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I'm now switching between a regular office chair that I've had for years (padded with a TempurPedic pillow) and an exercise ball (65cm). I really like the change between the ball and the chair, it's refreshing! When I'm on the ball, my body is almost in constant motion because I like to roll my butt around on it.
I recently test drove a new chair called the Swopper ($600). It is a very interesting concept and I just may be adding it to the list of furnishings here at the office. ;)
The Best Computer Chair?
Is actually the one that feels right for you. I don't think there is a "best one". You could feel just fine in $149.00 chair. Based on all of the research I've done into seating arrangements, you'll want to at least take into consideration lumbar support and proper height. A little cushion under the tush is very helpful for long stints behind the computer. Getting up every 30 minutes for about 5-10 minutes should be a mandatory regimen in your schedule. Take it from someone who learned the hard way!
P.S. Exercise is mandatory. You need to do core exercises to keep the mid section and back in shape.
After I damaged my lower back, its the only chair I can sit comfortably in all day.
My physio recommeded Pilates, and I have to say its really effective. I try to do it 3 times a week, especially if I've been siting all day. It really free's my back up.
Jimmy Saville had a terrific chair and I know where it is.
The arms had many buttons that opened various drawers, flaps and things to present all sorts of goodies.
Buy that one, it'll make your tea, provide a snack, allow you to relax, sit you upright and even give you a gold medal!
Cold Butt Syndrom.
They also cause HRS (Hair Removal Syndrome).
The Aeron chairs are not for the casual environment where one might be wearing shorts. That mesh fabric intertwined with hairy legs can be somewhat discomforting. ;)
Brett, that CBS is a strange feeling at first. I'm sure many are sub-conciously addicted to the butt warming features of non-mesh chairs.
This pertains to SOHO and cottage industry webbies. Get yourself a nice cushy, fabric covered high-back spring supported office chair, I mean a really nice one for about 200 to 300 dollars.
Do not use a desk! Buy an 5 to 6 foot long fold out sturdy table that is made for banquets and heavy loads. You should be able to stand on the table without it shaking or bending, composite wood is the best.
I get mine at Staples in the states...very rugged and heavy.
Now. The idea here is to put a smaller chair on the other side of the table with a cushion in it so you can extend your legs straight out and rest them on the cushioned chair, just like you're in a recliner. Put a small box about 4 inches high under your monitor. When you lean back in your chair, tilt the monitor towards you so you are looking at it straight on...you all know about alignment and all that...
The idea here is to be able to get plenty of back support just like you would in a nice luxury sports car seat, but be able to extend your legs off the ground or drop them when you want to with ease.
I spend up to 8 hours a day in my chair, yes I get up about every hour, usually to raid the fridge. lol
It's a winning combo if you're back is in good shape, and if your legs get lots of use in other activities. I play lots of tennis, so getting my feet off the floor for hours on end is just great therapy.
Buy an 5 to 6 foot long fold out sturdy table that is made for banquets and heavy loads.
Not great for keyboarding, though.
I use a Herman Miller Scooter (actually, the fancy Cherry Wood version sold by Levinger) to hold my keyboard. It slides UNDER the desktop, and is adjustable as to height and angle. Much better than keyboard trays.
As far as chairs, I swear by the Steelcase Leap. Not as "out there" as the Aeron, nor having the "dot-com bubble" baggage. :)