Finding a Good Computer Chair Isn’t a Seat of the

January 2001
by Reid Goldsborough

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If you spend any amount of time with a computer, the most important machine to you, and the most overlooked, may not be the one you type on but the one you sit on. Chairs—specifically ergonomic ones adjustable in multiple ways—are really seat machines.

Though they may not yet have digital instrumentation, quality office chairs help you control your environment, which is the ultimate purpose of all technology.

There’s more to tush technology than you might think. Choosing or getting stuck with economy-class seating can not only leave you with aches and pains but also decrease your productivity.

Along with underspending, another mistake people make with chairs is assuming that one size fits all, says Duane A. Perkinson, an ergonomic consultant and President of VDT Solution in St. Charles, Illinois (

In a quest for the perfect office chair, I spent two months testing a dozen models, from top-of-the-line brands retailing for $800 to bargain-basement jobs costing only $40. I tested half for a week or longer in my office, half for a few minutes each in a local office superstore.

Everybody’s carriage and contours are different, so my most comfortable chair may be your least comfortable. But there are general principles that hold true with everybody about what might be called seatology—the science of seating.

Task chairs are best if you typically work leaning toward your computer. Manageme…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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