily with a soft, dry cloth
- Perfect in smaller waiting rooms
- Earn $25 in rewards for every $250 you spend on your Pottery Barn Credit Card
- Easily stained; spills must be blotted up immediately (best for an adults-only waiting room)
These beautiful Pottery Barn chairs will make your guests want to stay in the waiting room! A couple of these accent tables might work with them if your visitors need to fill out forms pre-appointment (in lieu of tacky clipboards). In any case, they're a great place to reflect and enjoy a few minutes of quiet, no matter where you're waiting.
Campaign Living Chair
If you want something original, Campaign Living chairs are cushy, retro-inspired, one-of-a-kind Mid-Century style designs that pull together all the decor in a room when you customize your colors on the Campaign Living site.
For the higher end (but certainly not the highest end) waiting rooms out there that can spend a little more, why not try one or two? (Or a few?)
Customizing these chairs starts with the the fabric (17 choices) and goes on to the perfect leg color to match whatever your decor may be.
- Easy assembly upon delivery
- Impressive seating
- High quality components
- Replaceable fabric covers
- 14-day return policy, must be returned in original packaging
We can see these in a law firm, architects' office, or any other professional's waiting area. Tie it all together with a micro-velvet, vegan leather, or striped throw pillow or two here.
Modern Office Sterling Heavyweight Beam Seating
When you've got a busy waiting area, whether it's in a dental office, medical clinic, mental health facility, urgent-care facility, or general office building, you may want to check out Modern Office.
With convenient and durable Sterling Heavyweight Beam Seating, you can opt for single seats, or get them in twos, threes, or more:
These seats can take a licking and stay in top shape with their sleek steel appearance. Or, you can add cushioning for a pop of color.
Benches with two or more seats come with optional power & USB charging posts to give patients the added convenience of a charging station.
Price: Single seats start out at $249 each up to 5; 6-14 seats are $239 each, and 15+ seats are $229 each.
- Durable heavyweight steel construction
- Low maintenance, super easy to keep clean
- Surprisingly comfortable
- Comes with a 5 year warranty
- Supports up to 250 lbs.
- Options are numerous; you can add floor brackets to secure them to the floor, power/USB charging posts, beam-mounted magazine tables between seats, vinyl padded seat/back cushions in 4 colors, armrests, and more
If you've got the need for super sturdy seating that can be nailed to the floor and added onto in as many ways as you wish, Modern Office's Sterling Heavyweight Beam Seating is the way to go. It may cost a little more, but there's a 5 year warranty and we think it'll last you a lot longer than that.
DHI Sunflower Deco Upholstered Accent Chair
Your waiting room, exploding with contemporary sunflower art deco in charcoal, gray, green, lavender, or grey-ivory multi-red. (Amazon has it in blue and brown, too — but it's more expensive.) That's the vision you've had, anyway. And now it's affordable with Jet!
Keep your lobby classy with modern, easy-care premium fabrics and sleek, vibrant colors. A kiln-dried hardwood frame holds up the upholstery and gently rests on tapered legs in a dark, espresso finish.
Could one in each color work in your reception area? Or will you get them all the same?
- Gorgeous design
- Available in several colors
- Easy to assemble
- Works in almost any room
- Some reported the seat size is fine, but height is very low (height is ideal for small to average adults or children)
Beautiful design in attractive colors to match any decor. Since these are reportedly low seated, we think it could work for a child-related business. For example, if you've got a child and adolescent therapist's office to fill, or perhaps a student study/waiting area in a school office, these would probably be perfect.
AllModern Nestor Slipper Chair
It's also available in the Ikat pattern, shown below, and in blue, but the blue chairs are not in stock. These chairs are firm and supportive yet provide enough cushion to relax into:
If you qualify for financing ($17.00/month never hurt anybody, did it?), and like how these look, maybe you should grab several for your waiting room? The blues and reds as well as the patterned chairs could work well together in the right space!
Price: $183.99 (or get financing at AllModern with Affirm for payments as low as $17.00/month).
- Supports up to 220 lbs.
- Maintains a 4.8 out of 5 stars after 45 customer reviews on the All Modern website
- Seat cushioning is nice and thick
- Beautifully made, high quality
- Very comfortable
- Some felt the back could be more supportive
Bottom line: These are lovely retro-style waiting room chairs in premium quality fabric that offer optimal comfort and durability. The overall price may seem formidable, but the financing price is nice! If you need more comfort in the back, try a throw pillow.