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Home Office Chair

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in In my home (includes DIY) MoneySaving
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Hello All,
I'm starting to do a lot more work at home and need to upgrade the chair at my desk from a cheap Ikea plastic chair to something that will encourage me to sit properly and hep my posture!

Can anyone advise on chairs that work and aren't hundreds of pounds?
OR advise that I need to spend hundreds of pounds, if that is the case!

Advice welcome!
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  • another_casualtyanother_casualty Forumite
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    Homebase are good
    Too many people ..too many problems .  I Step away from the news, media and oppression as much as possible ( and adverts!) and realise that my life matters ,and maybe life is not crap .
  • wallofbeanswallofbeans Forumite
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    Homebase are good

    I can't find any office chairs on their website..? Did you have a particular chair they sell in mind?
  • TheCyclingProgrammerTheCyclingProgrammer Forumite
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    If you're going to sit in it every day then you really need to consider spending a bit of money. A good chair is an investment and it should last you for a long time.

    A massive range available on https://www.back2.co.uk/ergonomic-chairs/ergonomic-office-chairs (other suppliers are available).

    You'll be looking at several hundred pounds at a minimum for a decent chair. I've been using a Herman Miller Aeron for the last ten years but it's getting a bit tired. I'm considering a Mirra 2 or Embody for my new office. You won't get much change for £1k.

    As this is MSE, you may be able to get a good chair cheaper second hand.
  • edited 30 August 2017 at 9:16PM
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    edited 30 August 2017 at 9:16PM
    I used to work in the industry. Totally agree that you are probably better going the second hand route, as you will get a quality chair for a fraction of the original price.

    Herman Miller, Steelcase, Senator, Orangebox, Boss, Giroflex, Vitra, Ahrend, Connections, Interstuhl are all good makes from a variety of price points that are available from places like this:

    http://www.ors-recycle.co.uk/used_furniture/category
    /50/?page=1

    Other second hand sellers are plentiful, I've picked this one merely because it has a good selection and sites nationwide.

    Whatever you do, sit in your chair before buying and make sure it is comfortable for you, the castors roll freely and any adjustable elements function correctly, plus the upholstery is in good order.

    If you are considering the designer end of the market, make sure you get what you are paying for and avoid copies "in the style of". Not so much an issue with modern designs but a PITA for design classics such as Eames.
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  • another_casualtyanother_casualty Forumite
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    I can't find any office chairs on their website..? Did you have a particular chair they sell in mind?

    Not sure about online, but every time I go there, there seem to be a few different types . Some half price . I got a faux leather one for £40
    Too many people ..too many problems .  I Step away from the news, media and oppression as much as possible ( and adverts!) and realise that my life matters ,and maybe life is not crap .
  • Cisco001Cisco001 Forumite
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    Agreed with #5 and go for proper used office furniture.
    http://www.ors-recycle.co.uk/used_furniture/category/12/

    I used to have office chairs from high street, but they are not comfortable to sit for hours
  • JackmydadJackmydad Forumite
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    Secondhand good quality chairs for me.
    I had one I can't remember the name of for ages. :-)
    Present one is a Giroflex task chair. About £120 from a local second hand office place. Like new once wiped with a damp cloth.
    They're around £500 new.
  • iammumtooneiammumtoone Forumite
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    You won't get much change for £1k.

    I doubt all the thousands of people working in an office everyday sit in chairs that cost that much :eek:

    I know mine didn't, it is old scruffy and has a missing arm :rotfl:
  • edited 31 August 2017 at 11:49AM
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    edited 31 August 2017 at 11:49AM
    I bought two secondhand reconditioned Herman Miller Aeron chairs for less than the price of a new one. My one point to note is that the seats/backs are a sort of open mesh. This can make them quite cold to sit on as there is no upholstery as such to warm up. I have a folded throw on the seat of mine.

    I'd definitely recommend going and sitting on some before buying.

    ETA yes they're expensive, as in hundreds of pounds, but if you're spending 8 hours a day there, it's something worth getting right. Are you the sort of person who buys a cheap mattress for your bed - somewhere else that you spend 8 hours out of 24.
  • wallofbeanswallofbeans Forumite
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    I've seen a HAG Credo chair for sale near me on eBay. I've asked the seller for the specifics of model number etc and am waiting a reply so I can google some reviews. The brand it well regarded though so could be a good option.

    Anyone know a good place to go second hand chair shopping in London?
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