I’m really in need of a new chair. I’ve been slaving away online and studying the latest technology, all the while sitting on a chair that is using technology reminiscent of the dark ages. Thing is can’t justify spending a thousand dollars on a new home office chair, but I do need something that is made to be comfortable for 10 hours or more. Over the years i have gone through many chairs. I’ve had cheap chairs from department stores that lasted a year or so before a wheel or something would break. I’ve also had hand-me down chairs from nice executives, solid construction and strong steel, with fine leather. Those actually were the least comfortable for long term use, after a few hours my legs would go numb just using the computer. at one time I found a place in town that was selling used steelcase chairs and those were great. I used those for a few years before the fabric became tattered and the padding in the seat just wasn’t the same as it could be.
The past two years I have moved so much I have been using temporary hand me down chairs at the home office, and now I spend so much time working at home the chair situation has gotten really bad. I saw a cool looking chair at best buy recently, it seemed to have many of the features that I like in a good chair, but it was on some kind of rack and not accessible to sit in and really check it out. So I came home and did some looking online, and google has brought me so many choices I just don’t know what to do. Ultimately I would like to try all of these chairs out in person, but I doubt there is any place in town that has a majority of these chairs I am interested in.
So here are a few of the chairs I am considering, if you have any experience with any of these in your home or office please chime in with how satisfied or unsatisfied are / were with any of these:
Ak Designs Octane – This one looks futuristic, it caught my eye at Best Buy, i had no idea it was being billed as n office / gaming chair. Sounds cool, but how comfortable is the padding?
True Seating – Vinyl Executive Chair – Titanium Silver/Gray – This is much more affordable, it looks cool, says it has “Waterfall seat design fosters leg circulation”
This Iron Horse chair looks awesome, but when a place has “request a quote” in lieu of prices for a chair, I have to assume it’s in the “if you have to ask the price, you can’t afford it” category. It does feature “Anatomically contoured foam cushions engineered for hours of seated comfort.” which sounds and looks) awesome.
This Ergocraft Phantom Deluxe Control Chair looks like it would be very soft and comfortable, it actually looks like it would be softer than my bed, at more than $400, I would probably buy a new bed first though.
I found this Executive Black Leather High Back Swivel Computer Chair at Amzaon.com it looks great, sounds great, but I can’t tell if it has adjustable arms or not, it kind of looks like it, but I’m not sure. It does look very nice for a chair under $150.
Now this chair (Office Star Black Leather Managers Chair with Platinum Finish Base and Height Adjustable Arms) looks stylish and comfortable, it has adjustable arms, but it’s around $350 – hmm. A new chair, a new bed. Decisions decisions.
Then I find this one, the Multi Function Super Ergonomic Task Chair, it seems to have lots of adjustment options, which is great, the back looks like it may stick out a bit more than I prefer, but that may be helpful for leaning up on the keyboard and typing. i like to lean back a lot when working however, and a back that sticks out a lot may make that more difficult. At $180 the price is good for a very adjustable chair though.
Then I see this chair, the Office Star Super Ergonomic Task Chair, it may be the best of what all the other chairs have, at a price that is decent. For $230 it boasts:
# Thick Padded Seat and Back with Built-in Lumbar Support
# Pneumatic Seat Height Adjustment
# Ratchet Back Height Adjustment
# Multi Function Control
# Height and Width Adjustable Arms with PU Pads
# Heavy Duty Nylon Base with Dual Wheel Casters
I really have no idea what a ratchet back adjustment is, but is sounds hi tech, especially compared to the wooden chair I am using right now.
All in all I like the technology of having adjustable arm rests.
I must have soft padded arm rests, hard plastic or hard rubber will not due.
A good soft padding, especially in the area that the hamstrings rest on. With most of the chairs I have used in and out of the office I find that I put a lot of pressure on that area when typing and mousing around, sometimes my legs go numb, and when that happens I know that the poor circulation must be bad for my legs and it keeps my feet cold, so I am trying to avoid that like the plague. I do remember seeing some kind of pulsing air cushion invention somewhere online , this may make a cheaply padded chair workable, but I think it was around $100, so if I have o make due with less comfortable padding for the legs, then t he chair would have to be considerable cheaper.