Chair Mechanisms - Tilt Tension/Tilt Lock

Tilt Tension Tilt Lock Diagram 

Not to worry, this is a good type of tension. This feature allows the back to recline at a 1:1 ratio to the seat, promoting a more comfortable seated position and balancing weight distribution to ease pressure on the body. Tilt tension regulates the rate and ease that the chair reclines. Once the desired position is achieved, the lock-out tilt feature keeps the chair in a secure, upright position. We selected a couple of our favorite chairs with this feature below.

This mechanism guide is designed to provide information about chair functions and features so you can make an informed decision based on your needs, preferences and styles. For more information on other chair mechanisms, check out our chair buying guide.

HVL511 Task Chair

basyx by HON HVL511 Mesh Mid-Back Task Chair

The combination of simplicity and contemporary makes this chair a nice addition to any workspace, while also being comfortable and affordable. It features a curved mesh back to allow for better airflow and a curved, multi-layer foam seat cushion for complete body support. Fixed armrests provide support for forearms while typing, maintaining an ideal posture. This chair also features tilt tension and tilt lock mechanisms to control the rate of recline and lock it in place.

Eurotech Apollo Chair

Eurotech Apollo MT9400 Mesh Office Chair

A consistent user favorite; the Apollo has it all. It merges superior comfort, quality and adjustability. It features a breathable mesh to keep you cool, and a curved seat cushion with a gradual sloped edge to alleviate pressure behind the knees. This chair is highly customizable and adaptable, including tilt tension and tilt lock features, allowing the user to adjust the rate of recline and lock it in place.