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The Freedom chair redefines the concept of traditional task chairs. Designer Niels Diffrient aimed to design an office chair that automatically adapts to the user, allowing them to move freely from posture to posture. Diffrient’s unique approach removed complexities found in other chairs, such as cumbersome recline levers and back tension dials for a truly ergonomic task chair. As a result, he developed a recline mechanism that perfectly adjusts to the user, definitively reinventing modern task seating to be truly simple, functional and beautiful.

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"The gold standard in office seating" - The New York Times


With innovative recline that provides constant support and a pivoting backrest that automatically adjusts to the needs of the spine, the Freedom chair is exceptionally comfortable and promotes movement throughout the day. Its refined and sculpted cushions were designed to mimic the body’s natural contours and decrease pressure point loads for premium comfort. Like all Humanscale chairs, the Freedom chair was designed to look and function like new after years of consistent use.

A true design icon, the Freedom chair proves that ergonomics can be beautiful. Created by Niels Diffrient, Freedom automatically adjusts to every user. Designed to eliminate the need for manual controls, it features a sophisticated weight-sensitive, self-locking recline mechanism. And its unique form has a timeless aesthetic that complements any workspace.

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Humanscale Freedom Task Office Chair with Headrest

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Humanscale Freedom Task Office Chair with Headrest

Regular Price: £1,035.00

Special Price £735.16

  • Our best selling model
  • Armrests stay with the user during recline for continuous comfort and support.
  • Armrests are attached to the back of the chair to ensure synchronous use.
  • Self Adjusting Recline.
  • Incredibly easy to use with no knobs and levers.
  • Change postures effortlessly without operating any manual controls.
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Customer Reviews 19 item(s)

Excellent product
Excellent product
Review by Mick K.
Having used a 2nd hand office chair working from home for too long, I was experiencing severe neck, back and shoulder problems. Lots of research later and I took the plunge with the Humanscale chair and have no regrets. It was a little tricky putting it together by myself (it's heavy), but I managed it. Setting it up was a doddle. The chair is comfortable, even for long periods of being seated. After 3 weeks of continual use, all aches and pains have long gone. I must admit I was shocked at the price of office chairs and this one is no exception (hence 4 stars and not 5), but I'm very pleased with it nonetheless.
Review by Jo F.
Great product!
I love this chair! I sit at a desk all day long which has resulted in back and postural issues over the years. This is the first chair I have sat in that I can actually get comfortable in. Being able to adjust my position throughout the day is really helping. It also has a very comfortable seat. I’m really pleased I opted for this chair as it is definitely worth the money!
Review by Bella C
A must have
Personally, for me, the chair would not be complete without the headrest ... I think you must order the headrest.
Review by Jim C.
I researched them all this was the best!
I had a back problem and I have to be at a computer alot of the time. This chair changed my working experience overnight
Review by Shelley F.
So happy to have one!
After working for Humanscale many years ago. I was determined to get a Freedom chair when space would allow me to have an office. It was delivered very quickly and it is easy to use and so comfortable! I'm so happy making this purchase. I cannot recommend the chairs more.
Review by Kyle T.
Best Chair I Ever Sat In
I love this chair. It is easy to use and adjust, and it feels great!
Review by Evan D.
The best chair I've used I
I was fortunate enough to "inherit" a Freedom chair from someone who was retiring at work. Even though it was used, I liked it right away. So much, that I wanted one for myself at home. I am a writer and spend many hours a day at the computer. This is the only chair I've found really works for me. I had a horrible chair at home. This year, I was redoing my home office and decided that I'd invest in myself. The first purchase was getting the Freedom chair. I was delighted to find that the customized one I bought for myself was even better than the inherited one at work! Later I got myself a new Uplift desk, too. What a difference it makes for me to have both of these items. When I spend a whole day at work, I used to dread having time in my home office. But no longer. I still need a break from the computer, but having the Freedom chair and Uplift desk make a huge difference.
Review by Sheina M.
Great Chair
Chair works perfectly for my height 6.3' Tried different chairs before and this works best for my body.
Review by Pete K.
The Mercedes of chairs!
I ordered this chair for my home workspace because I had developed tendonitis in both shoulders from sitting at my computer day in and day out on an ordinary dining room chair. Now, thanks to the chair (and a lot of physical therapy), my condition has improved markedly, and every time I take a seat, I feel ensconced in luxury and comfort.
Review by Jacqueline D.
Amazing chair!
I suffer from lower back pain and have worked my way through many chairs -- the kneeling chair, the exercise ball chair, a mesh super adjustable "techy" chair. It wasn't until I bought the humanscale freedom headrest chair that I found a chair I could use all day long.
Review by Sean C.
The HumanScale chairs are fantastic. Everyone in our office has a Freedom or Freedom Headrest and loves them. The HumanScale Liberty chairs in our conference room look great and are comfortable and easy to adjust.
Review by The R.
The only chair you will ever need to buy!
As a chronic back sufferer there are good days and there are some very bad days. I have found just after 30 minutes on my Freedom chair makes my pains go away. I can't say enough about the quality and craftsmanship of the chair. Just get one and you too will be a believer.
Review by Alex F.
A chair you can benefit from.
I have had my human scale Freedom Headrest since 2007. This chair has been a Godsent for me. Being disabled from an accident at work, seating had become an issue. I have had numerous chairs over the years, all of which agrvated my injuries. That is until I purchased the Freedom chair. Human Scale has stood by this chair. After owning this chair, the arms failed. I emailed Human Scale and they took down the serial number and told me it was still under warntee. I was prepared to pay for the parts. 10 years and they replaced the arms at no cost to me. That speaks volumes for their reputation. Thank you so much for making this product, and standing behind it!
Review by David B.
Perfect Chair
This chair is perfect for our agents. It helps with back support and is very comfortable and is a must have chair for everyone!
Review by Susan T.
Pure Comfort
This chair provides the greatest comfort without the pretension of meaningless extra functions. Add the outstanding customer service when replacing parts and you have an all-around enjoyable experience.
Review by Raymond W.
Simply the best working chair in the world
It must be ten years that I've been using this chair and not only has it supported me as I grow older, it is still in perfect condition. Indestructible and worth every penny!
Review by Barbara G.
Great chair that adjusts to the way you sit
This is the most comfortable office chair I've used. I love it so much, I got three more for the family!
Review by MJ L.
Comfortable chair
a very nice design and comfortable chair, very recommended for long office work. the head rest also very comfy
Review by Anthony A.

