The Importance of Proper Seating in Education

Education is an ever-evolving space, as it should be. How we teach and learn has evolved from simple storytelling and hieroglyphics to slate and chalk, digital tablets, and virtual learning. As we all know, the change in learning environments for students, educators and administrators have accelerated and amplified trends in education that were already in motion. Online and blended learning has revealed inequities and how many physical learning environments can’t meet the pedagogical needs and technology demands. Additionally, well-being has suffered, and students and teachers have struggled, unable to teach or learn effectively.

Research has found both students and instructors want more control over their learning environments. People want options so they can choose where to learn or work, and they want the ability to adapt spaces based on what they’re doing. A recent study reports a 92% increase in students who say they often or always move furniture to support their learning. Instructors report a 47% increase when asked if they agree or strongly agree that they want to be able to move furniture into new layouts. Access to mobile furniture, seating options, and postures promotes a greater sense of student agency.

Here are five key benefits of proper seating in any education environment:

  1. Comfort: Comfortable seating can help reduce physical discomfort and fatigue during long periods of sitting, which is especially important for students who spend many hours in a lecture hall or study room. The right seating solution can help them stay focused and engaged during class.
  2. Posture: Proper posture helps to prevent back, neck, and shoulder pain and also helps to maintain good spinal alignment, which is essential for good health. Good posture also helps improve breathing and circulation, enhancing overall well-being.
  3. Productivity: Proper seating can help to improve concentration and focus, which is essential for success in higher education. When students are comfortable, they are more likely to be productive and able to retain information better.
  4. Learning Environment: Proper seating can create a more positive and inviting learning environment, contributing to a more positive and supportive classroom culture.
  5. Accessibility: Proper seating can also be important in making the classroom more accessible for students with disabilities. It is essential to ensure that seating is adjustable and can accommodate the needs of all students.

To create better teaching and learning experiences that provide students and educators with what they want and expect, institutions must pay attention to several macro shifts in how they think about space. Here are two key macro shifts:

Design for Effectiveness

During the pandemic, both students and educators faced challenges. The quality of learning and instruction declined. To move forward, students and educators must have access to multi-faceted learning environments that cater to individual and group needs and provide various learning methods. For instance, libraries could be reconfigured to accommodate group work and individual study. Schools must also create spaces that facilitate more effective hybrid and blended learning experiences.

Pictured: Lilly series, Cydia

Design for Flexibility

Traditionally, buildings were constructed with a focus on durability, featuring rigid architecture, power, and furniture arrangements. In the future, educational facilities will feature more flexible spaces that can quickly adapt to various modes of learning. Schools must embrace versatile spaces that can accommodate a wide range of activities. Furniture will be designed to be easily relocated, allowing the spaces to expand or shrink as necessary.

Below is a brief guide on several 9to5 Seating chairs and their ideal applications in various environments throughout school classrooms, libraries, admin areas, common areas, and other open spaces.

Pictured: Dash

Vox and Dash – Great for classrooms, cafés, cafeterias and meeting room spaces:

    • Full collections with multiple models to fill multiple spaces- classrooms, Cafés, cafeteria and meeting rooms, lab spaces
    • Very mobile and easy to move around
    • Available with glides or casters
    • Flexback movement to offer comfort while sitting for longer periods
    • Durable frames and plastic shells that hold up in high-traffic areas
    • Variety of plastic colors to choose
Pictured: Lilly side with rocker base

Lilly and Jax – Perfect for lounge collections-common areas, libraries, administrative offices:

    • Jax and Lilly offer different aesthetic designs suited for a variety of interior designs
    • Very mobile and easy to move around
    • Variety of models to fit in different spaces
    • Support focus or collaborative student work

Ellie – Well-suited for common areas, libraries, administrative offices:

      • Very mobile and easy to move around
      • Support focus or collaborative student work
      • Variety of bases that support multiple areas-show via images (individual images of different bases)

Effective education is a must for prosperous and civil societies. The next generation is counting on us to train and teach them, and we’re counting on them to lead us into the future. All of this is made easier with high-quality, thoughtfully specified lounge, task and multipurpose chairs from 9to5 Seating. For more inspiration on education seating solutions, check out the 9to5 Seating Education brochure.


