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When setting up your lab, it can be easy to get so caught up in countertop material selection, table configuration, and other elements that you forget entirely about another key element of the complete lab – chairs. While there are many chair subtypes available, two of the most popular options for laboratory seating are vinyl and polyurethane. Below, we’ll cover the pros and cons of each.

Pros of Polyurethane Chairs

Polyurethane chairs are some of the most durable lab chairs available. While both vinyl and polyurethane chairs are able to withstand most chemicals, heat, and other lab hazards, polyurethane chairs tend to last longer than vinyl lab chairs.

Polyurethane laboratory chairs are also extremely ergonomic, which can help reduce the risks of fatigue and injury when working in a seated position for long hours. An ergonomic chair is more likely to result in increased productivity, since those working in the lab won’t suffer the distractions that usually come with discomfort.

Cons of Polyurethane Chairs

While polyurethane laboratory chairs are often more ergonomic and last longer, the main con is that they are more expensive than vinyl chairs. Of course, an expensive item will usually pay for itself over time, but if you are short on funds as you are initially setting up your lab, it may be too much to immediately purchase polyurethane lab chairs.

While polyurethane laboratory chairs are often more ergonomic and last longer, the main con is that they are more expensive than vinyl chairs. Of course, an expensive item will usually pay for itself over time, but if you are short on funds as you are initially setting up your lab, it may be too much to immediately purchase polyurethane lab chairs.
Another possible con has to do with padding. While polyurethane lab chairs are quite ergonomic, they tend to be a bit less padded than vinyl laboratory chairs. If your employees prefer very padded chairs, polyurethane chairs may be less ideal.

Pros of Laboratory Chairs

Chairs for laboratory use, which are typically made of padded vinyl, are the most economical choice when it comes to choosing seating for your lab. And even though they are an inexpensive option, these chairs still have the benefit of adjustable ergonomics.

If you are looking for an incredibly economical option when seeking out lab chairs for sale, fabric laboratory chairs offer the ergonomic benefits of vinyl laboratory chairs- the cost savings comes from the material used. However, if your lab involves working with chemicals that stain or burn, it may be best to opt for vinyl chairs.

Cons of Laboratory Chairs

While cost and overall quality are two very important things to consider when evaluating lab chairs for sale, the longevity of the chair is another important factor. A decent-quality lab chair will last years, although it is important to note that the warranty on fabric and vinyl chairs is shorter than the warranty on polyurethane chairs. This is because they last less long on average.

This is because chairs for laboratory use tend to be subjected to extremes – chemicals, stains, and heat exposure are some of the major risks. Vinyl and fabric cannot stand up to these hazards in the same way polyurethane can.

Which Chair Type is Right?

Both types of chairs have something to offer, and which you choose depends on the specifics of your lab, as well as the amount of time your employees spend in the lab. For instance, ergonomics are a much more important consideration for a lab where your employees will be working for hours on end than they would be for a lab where employees spend a comparatively brief amount of time. Similarly, considering your lab conditions and how much wear the chairs will be subjected to is important. And lastly, your budget is a factor that needs to be taken into account.

If you aren’t sure what type of chair is best for your situation, give Lab Tech Supply a call – we will happily answer your questions!