Several color options
Seat feels a little shallow
Not super comfortable
If you’re spending lots of time at your desk, prioritizing proper posture and typing position is important. You probably already know an ergonomic office chair is the best choice, but with so many out there (and an extremely wide variation in pricing), narrowing down your options can seem like a daunting task. The good news is that we’ve done some of the groundwork for you by testing out the Zipcode Design Billups Ergonomic Mesh Executive Chair. Read on for our assessment of the chair’s design, comfort, competition, and more.
Setup Process: Straightforward and easy
The Billups chair arrived disassembled in several different pieces. The instructions on putting the chair together were clear and involved only six steps. While you only need one person to put the chair together, it may be helpful to have someone around to help hold the chair base in place as you set the seat onto it.
The seat portion of the chair gets a little heavy after the adjustable mechanism is screwed into place and when we were trying to put the two pieces together, the base rolled around a lot, making it a little difficult. Overall, though, the setup process was straightforward and the entire assembly only took about 20 minutes. Everything you need to put the chair together is included in the box.
Design: Contemporary and modern
Lots of office chairs have a basic, professional look, but the Zipcode Design Billups Ergonomic Mesh Executive Chair stands out when it comes to design. It has more of a contemporary feel that can give a little life and character to your office.
While the body of the chair is the standard black that you’re probably accustomed to, the mesh back and seat cushion come in different colors that allow you to bring a little more personality into your office. We chose the gray color, but you have several different options, including purple, blue, green, orange, red, white and yellow.
The wheels glide easily and fluidly on hardwood floors, but take more of an effort if you’re trying to move around on carpet.
The base of the chair is also black, but it has silver detailing that’s in-line with its contemporary style and makes the design pop. The chair sits on five castors wheels that roll around in every direction. The wheels glide easily and fluidly on hardwood floors but take more of an effort if you’re trying to move around on carpet. If your desk is set up in a carpeted room, we recommend adding a chair pad to the mix to help make movement a little easier.
Comfort: Supportive, but not plush
The Billups chair isn’t a plush office chair that you sink into and say “ahhhh,” but maybe that’s the point. While we weren’t initially blown away by its comfort, it keeps you upright and maintains proper posture, which is what an ergonomic office chair is supposed to do.
The seat is supportive (and offers lumbar support) and the back stays firmly in place, especially after you make your proper adjustments (more on that later). We did wish there was a little more depth in the seat, though. We’re average-sized people and at times, it felt like we were falling off the seat, which measures 19 x 17 inches. This may be an intentional part of the ergonomic design to keep your feet planted on the floor while you’re working, but it would have really sealed the deal if the seat was just a little bigger.
While we weren’t initially blown away by its comfort, it keeps you upright and maintains proper posture, which is what an ergonomic office chair is supposed to do.
The arms of the chair are adjustable and have divets where you can rest your own arms that offer some added comfort, but like the rest of the chair, there’s not much in terms of cushioning.
Adjustability: You can make it your own
There are four different adjustments you can make to the Zipcode Design Billups Ergonomic Mesh Executive Chair: the arms, the chair height, the seat angle, and the back angle.
The arms are controlled by manual buttons that sit just under them and the other adjustable features are connected to three levers under the right side of the seat. These levers move between a locked and unlocked position so you can find your perfect angles and then lock them in place so that the chair doesn’t adjust simply from your movement while using it.
The adjustment levers were easy to use, but it did take us a few minutes to figure out which lever did what and which position was locked versus unlocked. There are pictures on the handle of each lever, but the instructions didn’t explain how to use them—a detail that we thought was overlooked.
Price: What you’d expect
The Zipcode Design Billups Ergonomic Mesh Executive Chair retails for around $135, which is on the lower end for an ergonomic office chair. While it’s not as plush as the chairs that come at a higher price point, it’s sturdy and as all the basic features of a well-built ergonomic office chair.
Zipcode Design Billups Ergonomic Mesh Executive Chair vs. Office Star Pro-Line II ProGrid High Back Managers Chair
Though there are many options out there, the Billups Ergonomic Mesh Executive Chair and the Office Star ProGrid High Back Managers Chair are two that go head to head. While you’ll save a good chunk of change if you go with the Billups (upwards of $75), the Office Star does offer an additional 3 inches of seat space, the option to adjust your seat depth, and some extra cushioning. It might be worth shelling out for these features if you sit in your office chair 40+ hours a week, but if you’re looking for something for occasional use, the Billups will do just fine.
- Product Name Billups Ergonomic Mesh Executive Chair
- Product Brand Zipcode Design
- Price $134.99
- Weight 37 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 25.75 x 27.75 x 43.5 in.
- Color Gray, Dark gray, Black, Orange, Purple, Red, Yellow, Blue, Green, and White
- Weight Capacity 250 lbs.
- Adjustable Seat Height 18 to 23 in.
- Adjustable Armrest Height 27 to 31.75 in.
- Warranty 5-year limited (non-moving metal parts); 2-year limited for parts