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Can anybody recommend a reasonably-priced--i.e., not Aeron--chair with decent back support that I could buy at, say, Staples, or Sears, or some other store I'm likely to find in "the mall?"

(By chair, I mean "chair," not some sort of New Age contraption where I don't sit but kneel, or a Roman-style couch where I recline while dictating to a scribe.)

I'm starting to feel some stress on my lower back, probably because I'm typing too much and exercising too little, but still, I feel that a chair would help.

Unfortunately, the last chair I got from Staples had these arm rests on it, and for whatever reason, I ended up twisting my body to sit in it, with results even more painful than before. But they can't all be like that.

Actually, the best chair I ever had was an old wooden folding chair from an Episcopal church. Flat seat, flat back, skeletal appearance, it gave total support and was very comfortable.

Readers, do any of you have recommendations?

UPDATE On rereading, I see that I didn't say "chair for sitting down in front of the computer and working at." The fact that this seems to be the only reason I sit down... I don't know what to make of that.

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I dunno if you can buy a chair by "brand", at least I have never done so. In fact I have no idea what the "brand" is that my ass currently reposes upon nor would I know how to find out, being that the box it came in is long gone.

Go to someplace that sells the sort of chair you want, presumably office-type. Take along measurements if there is some limiting factor like a particular width you have to have (like if you use a kneehole desk and need the chair to tuck under it to some degree) or height, if you customarily work with one or more feet on the floor . I hear some people do that.

Hell, maybe the cause of the back problem isn't the chair, it could be your desk. Four matching books or a cheap hacksaw cures that problem. :)

Most important factors, imho, are matching the front-to-back length with the length of your upper leg bone, and then the degree to which it tilts back. The one I currently use is a little loose in this respect, and feels like it is about to pitch me backwards if a cat jumps up on the back whilst I am sitting upright or tilted back any at all. It never actually goes back over mind you, just feels like it is about to unless I engage in an undignified bout of wild arm-waving. I think this may be regarded as a bonus by the imbalance-perpetrators mentioned above.

Back support, damifino. This depends so much on your usual/preferred posture (like that thing you were mentioning with armrests) and amount you move around. There is always the option, if you want adjustment forward, to get a cheap decorative pillow and tie it in position with a bit of string. :)

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Submitted by Sarah on

came from staples. we have two of 'em at home, after my husband got one in his office. they're not Aeron-pricey, but they're not $20 chairs, either. They have a mesh back and an upholstered seat and the back and the seat are adjustable, as is the height. they come with arms but you can leave those off during assembly if you want. I believe they run about $70. they are similar to the currently featured casdin chair at the www.staples.com site, but ours have mesh backs.
Hope this helped.

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Submitted by Ruth on

Lambert, if I have a lot of typing going on, I like arm rests, and on most office chairs they should adjust along with the height of the set. Ande there are excellent ergonomic pillows to put on that seat.

Ruth

Submitted by lambert on

I can combine the meshback chair -- those leather "executive"-style chairs are the pits -- with an ergonomic pillow! Just as effective, I'm sure, and much cheaper.

Now.... Where do I get an ergonomic pillow and what's a good one?

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My current desk chair came from a wonderful
Sweedish company called Ikea. The chair has a nice
high back, and both the back and seat are padded
and covered in leather. Everything is adjustable.

The only downside is that the chair comes in a box. You get to assemble the chair yourself.
Total cost was under $80.00

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if you have staples and ikea your choices are much wider
just sayin'

We can admit that we're killers ... but we're not going to kill today. That's all it takes! Knowing that we're not going to kill today! ~ Captain James T. Kirk, Stardate 3193.0

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Submitted by Ruth on

The cushion I got and really liked is Relaxo Bak, and it has a tel. no. on it; 800 527 5496 - tho it's been several years since I got it. hope you find one.

Ruth

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Lambert
There are certain minimum requirements that I suggest you consider when buying a new chair, take a look at this page http://www.officechairadvice.com/ergonom...
it explains the key points you need to look at.
If you want any further advice, please email me.

Duncan

Submitted by lambert on

This is the list:

* Pneumatic height adjustment to suit your size, with up rated gas lift if needed
* Back height adjustment to ensure your lower back is properly supported
* Seat depth adjustment to meet your leg length
* Arm Height Adjustment to minimize RSI and for ease of movement
* Adjustable tilt tension to enable the correct pressure for the individual user

chairThe chair I ended up getting looks like this, though mine is about $200 cheaper. It's an old-fashioned looking wooden chair on casters that swivels. It has all the features above, except for back height adjustment; but it has slats in the back so that my back is completely supported top to bottom. (The runner up was about $50, but this one was just more pleasurable to sit in. A lot of the hi-tech mesh and cloth and faux leather ones were'nt really comfortable at all.)

This is my reserve chair, anyhow. For some reason, a wooden bench that I use, with zero back support, is the best most of the time, except when, every month or so, I go out of alignment after a typing session that's way too long. Then I look for a chair, and the one I was using actually made matters worse! This one will be better....

We. Are. Going. To. Die. We must restore hope in the world. We must bring forth a new way of living that can sustain the world. Or else it is not just us who will die but everyone. What have we got to lose? Go forth and Fight!—Xan

hi, i was researching comfortable chairs and i came across this page. hmmm, it seems all comments are from skinny short folks. I work at the computer all day and sometimes into the night. i am six feet tall and 300 pounds and i need a comfortable chair! man is it hard to find a very comfortable chair. everywhere i look i see spindly weak chairs. i am still looking. i wouldnt mind spending three or four hundred dollars on a plush cushiony (material) chair that was on casters. i may even make one if i can not find one. When it is cold my vinel chair freezes my a--. when it is hot it is kind of stiky so i put a blanket over it and the blanket drags on the ground and the casters ketch up in it.
like some others who wrote, i too feel as if i could dump over backwards.
well, i just thought i would write to you all so that you would have another persons opinion on comfortable chairs. every body is different so "comfortable' may mean something different to each person. I have found No comforatable chair so far so i continue to use this old chair i got from office depot where i am sitting on a pole with six legs. that is not a chair in my opinion. its a death trap. lol
thanks for listening

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Submitted by chicago dyke on

no argument there.

however, this caught my eye:

I’m starting to feel some stress on my lower back, probably because I’m typing too much and exercising too little, but still, I feel that a chair would help.

it's too late for me to mount the soapbox, but essentially, i would say yes, you're correct. chairs and cushions and drugs and booze will help you not feel the pain, but they won't eliminate the cause of said pain, nor will they make it go away over time by use of them.

get out of the chair, walk a mile or two a day, and do some backbending/yoga/tai chi/breathing exercise. nothing you can buy will be able to replace the benefits from that kind of activity. it's a hard true reality that as we age, we have to be more physically active in order to alleviate the suffering that comes with a mature body. speaking as someone who as a serious athlete in youth, i can't be happy about that, even as i don't deny it. the gym/yoga mat/massage table/dojo await us, where socialized national single payer health care does not. harsh, but true.