Fern Office Chair

Meet our best-selling chair for total back support, researched and certified by experts. Fern responds to every movement to give you complete comfort, from your neck all the way down.


Inspired by the natural flexibility of a fern leaf, this chair evenly distributes weight as you move to help relieve pressure. At its core is our patented Wave Suspension system, which mimics the human spine and cradles your body in comfort.

To create Fern, our designers partnered with the Human Performance Institute at Western Michigan University, where we conducted comfort studies with experts in biomechanics, physical therapy, and kinesiology.

Not only is this chair good for you, it’s good for the planet too. With GREENGUARD Gold® certification, Fern is independently tested to be free from over 10,000 chemicals to help contribute to cleaner air in your home.

  • Adjustable Seat Height
  • 4D Arms
  • Adjustable Seat Depth
  • Back Stop
  • Optional Forward Tilt
  • Optional Height-Adjustable Lumbar Support
  • Soft Casters
  • Tilt Tension


  • Overall Height: 41.5"-47"
  • Overall Width: 29"
  • Overall Depth: 28.5"
  • Seat Height: 16.5"-21.5"
  • Seat Width: 19.9"
  • Seat Depth: 15.5"-18.5"
  • Arm Height: 6.7"-11.5"
  • Warrantied for people up to 325 lbs.


How to Adjust & Care For Fern

Content: Care
  • Vacuum your chair as needed.
  • For additional cleaning, use a solution of lukewarm water and mild detergent (about 10%). Gently apply in a circular motion, then rinse with warm water and dry with a soft cloth.


Choose from breathable mesh, our zero-waste digital knit, or soft vegan leather. Mesh lets air pass through to naturally regulate body temperature. Our signature digital knit is knit to fit each chair using custom-fiber fabric. For a luxe look, choose our semi-aniline leather — it’s soft, durable, and easy to clean.

Shipping, Setup, & Returns


Free ground shipping.


No assembly required. Your chair will be ready to go, right out of the box.


Free returns if initiated within 30 days of receipt.

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12 year warranty
Zero Waste to Landfill
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All the adjustments for every body.


Cradle your lower back with Fern’s built-in support. Or add even more with an optional adjustment that moves in a 3.5" range.

Forward Tilt

Angle the seat downward by 5° to support a forward-leaning posture — perfect for focused tasks. 

Seat Height

Adjust the seat up and down depending on your height. Your knees should be at a 90° angle with your feet flat on the floor.

Tilt Tension

Adjust how much force is necessary to recline in your chair.

4D Arms

Move each arm up and down, side to side, front to back, and in and out for superior neck and shoulder support.

Fern in the wild, WFH edition.

Less like a chair. More like a human.

Wave Suspension System

Fern is famous for its exclusive, patented 3-part back system that cradles your entire back in comfort.

Flexible Fronds

Each one is calibrated to support a different area of your back, from the base of your neck all the way down to your pelvic area.

Cradle of Comfort

The cradle overlays the stem and fronds, creating a soft and pliable frame that we like to call “edgeless comfort.”

Central Stem

The stem is Fern’s spine that brings together the entire back of the chair. It supports each frond and encourages natural flexibility with your every move.

We play favorites. And Fern is one.

Comfort Study Winner

An independent ergonomics consulting firm evaluated four task chairs: Fern and three competitors. Each chair was pressure-map tested for its ability to flex and support users in five postures that are common while working. The clear winner? Fern, reported “most comfortable” by all.

Genuinely Sustainable

Fern is 95% recyclable. That means almost the entire chair can be broken down to be recycled — and it’s designed for easy disassembly, so recycling is hassle free. Additionally, we don’t use PVC, heavy metals, or flame retardants to make any of our chairs.

GREENGUARD Gold® Certified

Fern is independently tested to be free from over 10,000 chemicals to help contribute to cleaner air in your home. It’s considered the most stringent standard for ensuring products are low in VOC emissions, which can lead to healthier indoor environments. Short for volatile organic compounds, VOCs are chemicals emitted as gasses into the air. The most common exposure is in our homes.

Patented 3-Part System

We took cues from the flexibility of a fern leaf to design this chair’s exclusive three-part system — and it’s a total innovation in human body support. Fern’s stem, fronds, and cradle work in harmony to support every flex, twist, and motion you use through the day.


Customer Reviews

Based on 128 reviews
First high-end office chair

It's so comfy, there are times when I forget I'm sitting in a chair. The most noticeable feature of the fern is how it hugs my back like no other chair I've had. Without a doubt it's the best chair I've owned.

Dave Haller
A real difference maker

Making the change to a Fern from a less expensive and made a world of difference in seat comfort and back support. Previously had and to get up walk around to relieve pain in the legs and back. The Fern feels like an extension of my back, it cradles it so well. Really happy with the build quality as well. Happy with the investment.

Jeremy T
Pretty Good

First I have to say it is a great chair! I just don't know if its worth the price Haworth is asking for. I will also add that a lot of reviewers recommended to not get the head rest and I have to say I do wish I had gotten one. At 6 feet tall the back rest just feels a little too short and I think a head rest would have helped IMO. Overall a huge upgrade from my very very old DX Racer knockoff. Thanks!

You won’t find a better chair

Call me the Goldilocks of office chairs. I’ve never been able to find one I really like, one that checks all the boxes. I’ve never really believed a chair could be comfortable enough to be worth the price Haworth charges, but I can tell you without a doubt this is the perfect chair for anyone needing higher back support but equally stylish and durable at the same time.

Perfect Multi-Use Chair

This chair was the BEST investment I have made for my posture health! Although a bit pricey, the cost per year completely justifies it if you’re work from home, student, gaming enthusiast, etc. Whatever your use case, I would recommend this chair to those that can afford it.

I’m a multi-use case scenario user of this chair since I work from home, game, and enjoy a wide range of entertainment at my desk. When I ordered the chair I opted for the Digital Knit in Baltic Blue with Forward tilt, plastic base, and no lumbar support. My configuration is great even without the lumbar support since I feel supported regardless. However, if you prefer lumbar support, in general, then opt for it! I’m a bit on the shorter side at 5’8 at ~150 and feel extremely comfortable. Also, get the digital knit instead of the mesh.

The quality of the material in all of the chair is exceptional. My first gripe is that the arms at the highest height are a bit wobbly but nothing too excessive. I just wish they were more secure at this price point. My second minor gripe is the padding material on the arm rests are a bit too firm for my taste. Nonetheless, do not keep these minor flaws from purchasing this great chair. The casters are really quiet and smooth which is great! The forward tilt is useable and a great option to have. I can sit in this chair for hours but with standing breaks in between for blood circulation.

Before I bought this chair, I tried the Herman Miller Embody and I think the Fern is better. I felt too rigid and could not relax in the Embody and the Fern allows me to adjust/relax without making feel like I have to sit in a specific position. I suggest try them both at a store if you can. Moreover, I researched both companies and I like Haworth as a brand than Herman Miller. I feel Haworth is more sustainable and treats their employees better.

This is a great chair! If you can afford it, I would highly recommend it.

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