Pick a Chair, Any Chair
So yesterday my trusty computer chair at home finally gave up the ghost. My primary clue was when I sat in it and noticed that I was tilted at a jaunty 30 degree angle to the left, much like the Titanic shortly after hitting the iceberg. Since one of the selling points of a chair is that it keeps you reasonably level, I quickly deduced something was wrong.
My deduction was correct — a weld joining two pieces of metal had split. So now I’m typing this while sitting perched on an old stereo box (a style of decor best described as Bachelor-Pad Contemporary) and trying to figure out what to get for a replacement.
I’m torn between two chairs. One is the Ikea Joakim ($150).
This is supposedly the nicest office chair you can buy that isn’t some $800 Herman Miller abomination. However, I’m torn because I have a completely irrational fondness for kneeling chairs; they encourage good posture and stow nicely underneath a desk, which is important since I have a small apartment. The chair that just died on me was a kneeling chair that had served me well for years.
For $180, you can get a kneeling chair that’s stuffed with memory foam, which sure sounds nice:
But that’s $30 more, which is a non-trivial amount. And apparently the health benefits of kneeling chairs have been somewhat overstated to begin with, which makes me less inclined (ha ha!) to seek one out.
But then I think about my small apartment, and how nice it is to just roll the chair under the desk when I’m done with the computer…
Maybe I should just ditch them both and spend $50 on a PostureBall:
(Yes, there are actually office workers out in America today sitting perched on top of medicine balls. I shit you not.)
So, I figured, why not ask my Teeming Millions of blog admirers for guidance? Pick a chair, any chair; leave a comment and help me cut through my indecision. Don’t wait too long, though; I’m not sure this stereo box is gonna hold up forever.
UPDATE (Mar. 25, 2006): I bought the Joakim today. So far so good — it’s quite comfortable. Now the stereo box can go back into storage 🙂
UPDATE (Sep. 10, 2010): In which the Joakim turns on me like a wild jackal when I try to sit in it full-time, forcing me to explore alternatives.