The Ergohacks Verdict
The Axia 2.4 is a lovely chair. It is comfortable to sit on, ergonomically adjustable and will last for years to come never showing its age. It is the ultimate chair for back support with a unique synchronised mechanism based on pelvic rather than lumbar support. The basic principle is that the key to comfortable seating, particularly for those with lower back problems, begins with pelvic support. Once the pelvis is in a neutral, comfortable and ergonomic position, good back posture will follow. It also has an optional rocking mechanism that can be used to create balanced support, or it can be locked into a specific position.
The Axia chair takes some getting used to. At first, it feels as if it’s lacking in lower back support, but in reality, it is moulded to the spinal curve of the body. It doesn’t provide support in the form of pressure but gently snuggles up to your back. The seat is where the magic happens. It has a split base with a rear portion that has some light freedom of movement which allows you to centre sitting down around a neutral pelvic position. It’s a chair that doesn’t do the work for you but gently encourages you to obtain and maintain the optimum posture for a healthy back.
Great office chairs are like an excellent pair of shoes. It opens up a new world of possibilities and eliminates the little niggles, strains and pains that you’ve grown to accept as part of normal. Once you’ve worn a good pair of shoes, there’s no going back to the one size fits all. The same happens with a great chair. Once you’ve grown accustomed to its support and comfort, there’s just no going back.
The Axia 2.4 high-back chair is a premium product with a premium choice. It’s the chair that got me back in front of a desk after years of back pain prohibiting it. It’s also one of the best choices for hypermobile joints. I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (dislocating hips is a particular problem) and it’s offered excellent support for me. I use it conventionally as an office chair, but also at the dining room table and as a replacement for a keyboard/piano stool.
It is worth noting that although it has a rocking mechanism, it’s not a rocking chair (if you’re after a moving chair, we recommend the RH Logic 400), however, as a back support seating solution, it’s most definitely one of the best products on the market. Highly recommend to anyone who has significant back problems.
Price: ± £900 – 1150
Optional extras include arms and headrest
Back height: 52- 58 cm maximum
Seat Depth: 38 – 45cm
Seat Height: 40 – 55cm
Seat Width: 51.5cm
Back height: 52 – 58cm
Pelvic support: 17 – 23cm
Height of armrest above seat: 20 – 31cm
Diameter of base: 60cm across
Castors: Carpet (soft) flooring is standard, options for hard floors also available
Optional extras: Adjustable lumbar support, adjustable neck rest, height, width and depth adjustable armrests
Chair Weight: 23kg
Maximum supported weight: 158kg or 25 stone
BMA Ergonomics was setup in 1968 and began making their own ergonomic desk chairs. The Axia line is their flagship and they have sold over 800,000 mainly focused on the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany and are based and manufacture in Zwolle in the Netherlands. BMA tries to have to be sustainable at the core of its business plans and its products are deliberately modular for easy fixing, made of eco-friendly materials and have a return buyback guarantee in any condition and age. BMA also runs a reconditioned second life chair business.
BMA is a part of Flokk which also owns product brands HÅG, RH, BMA, Malmstolen, Offecct and RBM.
SBS – Scandinavian Business Seating is in the process of acquiring BMA having signed legal documents in June 2015. They currently plan to let BMA operate as a sub-brand in a similar manner to HAG whilst making use of the economies of scale involved in being a larger company. The two companies a have similar ethos’ and hopefully will mesh well together.
We based our Ergohacks Verdict on 2 years of tinkering, testing and using the Axia 2.5 Office chair with high back, headrest and arms in a faux leather fabric. This article was first published on 30 November 2015 and last updated on 9 September 2017.