Humanscale Freedom Task Office Chair with Headrest - Features

Articulating Headrest The Freedom chair features a dynamic, articulating headrest to support the head and neck as users recline. It moves with the sitter, so they can change postures without making manual adjustments and stay comfortable in any position.
Self Adjusting Recline Freedom eliminates the need for traditional recline mechanisms, which can be bulky and weigh up to 15 pounds. Instead, Freedom uses the sitter’s body weight and the laws of physics to perfectly and automatically adjust recline support for each individual.
Synchronous Armrests Freedom's body-friendly armrests move up and down together, staying with the user during recline for continuous comfort and support. Unlike other chair designs, Freedom's armrests are attached to the back of the chair to ensure synchronous use.


"My goal is always to design chairs that are so simple to use that the functionality is often invisible to the user." - Niels Diffrient

Niels' beliefs and values are embodied in his designs. As Humanscale shared these values with Niels, his legacy lives on through his products and our shared core beliefs. Find out more about Humanscale's partnership with designer Niels Diffrient..

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Humanscale's ergonomic chairs are designed to look as good in ten years' time as they do today.

  • Our textiles exceed 150,000 double rubs in the Wyzenbeek Test, which is five times the industry standard.
  • Our textiles attach to the cushion without adhesives, which prevents wrinkling over time and is better for the environment.
  • Our arm caps feature a separate foam insert, so they will not tear.
  • Our plastics have a texture that prevent scratching.
  • None of our chair surfaces are painted or treated, so there’s no chipping or scratching.
  • We go to great lengths to ensure all the components of our chairs hold up to wear and tear, while maintaining a minimal visual aesthetic.
  • We use fewer parts in our ergonomic chairs to reduce the impact on the environment.
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The Evolution of Task Seating
1960s-1970s Simple, but not adjustable
1980s - 1990s Adjustable, but complicated
Humanscale 2000 - present Simple and automatically adjustable

The Humanscale Difference

We develop our chairs without knobs and levers, so they’re incredibly easy to use. All of our chairs allow the user to change postures effortlessly without operating any manual controls. Designing ergonomic chairs that are easy to use ensures that they are used in a correct, healthy way.
Most office chairs feature arms that are attached to the seat, which do not provide support when the user reclines or moves from posture to posture. Humanscale designs all of its desk chairs with the arms attached to the back, so when the sitter moves, the arms are in a healthy, ergonomic position every time.
A soft seat cushion is often comfortable for a short period of time but uncomfortable when the user sits on it for many hours. Humanscale’s seat cushions are engineered to be denser than our competitors’ to offer all day comfort. We also pioneered the use of gel in seat cushions. Because gel doesn’t compress, it supports the sitter’s body and maximizes comfort over many hours.
Humanscale ergonomic desk and office chairs are perfectly adjusted for every user, as if the chair was custom made for you. In lieu of traditional tension mechanisms, which can weigh as much as 15 pounds and be made of up to 40 parts, our task chairs use the laws of physics and the sitter’s own body weight. As a result, the chair automatically reads the weight of the user, allowing for the mechanism to provide perfect recline with the correct tension for every individual.
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