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7:41 pm on Jul 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Ok, I may be stretching here, but I think this could go here. What's more important than your comfort while working?

I have this bad habit of purchasing cheapo chairs that loose their cushion fast. Whenever I go ask the salesmen what the best chair is, they lead me to some outrageously priced chair that looks like the cheapo I bought. Would anyone care to recommend a chair that I could find in a US chain office supply store? I'm ready to invest in a good chair, but want some testimonials from actual users, not a commission driven salesman.

Thanks!

8:05 pm on July 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Been using a kneel chair for a couple of years now; would never go back!

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8:12 pm on July 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I've used a kneel chair, but it slowly wore out the toes of my shoes and the knees of my pants. I loved it otherwise.

I've also sat in an Aeron for many hours. AWESOME chair. I love all that ventilation.

8:26 pm on July 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Ooooo... Don't think the knee chair would work with my worn out Army knees!
8:31 pm on July 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I prefer a well built wooden rocking chair - bought at a garage sale years ago for a buck or two.
8:35 pm on July 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Steelcase makes some very good, highly adjustable chairs. I was so happy with one over the years at an old job that I bought one for home.

But these days I sit on an excercise ball and I wouldn't go back. A little tiring at first- there's a certain amount of back muscle involved- but very comfortable and posture-friendly. There are varieties that are "anti-burst", basically if there's a puncture they slowly deflate instead of popping and dropping your tailbone on the ground. Highly recommend this feature. :)

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when u r sitting for upwards of 16 hours on a single chair, that chair better be good.

i use a normal highback chair whose back-rest is high enough to rest my head. and the arm rests are adjustable to align my the mouse pad and keyboard. and i cut the arm rest in such a way so i can fold up my legs and work. get a chair that you will be comfortable in. saving a hundred dollars now and buying a cheaper chair now, may see you in the hospital, down with spondilytis, or something worse 2 years later. so act now. and save your spine.

11:32 pm on July 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Back problems here, and incipient hip arthritis....

I LOVE MY AERON. Absolutely the best investment a person with joint problems can make.

11:48 pm on July 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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My bottom has been parked in a poor man's Aeron [officeorganix.com] for nearly two years now, best money I ever spent! Added a velro attached mouse pad [alimed.com] that I switch from side to side occasionally too.
11:59 pm on July 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Another vote for the Aeron Chair [hermanmiller.com]. I got one after the pubcon in Boston. They had them in each room at the hotel and I fell in love with it.

They are very expensive but worth every penny. I have back and knee problems which used to prevent me from sleeping more than 2 hours at a time at night due to pain.

Since buying the Aeron chair and my Sealy Posturepedic bed [sealy.com], I sleep like a baby and my back and knee pain has been drastically reduced. I usually sleep up to 6 hours at a time now without waking.

These two products have drastically improved my comfort and quality of life. I highly recommend both ... and no, I am not a salesperson for either company.

6:31 am on July 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I used to work in a large open plan office; and it was amazing how possesive people became over their chair.

When quizzed as to why they were so dependent upon a particular chair; the answer was normally "because I have a bad back".

I never said this out loud to anyone there; but I theorised that maybe they have a bad back because they sit in the same chair all the time.

Everyone knows that any one thing in excessive quantity is bad for you, so perhaps the same goes for your seating position.

Maybe variety is the key?

11:47 pm on July 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I never said this out loud to anyone there; but I theorised that maybe they have a bad back because they sit in the same chair all the time.

Absolutely true - unless one has a medical diagnosis.