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Freedom Chair with Headrest

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Upholstery   Click For More Info
Upholstery options
Wave: 86% Nylon, 14% Elastic, wave is a 4-way stretch fabric that meets all requirements for heavy-duty upholstery.
Lotus: 100% Polyurethane face with nylon backing, lotus is water repellant and easy to clean, soft yet incredibly durable.
Vellum: 91% Nylon and Cordura blend, 9% elastic, vellum is both comfortable and exceptionally durable. The Cordura allows for four-way stretching, letting the upholstery stand up to the rigors of use.
Millennium: 100% vinyl, millennium is an antimicrobial and wipeable textile that is designed to be durable and easy to maintain.
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Base and Frame Finish   Click For More Info
Base and Frame:
The graphite and titanium base and frame are made of hard plastic with your choice of finish. The polished aluminum base is available with either a graphite or titanium finished hard plastic frame.
Seat   Click For More Info
Seat Type:
The Freedom Chair with fabric upholstery* is available with a standard foam seat or a gel seat. The gel seat is slightly more expensive. As far as the folks at Smart Furniture can tell, this is one of the only premium quality office chairs that comes available with a gel seat.

*The Freedom Chair with leather is not available with the gel seat because the leather doesn't mesh well with the gel material.
Arms   Click For More Info
Arm options

Duron vs Gel:
Duron is a fancy word for polyurethane foam. Essentially, do you want foam or gel inside the armrests? Gel costs more.

What is matching upholstery on the armrests? Instead of being covered in vinyl the armrests can be upholstered in the matching upholstery that you select for the seat and back of the chair. Make sense?

Standard Arms: Armrests move in tandem to eliminate uneven arm positioning and move with a cantilever action that doesn't use buttons or levers. There is a 6” range of vertical adjustment (5-11" above the seat) and they can be positioned below thigh level for close table or desk work. Arms attach to the backrest so they stay in the same relation to your body during recline.

Advanced Arms: Same height adjustment features as standard arms but advanced arms also move laterally to push armrests closer or farther away from your body as well as add an extra 1.25" in depth to the armpad.

Seat Height Adjustment   Click For More Info
Seat Height Adjustment:
Standard seat adjusts from 16" - 21" and is appropriate for 95 percent of users
Low seat adjusts from 15.25" - 19.5" and is appropriate for shorter users
Tall seat adjusts from 17" - 22.25" and is appropriate for very tall users
Casters & Glides   Click For More Info
Casters and Glides:
Standard hard casters are designed for use on carpeted surfaces while soft casters are designed for use on hard floors. The locking casters and glides are safe for any surface and give you the option of a fixed base.
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Humanscale Freedom Chair with Headrest
designed by Niels Diffrient

Sharing the same characteristics of the Freedom Chair that made it an ergonomic success, this headrest-toting version offers the high performance you expect with added support for your noggin.

What's to Like:
Who doesn't like freedom? The freedom to move around in your chair that is. At work, lots of people need to shift positions with regularity so they can stay comfortable, and the Freedom Chair makes this easy and comfortable. The seat and seat back conspire to even make slouching positions easy on the back and legs.

What's Not to Like:
Not every one gets excited about the style of the chair. The double bar armrest support and the indentations that run down the middle of the seat and seat back appeal to some (Freedom lovers) but not to others (Freedom haters).

The Bottom line:
You can argue about the style, but you can't argue with the comfort. This is a unique and very comfortable desk chair. It may surprise you to hear that Humanscale doesn't really consider itself to be a furniture company. They make furniture, of course, but rather than calling themselves a furniture company, they call themselves an ergonomics company. There isn't an organization out there more committed, driven, and knowledgable about the field of ergonomics than Humanscale.

Humanscale stands for ergonomic furniture. The Freedom Chair is what you might call their Magnum Opus (thus far).

Materials & Measurements

The graphite and titanium bases are made of hard plastic to match the plastic frame of the chair. The base is also available in polished aluminum.

The seat comes in standard foam or a marvelous Technogel (even better than a bicycle seat) over a thin polyurethane foam.

Armpads are available with Duron covers over foam (Duron is a soft urethane plastic material)or gel. Both Duron and gel armpads are available with or without upholstery to match your seat.

A seat depth: 16.25" - 18.5"
B seat height: 16" - 21" (standard); 15.25" - 19.5" (low); 17" - 22.25" (tall)
C seat width: 21"
D backrest height: 18" - 21"
E chair width: 27.25"
F armrest height: 5" - 11"
G armrest length: 13" (standard); 14.25" (advanced)
H distance between armrests: 20" (standard); 11.5" - 21.5" (advanced)
I height (no headrest): 33.5" - 41.5"
J height (with headrest): 43" - 53"
K headrest height range: 5"
L base diameter: 25"
O backrest width: 21"
Freedom Armchair Depth
Freedom Chair Dimensions

Environmental Information

The Freedom Chair is Greenguard Certified and is made of 62-percent recycled materials. It is 90-percent recyclable. For more information on the Freedom Chair's environmental impact and Humanscale's environmental polices, see our Freedom Chair Environmental Summary.