Letter from the President

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

I am writing this letter today with mixed emotions as I announce my decision to step down as President and CEO of 9to5 Seating, a company that has been a significant part of my life for over two decades.  My last day with the company will be on March 31st. After much consideration, I have decided that it is time for me to pass the baton and spend more time with my family.  I am not going far, however.  I will continue to be involved with 9to5 Seating as a member of the supervisory board and working with Flokk to ensure 9to5 Seating’s continued growth.

As I reflect on my time with 9to5 Seating, I am filled with an immense sense of pride and gratitude for what we have achieved together.  When my parents and I started this company all those years ago, we had a simple dream: to create a business that would not only provide quality and innovative office seating at competitive price points but would also be a place where team members would feel valued, respected, and appreciated.  I am happy to say that we have accomplished that and so much more.

Over the years, we have faced challenges and opportunities, but we always tackled them together as a team.  I am humbled by the commitment, hard work, and dedication of each and every one of you.  You have been instrumental in making 9to5 Seating the success that it is today, and for that, I am forever grateful.

As I step down from my role, I want to express my sincere appreciation to each of you for your contribution to the company.  I am confident that the company will continue to thrive under the new leadership of Frederik Fogstad and our existing leadership team, along with the support of Flokk.  I have no doubt that the team will continue to set new records and achieve new heights!

Lastly, I want to thank my parents, Darius and Susan Mir, for having the vision, courage, and determination to plant the seed from which this company sprouted.  Without their support and guidance, I would not be where I am today. I have had many great mentors throughout my career.  I would be remiss if I did not also thank Mike Heazlitt for teaching a young engineer about sales.

It has been an honor and a privilege to work alongside such a talented and dedicated team, and I will always cherish the memories and experiences we have shared. Thank you for being part of this amazing journey, and I wish you all the very best for the future.


Dara Mir

Designer Multipurpose Chair Cavo

Aesthetics are only half the story with this durable, easy-to-clean seating solution

9to5 Seating is launching Cavo, a groundbreaking new high-design multipurpose chair to address the needs of today’s fluid workspaces that crave a beautiful aesthetic as much as functionality. Engineered for durability and cleanability, Cavo answers the call of multipurpose seating—reliability and style—enterprise-wide, from meeting rooms, patient rooms, collaboration spaces, cafes or classrooms.


Cavo was designed by Italian designer Claudio Bellini whose work “seeks the harmony of beauty and efficiency.” Bellini believes that today’s work requires it, aiming to engage users not just with comfort but with interesting design that is aesthetically appealing. Bellini considers the office chair an essential working tool that allows for user efficiency but also gives the user space to be dynamic and flexible. Cavo ticks all those boxes.




With all its visual appeal, Cavo is also durable as a multipurpose chair. Designed for high-traffic environments, Cavo withstands frequent, thorough cleaning. With a breadth of weight capacity options—including a 350 lb weight rating for guest and stools and a 750 lb weight rating for bariatric—the collection meets the needs of company-wide access. The wall-saver frame design prevents scuffing, while the edge-to-edge under-seat cover enables stacking four on the floor and 10 on the dolly.



“9to5 Seating is excited to work with the Bellini design team,” said Dara Mir, President and CEO of 9to5 Seating. “Together, we’re launching a more evolved multipurpose chair.”

Cavo is GREENGUARD GOLD and BIFMA LEVEL 2 certified and starts at $380. Reach out to your 9to5 Seating Rep for a demo.





Ellie |Designer’s Dream that Delivers Ergonomics

9to5 Seating is launching Ellie, a highly customizable, fully upholstered stylish chair for task, conference rooms or collaboration spaces. With elegant curved lines, Ellie aims to elevate the market for spaces that change throughout the day—including home offices.

Ellie combines task-seating-level ergonomics with plush lounge comfort, merging functionality with appealing design. With a multitude of base and finish options, Ellie in mid-back or high-back complements any kind of work space from corporate settings to open-concept offices or at-home work. Depending on space and style needs, choose from a black or gray five-star base, a four-star aluminum base in black, white or polished finish, or a wire base in black, gray or silver. The easy-to-use weight-balanced synchro mechanism makes customization personal.

