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*Vanity* Advice needed-Looking for a good office chair
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Posted on 03/20/2014 7:15:42 AM PDT by The_Sword_of_Groo

Hello Freepers, I am looking to buy a new office chair and was looking for recommendations/suggestions, and endorsements. Advice about chairs to avoid is welcome too. I don't have any odd requirements to speak of. I just want a chair that swivels, rocks and has some height adjustment. I am about 6'3", and weigh 207 lbs so I'd probably want a "big/tall" version.Obviously I want comfort and good ergonomics. I posted this in the "computer" topic because I figured those of you computer guys/gals that spend copious amounts of time in front of a machine would have unique knowledge. Also, suggestions on good sources for purchase welcome too as out here in the woods the only options are Office Depot, and other chain stores. I'd like to keep the budget around $500 or less.
Thanks in advance for your help


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1 posted on 03/20/2014 7:15:42 AM PDT by The_Sword_of_Groo
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To: The_Sword_of_Groo

I’ve been looking at this one. I think I’ll buy it when I retire the one I have now.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Boss-Executive-CaressoftPlus-Pillow-Top-Chair-with-Padded-Armrests/13246562


2 posted on 03/20/2014 7:18:10 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: The_Sword_of_Groo

One suggestion...check Craig’s List for a few days.....you just mind find something really good, at a real bargain price...


3 posted on 03/20/2014 7:20:04 AM PDT by ken5050 (I fear a world run by adults who were never spanked as kids and got trophies just for participating)
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To: Gaffer

Or this one which is better (I if I have the extra $13)

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Espresso-Brown-Leather-High-Back-Executive-Office-Chair/10996202?action=product_interest&action_type=title&placement_id=irs_top&strategy=PWVAV&visitor_id=68945627669&category=0%3A4044%3A103150%3A97116%3A91853&client_guid=d3198db8-af23-4c8e-b908-520492d4676f&config_id=2&parent_item_id=13246562&guid=1684b169-2ec8-45c6-a36d-efc73f527ffa&bucket_id=irsbucketdefault&findingMethod=p13n


4 posted on 03/20/2014 7:20:39 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: The_Sword_of_Groo
I like the Tempurpedic line from Staples. I picked one up for just under $200 on a the black Friday sale. It is listed at $299. I haven't had it long enough to tell how durable it is.

http://www.staples.com/Tempur-Pedic-TP4000-Ergonomic-Fabric-Mid-Back-Task-Chair-Black/product_324022

5 posted on 03/20/2014 7:20:53 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Republican amnesty supporters don't care whether their own homes are called mansions or haciendas.)
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To: The_Sword_of_Groo

I got some really comfy high backs from Office Depot several years ago. For like $55.00 or so. Look online.


6 posted on 03/20/2014 7:21:13 AM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!!)
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To: The_Sword_of_Groo

I got the $100 one at costco a few months ago. Its on sale right now, I think. The one with the see through netting seat and back. Best home office chair ive ever had, and ive had a few.


8 posted on 03/20/2014 7:26:19 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: The_Sword_of_Groo

Office chairs.com has a big and tall section. If you have a $500 budget I would check out the executive chairs.

http://big-and-tall-chairs.officechairs.com/


9 posted on 03/20/2014 7:26:54 AM PDT by barmag25 (There is nothing that a man needs that he can't find in the North Georgia mountains.)
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To: The_Sword_of_Groo

A couple of the links above I don’t recommend, because they have fixed armrests and backs. I got one of those for my home office, and I regret it. You want one with adjustable seat height, back height, and arm rests at minimum. Here are the adustments:
1. Set the seat height so that, when you stand in front of the chair facing toward it, the top of the seat comes just under your knee cap.
2. Sit in the chair, and adjust the seat back until it is putting support right in the small of your back.
3. Still sitting, adjust the arm rests so that, when your arms rest normally at your sides, they just barely touch the armrests. (Or don’t have arm rests at all, there are two schools of thought on this one.)


10 posted on 03/20/2014 7:29:28 AM PDT by MSU (It is better to live one verse of Scripture than to memorize it all.)
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To: The_Sword_of_Groo
A very, very good chair is the Aeon chair, which retails for about $520; like an above poster said, look for one on Craig's list or eBay. They have been around long enough now, and enough businesses have gone under, that you should be able to find one for less. Balanced against medical bills for back pain, even the retail price is not such a bad deal.

To stay on the safe side, go to various office furniture stores and try out various chairs before buying. Stay in the various models for 10-12 minutes with a laptop. The store will understand.

