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  • Humanscale Freedom Chair with Headrest
  • Humanscale Freedom Chair with Headrest
  • Humanscale Freedom Chair with Headrest
  • Humanscale Freedom Chair with Headrest

Humanscale Freedom Chair with Headrest

Item #: HUS093
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The Humanscale Freedom Chair with Headrest forgoes knobs and levers for the simplicity of instant, dynamic support. As you lean back, the counter-balance mechanism, an invention of renowned designer Niels Diffrient, uses your body weight to apply the appropriate amount of tension and support throughout its full range of recline. Each part of the chair may be individually positioned to match your body size while the contoured cushions that cover them combat pressure points, which can lead to painful fatigue. Visit our other Humanscale Freedom Chair listing if you prefer a chair without a headrest, or check out the Humanscale Freedom Chair Same Day Ship Models if you need an ergonomic chair fast. Humanscale chairs are Manufactured in the USA.

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The Humanscale Freedom Chair with Headrest is an ergonomic chair unto itself with its innovative counter-balance mechanism that, in conjunction with your body weight, instantly aligns its recline tension to your posture. The idea behind the chair, one that originated with designer Niels Diffrient, is to encourage frequent movement without requiring you to manage the chair's adjustments each time you move. The height adjustable headrest moves forward when you recline to cradle your head and maintain near constant eye contact, while a pivoting backrest offers vital lumbar support throughout the full range of recline. Contoured cushions that reduce the risk of pressure points, synchronous armrests that prevent uneven arm positioning, and a 15-year manufacturer's warranty makes the Humanscale Freedom Chair with Headrest a mainstay of any office.

Features - Humanscale Freedom Chair

  • Counter-balance mechanism provides instant, dynamic support for 95% of the population, or from a 5' 0" woman to a 6' 4" man
  • Recline avoids pressure points by opening up angle between your torso and legs
  • Extra motion provided by the backrest during recline automatically adjusts to the changing needs of your spine
  • Dynamic movement provides up to one inch of additional lumbar support when needed
  • Contoured cushions increase contact area to reduce pressure points
  • Contoured headrest moves forward for complete neck support, allowing you to maintain near constant eye level as you recline

Humanscale Freedom Chair Specifications

Chair height 43" - 53" H
Seat height 16" - 21.3" H
Back height 18" - 21" H
Seat width 20" W
Headrest adjustment range 5"
Warranty 15 years
Weight capacity 300 lbs

freedom chair dimensions

The Human Solution is a fully authorized Humanscale Dealer

Shop Smart: Shop Authorized and Protect Your Investment

The Human Solution is an authorized Humanscale reseller. All manufacturers sign a contractual agreement with their dealers that require dealers uphold a specific code of behavior that provides for quality support both before and after the sale of their products, including warranty support. Humanscale authorized dealers must meet high quality standards for customer service, product selection, and business ethics. This policy includes:

  • A brand new product guarantee (Humanscale authorized dealers are prohibited from selling or marketing used, refurbished, or renewed Humanscale products)
  • Full coverage by Humanscale's lifetime manufacturer warranty
  • On-site product service in 12 major cities and nationwide warranty support

What do you lose by purchasing a Humanscale product from a non-authorized source?

  • While some unauthorized sellers may have their own warranty, it is usually very limited in scope, often as short as 30 days. The warranty is only as good as the dealer who backs it; if they go out of business, your warranty is gone with them.
  • Humanscale assigns serial numbers to every chair they manufacturer - this record details the original purchaser and ensures the lifetime warranty is only valid for the original purchaser. You cannot purchase replacement parts, pads or fabric without the serial number. Additionally if your chair breaks, you cannot get it repaired.
  • Humanscale chairs are rated to 300 pounds and a 40 hour work week. If a refurbished chair has seen more use than this, its lifetime will be shortened.
  • When comparing dealers and pricing, read the description thoroughly. As all authorized dealers are subject to the same minimum advertised pricing, any dealer lower should be suspect.

Ergonomic Adjustments

Humanscale Freedom Chair with Headrest includes the following ergonomic features:
  • Seat Height Raise or lower the seat to match your height
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Arms - Humanscale Freedom Chair

The Freedom arms are available in two different styles: standard and advanced. The standard arms quickly move up and down; the advanced arms are width as well as height adjustable.


