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I have a great desk, but I have always been lacking in the chair department.

I know many people are going to recommend "investing" in a chair, but at this point in time I'd rather find the best bang for my buck instead of buying a Herman Miller Aeron or something akin to that.

What's the best inexpensive desk chair? I'm 6'3" and weigh around 190, in case that matters. It doesn't have to be wheeled, but I imagine 99% of them are. I am also not that picky, but would prefer something that wasn't an eyesore.

Any thoughts? What about good resources for finding/buying a chair locally?


asked Sep 17 '11 at 12:26

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After trying out the Ikea Markus, and my neighbors exercise ball, I ended up looking a bit further afield. I finally bit the bullet and bought a Herman Miller Mirra used. I was won over by its easy customizability, backward and forward-tilt, and the fact that unlike the Aeron it's a one-size adapts to all deal so my fiancee can use it when she's home. It doesn't hurt that it still has 9-years of warranty left.

Thanks for all the help!

3 years, 4 months ago
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Consumer Search likes Office Star Air Grid Deluxe: http://www.consumersearch.com/office-chairs

But personally I recommend doing what I did and buy a used/refurbished one from an office equipement reseller. I live in the SF Bay Area, and I went to One Work Place and picked up a SteelCase Criterion for about $200. http://www.oneworkplace.com/


answered Sep 18 '11 at 22:07

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edited Sep 18 '11 at 22:10

Re: Are there good alternatives besides standing?

Read the article at the Cornell University Ergonomics website, which makes the case that while neither sitting nor standing are perfect, sitting is better PROVIDED you take a break every 20-30 minutes and move around actively for about 2 minutes during your break.


answered Sep 18 '11 at 22:32

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edited Sep 18 '11 at 22:33

This is actually why I got a Geek Desk (a motorized standing desk that can easily switch between the two positions). With that being said, the chair I use with it is terrible and definitely in need of replacing.

-- OH

3 years, 4 months ago
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I'm a big fan of my blue Ikea Markus chair. It has a high back, headrest at the right height, and it won't lean back too far like a lot of office chairs. Also, this chair is built with a lot more metal in it than similarly priced chairs I've seen, and it feels a lot sturdier as a result. If you have an Ikea near you, I recommend checking it out.


answered Sep 18 '11 at 22:34

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I'm about your size, and I've been recovering from a fairly serious back injury, so I've become rather picky about chairs. I have two favorites, but neither one is what most people now days would think of as a "desk chair". I like a solid chair that doesn't move around, no wheels, no tilt, just a place to sit.

If your willing to do a little thrift shopping you can get a Wooden library chair for about $20, or you can buy one new for about $150. If you want a similar feel, but don't care as much about the appearance, a Lifetime plastic folding chair will sit about the same.

It's surprising how comfortable an old fashioned chair is. You won't get that immediate "wow" feeling when you first sit down, but I find myself using better posture and varying my sitting position more frequently than with a typical modern desk chair. Also, with no moving parts, they really do last forever.


answered Sep 19 '11 at 00:15

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edited Sep 19 '11 at 00:20

I have found I prefer a firm exercise ball instead of a traditional chair.For $20 I get a chair I have found to be strangely comfortable, keeps me alert while I am at the computer (or I fall off of it) and helps me develop better core muscles. It is all I use for an office chair now. Oh and for offices with limited space it is smaller than an traditional office chair.


answered Sep 19 '11 at 04:54

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i recently had a back injury and had to make a change to my workstation. i got the Ergotron Workfit-s sit/stand workstation - http://www.ergotron.com/Products/tabid/65/PRDID/380/language/en-US/Default.aspx

it is a desk attachment that mounts your keyboard/monitor/mouse + laptop to a stand that easily raises and lowers between sitting and standing positions. it literally takes 2 seconds to switch from one position to another. i now switch between sitting and standing several times a day. it is so easy with the Ergotron that I hardly think about it, there is no hesitation.

a really nice bonus is it positions the laptop in a way that it can be used as a second monitor.



answered Sep 19 '11 at 06:22

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edited Sep 19 '11 at 06:23

Hacker News dealt with this question a couple years ago: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=585693 and most submitters don't think there is a good inexpensive chair. The closest you can probably get is a used Aeron; those run about $500 and can be found at office supply companies or on Craigslist.


answered Sep 20 '11 at 23:55

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I had the same question about 2 years ago and settled on the CB2 Studio Office Chair. I'm about the same weight/height as you and it has worked out great for me. At only $189, it's much cheaper than an Aeron or equivalent. Though it doesn't have much in the way of adjustments (just up/down, recline locked/free), it's quite comfortable. The reviews on the CB2 site rate it pretty highly and I have to concur. My one niggle is that the platform under the seat collects dust and grimblies which are quite visible through the seat's bungie cords.


answered Sep 27 '11 at 12:19

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