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Staples Tarance Office ChairFrom $194.99

Office chairs are typically either affordable and cheaply built, or well built and very expensive. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of middle ground in this market. In the past if you went into a big box store you would find a variety of either overly padded fake leather chairs, or really cheap and uncomfortable but affordable chairs.

Staples has attempted to change this with their Tarance chair, a simple all black lightweight mesh chair. I put the chair through its paces and gave it a full review.


tarance chair boxThe Tarance comes in a simple box in multiple pieces. If you have ever put together any piece of furniture you shouldn’t have any issues here.

The instructions were clear, and the screws were properly labeled. It only took me about 10-15 minutes to get the chair fully assembled. The chair dimensions are as follows.

MaterialsPlastic, Steel, Mesh
Weight Capacity250lbs
Chair Dimensions52.9″ x 28.1″ x 27.4″
Seat21.9″ x 19.9″ x 18.4″
Back30.5″ x 18.1″
Arms31.2″ x 20.1″
Warranty7 Years


The Tarance has all the basic features you would expect from an affordable chair plus some you won’t.

adjustable head rest adjustable head rest
adjustable chair arms adjustable chair arms
tarace lumbar support tarace lumbar support

  • Seat Height Adjustment
  • Backrest Tilt & Tilt Lock
  • Height Adjustable Arms
  • Height & Angle Adjustable Headrest
  • Adjustable Lumbar Support Bar

You really can’t ask for more from a chair in this price range. You will find a lot of similar office chairs for the same price that don’t have a headrest at all, that is the feature that really separates the Tarance from the competition.

Build Quality

The build quality is surprisingly good. The chair feels solid and well put together. It doesn’t creek or flex. Outside of the recline mechanism and height piston the entire thing is made from plastic.

The only place you can really feel the price is in the armrests. Each armrest does have a little wiggle in it no matter what position you place it in. You won’t feel this when resting your arms but it is a little looser then it should be. I noticed this on the floor model in store and my brand new model.


tarace chair build qualityStaples has done a great job with the Tarance. It is comfortable, attractive, and well built. If you are looking for a chair around the $200 mark this should be close to the top of your list.

Another option would be the Hon 2, however that model lacks the adjustable headset of the Tarance. Or for a few extra bucks you can grab an Autonomous Ergochair 2 for $300. If you do chose the Tarance though, you won’t be disappointed.


  1. Hi! Love your blog. I’m with Gerry: if you could update your thoughts on this chair, I’d love to read about them.


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