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Recommmend Me a Chair For Computer Use

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by blairh, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. blairh

    blairh Senior member

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    Hey everybody.

    I tend to spend prolonged hours at a time (with a few breaks when necessary) seated at my desktop computer. I have a pretty standard chair which I think might be an issue. Yesterday I developed a pretty sharp pain in my upper back and this morning I woke up barely able to move my neck without excruciating pain. This is not the first time this has happened to me.

    I believe the culprit is both the chair I use at my computer along with my posture while seated. I don't pay much attention to my posture while working at my computer, and my guess is that I'm not sitting up straight enough.

    I'd like to purchase a new chair which will provide me with substantial back and neck support (while also, of course, making a point to sit up straight in it). I'd appreciate some recommendations if you have any. I'd prefer not to break the bank if necessary. Perhaps nothing more than $400. Thanks.
     
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    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    A good chair is going to be more around $700-800. The Herman Miller aeron chair is a staple of offices for these reasons;, they are ergonomic and work well for a great deal of people.

    Your feet need to be flat on the floor and your knees bent at 90* while you are tasking.

    I used to love big leather office chairs until I realised they were killing my back, now I use an aeron chair and back pains don't wake me up a night anymore.
     
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    Eames Aluminum Soft Pad. Love it.

    Bought used for an absolute steal, normally a bit out of my price range :embar:
     
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    stevent Senior member

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    What's the one people always joke about for startups? Ameron or something can't remember right now, but they are about $800 too and amazingly comfortable. Mesh backs, sleek silver?
     
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    blairh Senior member

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    I found an Aeron here for $534. Hmm. Staples also appears to have some knockoffs of this model.

    I'd also really love to go somewhere and purchase where it already comes built. Not sure if that's an option or not. I'll build it only if I have to.
     
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    Clearing was not sober when posting that last night given the answer was above me. Yes the Aeron is the gold standard, there is really no other option and $534 is a great price.
     
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    I spoke too soon. Upon further review the $534 is without armrests, etc. I don't know.
     
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    The Aeron knockoffs suck. Nowhere near the real thing. Before you plunk down 5 bones on a chair I recommend you go sit in the fucking thing. Some people really don't find them that comfortable.
     
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    I agree. I think I need to visit a store, try some out, and then decide. There is a Design Within Reach store somewhat near my home. Please feel free to share any other good retailers to shop at. (I'm right outside Boston.)
     
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    Relax the Back carries SteelCase I believe. Other than that, maybe an office furniture wholesaler.
     
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    I've read a couple of articles about failed startups, where they've commented about repossessing a large number of Herman Miller chairs. Probably why they burned through their VC so quickly without seeing a return on it.
     
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    Starting to think a chair with a headrest is the way to go.
     
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    Herman Miller Mirra is more comfortable than the Aeron IMO. Cheaper too.
     
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    Just spent a month testing various chairs... Freedom Chair, Aeron, Embody, Mirra...

    There are 5 guys in the office, and we ALL went with the Embody.

    Ugly? Maybe.
    Comfortable? YES.
     
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    +1 to try other chairs instead of plunking for de facto aeron.

    i HATE the aeron chair, it does not work for my body/sitting style. but i'm screwed with it bc it is the de facto and my office uses them.
     

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