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Best Office / Computer Chairs
It is doing my back in!
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 11:25 am on Oct 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

I spend so much time sat in front of a computer, I have decided to invest heavily in the best office / computer chair I can find.

But what is the best?

Recently I have found myself slumping down in my chair which is not a good position to be in.

What is the name of that funny looking chair where you half kneel, half sit and are leanin forwarded but in a good position?

What do you use?

Most chairs I have found even the expensive ones, are more designed for meetings where you can sit back in them properly. At the computer I tend to lean forward.



 12:11 pm on Oct 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

I sit on a bog standard typist chair, the ones with the bar at the back holding a small back rest which supports the small of your back.

I have been sitting on one - obviously not the same one - for 40 years and never had a back problem.


 12:47 pm on Oct 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

Sounds like you need new glasses just for working at your computer.

But, for a good chair, go to a place like Crate and Barrel. The office supply big boxes compete on price and they have a lot of junk. Expect to pay about $350 to $500 for a good office chair.


 1:13 pm on Oct 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

Go to a showroom and try them out, its the only way.

My daughter needed a new chair because of back problems. The best for her was above average in price but nowhere near top of the range.


 2:51 pm on Oct 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

What is the name of that funny looking chair where you half kneel, half sit and are leanin forwarded but in a good position?

I don't know, but apparently they're not that great, a few threads here have discussed them.

I have always had back problems due to crappy posture. I've been strapped to a desk chair for about 20 years and this has made the problems worse. I don't think the chair I use has ever helped it one bit.

However, in the last 65 days I have made them virtually disappear, improved my posture, and . . . as of today am a full 25 lbs. lighter than I was 60 days ago.

1 hour+ per day on the Wii Fit is what fixed it [webmasterworld.com]. It's training my muscles to sit correctly naturally, so I sit differently now when working. In any chair.

Visit Thailand

 3:15 am on Oct 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

Sounds like I need to invent one!

BTW my eyes have perfect vision althouh I am sure that will change, but it surprises even me with the amount of time I sit in front of a computer.

I do not use PC's which may help with the eyes.

As for it doing my back in - I was actually referring to finding a good chair which I find gives ample back support. It is finding one that is doing my head in!

Do most of you sit with the back of your chair against your back whilst typing? I find I sit forward and unless I monitor my posture I often find I slump in the chair a bit.

I have been to loads of shops, from very expensive US$ 500+ to the cheaper variety. Like I said before I find most of them are more made for a meeting where you can sit back.


 5:01 am on Oct 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

A Kneeling Chair is what you are looking for but give it at least 2 months to get used to it. Start by using it just for an hour a day. Then gradually increase until after 1 month you are using it all the time while sitting in front of the computer. After 2 months you will never go back to using a conventional chair while working.

You can buy them at a very reasonable price. Look for one that is fully adjustable and has good quality padding, not foam.

Visit Thailand

 6:37 am on Oct 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

Thanks for the tips georgegeek.

Now I only need to find where I can buy one in Bangkok. I have looked in most of the obvious places.

If anyone knows please let me know.



 8:55 am on Oct 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

I bought an excellent new chair about three months ago from my local Costco. Unfortunately I don't remember the brand name and it's not printed on it anywhere. This is the third chair I have used in seven years of self employment. On this occasion I moved away from leather and bought a good heavy fabric chair and it is much better.

I think that apart from being a bit sweaty, leather can make it easier for your butt to slip forward encouraging bad posture. Fabric makes it easier to stay in position.

Visit Thailand

 12:52 pm on Oct 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

BDW - have you tried the kneeling chair? Does anyone know how much they cost?


 1:20 pm on Oct 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

In Bangkok you could probably have one made to your specifications at less than it cost me to buy one :)

Search Google for ¦The Wooden Kneeling Chair by D. Janosev¦ and there is a pdf of all the construction details you will need.

Have a few made and sell them to your friends because sure as anything when they see yours and hear how good it has been for your back - they will want one!


 3:06 pm on Oct 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

BDW - have you tried the kneeling chair?

A few years ago one of the girls in the office where I then worked used one. I tried it and it seems good for about five minutes but I cannot see myself spending ten hours a day in it.

Also my knees are not good (they're worse than my back) so it would not suit me.


 5:46 pm on Oct 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

I found an old (circa 1940) heavily padded office chair on 4 wheels at Goodwill a couple years ago for 10 bucks. I'd gone through 3 or 4 hi-tech, space age, ergo-friggin-nomic office chairs in about a 7 year span. I'd either break them or just become flat out disgusted with their inability to live up to manufacturers hype and give them away. My 10 dollar chair weighs in at around 80 pounds. It's a beast but it has adjustable tension and can, if I chose, recline back into a nearly prone position. I've slept in this chair before. Adjustable height as well. The wood in it is solid oak and the base for the wheels is brass. It has brass fittings everywhere and zerks for lubrication and I've drug this thing with me through 3 major moves. I'm convinced it's indestructible. Big coiled springs for tension and knobs the size of baseballs to apply or lessen it. It rolls nicely (the wheels were gunked up and I had to take them off, clean them up and dose them with WD-40) on a half sheet of 3/4" plywood that I've stained black to match the carpet and my back has never felt better. It's actually more mobile than most of the modern chairs I've had, although I wouldn't wanna get it going to fast...

As piatkow said, try them out. That's the only way you'll really know. I spent over a thousand bucks on chairs but the only one I kept cost me 10. There's a lesson in there somewhere.

Good luck...

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