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.

  • Reviews
    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 vegan leather — it’s soft, durable, and easy to clean.

    Shipping & Setup


    • Get free ground shipping on all orders within the contiguous United States.
    • Most in-stock items ship within 3 business days.


    • No assembly required. Your chair will be ready to go, right out of the box.
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    Comfort Award
    Free Returns
    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 105 reviews
    Incredible Experience

    As someone with back problems - this is an incredible solution. Honestly, the only solution. I could not find another chair that fit the bill at any price point.
    What I was looking for in a chair:
    - Adjustable lumbar.
    - Cushiony soft.
    - Tall enough that my shoulders didn't rest on plastic or framing.
    - Adjustable lean / tension control
    - Headrest
    - Upright lock
    - Freedom to stretch and move.
    The chair hit all the marks - although I did not order the version with a headrest. All of the external reviews I could find thought the headrest was bad. I do still find myself wishing I had a headrest, however I can manage fine without.
    - This breaks the bank. While I love the chair, and I am sure there was a ton of RnD involved, I can't help but feel like these higher end chairs are priced for large organizations that can afford it. Unfortunately for my wallet, this is the only chair I have found that could tend to my medical back issues. Most probably can't afford it and realistically, neither can I, however I need back relief during the work day.
    - The arm-rests could use a slight bit more tension. Occasionally they slip.
    I compared this most directly to the Herman Miller Embody.
    The reason this beat the Embody, for me, was the back height. At just over 6' tall, the embody frame corners push my shoulders down and defeats the purpose of the range of motion provided by the skinny back. The fern is just enough taller and more flexible in the corners.

    Justin Ballard
    The search is over

    Superb chair. I love how precise you can alter any part of the chair, whether it is how far to lean back, seat depth, seat tilt, and most especially, the arm rests. As opposed to having to constantly readjust myself in previous chairs (including the famous Herman Miller Aeron), I am finally content with a chair that I can sit in for hours.

    I was worried about the firmness if the seat, but was pleasantly surprised to find out just how comfortable it was even during prolonged use (no more numb rear is always a plus).

    And of course, the ergonomics of the chair. After trying a chair with both lumbar and no lumbar, no lumbar is definitely the way to go if anyone is on the fence. The chair naturally supports your entire back already, and I found myself sitting upright rather than slowly altering my posture to a hunchback.

    The digital knit is also very breathable, and definitely more comfortable than the mesh variant.

    If you are reading this, you are already seriously considering this chair. Let me help you out and say: get it! After months of research throughout various companies, this is the one to get.

    Ruben Hernandez
    Love the Fern and love their customer service

    Herman Miller and Steelcase have great chairs but in my opinion and personal experience, they don't compare to the Haworth chairs, especially the Fern. The Fern is quite a beautiful experience to relax and work on it. But what has surprised me the most is the wonderful service to their customers. Amy and Sue are the best I have experienced in 50 years in terms of attention, patience, and interest in making customers happy with their purchases. At first, I had a few small issues with my chair, however they went above and beyond to resolve them and I am now a very happy customer. Thank you, Amy, thank you Sue, and thank you to the entire Haworth team for all the excellent care.

    Adam Garza
    Best Chair I've Ever Owned

    Very comfortable and stylish chair I would highly recommend very happy with my purchase great investment!

    Tyler Swanson
    Great chair and great service

    Chair went on sale right after I ordered mine. Support was supper helpful and was able to add the discount to my order. The chair itself is very sturdy and was easy to unpack. Would recommend if you need a chair to last for the long haul.