Standard Armrests

  • Revolutionary armrests move in tandem to eliminate the dangers of uneven arm positioning
  • Natural lift-and-release action allows for immediate repositioning without the need for buttons or locks
  • The armrests provide a 6" range of vertical motion to accommodate all users and tasks, and they can be positioned below thigh-level for close table or desk work
  • The armrests are attached to the backrest, not the seat like most chairs, so they stay in the same relation to your body when you recline

Advanced Armrests

  • Offer all the same features of the standard armrests
  • Arms slide left and right for width adjustment

Our recommendation: Many users prefer the added adjustability of the advanced armrests.

Arm Options

humanscale freedom chair armrest adjustment

Once you pick the type of arms to best suit your needs, choose your arm padding, Duron or Technogel. Add a surface material to complement your Freedom color options.

  • Duron is a durable polyurethane arm with a Technogel core for added comfort, and it comes standard on both arm styles
  • Technogel is softer and extremely comfortable, and the standard upholstery on the gel arms is black synthetic leather
  • Either arm padding can be upholstered to match your chair

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Seat Cushion - Humanscale Freedom Chair

Humanscale offers a standard padded foam or gel seat cushion on the Freedom chair. Both seats are very comfortable, but the gel seat upgrade offers better long-term support and relief of pressure points for users that sit in their chair 8 to 10 hours a day.

Humanscale chair seat padding options

  • Standard foam seat is contoured to fit your body and reduce pressure points, and is both comfortable and supportive
  • Technogel seat cushion is a non-degradable, non-compressible Technogel layer on top of a foam core that provides maximum pressure distribution and offers unmatched, long-term comfort
  • Technogel seat is available only with the Squiggle, Wave, Bridget, Lotus and Vellum fabrics and is not available with leather, Sensuede or Promessa

Our recommendation: Technogel has a firmer "sit" than the standard foam that softens up somewhat after a few minutes and will offer better back support if you are seated for long periods of time. Users who are up and down more may prefer the foam.

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Seat Height - Humanscale Freedom Chair

Raise or lower the height of the Freedom's seat by selecting a cylinder size. When sitting in a chair, a person's feet should rest comfortably on the floor or a foot rest. Ninety-five percent of our customers select the standard height for their chair; however, a petite user with a lower desk or a tall user with a higher desk can opt for a custom configuration without worrying about bumping their knees on a work surface.

Freedom chair height image showing cylinder

  • Standard height cylinder fits 90% of the population
  • Low range cylinder is available for very petite users
  • High range cylinder is available for very tall users
  • Tall and extra tall cylinders combine with a footring to make the Freedom Chair a Humanscale Freedom Drafting Chair

Our recommendation: If you aren't sure which height is best for you, give us a call and we'll help you choose.

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Casters - Humanscale Freedom Chair

The Freedom chair offers four caster choices. Most of our customers select the standard casters for carpet floors or soft casters for hard floors. Glides are perfect for a stationary chair, and the locking casters let the chair move around when no one is sitting down.

Freedom chair caster choices

  • Standard Hard Casters- 2 1/2" double-wheeled for carpeted floors
  • Soft Casters- 2 1/2" soft double-wheeled for hard floors
  • Glides- non-rolling glides for fixed location use
  • Locking Casters- lock into position when you sit on the chair

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Frame Color - Humanscale Freedom Chair

The Freedom Chair is available with three frame colors: graphite and titanium frames are standard colors, and the polished aluminum frame is an upgrade available with either titanium or graphite shells on the cushions and arms.

Closeup of Frame Choices

This is what a Freedom Chair looks like with each of the three frame choices:

Humanscale Freedom chair shown in blue with each of 3 frame color options

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Base Color - Humanscale Freedom Chair

The Freedom Chair comes standard with a highly durable composite base with graphite or titanium finish, or upgrade to a polished aluminum base finish.

Humanscale Freedom Chair base choices

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Fabric - Grade 0


Squiggle is part of Humanscale's new Movement collection and features an innovative weave that creates a modern, organic pattern available in five rich colors. Can be applied either horizontally or vertically to create a look that is uniquely yours. Designate horizontal or vertical when you make your fabric selection in the drop down menus. Constructed of 100% pre-consumer, recycled polyester.