Ellie’s precision upholstery work means designers can easily create personalized two-tone design, combining colors, textures and patterns everywhere—front, back and seat with optional coated textile armrests, making Ellie more durable for every day use.


Made of 95% recycled materials, Ellie is the latest proof of 9to5 Seating’s commitment to sustainability and helping the planet. Ellie is GREENGUARD GOLD and BIFMA LEVEL 2 certified.

“We’re excited to introduce Ellie to the 9to5 Seating portfolio,” said Dara Mir, President and CEO of 9to5 Seating. “This impressive chair exemplifies 9to5 Seating’s push for a high design, ergonomic, sustainable and highly customizable seating solution.”

Ellie starts at $1445 and is now available. Check in with your local 9to5 Seating Sales Representative for a demo and go to for more information.


NeoCon Interior Design Trends

It was great to return to theMART for this year’s NeoCon. It’s a great time to show off the newest and upcoming products and also check out the interior design trends that are dominating the industry.  We’ve put together a few observations and created a summary of interior design trends we noticed at NeoCon.

  1. The Work-From-Home Movement

Work from home was generally considered a perk, and slowly trending up before COVID, and now it’s an expectation that has exploded across industries. According to Pew Research, 61% of those with a workplace out of the home are choosing not to go into their workplace. The interior design industry is responding by accommodating this new hybrid work mentality and providing small collaboration spaces for those required to come in a few days a week. This is usually when in-person meetings occur in order to best utilize this face-to-face time.

This year, 9to5 Seating highlighted a new product that fits into a collaboration space and private space. The new fully upholstered Ellie offers a playful design for those short meetings when a team needs to brainstorm, lean back and let the creative juices flow. It also offers ergonomic comfort for long sits in those private breakaway spaces when you need to put your head down and just get through something.

Pictured: Ellie
2. Breakaway Spaces

This is another trend that’s been developing over the last few years. Space planners and designers realize that employees don’t want to work at the same spot or in the same manner all day long. For those in private cubicles there need to be small collaboration spaces. But, for those in open offices, there need to be private areas to break free from the noise and clutter.  Numerous research shows that productivity actually increases by moving around, collaborating in different places besides your workstation, and taking breaks throughout the day.

Manufacturers continue to step up and deliver unique private spaces and thoughtfully designed furniture to promote mental health breaks.

We’ve found many interior designers specify the Omnia chair for those offices that require a chair to move from a workstation to a private breakout space. Its light frame allows for easy mobility while its sturdy mesh provides all-day comfort.

Pictured: Omnia
3. Piece of Home

We saw several beautiful and innovative products that are helping bridge the gap between the comforts of home and the functionality of the office. 9to5 Seating has a range of soft seating and lounge chairs that are comfy and offer the “resi-mercial” look and feel.

The Jax and Lilly lounge series come in a variety of models that bring comfort and style to any private office, conference room or breakout space.  These stylish options are so comfy they will almost make you forget you’re at work – perfect for those who are still adjusting to being back in the office. These chairs are customizable with endless fabric and finish options.

Pictured: Lilly Rocker
Pictured: Jax lounge
Pictured: Jax Side
4. Biophilia

This one ties to the resi-mercial theme, but it was also so prominent that it deserves a separate mention. Manufacturers are embracing the nature theme everywhere possible. From potted plants embedded in shelving systems to entire green walls and dedicated planters as space division, the trend for green was strong all across NeoCon this year.


We can’t wait to see these trends continue to thrive and evolve over these few months. And we look forward to seeing what next year’s NeoCon will bring.


HÅG Capisco and HÅG Capisco Puls Achieve LEVEL 2 Certification

9to5 Seating products have once again received BIFMA LEVEL® 1 Certification, with HÅG Capisco and HÅG Capisco Puls earning LEVEL 2 Certification. The classification, granted by the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer’s Association (BIFMA) is an industry-wide recognition for sustainability.

