I'm in the market for a chair for my home office


(Marc Cooper) #2

There’s an old thread on HN that’s quite informative.

I bought one of these a couple of years ago. It was £150, though. It weighs a ton, which is great for stability, and can be adjusted in half a dozen ways.

One of the reviews says it’s wonky. It is. The seat is very flexible. That way, it moves with you. It takes a day or two to get used to. I’ve had back issue caused by bad seating in the past. I’ve had no back or leg issues with this chair.

The things I’m sold on for an office chair are: lots of tuning options; great lumbar support; the wonkier the better. If you can justify it, get an Aeron (or similar).


(Ben Paddock) #3

I have worked in a few offices that had the Zenir Pros and I could never get comfortable with them.

I quite like the Ikea office chairs. I used to have this one at Meducation which I got on with very well. I don’t know what I have at work but it might be this or something similar.


(Steve Jalim) #4

Another vote for IKEA office chairs - ours are the precursor to the one @pads linked to and are going strong 7+ years later.

One point: we’re all different shapes and sizes - so I’d recommend trying a chair in person, particularly if for the suitability of the length and width of the actual seat / squab


(Daniel Hollands) #6

I’ve just visited Staples to have a sit on their selection, and out of all the ones they offer, this one felt the best. I liked that I was able to adjust most of the settings to make it fit to me (rather than me having to fit to it).


(Andy Wootton) #7

I have a prolapsed lumbar disc so was given a specialist chair that cost £800. It broke. I was pleased because I’d never found it comfortable.

A physio told me I needed good lumbar support and a high back, so my shoulders could take some weight and recommended a wooden chair and a cushion or a taped, rolled up towel. My current chair came from B&Q and has a piece of plastic that slides up and down, pretending to be a towel. The expensive chair man recommended elbow pads to take the weight of your arms off your neck, particularly on your mouse hand.

All my corporate ergonomics training taught me to look straight, with 90 degree angles at ankle knee and hips and to adjust heights so the top of my screen was level with my forehead and my keyboard was just below my elbows, with my arms hanging at my sides. Light should be diffuse and come from the side. Ergonomics isn’t just about the chair.


(Steve Pitchford) #8

I bought an Ikea Markus for home after buying a few for the office. Big fan. Recommend a visit to ikea as a part of the decision making process.


(Dave Adlakha-Russell) #9

I’ve been a Herman Miller Aeron convert since around 2012 after experiencing them at a Mozilla office. Hands down the most comfortable chair I’ve ever sat in.

Price is a major downside, though. I bought mine second hand at a ‘bargain’ price of £240. I’ve since upgraded the lumbar support system which didn’t come especially cheap, either.


(Stuart Langridge) #10

Revitalising this topic since I now need the same advice :slight_smile:

The above is useful. I’ve seen quite a few reviews say that the Ikea Markus is good, although it has a leather(ette) seat, which I don’t like (because you stick to it on hot days with shorts on). And I know about the Aeron, obviously, and @Okaydave is not kidding that the price is a major downside, even given how much I sit in it. (And it’s two decades old! Hasn’t chair technology moved on?)

I’m also gonna drop into Total Back Care on the Hagley Road, I think, although I’m sure they will say something along the lines of “here is a chair which perfectly ergonomically matches your spine curvature, that’ll be the same price as a cheap car, please”.

More suggestions are welcomed. (Is there anywhere in the city centre that does this stuff?)


(Stuart Langridge) #12

what’s “Target Group”?


(Dave Adlakha-Russell) #13

Great time to bring this topic back - I’ve recently adopted a spinal problem which has left me wanting a bit more from my chair than what the Aeron provides. It’s brilliant at lower back, but there’s very little for the shoulders (unless you lean right back, which I don’t) and nothing for the neck.

I’ve just this morning ordered my new chair - I settled on a Freedom Headrest by Humanscale. The arms aren’t as good as the Aeron, but it matches or exceeds it in all other areas imo. John Lewis in Solihull have one on display, but they retail at £900+. They’re around £200 - £300 second hand from ebay (where I bought mine).


(Stuart Langridge) #14

OK, leaning towards a Markus, which gets lots of recommendations (both here and elsewhere) and doesn’t cost the same amount as one hundred thousand cola bottle sweets (which means I can take the money I didn’t spend on this chair and spend it on a kitchen :)) Cheers, all!


(Jon) #15

Would this chair be any good? I think it might still be available :smile:


(Stuart Langridge) #16

I did actually look at that post, but it’s leather(ette), and I wanted fabric/mesh. So it may still still be available! Markus purchased for me, anyway…!


(Jon) #17

Heh, no, I was recommending it to @LimeBlast :smiley_cat: - it would be convenient to get delivered.


(Dave Adlakha-Russell) #18

Not sure this applies to you or if you already have experience with mesh chairs (and this goes for the Aeron too), but you mentioned wearing shorts so I think it’s worth pointing out: mesh chairs aren’t compatible with hairy legs.


(Andy Wootton) #19

I lied. Delta in Church Street. “Naming things”. They have all the chairs. [moved because I screwed up the threading]


(Daniel Hollands) #20

@sil


(Stuart Langridge) #21

yeah, I saw that. Nice to see I complain that the Aeron hasn’t moved on, and less than a week later Herman Miller get on that and fix it. I wish that worked with other stuff. I’ve bought a Markus now, though; delivery on Thursday :slight_smile:


(Dave Adlakha-Russell) #22

How’s the Markus?


(Stuart Langridge) #23

Loooooooooooooooooovely. I’m really enjoying having it. Comfortable, tall, good chair. Very impressed.