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Recommendations for a good office chair? (Aeron?)
Do any readers have recommendations for a good office chair for my home office?

After what seems like an eternity but in reality has only been a little over two months, the contractors are finally done with the renovation of our second floor and... gasp... I can finally move into my home office!

(And there was MUCH rejoicing!)

Tomorrow instead of working from the couch in our living room, as I've been doing since the beginning of June, I'll actually be able to sit at a desk... I'll be able to use a second monitor again... I'll be able to bring the podcasting gear out of the box in the basement... I'll be able to get to files in my file cabinets again. Life will be good!

There's only this one wee little problem. I was able to score a beautiful wood desk from a big sale at Pompanoosic Mills and so I'm all set with that. I have all my other file cabinets and office furniture from Burlingtion. Except...

I don't have an office chair.

So tomorrow I'll have to pull out one of our IKEA folding chairs and sit in that. It will work... but given that I sit in that chair for 8+ hours each day, it's not exactly a long-term solution.

In the past, I've just bought typically a low-end rolling chair from a local office supply store and, well, the comfort has been exactly what you might expect to get. Maybe it's just that I'm getting older... but I've also come to appreciate that given the amount of time I'll be in the chair, I really need to get one that works well. I don't want to spend a zillion dollars, but I am willing to spend "what is necessary" (keeping in mind that at heart I'm a frugal Yankee).

Given that most everyone in Voxeo's Orlando office have Herman Miller Aeron chairs, and I've experienced how comfortable they are in my visits down there, I'm highly tempted to buy one of those (even as I may cringe at the price). But I don't know...

So I thought I'd ask - do any of you reading this have any recommendations? If you work in an office or a home office, do you like a particular chair more than others? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. (Thanks in advance!)

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From: simonmacdonald.idproxy.net Date: August 21st, 2008 01:13 pm (UTC) (Permanent Link)

Re: Recommendations for a good office chair? (Aeron?)

Hey Dan,

I have to say bar none the best office chair I have ever had was the Herman Miller Aeron. I've had the pleasure of having it be my primary office chair during my time at Nortel and Mitel. Nothing else compares to the comfort and configurablity in my opinion.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 22nd, 2008 02:19 am (UTC) (Permanent Link)

Other Good Chairs

Hey Dan,

The Aeron is solid, of course. I just went through the process of buying a chair for my home office, and I decided to choose a slightly less well known chair - the Chadwick from Knoll. It was designed by the same guy as the Aeron (Don Chadwick), and it's a slightly lower price point ($643 for loaded version vs. $949 for loaded version of the Aeron). I looked at a bunch of others - Leap from Steelcase and Freedom chair from Humanscale - but the Chadwick was the best fit for me. The prices were pretty much the same all over the web, but I ordered mine from a site called SimplyErgonomic.com (www.simplyergonomic.com) because it was easy to get ahold of their customer service rep and ask questions. Happy hunting!

-Joe
jtnoonan@hotmail.com
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