11 posted on 03/20/2014 7:29:35 AM PDT by Albion Wilde (The less a man knows, the more certain he is that he knows it all.)
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To: The_Sword_of_Groo
Go to Big Lots and buy the cheapest one there.
You will not be able to stand it for more than an hour or so, but it will help get you off you a$$ and may help keep you from getting fat and out of shape from sitting all day.
This ain't sarcasm, but the voice of experience.
12 posted on 03/20/2014 7:32:10 AM PDT by Tupelo (I feel more like Philip Nolan every day)
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To: Gaffer

See if they still make a Steelcase 45412M. I bought my 1986 seat for $60.00 second-hand from an office supply store fifteen years ago. The sales woman claimed it’s list price was $600.00. I took it apart to clean dust and carpet strings from the heavy-duty wheels and siliconed-lubed them. My now twenty-year old son commandeered it soon after destroying his $14.00 Ikea chair and treated it like the caged gorilla in the Samsonite suitcase commercial. The only wear shown is the worn through fabric wheel he rests his right boot while playing video games. It’s simply strong, comfortable, and outstanding like no other.


13 posted on 03/20/2014 7:32:28 AM PDT by Insigne123 (It is the soldier, not the community organizer, who gives us freedom of the press)
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To: The_Sword_of_Groo; LonePalm

This is your area of expertise LP


14 posted on 03/20/2014 7:34:48 AM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: Insigne123

That is model # 454122M, 1986


15 posted on 03/20/2014 7:36:26 AM PDT by Insigne123 (It is the soldier, not the community organizer, who gives us freedom of the press)
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16 posted on 03/20/2014 7:38:54 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: The_Sword_of_Groo

The Herman Miler Equa 2 hands down best office chair. Discovered it after having back surgery and am now on my 2nd one in 25 years. The seat and back flex with you and support you. Its not cheap, but spread the cost over ten or more years and its quite reasonable. Forget the Aeron, poor support

http://www.my-officechairs.com/ergonomic_office_chairs/herman_miller_equa_2_ergonomic_chair.php


17 posted on 03/20/2014 7:40:02 AM PDT by Archytekt
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To: The_Sword_of_Groo; onyx; TheOldLady; RedMDer; deoetdoctrinae; Lady Jag; trisham; MEG33; bd476; ...

Can we offer this fine fellow in need of a new chair any advice?


18 posted on 03/20/2014 7:41:21 AM PDT by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day.)
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To: The_Sword_of_Groo

http://www.staples.com/Office-Chairs/cat_DP4972
Head to the local staples, find one that suits your body shape.
Expect it to be somewhat pricey.

http://www.staples.com/Big-and-Tall-Chairs/cat_CL166254


19 posted on 03/20/2014 7:45:55 AM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: moose07; The_Sword_of_Groo


20 posted on 03/20/2014 7:46:49 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: The_Sword_of_Groo
Hmmm. I haven't sat in it for several years, so I don't remember if it rocks.

Millions of satisfied Herman Miller Aeron desk chair customers can't be all wrong. It's been one of the most popular model 'sit all day' desk chairs for a decade or so, and may be the biggest selling ergo-metric desk chair in history.

Because it was high-end and popular, all of the dot-com companies bought them in bulk, and hundreds or thousands of companies went under with bulk inventories of new or lightly-used Aerons.

It was/is available in a big size, has height adjustments, is breathable, and has good lumbar support.

If you Google the Aeron, you can buy it new, but it's slightly above your price-point.

Because so many are out there, you should be able to find a new or lightly-used one on Craigslist or eBay with relative ease, even this long after the dot com bust.

Just a thought.

21 posted on 03/20/2014 7:47:58 AM PDT by Scoutmaster (Is it solipsistic in here, or is it just me?)
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To: The_Sword_of_Groo

http://www.officedepot.com/a/browse/office-chairs-and-seating/N=5+501503/

Office depot stuff.


22 posted on 03/20/2014 7:48:35 AM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: moose07

Does Bad Joe’s wife still sell his chair?


23 posted on 03/20/2014 7:48:50 AM PDT by KC Burke (Officially since Memorial Day they are the Gimmie-crat Party.ha)
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To: Albion Wilde

Ah. We think alike. I was typing my answer when you responded.


24 posted on 03/20/2014 7:49:08 AM PDT by Scoutmaster (Is it solipsistic in here, or is it just me?)
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To: The_Sword_of_Groo
I'm sorry that I can't really help you in this price range.

