Best desk chair for design...?

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  1. rkdiddy macrumors 65816

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    I'm trying to get my home business up and running. I just picked up a 24" ACD and my next purchase is going to be a nice chair.

    I went to my local Staples and sat in all of the chairs and I was less than impressed. We have Aerons at work and they are the bomb, but I'm having a hard time stomaching $600+ for a chair.

    I figured there are a lot of designers on here that spend plenty of time at their desks...

    So what kind of chair do you have, how much, pros/cons and would you recommend it?


    Cheers!:cool:

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  2. samiwas macrumors 65816

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    My favorite chain ever was this cheap one I got at Office Depot I think. A huge fabric-based chair with plastic arm rests. It was ugly but comfortable as hell. After 5 years of great service, the base finally broke and I had to get a new one. My new one is comfortable, but the vinyl/leather/whatever-it-is makes me sweat a lot when it's warm. TMI, I know. $600 is not out of hand for a real nice chair. I've seen some of those ergonomic chairs that look like an abstract art project going for several thousand.
     
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    OP, you couldn't find one decent chair at staples? Maybe your standards are too high, or you have been ruined by this fancy chair you have at work.

    I have one like the link posted above but with padded arms and not overstuffed. I spend tons of time in it, being the lazy, worthless, pos that I am, and it is comfortable for hours on end.
     
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  7. rkdiddy thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thank you for the comments - I think I've definitely been spoiled. :p

    Anyone have any experience with the Herman Miller Mirra chairs. Seems to be a lot of good feedback on Amazon and they're cheaper than the Aeron.
     
  8. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Come on, man. The Aeron is the way to go and you know it. I've had one for 6 years; still good as new.

    Look at it this way, you spent $900 for a monitor that will make your porn look beautiful. You gonna use a $100 chair to diddle in?
     
  9. Melrose macrumors 604

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    Aeron's may be the best, but there are other chairs that are still very comfortable, as with anything - you can buy the best or go with something cheaper that's lesser in some manner but still suits your needs amply.

    I'd say try a few and then find the balance among what you'd like, what's most comfortable, and your wallet.
     
  10. Mr. Giver '94 macrumors 68000

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    Another vote for the Aeron.

    I inherited mine from my dad after he moved offices and got another one. :)
     
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    I must be one of the few that dislike the Aerons. I don't like the reclining mechanism, and the armrests are too low for me.

    I got my chair at (get ready for it)...SAMS club. $60-ish and it's quite comfortable.
     
  13. Ryan1524 macrumors 65816

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    Never used an Aeron, but most ergo chairs, including the EXO I used to sit in at work, can have every possible variable adjusted. This includes how it reclines and how high/tall/long/deep whatever-rests are.
     
  14. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Heck, 2nd hand office chairs from the local office liquidation company handling all the office furniture in the area due to all the office closings.
     
  15. Mr. Giver '94 macrumors 68000

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    The armrests are adjustable. :)

    To each his own.
     
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    You can adjust how the seat pivots on the support post, but you can't adjust where it pivots. Makes me feel like I'm going to fall of the chair; it isn't comfortable.

    And at their highest point they're about 3-4" too short for my arms to reach, and still a bit too narrow for my liking.
     
  17. waynesun macrumors regular

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    There is no 'best chair' for design. I have been designing on a wooden chair that looks like it came out of a log cabin. But if comfort is what you're looking for (and your pockets are very deep), Herman Miller mesh chairs come to mind.. or any mesh chairs, for that matter. Happy hunting!
     
  18. rkdiddy thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks guys for all of the feedback.

    I pulled the trigger and found an Aeron on Craigslist for $400. It is a lot in my mind for a chair, but definitely the most comfortable desk chair I've sat in. She's a beaut and I couldn't be happier - now I just need to remember to take breaks. :D

    Cheers...
     
  19. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    At least your ass and back will thank you for deciding to spend an extra $350 on them. ;)

    And if you break the chair or would like some of the other options, there are spare parts available for them.
     
  20. michaelsviews macrumors 65816

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    I'll second SAMS Club

    Also this one too

    Staples had a Sealy kinda like suede for 149 or higher, but it just did not feel that comfortable. I'm in the same boat looking and the current chair came from Best Buy years ago, the hydraulics are going and more or less I am sitting on the wood bottom of the seat, cushions warn/broken down.

    One thing for sure spending 600 for a chair is ridiculous in my book, but hey to each there own.
     
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    I have some back problems, and had gotten to the point that I could only work 30 minutes at a time at my computer ... until I bough my Aeron. Now I sit for 3-4 hours straight, and can work 12-hour days when I have to, and no.back.pain EVER! I did not want to spend the money, until I finally did, and then wondered why I had waited so long. :p
     
  23. hackr4fun macrumors newbie

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    Ergonomic desk + chair

    My 2c, use a desk & chair package. comps usually paired them based on usability and responses from past users. try biomorph, it's a good brand, a bit pricey but for overall and long term investment, i think it's worth it.
     
  24. duncanapple macrumors 6502

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    I found the same thing - The guy I bought it from just bought a knoll life chair and I am guessing his wife was nagging him to get rid of his Aeron. He was asking 450, i talked him down to 400. When i got there, I was expecting a used chair, probably an older model. This thing was in pristine condition, not even scuffs on the base. Plus it was the highly adjustable posture fit model with the tuxedo pellicle.

    I was also considering the Celle (new around $450) and ended up lucking out with the Aeron. I still smile when i sit in it 6 months later! I agree with the others, with so many companies going bust, i would think finding them would be a little easier. However a lot of places want to sell them in giant lots, not onsie twosie...
     

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