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That computer chair you're sitting in right now ....

 
 
msolga
 
Reply Mon 13 Sep, 2010 07:14 am
... what are the good things about it?
What are the not so wonderful things about it?

I ask because I need to get a better one than I'm sitting in right now.
It isn't kind to my back or my arms. I find myself constantly leaning forward over the key board. It makes my back & arms feel stiff and a bit sore if I'm at my computer for long periods.
Not exactly the best for my legs & feet, over long periods, either ...

Tonight I almost bought a new one, at the outrageous price (for me) of almost $400 (Australian). But that model was out of stock at that store. It was about the 2oth one I'd tried. It felt comfortable for my height & had a good firm backrest which made me want to sit up straight. My feet sat comfortably on the floor. Ahhh. Smile
It also didn't look like a big, clunky office chair .. chrome & leather, nice streamlined design, which really appealed to me. Smile

I thought, before I rushed out & buy it (at another branch of the store I visited) , it might be a good idea to seek advice here first.
(I am really not interested in sitting on one of those balancing balls, or an ergonomic chair, or anything like that ... just a good, comfortable & reliable computer chair which does not take up enormous amounts of space. (My house is tiny, so anything really big can't be considered.

Any good advice you can give me?

Thanks in advance,
Olga



 
djjd62
 
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Reply Mon 13 Sep, 2010 07:19 am
i think it was about $40 at some office supply store, it's your standard computer chair, no arms, adjustable back and height
msolga
 
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Reply Mon 13 Sep, 2010 07:29 am
@djjd62,
... & you find it satisfactory for your purposes, dj?
No aches & pains, or anything like that, after long sessions at the computer?
msolga
 
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Reply Mon 13 Sep, 2010 07:33 am
Any suggestions on what it's best to avoid mightn't be a bad idea, either! Smile
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msolga
 
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Reply Mon 13 Sep, 2010 07:43 am
Other questions:
Can you pick up a half decent chair (for back comfort, etc) at say, Ikea?
This one I'm using is from Ikea (a not exactly expensive one) & it's turned out to be a less than wonderful experience! Neutral
And is price a reliable indicator of quality & comfort?
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djjd62
 
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Reply Mon 13 Sep, 2010 08:30 am
@msolga,
it seems fine, i have few back complaints, some neck problems but mostly from sleeping, got one of those curved memory foam pillows and it seems to have curtailed some of it
http://www.mobility-uk-equipment.co.uk/ekmps/shops/pcmobility/resources/image/visco%20memory%20pillow-hand.jpg
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Mon 13 Sep, 2010 08:49 am
@msolga,
I sit in a fancy dancy ergonomic chair at work. It's awful.

At home we use what I call a Flintstone's chair - solid, plain, no adjustments, no twirling, hard, log chair. It's comfortable.

very much like this one

http://sunriverrusticfurniture.com/Pictures/Chairs/chair.pine_back_view.jpg
Roberta
 
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Reply Mon 13 Sep, 2010 09:14 am
olga, I posted this pic on the two sides of the family thread. I've been working in this chair for 15 years. Far more comfortable than the ergonomic chair I had in my corporate job.

No wheels, no arms. Just as comfortable today as the day I first sat in it (see photo).

http://i815.photobucket.com/albums/zz72/Riman18/Meonredchair.jpg
djjd62
 
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Reply Mon 13 Sep, 2010 10:13 am
@Roberta,
one hopes in al this time you've learned to sit the right way around Razz
Roberta
 
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Reply Mon 13 Sep, 2010 10:16 am
@djjd62,
That position on this chair is no longer possible--for me. Too much ass, not enough chair.

But it's still comfortable. And I still don't sit with my feet on the floor.
JPB
 
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Reply Mon 13 Sep, 2010 10:20 am
@msolga,
I had similar problems and bought the fanciest, shmanciest, rolls forward with me as I roll forward, adjusts in 20+ different places, most comfortable chair that money and insurance can buy.

It's so comfy that I found myself spending more and more time in my chair. It's so comfy that I eventually found that I could hardly stand up after sitting for hours on end. It's so comfy that I found that the only place I didn't have back pain was in my chair or in bed.

The moral of the story is that your back is trying to tell you something. Unless you need to spend inordinate hours at the computer you shouldn't necessarily look for a better chair. You should spend less time at the computer.
JPB
 
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Reply Mon 13 Sep, 2010 10:20 am
@Roberta,
I love this picture!
Roberta
 
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Reply Mon 13 Sep, 2010 10:32 am
@JPB,
Glad you like it. Nearly fell over when I was going through pictures and realized that the chair in the photo is the one I sit on every day at the computer.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Mon 13 Sep, 2010 11:10 am
@msolga,
I like it's arm rests and it's adjustability. And it kind of has a springiness when one quickly sits down in it.

I don't like it's lack of adjustable lumbar support or it's lack of headrest.

I would also like some more cushionary arm rests especially for my elbows.
sozobe
 
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Reply Mon 13 Sep, 2010 11:33 am
@JPB,
This is a very good point.

I have an old-fashioned swivel chair, just wood, that is quite comfortable. I try to pay attention to posture (sitting up straight) and also get up a lot and stretch and stuff.
Dutchy
 
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Reply Mon 13 Sep, 2010 04:12 pm
@msolga,
msolga go to an "Office Works" branch in Melbourne. They have a large range of chairs and are very reasonably priced and are on line as well. I bought a comfortable one some years ago for $70.00 and it has served me well.
littlek
 
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Reply Mon 13 Sep, 2010 04:36 pm
Some good things about my chair: it is a place to sit, I can adjust the height/back, it rolls (instead of scraping the floor), and it was free. Otherwise it is annoyingly uncomfortable and a REALLY loud squeaker.
msolga
 
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Reply Tue 14 Sep, 2010 04:53 am
Thanks you for your responses, everyone.
Apologies for not responding, but I've been suffering from some horrible gastric thing today ... which has made it difficult to even consider sitting at my computer for any length of time! Wink
(Aghhhhh.)

Later.
djjd62
 
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Reply Tue 14 Sep, 2010 04:57 am
@msolga,
http://www.rabourncrafts.com/images/products/potty_chair.gif
Dutchy
 
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Reply Tue 14 Sep, 2010 04:57 am
@msolga,
Hope you're feeling better soon msolga and can sit 'comfortable' in front of your computer. Smile
 

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