I needed an orthopedic office chair. SweetiePalm was looking around and found myergohealth.com

When I called the company I got Khris Devoto (Senior Ergonomic Specialist)
Direct: (877) 225-4139
BODYBILT Custom Chairs | myergohealth.com

Their chairs are NOT cheap. They are very high end, strong, and built for YOU. They can be adjusted sixty ways to Sunday. The set-up video take about 45 minutes to complete and you will need an assistant. When you get through it's perfect.

My chair was $1500 and came with a full money back guarantee. When Khris called me to see how the chair was the first thing I said was, "You can't have it back."

Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

25 posted on 03/20/2014 7:53:34 AM PDT by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: The_Sword_of_Groo

http://www.racechairs.com/Articles.asp?ID=140


26 posted on 03/20/2014 7:53:43 AM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama phones= Bread and circuits.)
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To: The_Sword_of_Groo

My husband has a $1000 leather office chair — swivels, rocks, adjusts, etc. It’s nice. Just as nice, however, are the $180 leather office chairs that I got for myself at Office Depot (I have one at the office and one at home). I was developing blood clots in my legs from perching on an antique ‘Baltimore’ with a rush seat and hard bar across the front which is why I bought 2 new chairs for myself.


27 posted on 03/20/2014 7:54:28 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: JoeProBono

I LOVE it. I want one of those!


28 posted on 03/20/2014 7:55:35 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: The_Sword_of_Groo

I got a very comfy Global (top quality, better than Staples crap) ergonomic executive fabric chair, in an upgraded fabric, from http://www.zerbee.com/?atrkid=V1ADW3B824E98-2409216366-k-zerbee-23741884686-b-g-m-1t1&gclid=CK2ljuuvob0CFeMSOgodzx4APA. Then I didn’t have to pay tax or shipping to NYC.


29 posted on 03/20/2014 7:58:05 AM PDT by EinNYC
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To: The_Sword_of_Groo

I purchased one down at Walmart recently that seems to work just fine. About $139 or so. Similar to the one described in post #2. I believe it was labeled as a Broyhill. There is a less expensive one at about $99 but it has less padding in the front.


30 posted on 03/20/2014 8:00:50 AM PDT by RichardW
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To: The_Sword_of_Groo

Look for one with a metal base and metal armrests.

I had bought some of those with the plastic base, and it lasted about a year.

Replaced with one with a metal base, but plastic arms, and one of the arms broke.

Found one with metal base and metal arms as a Walmart special buy and it has lasted (so far — I am sitting in it now) about 6 years).

Metal bases are difficult to find. You might have to special order one. They do add $35 to $50 to the cost.


31 posted on 03/20/2014 8:01:13 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Archytekt; The_Sword_of_Groo
I posted something after you about the Herman Miller Aeron because I had good experience with one and felt they would be easy to find in like-new condition. I agree with you about the Equa 2 as far as comfort, but my only experience is trying one out in the store.

When it came time to buy a personal office chair, I bought a Herman Miller Embody, and, a decade later, I could not be happier.

I think what several of us are saying is, SoG, is consider Herman Miller chairs. If you have an opportunity to make it to an office furnishings store, you can sit in them and try them out for an extended period, then configure and mail-order one from an on-line discounter when home.

32 posted on 03/20/2014 8:05:54 AM PDT by Scoutmaster (Is it solipsistic in here, or is it just me?)
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To: The_Sword_of_Groo

The best office chair I ever had was a Herman Miller Aeon chair. One of the reasons I stayed with that company as long as I did.


33 posted on 03/20/2014 8:06:26 AM PDT by Gefn (All good kitties go to the Rainbow Bridge; their humans can't stop crying)
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To: The_Sword_of_Groo
Check this out.
34 posted on 03/20/2014 8:20:32 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: The_Sword_of_Groo; moose07

This chair has adjustable arm rests to accommodate you desk. Most adjustments of any chair I looked at. Once I chose the chair I wanted I looked around for price and found the best price at Amazon. Serta Ergo-executive Office Chair, Bonded Leather, Black, 43676 by Serta

$235.98
http://www.amazon.com/Serta-Ergo-executive-Office-Leather-43676/dp/B00AVUQQFC/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1395328745&sr=8-5&keywords=Serta+Ergo-executive+office+chair


35 posted on 03/20/2014 8:27:38 AM PDT by Lady Jag (Tolerance and apathy are the last virtues of a dying society. - Aristotle)
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To: The_Sword_of_Groo

I have no idea who the manufacturer was, but about 13 years ago, I was doing some repair work at a municipal fire/police call center. The operators there worked 12 hour shifts, and they had the most WONDERFULLY comfortable chairs. I do remember asking how expensive they were, and they said “very!”
They were also VERY well constructed, and the chairs there had been in use for at lest 4 years at the time.