Developed in accordance with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) procedures, “LEVEL” is awarded to office furniture products that meet the stringent, multi-attribute ANSI/BIFMA e3 Furniture Sustainability Standard. This LEVEL certification from BIFMA is the preferred sustainability standard for the General Services Administration (GSA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the state of California. Additionally, LEVEL certified products are preferred for projects being considered for WELL or LEED building certifications.

The HÅG Capisco and HÅG Capisco Puls LEVEL 2 certification recognizes the products’ sustainable design. Originally, the product development team integrated sustainability early in the design phase which meant the chairs garnered more credits within the LEVEL certification process.

The design team prioritized assessing the environmental impact of the HÅG Capisco and HÅG Capisco Puls. Both products were reviewed in an objective report (Environmental Product Declaration) gauging their effect on the environment throughout their life-cycles. This assessment examined the recycled content, material efficiency, chemical make-up and greenhouse gas impact of the product. This in-depth analysis enabled 9to5 Seating to earn the LEVEL 2 classification for HÅG Capisco and HÅG Capisco Puls.

This latest BIFMA assessment once again confirms 9to5 Seating’s commitment to transparency and sustainability in manufacturing its products.

To learn more about 9to5 Seating’s commitment to sustainability visit

New Nautilus Textile Collection

The new 9to5 Seating Nautilus card features durable performance textiles including polyurethanes and vinyls in seven patterns and 80 design-friendly colorways and textures. This entirely bleach-cleanable offering includes options with an anti-microbial finish and adds to 9to5 Seating’s broad library of carded and graded-in fabrics.

Aimed at filling a demand in the market for reliable textiles designed for high-traffic spaces, the Nautilus patterns all have 100,000 or more double-rub abrasion ratings. The card includes A or B grades for accessibility and value in today’s competitive market. All patterns have a 10-day lead time.

As part of 9to5 Seating’s commitment to sustainability, all textiles on the Nautilus card are free of flame retardants.

“It’s another example of how we’re anticipating the needs of today’s buyer—conscious of durability and ease of disinfecting,” said Dara Mir, President and CEO of 9to5 Seating. “The Nautilus Collection satisfies that requirement while integrating design trends in colors and texture.”

Most of the textile patterns meet the BIFMA HCF 8.1-2019 Healthcare Furniture Design Guidelines for Cleanability. Check out the Nautilus Textile Collection here.

CET Designer Extension Available Now

9to5 Seating announces the launch of its CET Designer Extension, providing  customers a new way to get exactly the seating they need. The entire 9to5 Seating catalog is available and free to access. Developed in conjunction with Servex, a Configura Implementation Partner, the 9to5 Seating Extension enables users to perform expert space planning quickly, easily and accurately.

“Thanks to our Implementation Partners, manufacturers like 9to5 Seating have yet another way to create an Extension in CET Designer outside of Configura,” Peter Brandinger, Configura Vice President of Business Development said. “We’re happy to have 9to5 Seating join our CET community. The addition of their Extension allows our users to have a greater variety of products to design spaces.”

Used by thousands of people globally, CET Designer helps manufacturers and their dealers by providing a single software solution for space planning and product ordering.

“Developing our Extension on CET Designer is another way to make it easy for people to do business with us,” said Dara Mir, President and CEO of 9to5 Seating. “It’s always about exceeding our customers’ expectations.”

The CET Designer Extension adds to the company’s suite of customer-centric tools that includes 2020 Cap and Giza, ProjectMatrix and Revit as well as 9to5 Seating’s popular product visualization platform, Chair Designer.

Project Spotlight: Prime Health

Healthcare is an important vertical for 9to5 Seating, so we are excited to share this project for Prime Health in Tennessee.  Learn more about the project and download the case study.

“When NOI was tapped to deliver solutions for Prime Health, we turned to 9to5 Seating because we knew we could get design and functionality at a great value. The Neo task chairs and Zoom stools in matching white frames gave the space a cohesive look.” – Nashville Office Interiors

PROJECT: Prime Health

LOCATION: Franklin, TN

VERTICAL: Healthcare

SALES GROUP: Innovative Marketing Group

DEALER: Nashville Office Interiors

FEATURED PRODUCTS: Cosmo, Diddy, Lilly, Neo, Zoom