Humanscale Squiggle Fabric, horizontal

Humanscale Squiggle Fabric, vertical

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Fabric - Grade 1


This four-way stretch textile with a three-dimensional wave pattern offers a range of brilliant colors taken from nature. It exceeds all standards for contract upholstery.

Humanscale Wave Fabric


Constructed from a blend of nylon, Cordura and elastic yarn, this four-way stretch textile offers a pleasing texture, while providing the extreme durability required for long-term use.

Humanscale Vellum Fabric


This four-way stretch textile is water repellant and easy to clean, making it an ideal textile for healthcare and hospitality environments. Its polyurethane finish with nylon backing boasts a soft texture while offering exceptional durability. It exceeds all standards for contract upholstery and healthcare tests.

Humanscale Lotus Fabric

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Fabric - Grade 2

Bridget Stripe

Composed of 78% merino wool with polyester and nylon interwoven for strength, Bridget Stripe is soft, durable and features brilliant colors. This stripe may be laid vertically or horizontally.

Bridget Stripe Fabric

Bridget Stripe Fabric

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Fabric - Grade 3


Sensuede was developed to be the best and most luxurious engineered suede available. The faux suede's soft touch comes from the use of breathable and wrinkle resistant recycled microfibers that are finer than a human hair but are extra-strong, resulting in a very resilient fabric. This material also was selected because of its environmentally sensitive content and manufacturing process.

Sensuede Swatches for Humanscale Freedom Chair


Promessa is a high quality, breathable and wipe clean synthetic leather that looks great and has a luxurious, soft hand. Promessa ultraleather is more durable than leather and breathes better offering a great option for those who like the look of fine leather but do not wish to pay the price of true leather.

Humanscale Promessa Fabric

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Leather - Grade 0


A lightly corrected, aniline dyed leather produced from European hides. It receives a special retannage that enriches the leather and tightens the grain.

Humanscale Vincenza Leather

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Leather - Grade 1


Bizon is a durable, water-resistant leather suitable for a wide range of applications. The combination of a special retannage and technically-advanced finishing process results in a leather that is not only water-resistant but also practical for applications that require a durable finish.

Humanscale Bizon Leather, for your inspection

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Leather - Grade 3


Cervo is chromium tanned and aniline dyed. The unique tannage approximates the rich luxurious suppleness of deer skin. The clarity and depth of the aniline dyes provide a distinct beauty enhancing all the natural characteristics. Cervo is thicker than the other naked leathers in our collection. Specialized milling adds additional character providing a soft pebble grain texture unmatched by any other leather in its class.

Humanscale Cervo Leather, for your inspection

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Box Stitching - Humanscale Freedom Chair

Choose from a variety of different color box stitchings for your chair. This option is only available for leather upholstery.

Humanscale box stitching for leather chairs

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Free Live Ergonomic Training Webinar

This chair purchase includes a Live Half-Hour Online Seminar with an ergonomic pro. This webinar will help you learn how best to use ergonomic tools and make the right choices for your workstation. Anyone interested in building an ideal workspace for their own unique needs should take advantage of this offer. The webinar will cover valuable ergonomic essentials such as:

Free Webinar Training

  • Understanding the biomechanics of sitting
  • Setting up a workstation to maximize efficiency
  • Adjusting a chair to promote neutral posture
  • Learning exercises to reduce stress and fatigue

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Notebook and Tablet Stand

The Goldtouch Go! Travel Notebook and Tablet Stand will come in handy not only when you're traveling, but anytime you want to set your laptop or tablet in an ergonomic position. Choose from seven different height settings to keep your screen at eye-level, which helps you avoid problems like eye strain and neck and back pain. This item also works well as a document holder, allowing you to input data without having to move your neck repeatedly from document to screen. The stand is lightweight and easily portable, yet strong enough to support laptops up to 17'' in length. Best of all, it's free!

Goldtouch Go! Travel Notebook and Table Stand

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Customer Reviews

Humanscale Freedom Chair with Headrest
5 Stars based on 21 Review(s)
Carol S.
5 Stars

Great chair
November 27, 2013
Beautifully paid artfully packed. Wonderful chair.

George Walker
5 Stars

easy to sit in without adjustments!
June 24, 2013
I love my chair. It's so comfy and I don't have a adjust it! I just sit and it let's me move back and forth. Great lumbar support too. It's a keeper!

