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Leap Chair by Steelcase

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The Steelcase Leap Chair makes working at your desk comfortable. The Leap Chair actually encourages you to move as you sit, ultimately keeping you healthier and more productive as you work.

Leap Chair by Steelcase

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Leap Chair

A Healthier Way to Sit

The research that advanced our thinking of how a chair needs to support the body lead to four key discoveries:

  • The spine doesn’t move as a single unit. When you recline, your upper spine moves backward and your lower spine arches forward.
  • Each individual’s spinal motion is unique. Even for people of identical size, age, and gender, each spine moves differently.
  • The upper and lower back require different amounts and types of support. Your lower back requires firm, constant support while your upper back requires more support as you recline.
  • Vision and reach impact your posture. When you recline in traditional chairs, the distance between you and your work can increase, which in turn can strain your eyes, arms and neck.

These four discoveries became the guidelines for designing the leap chair and the foundation for the alive seating principles.

  • Movement: Moving helps reduce pressure on the spine, sends oxygen to your muscles, and increases blood flow to your brain. Movement is healthy and your desk chair should support your body as you move.
  • Orientation: Changes in posture help you stay comfortable and more attentive. Leap office chair’s Natural Glide System enables you to comfortably recline without straining your eyes, neck, or arms.
  • Fit: Your body is unique. You need a chair that easily adjusts to fit you, your preferences, and how you work.
  • Sustainability: A chair that is good for people should also be good for the environment. Every material, every stage of a Leap chair’s life, is designed to respect and nurture human and environmental health. One more reason to be comfortable with Leap.


  • Outer back and seat are plastic.
  • LiveBack moves with the shape of the user’s spine as sitting positions change.
  • Lumbar height adjusts 5 inches to provide additional lower back support. Standard on all chairs, but may be omitted.
  • Lower back firmness changes the amount of firmness user feels in lower back. Requires only two complete turns.
  • Upper back force requires only five complete turns and accommodates a broader range of users by allowing user to change the rate of increase in force as the user reclines..
  • Passive seat edge angle allows the front edge of the seat to flex 1-1/2 inches to relieve pressure under the user’s thighs.
  • Variable back stop with five positions is standard.
  • Seat depth adjusts within a 3 inch range to accommodate users of varying leg lengths. Seat depth is standard on all models.
  • Seat height adjusts with in a 5 inch range with a pneumatic adjustment mechanism.
  • Five-arm base is available in plastic or polished aluminum.
  • Casters have hard, dual-wheels that roll smoothly on carpets.

Dimensions & Measurements

Description Measurements
Overall Depth 21.75 - 24.75 inches
Overall Width 27 inches
Overall Height 38.5 - 43.5 inches
Seat Height 15.5 - 20.5 inches
Seat Depth Adjustment 15.75 - 18.75 inches
Seat Width 19.25 inches
Lumbar Height from Seat 5.25 - 10.25 inches
Back Width 18 inches
Recline Angle 96 - 120 degrees
Arm Height from Seat 7 - 11 inches
Distance between Armrests 12.75 - 20 inches
Armcap Pivot Range 30 degrees
Armcap Depth Adjustment 3 inches
Weight Capacity 400 pounds

Product Options

For any custom options below, call or chat with a product specialist to build.

Fabric Color

  • Buzz2 Fabrics
  • Cogent Connect Fabrics
  • Steelcase Leathers
  • Elmosoft Leathers

Frame, Seat Shell, Outer Back and Base

  • Black Plastic
  • Platinum Plastic

Arm Adjustability

  • Height, Width, Pivot, and Depth Adjustable Arms
  • Height Adjustable Arms
  • Armless

Seat Height

  • 5 inch cylinder
  • 7 inch cylinder


  • Casters for Carpets
  • Casters for Hard Floors


We're an authorized Steelcase retailer. This means we're official. We sell new factory-direct items complete with Steelcase's own warranty. You can purchase confidently from Office Designs knowing you'll be receiving genuine Steelcase product.


Steelcase leads the way in creating great experiences by offering a range of architecture, furniture and technology products and services designed to help people reach their full potential.

Our comprehensive portfolio is anchored by three core brands: Steelcase, Coalesse and Turnstone. Together with our partners, we design spaces to help people work, learn and heal.

And because protecting the environment is in our DNA, we drive sustainable social, economic and environmental change through our decisions and actions. At Steelcase, we don’t just do what’s right, we do what’s best - for people and for the planet.

Established in 1912 as the Metal Office Furniture Company, our first patent for a metal wastebasket meant safety for office workers. In crowded cities where fires spread quickly, replacing wicker with steel was a lifesaving innovation.

Founders Peter M. Wege, Walter D. Idema and David D. Hunting built the business in Grand Rapids, Michigan - a city then known as “The Furniture City” because of its many wood furniture manufacturers.

By 1919 the company began to establish its dealer network, making desks, cabinets and other products available nationwide. Officially known as Steelcase Inc. beginning in 1954, the company grew globally and executed the largest single shipment in the industry in 1973, providing over 400 truckloads of furniture for Chicago’s Sears Tower. Steelcase became publicly traded in 1998.

We’ve been looking forward since the beginning. From our early years to 21st-century breakthroughs, Steelcase turns insights into innovations and pushes limits to transform and reimagine the workplace.

Care Instructions

Basic maintenance should be done on chair upholstery, finishes, controls, base, and other moving parts once a year. More frequently with heavy use.

Removing fabric upholstery stains or heavy soil:
  • Soak up excess any stain with a cloth. Do not dry the stain completely or it may set.
  • For most water-borne stains (coffee, fruit juice, washable ink), use an upholstery cleaning solution and follow package directions.
  • For oil-borne stains, use a dry-cleaning solution at room temperature (never hot) and allow solution to work into stain. Using quick, light strokes, brush stain with a soft bristle brush. Work from outside toward the center to prevent rings. Avoid vigorous rubbing which may damage the nap or force the stain more deeply into the material. Soak up remaining dry-cleaning solution and sponge the fabric with cool water.
  • Allow fabric to dry completely, then vacuum thoroughly. If stain is still evident, repeat procedure. Several light applications of cleaning solution are more effective/less damaging than one heavy application.
Select color and upholstery type.

Buzz 2 is a polyester fabric that is extremely durable.

Cogent Connect is softer and more breathable than Buzz 2, while still being very durable.

Leather is the base upgrade for upholstery options, with just a few color options.

Elmosoft Leather is a soft and pliable leather known for its comfort and durability.
Armless is best for those who need more than 20" width, or need clearance less than 7" above the seat.

Height Adjustable Arms move up and down 4", allowing them to be from 7-11" above the seat.

Fully Adjustable Arms are height adjustable, but also depth-adjustable by 3" and can pivot 30 degrees.
Most people will order Standard Height Adjustable, but if you specifically know you need a high option, it is available with an upcharge.
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