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Propper Office Chair .. (before I die)

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by nueces snapper, Oct 25, 2011.

  1. nueces snapper

    nueces snapper Mu-43 All-Pro

    My chair is killing me. Probably literally. Lately info has surfaced that sitting for hours at a time may be one of the most health damaging things we can do.

    And all of us internet junkies and post processing mavens spend a lot of time sitting. If we are going to do it ... perhaps doing it right might help.

    I've always wanted and needed a really good desk chair. What seems like the decent ones or really good ones go as high as 2500 clams. (ouch) Then again some that claim to be really good are around 1000. Surely China can make a good knock off for 500 or so. :wink:

    Any recommendations?
     
  2. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston
    I work from home on the phone a lot, so I broke down and went to a real office furniture store, not Staples, Best Buy or one of those places. A real one. Just make sure the chair has every adjustment possible. I have the seat of the chair actually tilt forward, so it doesn't cut into my legs and create those clots, etc. It was like $300-400, but I worked with a salesman, tried out a bunch and paid up for a good one. I've had it for like 6 years now, and it's as good as a chair can be, and the fabric hasn't fallen apart, etc.

    Now sure a brand name would help, but that's just my two cents.
     
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  3. krugorg

    krugorg Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 18, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    I found this list that may be helpful:

    Best Ergonomic Office Chairs | Office Chair Reviews

    I was able to score a Steelcase for $200 - think it was from an office that closed. It may be worth keeping an eye on craigslist, ebay, etc. for stuff from closed businesses.
     
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  4. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston
    I worked in a high-tech company with Aerons (listed in that article). One of my issue with these "ergo" chairs are the hard, front edges (the Aeron has one). While the back, etc. are all held up well, the front edge cuts into the underside of your legs, which to my unmedically-trained mind, is a potential threat to blood clots.

    Maybe I'm just paranoid, though...
     
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  5. demiro

    demiro Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Nov 7, 2010
    One thing to consider is that if you are tall, short or heavy you may need some kind of custom chair (especially if you have any physical issues to begin with). I'm close to breaking down and spending some cash on a nice chair. Looking at BodyBilt chairs, but I could also spend that cash on a G3, a 45/1.8, a 14-42X, and have change left over.

    I know it makes sense to invest in a good chair (I'm in it 8 - 10 hours many days), but for some reason it's hard to convince myself to spend more than a few hundred dollars on one.
     
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  6. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    Jason
    I hate the office chair I have at work. Work won't spring for a new one. I probably should get one myself.
     
  7. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston
    I just looked under my chair. I have a Click by Stylex. Click - Resources - STYLEX Very adjustable, and comfortable for long term use.
     
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  8. Canonista

    Canonista Mu-43 Top Veteran

    563
    Sep 3, 2011
    L.A.
    After experiencing lower back pain, I bought a Herman Miller Aeron chair with armrest and used it in my home office for about 5 years before handing it down to my daughter who has spine issues. I continue to use an Aeron at the office, and have also bought one for my father to use at home. They are indeed very good chairs with plenty of adjustability. The breath-through mesh fabric is another big plus in the summer time, or if you tend to sweat. As others have mentioned, the hard front edge of the seat cushion frame can pinch circulation to the legs, and the hard mesh fabric can wear away clothing.

    A few years ago, I replaced my home Aeron chair with the Humanscale Freedom chair with arm and headrest. These chairs are very supportive, yet recline with ease, all the while maintaining support of the entire back, neck and head regardless of the position. The cushions are very good. If you spend a lot of time in front of the computer, I think it is worth every penny. The only downside, as with most chairs that don't use mesh, has been the tendency to get warm and sweaty during hot days.

    Price-wise, neither are cheap, nor do I consider them expensive if you factor in the cost of chiropractor visits or the value of being free from aches and pains. As with most things in life, you get what you pay for. To use a photographic analogy, you can keep buying cheap tripods (chairs) or buy the good stuff once and be set for life.

    An alternative to buying new is to scour your local area for used office equipment. After the Great Recession, many businesses downsized (or went bust) and there was a sudden flood of available high-end office furniture and these chairs in great condition were available for less than a third of the cost of new ones.
     
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  9. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    Jason
    I'm 6'2. Anyone know of a chair that get's reasonably high? Most chairs I've tried don't get high enough off the ground for me.
     
  10. Bokeaji

    Bokeaji Gonzo's Dad O.*

    Aug 6, 2011
    Austin, TX
    If you want to be fit whilst you sit, sit on one of those bouncey fitness balls
     
  11. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston
    I did that for a while. It certainly has an appeal, and you are more likely to sit upright, too.
     
  12. Tecpatl4

    Tecpatl4 Mu-43 Veteran

    292
    Oct 16, 2010
    Midwest
    I work for a bank, and after many years of crappy office chairs, they finally started buying Aeron's. There are thirteen thousand people in our building, and about 2,000 have these. Chair thievery is a problem so there is a dedicated real estate person who hunts them down.

    But it is a nice chair.
     
  13. DDBazooka

    DDBazooka Mu-43 Veteran

    211
    Sep 3, 2011
  14. Narnian

    Narnian Nobody in particular ...

    Aug 6, 2010
    Midlothian, VA
    Richard Elliott
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