5 Stars

great chair and options
April 15, 2013
I've bought 3 different high end task chairs and this is my favorite because it fits both small and large people, so it's interchangeable in our office. I also got the optional mid-range cylinder so that it can be used at a low, standard desk height or popped up to use at our higher desks. The gel seat is very comfortable and I love the simplicity of adjustments.

5 Stars

I love my chair!
March 9, 2013
I love my chair! I have been searching for a ergonomic chair that will work for me for several years due to advanced lumbar, thoracic, and cervical osteoarthritis, several compression fractures due to sports related injuries, tennis elbow (mouse elbow), carpal tunnel syndrome, and a lifetime history of repeated pilonidal disease. My job is at the computer all day plus I am a full time online student. The Freedom Chair with the gel seat, head rest, and adjustable arm rests, along with a narrow keyboard has been the end to my long search for pain relief while spending many hours at the computer. This is an amazing chair. It gives me perfect spinal and neck support throughout the day without having to mess with any levers or knobs as I change positions. The gel seat is a must for anyone with coccyx issues. Those contoured ergo seats that have a bump in the middle always caused pain and skin breakdown at my tailbone. I have not had any problems in this area since I have been living in my Freedom chair. My symptoms of carpal tunnel and tennis elbow have disappeared due to the adjustable arm rests that move with me when I lean back throughout the day. I purchased this chair for my home, but took it to work to use until the identical chair my employer purchased for me is delivered. This chair is well worth the money. If my employer did not purchase one of these chairs for me I would be loading it up in my pickup every day and hauling back and forth so I could use it for my job and my course work at home. The bonus of this chair is its beauty.

Gigi in New Orleans
5 Stars

Love my new chair!
January 8, 2012
It's beautiful, red leather, and provides the lumbar support I need for long hours in front of my computer. Also noticed the chair in the recent Mission Impossible film. I'm pleased with my purchase and thank you Humanscale for the 15% special last month and the foot machine.

5 Stars

HumanScale Freedom with Headrest
October 31, 2011
I receive the chair promptly, and it was exactly as ordered. This is a wonderful chair. Very comfortable. Aesthetically beautiful. Highly recommend this chair.

4 Stars

good chair, good service
July 25, 2011
I love the reclining action of this chair and the feeling of quality. The armrest lowering/raising mechanism is a bit finicky with its ratchet type system but easy to use. All of the adjustments are easy to make. If you're like me and do some of your best thinking in a chair that inspires you, then look no further. The saddle leather goes great with my airplane wing desk. Had a problem with the gas lift out of the box. Would not respond to any adjustments. Humansolution sent out a new gas lift and base in about a week, no questions asked. Great service! And my chair is now fully functional. I see many years of productivity sitting on this throne.

S Scott Nicholas
5 Stars

Freedom Chair with headrest
June 2, 2011
Overall I am satisfied. The seat could be a little less smoothe as when I lean back I tend to slide forward - not a big deal.

5 Stars

Great chair, but not for everyone
March 16, 2011
Pros: Gel seat is very comfortable Arms adjust with recline Very few adjustments Std. height cylinder is good for me at 6'3" Nice casters roll smoothly Cons: Headrest comfort Back comfort Build quality Comments: The Freedom Headrest turned out to not be the right chair for me. The back support wasn't right, and the headrest wasn't very comfortable when reclined, regardless of adjustment. Additionally, the build quality leaves something to be desired for a thousand dollar chair. The vertical adjustment on the back only latches on one side, allowing the main back piece to wiggle-wobble a bit.

5 Stars

August 12, 2010
I have been enjoying the Humanscale Freedom chair for about a week now, and it is just what the doctor ordered for my sometimes achin' back! Easy to dial in to my personal dimensions, and just outstanding comfort and stress relief. This is an exceedingly well-designed and well-constructed product, just top notch. Also, excellent service, options, and pricing from The Human Solution - thanks!

pamela campbell
5 Stars

happy at last.
August 6, 2010
Love it. Love the color and love the feel.

5 Stars

Love this chair!
January 14, 2010
I have sat in this chair for three years and never once had hip pain. I have torn cartilage in my hip joints and regular "ergonomic" chairs cause me real pain. If you want to be able to relax and not think about how uncomfortable your chair is and just get some work done, buy this chair.

