Humanscale Freedom Chair with Headrest

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    Esteemed designer Niels Diffrient invented the ergonomic chair of dreams that forgoes levers and knobs to bring you the best in seating solutions without the hassle of manual adjustments. The Humanscale Freedom Chair with Headrest's supremely ergonomic design works with your body weight to let you move and recline the seat hands-free.

    Contoured cushioning supports you where you need it while allowing users to individually position each part of the office chair to fit the body. It's truly comfortable, customizable sitting, your way.

    Ergonomic support comes in all shapes and sizes, with many bells and whistles to help you find that supportive sweet spot. Choose your ideal seating setup - pick your arms, cushion contouring, seat height, upholstery options, and floor casters - with the hugely popular Humanscale Freedom Chair you can feel what better ergonomics can do for your work style just by changing up the way you sit.

    Looking for an ergonomic chair with optimal breathability to the back? The Humanscale Diffrient World Chair with Fabric Seat can help bring you to a more comfortable working experience with a single seating upgrade. 


    • Counterbalance mechanism supports users ranging in height from 5' 0" to 6' 4"
    • Recline averts pressure points by increasing the angle between torso and legs
    • Extra motion provided by the backrest during recline automatically adjusts to the needs of your spine
    • Dynamic movement provides up to 1" of additional lumbar support
    • Contoured cushions increase contact area on thighs to reduce pressure points
    • Headrest is contoured and moves forward for total neck support

    The Design Story

    Diffrient wanted to create an office chair that was revolutionary in concept and adjusted automatically to everybody that sat in it. Diffrient had a passion for aviation, and grew up drawing and building model planes. In 2002 during a TED talk, he shared the design processes that went in to the creation of the Freedom chair, and explaining how the disciplines between aviation flight and office chairs were connected.

    "With the airplane you learn a lot about how to deal with the air, for a chair you have to learn a lot about how to deal with the body, and what the body needs, wants, indicates it needs. And that's the way, ultimately after some ups and downs, I ended up designing [Freedom]."

    Niels Diffrient, Designer


    Chair height 43" - 53" H
    Seat height - Standard 16" - 21" H
    Seat height - Tall 17" - 22.25" H
    Back height 18" - 21" H
    Seat width 20" W
    Headrest adjustment range 5"
    Warranty 15 years
    Weight capacity 300 lbs


    1. Is there any way to cut down on the lead time?

      You may order a basic version of the Humanscale Freedom Chair that will ship out the same business day, if ordered before 2pm CST.

    2. Does this require any assembly?

      The Freedom Chair requires minimal assembly. Just position the upper chair assembly onto the base of the chair and you will be enjoying your new Freedom in no time.

    3. Is the headrest removable?

      The headrest cannot be removed from the Humanscale Freedom Chair, but you can order the chair without a headrest.

    4. What is the "box stitching" option on the leather version of this chair?

      Box stitching helps hold together the pieces of leather. It is required on the all leather Freedom Chair, but you can choose the color of stitching that you would like to accent the leather.

    5. Have I seen this chair on TV?

      You likely have! The Humanscale Freedom Chair is an iconic chair that has been featured on many TV shows, including the show 24.

    6. Do the Freedom arms swivel?

      Although older versions of the Freedom arms did swivel, the new arms slide inward.




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    Humanscale Freedom Chair Arms

    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.

    Humanscale Armrests

    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

    Please Note: Many users prefer the added adjustability of the advanced armrests.

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

    Armrest Padding

    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 arms have a foam core and a durable, synthetic leather cover
    • Technogel arms contain a softer and extremely comfortable gel layer below the synthetic leather cover
    • Either padding choice can be upholstered in fabric or leather to match your chair

    Frame Color

    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 graphite shells on the cushions and arms.

    Humanscale Freedom Chair Frame Color

    Base Color

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

    Humanscale Freedom Chair Base


    Fourtis - Grade 1

    Inspired by the Latin word fortis, meaning strong, this fabric is the ultimate ratio of durability and flexibility thanks to a unique weave of two-blended colors, and offering a four-way stretch.

    Corde 4 - Grade 1

    Constructed from cotton, Corde 4 includes a four-way stretch and a small, modular weave. The result is a dimensionally ribbed surface on the face of the fabric that remains soft to the touch.

    Lotus - Grade 1

    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.

    Sensuede - 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.

    Ticino Leather - Grade 1

    Ticino is a semi-aniline dyed leather available in a variety of rich colors inspired by nature. It is a top, corrected grain leather to create a more natural aesthetic and ensure the leather remains as unique as the hide itself.

    Corvara Leather - Grade 3

    Corvara is a semi-aniline dyed leather that offers a smooth, silky feel and ultimate durability. It is a top, full grain leather that is embossed lightly for a consistent, uniform grain structure.


    Box Stitching Color

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

    Box Stitching Colors Humanscale Freedom Chair

    Seat Cushion

    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.

    • 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 Lotus and Vellum fabrics and is not available with leather or Sensuede

    Please Note: 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.

    Humanscale Freedom Chair Seat Cushion

    Seat Height

    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.

    • Standard height cylinder fits 90% of the population
    • Tall cylinder combines with a footring to make the Freedom Chair a Humanscale Freedom Drafting Chair
    • Return to height cylinder returns to the highest position when the user exits the chair

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

    Humanscale Cylinder height


    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.

    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
    Humanscale Casters


    The Humanscale Freedom Chair with Headrest can be ordered with either standard plastic components or CAL 133 compliant components.


    Humanscale Terms and Conditions

    Due to manufacturer policy, this item cannot be returned.
    Cancellations must be made prior to the item shipping and cannot occur after it has shipped.
    If you have any questions about the Humanscale terms and conditions please contact us.

    22 Reviews Hide Reviews Show Reviews

    • 5
      Great chair, but not for everyone

      Posted by GTS on Mar 16th 2011

      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

      Headrest comfort
      Back comfort
      Build quality

      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

      Posted by Eric on Aug 12th 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!

    • 5
      happy at last.

      Posted by pamela campbell on Aug 6th 2010

      Love it. Love the color and love the feel.

    • 5
      Love this chair!

      Posted by KiKi on Jan 14th 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.

    • 5
      Truly a Second Spine

      Posted by Bob Branson on Nov 18th 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
      Freedom Chair

      Posted by mj on Oct 29th 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.

    • 5
      long wait - wrong color

      Posted by frank on Sep 17th 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
      Simple, Comfortable, Elegant

      Posted by Dane on Sep 11th 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
      Fits like a glove

      Posted by Dave on Mar 8th 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.

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