Choosing a desk chair with suitable ergonomic features at a low budget range is quite a challenging task. Ikea is among the very few brands that offer affordable chairs with a decent package of features. Flintan and Millberget are two of its known low-budget desk chairs. Both high-back chairs have been found comfortable and can be used both at home and office. In this article, I will be exploring the features of both chairs and having a comprehensive talk about Flintan Vs Millberget.
Flintan is an armless office desk chair that has a curved mesh back, lumbar support, and a padded seat with a removable seat cover. The chair does not have a tilt tension knob. It comes with factory-calibrated tilt tension.
Millberget is a desk chair that has padded armrests and it comes with a padded back, lumbar support, and a padded seat. The chair has a tilt tension knob, and you can adjust the tension by yourself.
Flintan vs Millberget: Differences
Depth – Width
|28″ – 28″
|27.5″ – 27.5″
|17.7″ – 22.8″
|20.5″ – 24.3″
Depth – Width
|19.2″ – 18.1″
|17.7 – 20.5
|Tilt tension knob
Ikea Flintan has less height of 44.8″.
While Ikea Millberget has more height of 50.3″.
Chair Depth & Width
The earlier comes with an overall bit more depth and width of 28″.
While the latter has a slightly less depth and width of 27.5″.
Seat Height (Min. – Max.)
The first one has a minimum and maximum height of 17.7″ and 22.8″ respectively.
The second one, on the other hand, comes with a minimum and maximum height of 20.5″ and 24.3″ respectively.
Seat Depth & Width
Both chairs offer almost equal space for seating.
The former comes with a more depth of 19.2″ and a less width of 18.1″.
While the latter has less depth of 17.7″ and more width of 20.5″.
The earlier comes with an open mesh back. The mesh back is an ergonomic feature that is mostly found in high-end chairs.
On the other side, the latter has a padded back that offers good softness. There is a polyurethane foam in the back.
The first one does not have armrests. However, you can choose armrests as an optional product at the time of purchase.
The last one comes with padded armrests.
Tilt tension knob
The former lacks the Tilt tension knob. There is no option to adjust the tension as the chair comes with factory-calibrated tilt tension.
While the latter one has a tilt tension knob that lets you easily adjust the tilt tension of your choice.
Removable Seat Cover
The earlier chair has a removable seat cover. You can remove it and wash it whenever needed.
However, in the latter, there is no such seat cover.
The backrest of the first one is curved to provide better lower back support.
While the second has a simple straight backrest.
The former comes with a seat frame of Layer-glued wood veneer. Being not prone to the same aging effects as wood, wood veneer furniture has the capacity to last for years.
The latter, on the other hand, has a seat frame made of steel and Layer-glued wood veneer.
The earlier comes in 2 colors (black and beige), while latter is available in 3 colors (murum black, murum beige, and murum dark brown).
The previous one has been recommended for office use while the last one is for domestic use. However, both equally, prove safe for office and domestic use.
For Flintan, you will need to apply a mild soapy solution to clean the frame. Once done, use a clean cloth to wipe dry. The removable seat cover can be machine washed by normal cycle and using semi-warmed water. Avoid the bleach and do not tumble dry. Dry clean any solvent except trichloroethylene.
To clean the Millberget, use a vacuum cleaner or wipe clean with a water-dampened clean cloth.
The first one comes with a good warranty package of 10 years.
On the other hand, the last one does not have such a warranty.
Flintan has a low price range compared with the Millberget. The earlier has a price of $89.99, while the latter one has a bit more price of $99.99.
Flintan vs Millberget: Similarities
Both chairs come as high-back chairs. Such chairs can be used both by average and tall users. The back proves supportive both for the back and head.
Both Ikea Flintan and Millberget come with a basic type of built-in lumbar support. The earlier has a lumbar cushion behind the mesh back. While the latter has padded lumbar support.
Though both cannot be adjusted, they provide enough lower back support to help achieve a healthier posture.
If you are looking for advanced lumbar support, you should check out high-end ergonomic chairs like Herman Miller Aeron, Celle, Embody, Steelcase Gesture, Leap, etc. Secretlab also offers advanced lumbar support.
Adjustable Seat Height
The two have adjustable seat heights. There is a hydraulic gas lift to raise and lower the seat. A lever located under the seat allows you can adjust the seat height for your comfort.
Lockable Tilt Tension
Both chairs have lockable tilt tension. The same lever used to adjust the seat height is used to lock and unlock the tilt tension. Just move in and out the lever to lock and unlock the tilt tension. You can only lock the tension in an upright position. There is no way to lock recline at a random or certain angle.
Back Frame & Base
Both come with steel frames. The frames have epoxy/polyester powder coating that offers enough protection from different environmental factors.
Like back frames, the bases of both chairs are built of steel. The steel has a better resistance against corrosion and has the capacity to withstand heavy loads.
Seat Foam & Fabric
Both have seats made of polyurethane foam. The seats offer a medium level of softness to provide better comfort and avoid you from sinking into the foam.
As for as the fabric is concerned, both come with 100% polyester fabric. Polyester fabric has been found one of the strong fabrics and it is very easy to handle.
Each of these has casters made of polypropylene plastic. The caster wheels of both chairs can run smoothly both on a hard floor and a soft floor.
The casters found in both Ikea chairs have a pressure-sensitive brake mechanism. The mechanism allows the casters to move only when a user sits on a seat. Otherwise, it keeps the casters locked to prevent any movement of the chair.
Weight Holding Capacity
Each of the two come with the same weight holding capacity of 243 lb.
Both chairs come fully unassembled, and you will be required to assemble the chair by yourself.
One of the features that we like in this chis is its mesh back. We found it really helpful as it keeps our body cool during hot weather. The majority of our staff feel more freedom with this armless chair. Its built-in lumbar support is a great supporting feature for our staff who spend most of their time sitting while playing games and watching movies.
Another reason we like this is its curved back, which helps us achieve a healthy posture. Though the chair lacks a tilt tension knob, its factory-calibrated tilt tension is good enough to give us a pleasant recline experience.
With its padded seat and back, it proved best for our colleagues who prefer soft and comfy seating. Its padded armrests are helpful during prolonged desk work. It has an edge over the previous by having custom tilt-tension adjustments. Unlike the first, this chair can be locked in an upright position.
Flintan has a base and back made of steel, capable enough to last for years. We found its mesh a very strong fabric that is made of 100% polyester. One of the things we don’t like about this chair is its seat frame which is made of Layer-glued wood veneer. Other than this, we favor this chair for its gas lift, caster wheel, and reclining feature.
It also has a base and back made of steel. The presence of a steel-made seat frame distinguishes it from the previous chair. We noticed the chair has soft and strong faux leather made of 100% polyester.
Its armrests and caster have a build of polypropylene, a good quality plastic that offer better resistance against water absorption, acid, and bases.
After a detailed comparison, we can say that both chairs are quite different from one another.
The Flintan has a curved mesh back but it lacks armrests and a tilt tension knob. If you like a minimal design, and you are a freestyle sitter and want a more ventilated seat, Flintan would be best for you.
Compared with Flintan, the Millberget offers more features and customization by having padded armrests and a tilt tension knob. It also has a padded back. If you want more support and more customization, Millberget will better suit you. The chair also has a lower-end version with the name Renberget.