Last updated: August 12, 2021

Welcome to our large cantilever chair test 2021. Here we present all the cantilever chairs we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the internet. We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best cantilever chair for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a cantilever chair.




The most important facts

  • The skid frame of the cantilever chair relieves the strain on the back thanks to the built-in rocking mechanism.
  • Swing chairs are particularly suitable as visitor and conference chairs, dining room chairs or even as office chairs, usually for the home office.
  • The most important comparison criteria you should consider when buying a cantilever chair are the material, the load-bearing capacity, the rocker mechanism and how easy it is to clean the covers.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a cantilever chair

What exactly is a cantilever chair?

A cantilever chair is a chair that stands on two legs only. However, these legs come together on the floor. This means they form a rectangle at the bottom, which gives the swing chair its stability. This is called a skid frame. The missing "back legs" cause the chair to rock. This is explained in more detail in the purchase criterion "Movement Mechanics".

Who is the cantilever chair suitable for?

The cantilever chair is suitable for anyone who would like to sit comfortably and in a way that is easy on the back. It is used, for example, as a visitor, applicant or conference chair in companies or as a dining room chair in the private sphere. Why? The design is very stylish and timeless. The cantilever chair is very space-saving. You can stack it to quickly make room for other events. In addition, the suspension of the seat relieves the back, which also makes sitting for longer periods comfortable.

Did you know that cantilever chairs have even been used by various architectural greats? Marcel Breuer, Ludwig van der Rohe and Le Corbusier all had the swinging armchair in their programmes. But it was above all the Bauhaus that made the cantilever chair popular

This swinging chair is not suitable for everyday use in the workplace (especially in the office), as the recommended sitting time of mostly 4 hours should not be exceeded. Alternatively, however, it is suitable for the desk in the home office.

How long should you sit on the cantilever chair?

Wondering how long you can sit on a cantilever chair without discomfort? Fortunately, most manufacturers give a recommended sitting time. This is a good guide to help you decide which office chair suits you best. If you need a desk chair for work, the recommended sitting time should be 8 hours or even more.

However, if you are not going to spend much time in the chair, a cantilever chair would also be an option. Here, the average recommended sitting time is 4 hours. After that, damage to health can no longer be fully ruled out.

Decision: What types of cantilever chairs are there and which is the right one for you?

Basically, you can distinguish between three different types of cantilever chairs, also called swing chairs:

  • Cantilever chair with armrest
  • Cantilever chair without armrest
  • Cantilever chair

Swing chairs are becoming increasingly popular due to their seating comfort and modern appearance. They are available in many sizes and shapes, basically as cantilever chairs with or without armrests or as swing chairs. All these types of swing chairs have their advantages and disadvantages in use.

Depending on what is most important to you when looking for the right swing chair and what you want to use it for, one of the three types is more suitable for your needs. In the following section, we would therefore like to introduce you to the three types of cantilever chairs and help you find out which one is exactly right for you. For this purpose, we will present the above-mentioned types clearly and explain in detail what their advantages and disadvantages are.

What distinguishes a cantilever chair with armrest and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Cantilever chairs with armrests have an innovative and characterful design and the unique combination of comfortable sitting with the many advantages of a swinging chair. This type of swing chair has only two legs instead of four, as the front legs blend seamlessly into the base frame.

In addition, cantilever chairs with armrests offer extra support and comfort thanks to the armrests on the sides, which the sitter can rest on. Because the rear chair legs are missing, the backrest of the cantilever chair springs slightly backwards. This swinging function encourages the sitter to move, and the slight rocking has a relaxing effect on the back muscles. Even when sitting for a longer period of time, the cantilever chair does not cause back pain.

Advantages
  • High seating comfort
  • Modern look
  • Armrests provide extra support and comfort
  • Ideal for doctor's offices and other facilities with waiting areas
  • Partially stackable
Disadvantages
  • Not suitable for very overweight people due to limited seating area

The seating comfort and attractive design make the cantilever chair with armrest a popular piece of seating furniture in waiting areas of doctors' surgeries and other medical facilities. The main disadvantage of a cantilever chair with armrest is that the chair offers a limited seating area due to the armrests. It is therefore not suitable for very overweight people.

