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It's been a while since I've seen any topics on Computer Chairs and since I was out shopping for one yesterday I thought it would be a good time to see what everyone is wrapping their butts in, and backs!
I've been putting together research on various chairs that I've seen and have actually tested at a retail level store. Yesterday's trip took me to RelaxTheBack in Brea. It was a fun trip as I had my girlfriend with me and we were trying out everything!
Did you know that the group involved with Ferrari, Pininfarina, has a new chair on the market called the Xten...
At $2,995.00 USD I just couldn't see parting ways with a mortgage payment for a chair. Especially for one that didn't even come close for comfort and features that I was looking for. If you are into making fashion statements, this is definitely the chair for you. But, if you have any back issues, you may want to compare other less expensive models.
Out of all the chairs that we sat in, played in, and fell asleep in (I fell into a conscious sleep in one of them), the one that really withstood my high demands was the Lifeform 7694 Management Chair.
At $1,395.00 USD, it is not cheap either but I'm done with cheap office chairs. I've been rotating here between a few chairs and an exercise ball to help with previous injuries due to excessive sitting at the computer. I've had two microdiscectomies because of improper seating arrangements.
So, what's the latest with your seating?
And, has anyone seen the Ultimate Webmaster Chair yet? I would want it to be completely self-contained, fully mobile and allow for wireless functionality while working at home, the pool or even at the office.
my chair costs me approximately 4 USD. (Dreaming of a chair u mentioned).;)
I have one from staples that is pretty good, high back managers chair, like $100 or so. It has lumbar support but not enough. Not sure why they don't just add more curve back there. 2 suggestions though:
1) if you're willing to shell out in the thousands range get a chair with massage!
2) look into a wireless keyboard, or preferably a wireless keyboard with mouse ball like the one I mentioned in:
I'm no MD but being able to sit back or up with the keyboard in my lap is helpful. At any rate it allows me to change positions while sitting and also vary my distance from the monitor(s) ... which is helpful too.
Also on my wish list, since I'm not going to spend thousands is:
Therapist Select Quad-Roller Massaging Cushion with Shiatsu and Rolling Massage, QRM-400 [walgreens.com]
I tried this thing (or at least one like it, I think the one I tried was only $100, oh, here it is $100 version [walgreens.com]) at a Walgreens and it was pretty darn good. Much better than I expected for an 'add on' back massager. Actually has moving parts that deep massage near the spine...
|Mr Bo Jangles|
I've got a cheap chair, but the $Million dollar secret is that I have made myself a cushion, fashioned on the idea from a US Air Force office cushion that was pneumatic.
I got a new inner tube for a trailer from the local gas station - so just a small one. Then I half inflated it, and stuck it in the cover of an old cushion.
It is a miracle - I can sit comfortably for hours and hours at a stretch. It is not a toy - this inner tube has been the same one I bought 6 years ago.
If I could work-up a manufacturing facility for this idea I'd make a million!
I got a SteelCase Leap a few years ago, and I've been really happy with it. It's mega-adjustable and very comfortable. It has some unusual adjustments that aren't on most chairs. For example, you can adjust the seat depth (front to back) and the angle of the front of the seat.
It is more traditional than most of the highly-adjustable ergonomic chairs, so if you are going for a far-out look, this is not the chair for you. But I found it MUCH more comfortable than the much-touted Aeron. And it's not THAT traditional - it will still fit-in with modern furniture.
While I spent a pretty penny on the Coach edition (I thought the standard leather was a bit cheesy) you can get these in cloth for around $500. I think there's also a slightly less adjustable model for a bit less.
On a somewhat related subject, I just got a Herman Miller Scooter for my keyboard and mouse. This is an innovative alternative to a keyboard drawer or putting your keyboard/mouse directly on your desktop. It's particularly nice with a wireless keyboard and mouse.
It's a independent stand that sits on the floor. The height and surface angle are adjustable. (Though I haven't found much use for the surface angle adjustment.) You can just push it completely under the desk to get it out of the way. If you are working with somebody else at your desk, you can just push the whole thing over to them witout changing positions.
If you adjust the height just a tad lower than where a keyboard drawer would be (which is the height I prefer, anyway) you can type with it UNDER the desk. That works out great for me, as I am having a plexiglass desk-top made (so I can still see the keys...) and have ordered plexiglass bases. Yea, yea, I know - plexiglass scratches. One reason for no keyboard on the desk. But, guess what? GLASS scratches, too. You can easily polish-out scratches in Plexiglass. Not so with glass.
Anyway, I got a special version of the Scooter sold by Levinger. It's only a bit more, and has a solid cherry top. (Other than Levinger, there are a couple of online stores that sell these in clear Ash or dark-stained Ash. Forget about getting any of the composite or wood versions sold by Herman Miller office supply outlets, as they take a 4-6 week wait. However, I have seen these used on eBay if you really want to go cheap.)
I just got a Steelcase Leap chair. I've had it for about two weeks, and so far I like it a lot. I spent the first week fiddling with adjustments, trying out this and that, but I'm mostly over that.
If you're thinking about this chair, make sure you know which features are optional or standard, because there's one back adjusment I thought my chair would have that turned out to be an option. The salesperson didn't make clear to me, so it didn't get specified. They have a wide range of colour choices in both leather and fabric. My chair is a taupe leather which is a nice match for my office decor.
I got Herman Miller Areon about 6 weeks ago. God, it make such a difference to my back pain. Now, i can sit in it for hours and hours without feeling any discomfort. It was expensive, but I decided to buy it for myself as my back was suffering so much.
I hesitated to buy it , but after I worked in one office for 4 weeks (temp job) and sat on it i relised that chair relly make difference.
So now, after about having it for 6 weeks, I decided I will never sit on any other chair again :-)
Go for it!
I've got a recreational vehicle "captain's chair" mounted on a sturdy rolling, tilting base. At a previous office location, there was a guy in the building who bought up surplus seats from RV companies and turned them into executive chairs.
I've been using it for about 10 years, though, and I'm thinking about switching to an Aeron, mainly for the breathability. My current chair is leather, and it can get a bit warm in summer if I don't set the room temperature to a moderately chilly level.