Finding a Good Computer Chair

July 2000
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
(http://www.rsinomore.com/).

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…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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