About the Manufacturer

HumanscaleHumanscale's focus since its inception in 1982 has been providing outstanding ergonomic seating and accessories for the home and the office. Their products, which range from task chairs to keyboard trays to CPU holders, are all geared towards making life simpler, easier, and healthier for anyone who works at a desk. Widely recognized for their line of office seating, Humanscale has done much to advance design in some newer product areas- namely in computer and office accessories such as monitor arms, foot machines, and the ergonomic computer mouse. Winner of numerous design awards, Humanscale continues to deliver groundbreaking office tools that combine simplicity, aesthetics, and ergonomics.


Niels DiffrientNiels Diffrient
Designer of the Freedom Chair, the Liberty Chair, and the Diffrient Light, Niels Diffrient is internationally recognized as a premier designer in the field of ergonomics. Diffrient is a world-renowned and world-travelled designer who has worked with some of the greatest aesthetic and ergonomic designers of this or any century. Diffrient was trained at the Cranbrook Academy of Art where he was able to win the First Medal of Design 3 times during his tenure. After graduation he spent time traveling and working in Europe, thanks to a Fulbright Scholarship he had won. Aside from his obvious bonafides in the realm of furniture design, he also has a background in aeronautical engineering.

Diffrient has created many wonderful chairs in his long career. The Freedom Chair is among the most recent, but he was also responsible for the Diffrient Light Chair and the Liberty Chair. Diffrient co-authored the original three part book on modern ergonomic design, title "Humanscale." It was he who helped to lay out clearly and with great aesthetic and scientific insight the way forward for office chairs, and indeed all types of human-centric furniture design.

The Freedom Chair is one of his greatest accomplishments. It combines his love of design with his passion for ergonomics and humanistic art. It's a comfortable, ground-breaking chair built by one of the masters.

With a resume that includes collaboration with icons Eero Saarinen and Marco Zanuso, a background in aeronautical engineering, and numerous design awards, Niels Diffrient is undoubtedly one of the most influential designers of the past 50 years.

Born in 1928 in Star, Mississippi, Diffrient attended Wayne State University and eventually enrolled in the Cranbrook Academy of Art, where he won the First Medal of Design three times during his tenure there. After traveling and working in Europe thanks to a Fulbright Scholarship, Diffrient began work at the design firm Henry Dreyfuss Associates, where he would stay for 25 years. While there, he co-authored the three-volume publication Humanscale. This work summarized his design principles which were rooted in the belief that the human body should drive design for products that humans will interact with. In his own words: "A design should look good and be appealing, but without compromising human factors. Aesthetics should enhance the technical side, not deter from it."

Read the story behind Niels Diffrient and the Freedom Chair

    Awards and Honors:
  • 2002 Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum Product Design Award
  • 1996 Chrysler Award for Innovation
  • 2005 Legend Award from Contract Magazine
  • Named the "Granddaddy of the ergonomic revolution by Forbes Magazine in 2007
  • Honorary Royal Designer for Industry Member- awarded by the Royal Society of Arts and Industry
  • 1996 I.D. Magazine Top 40 Design Innovators

Design Story

The Freedom Chair - complete comfort with a healthy dose of patriotic inspiration. This is one of the best chairs to come out of the exemplary design shop Humanscale. Humanscale focuses on making products that fit the human body perfectly - that adapt to the needs of the body at work, at rest, and in motion. When you sit in a chair designed by Humanscale, you know that your spine, neck, shoulders, arms and legs are all being taken care of, supported by impeccable designs and informed by the latest ergonomic science. The Freedom Chair is one of their very best.

The standard version of the chair does not come with a traditional headrest (like most office chairs). But for many folks, increased support for the head and neck is among their most crucial ergonomic needs. That's why the folks at Humanscale made sure to include plenty of options for this chair, so you could have a hand in designing the final product. In this case, that means a state of the art ergonomic headrest that attaches easily to the top of the chair and does nothing to take away from the beauty of its form. The Freedom Chair headrest keeps your neck from straining at work, and keeps your head supported at all times so your weight stays balanced.

If you need lots of head and neck support, this is definitely the add-on you need to make the Freedom Chair perfect for you. The rest of the chair can be customized as you see fit - with our online design engine you can choose the color, caster, and base that's right for you!


Read an independently-conducted review of Humanscale's Freedom Chair.

Shipping & Delivery

Shipping Fee: Free!

Your new Freedom chair will be delivered by FedEx ground to the front door of your home or office building. Each chair ships fully assembled.


Each Freedom chair is custom made in the United States. Orders typically ship in 3-4 weeks from the date of purchase.


Chair without headrest: 35lb

Chair with headrest: 39lb


Fabric and cushions come with a 5 year warranty, all other pieces come with a 15 year warranty. To see what kind of value that kind of extensive warranty delivers, see our Freedom Chair Warranty summary.