Iit was the most comfortable chair I’ve ever sat in. You might contact your local police or fire station (on their non-emergency line!) to see if you can get any information.

Mark

PS - How’s the cheese dip?


36 posted on 03/20/2014 8:29:16 AM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: KC Burke

Bad Joe?
You lost me...


37 posted on 03/20/2014 8:37:00 AM PDT by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day.)
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To: JoeProBono

LOL, Perfect solution to any seating problem. :D


38 posted on 03/20/2014 8:40:35 AM PDT by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day.)
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To: MarkL

The cheese dip is awesome! Did i err?


39 posted on 03/20/2014 8:58:42 AM PDT by The_Sword_of_Groo (A Winch usually gets mounted on the front of a jeep...a wench usually gets mounted in the back.)
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To: Tupelo

Lol...I appreciate the advice, however thats not really my issue. I spend all day on my feet walking around hospital then need to do charting and paperwork from home office. I just need a chair thats fits me and makes me sit with proper form and ergonomics. Many of the office depot/staples, etc chairs are too short from the base of the chair (my hips) to the end of the seat ( middle of my hamstrings) this inhibits lower leg circulation and can lead to an entire host of ailments that i’d rather avoid.


40 posted on 03/20/2014 9:07:19 AM PDT by The_Sword_of_Groo (A Winch usually gets mounted on the front of a jeep...a wench usually gets mounted in the back.)
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To: martin_fierro

That thing is great..is it real?


41 posted on 03/20/2014 9:08:13 AM PDT by The_Sword_of_Groo (A Winch usually gets mounted on the front of a jeep...a wench usually gets mounted in the back.)
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To: KarlInOhio

I sat in the tempurpedic one and it seemd acceptable. like you, I was concerned about the durability. the adjustable lumbar was nice, i just wondered if it would actually stay in place after a couple months of use


42 posted on 03/20/2014 9:10:32 AM PDT by The_Sword_of_Groo (A Winch usually gets mounted on the front of a jeep...a wench usually gets mounted in the back.)
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To: The_Sword_of_Groo
She looks comfortable and while not quite 6' 3", she makes up for it in girth.

Laz bait?


43 posted on 03/20/2014 9:11:40 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Exterminate the terrorist savages, everywhere.)
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To: The_Sword_of_Groo; All
Thanks for the information, I'm sure I can find something suitable. Although y'all have gotten me in a bit of spiritual hot water. I am definitely coveting one of those Recaro race chairs!

Thanks again all-
TSOG
44 posted on 03/20/2014 9:41:45 AM PDT by The_Sword_of_Groo (A Winch usually gets mounted on the front of a jeep...a wench usually gets mounted in the back.)
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To: The_Sword_of_Groo

I am almost the exact same size as you. For me, a firm chair is best. I didn’t like a soft pillowy chair and they weren’t durable. I spent the money to buy a Herman Miller aeron, tall version. It’s expensive, but a quality chair. Plus, after 10 or so years, it’s just as comfortable as the first day. You can find used ones at office store dealers that specialize in used furniture.


45 posted on 03/20/2014 9:55:38 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: moose07

Perhaps before your time... an ex-freeper, since passed away and since buried the hatchet, a good guy who designed an office chair he had made and sold for prevention of back fatigue.

Perhaps someone else knows if his wife, also a freeperette, still sells them.


46 posted on 03/20/2014 11:07:28 AM PDT by KC Burke (Officially since Memorial Day they are the Gimmie-crat Party.ha)
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To: KC Burke

Ah...Thank you.


47 posted on 03/20/2014 11:11:12 AM PDT by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day.)
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To: The_Sword_of_Groo
I had the boss put one of THESE in the annual budget for me.

He doesn't expect it to be approved.

48 posted on 03/20/2014 11:18:04 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Billthedrill
thats insane. if you get that approved, let me know how you pulled it off.

You think if I deducted that for my home office I might get audited?
49 posted on 03/20/2014 11:58:06 AM PDT by The_Sword_of_Groo (A Winch usually gets mounted on the front of a jeep...a wench usually gets mounted in the back.)
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To: The_Sword_of_Groo

I told ‘em it was “only forty-nine”. I don’t think I’m gonna get away with it.


50 posted on 03/20/2014 12:02:07 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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