Bob Branson
5 Stars

Truly a Second Spine
November 18, 2009
When researching ergonomic chairs, I read a review in Popular Mechanics that referred to the chair as a second spine. That was hard to imagine, after all, how can a chair connect with your spine and move all around with you? Well, it does! The chair is perfectly contoured to fit and has a counter balance system that adjusts to your weight, no springs, and it actually moves with you. Incredible support and comfort. I would like to see the arms adjust a little higher up but for most tasks they are fine. Plus, I'm tall. The head support automatically moves forward so you can maintaine a forward looking position when you lean back and still have neck support. All part of the second spine description. It works well and is actually very comfortable. The chair had a slight nick in the seat when delivered. Humanscale arranged for a prompt seat replacement. They offered to send a technician to repair it but it was easy to replace. Customer service is excellent and they stand behind their product, both the manufacturer and the seller. Oh yes, build quality. Very high quality. Comfortable, perfect back and spine support and a first class organization. Highly recommended.

3 Stars

Freedom Chair
October 29, 2009
First, I would like to thank the folks at HumanSolution for the great customer service, They are awesome! I like this chair for the most part. I have the headrest on it, and I like that it is adjustable vertically, and cradles my head when I lean back. The gel seat is very comfortable for sitting for long periods of time. The advanced arms allow for different angles and that is also very comfortable. The negatives are these: I really wish the back adjusted up and down with more range. If it could adjust another inch or two, that would be perfect. I think I would have liked the back to 'sit me up straighter' when I am working on things. The angle is just a little bit back, so when I sit up straight, if my lower back is supported, my upper back isn't. However, if you like to lean back a little when you're sitting, then this is great. I like how the chair "opens up the body, but if I lean back too far it feels like my lower back is being pushed a little too far out. I find myself trying to scoot back as far as possible in the seat pan before I lean back, otherwise my lower back gets sore. I think some of these issues could be due to the fact that I am short and about 45 pounds overweight. Maybe I just need to get used to this a bit more. I

5 Stars

long wait - wrong color
September 17, 2009
Waited 4 weeks - then it came in the wrong color! RA process was professionell, just curious that the chair in the right color can now ship within a couple of days from a warehouse in NJ which is a couple of miles closer to MD than Tx... Editors Note: Humanscale ships custom built chairs in the order in which they are received, thus the long initial lead time. In the rare event of an error, Humanscale often pushes replacement orders to the front of the production line. This service ensures the customer gets the correct product as soon as possible.

5 Stars

Simple, Comfortable, Elegant
September 11, 2009
I have had the Freedom Chair with Headrest for a week now and I love it. There are no awkward, clumsy controls. Only one lever controls the seat height. The armrest adjustments are intuitive. As for the backrest adjustments, there is none. The chair simply craddles you and moves with you. My back is already grateful.

5 Stars

Fits like a glove
March 8, 2009
This chair is more than just an office chair, it's an experience. With all the features, it fits like a glove. I never want to leave it.

5 Stars

ergonomic chair
February 22, 2009
works as advertised

3 Stars

It's okay
February 18, 2009
Admittedly the Freedom chair is built really well, and I like the way the seat and back feel, but it's supposed to fit someone my height - 5'2" and the chair does but the arms aren't width adjustable so they are kind of far from my slender body so I'm not as comfortable as I had thought I'd be. I should have bought the width adjustable arms.

Jill Norris
5 Stars

Product and Customer Experience
February 17, 2009
I received my Freedom Chair yesterday and am thrilled with it. The entire customer experience was really fantastic. I received a call to verify my order and to suggest a change that would make the chair better. I was very impressed with that level of personalized service. The person who called was a great representative to the company and communicated a true love of the product. Delivery was prompt and the assembly was effortless. I couldn't be more pleased.

Professor Ergo's Thoughts:

The Humanscale Freedom Chair with Headrest is one of the easiest chairs to adjust thanks to its counter-balance mechanism that does most of the adjusting for you. The synchronous arm rests adjust in unison to ensure your arms are always at equal heights, while the height adjustable headrest moves forward as you recline enabling you to maintain a consistent eye level. Perhaps one of the most unique aspects of this chair is, once the cushions are positioned, you'll rarely need to adjust them. This is because Humanscale's patented counter-balance mechanism self-adjusts according to your weight and movement to help avoid pressure points and promote better circulation while offering you the freedom of movement.

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