What distinguishes a cantilever chair without armrests and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Cantilever chairs without armrests look very similar to their siblings, the cantilever chairs with armrests. They also do not have leg chairs at the back and produce the typical oscillation when sitting. However, cantilever chairs without armrests are narrower and thus more space-saving because the seat is not limited to the left and right by armrests.

Advantages
  • High seating comfort due to oscillation
  • Encourages straight posture
  • Modern look
Disadvantages
  • More space-saving without armrests (usually narrower design)
  • Ideal for conference rooms, meeting rooms, offices
  • Partially stackable

The biggest disadvantage of a cantilever chair without armrests is that the chair cannot support more than 110-120 kg of body weight. This means that the chair is not suitable for people with extraordinarily large muscle mass or for overweight people.

The fact that the cantilever chair encourages you to sit up straight and that you cannot "snuggle into it" means that it is probably not very comfortable as a living room or TV chair either.

What distinguishes a swinging chair and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

If you are looking for an extremely comfortable and cosy piece of seating furniture, for example for the living room, you will greatly appreciate the swinging armchair. Swing chairs are designed similarly to cantilever chairs with armrests. However, the seat is lower, slightly tilted backwards, and the entire seating area is upholstered. Many swing chairs have an integrated cushion in the head area, for most of them you can also buy a stool.

Advantages
  • High seating comfort
  • Cosy look
  • Ideal for home
Disadvantages
  • Requires more space
  • Not stackable

This makes the swing armchair ideal for putting your feet up at the end of the day. The modern and cosy design of swinging armchairs not only brings zest to sitting but also to the room in which the armchair is placed - be it the living room, the conservatory or the children's room.

The only disadvantages of the swing armchair are that it takes up more space than cantilever chairs and that it is not stackable. It is therefore unlikely to be used where you want to place many armchairs next to each other.

Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate cantilever chairs

In the following, we will show you which criteria you can use to compare and evaluate cantilever chairs. This will make it easier for you to get an overview and decide on a suitable product. In summary, these are the following criteria:

  • Features
  • Movement mechanism
  • Optics
  • Load capacity
  • Dimensions
  • Covers and cleaning

In the following, you can read about the respective criteria and find out why it makes sense for you to purchase a cantilever chair under these aspects or not.

Features

Normally, a cantilever chair does not come with any additional features. However, there are some models that have additional armrests. These are intended to provide more comfort as well as safety. They also support correct sitting.

The resulting change in design is, of course, a matter of taste. A cantilever chair with armrests would be suitable for the home office, for example. There are also swing chairs with a lumbar support. This is a bulge in the back area that is primarily intended to stabilise the lumbar region.

Movement mechanics

There are different movement mechanisms for office chairs. The rocking mechanism is used for the cantilever chair. The body weight causes the seat surface to yield slightly. The backrest remains at the same angle to the seat, but moves with it. This relieves the back and prevents unhealthy, rigid sitting.

Did you know that the shape of the floor runner of the cantilever chair prevents it from tipping over? Due to the given statics of the floor runner, the tension in the front legs redirects the force generated when sitting down to the entire runners. The skids, which extend to the rear end of the chair and thus create a wide base, prevent the chair from tipping over.

Some models have a backrest pressure regulator for optimal adjustment.

Optics

The cantilever chair impresses with its timeless, stylish design. This is created by the chair's missing "back legs". If you get scared, don't worry. This does not affect the stability. Nevertheless, there may be a feeling of tipping, but this is perceived differently. Rest assured, you are not really tilting.

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Load capacity

The average maximum load capacity of the cantilever chair is 120 kg - 130 kg. If you are looking for an office chair that is more resilient, I recommend an XXL office chair. This can withstand a mass of up to 160 kg.

Dimensions

On average, the swing chair is 40 cm - 50 cm long, 40 cm - 45 cm wide and 90 cm - 100 cm high. The seat height is approx. 45 cm - 50 cm.

Covers and cleaning

Because of its simple design, a cantilever chair is easy to clean. Of course, the covers of the backrest and seat also play a role. These are available in leather, fabric, etc.

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