The New Chair Has Arrived

A few days ago I mentioned that I needed a new office chair. I had been putting off getting one for a while, and I finally bit the bullet and ordered one. The new chair arrived yesterday, and I’ve been using it for about 24 hours now. Like anything new, it takes a little getting used to. I think it is a better quality chair than the old one, but is similar in its overall look and feel. Here is the new chair and the old one side-by-side.

a side-by-side image of the new and old chair.
The new chair (left) and old chair (right)

The new chair has that extra head rest, which I am a bit dubious about. I rarely sit back in a way that would make the head rest useful. The new chair is firm and comfortable, however, and it doesn’t squeak or groan when I sit on it. All the mechanisms are smooth and easy. And it has a new chair smell

Of course, now that I have a new chair I spent a fair amount of time standing at my desk today. It means less wear and tear on the chair and so maybe it really will last me into my retirement.

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  1. You know, it’s funny. For years I had a plain, wooden non-adjustable chair in my home office. But I spent most of my time in my corporate office. When covid hit and I moved home, I convinced myself that I needed a fancy office chair….got one, used it for about a week and to my shock…I hated it. I’m now happily back to my old wooden chair that doesn’t need adjusting because just by pure luck it’s at the perfect height already.

    1. Melanie, we have fancy Aeron chairs in our office (though I mostly work from home now). I had one for over a decade and it was really comfortable, but what likely helped was that we had an ergonomics person who came by when I got the chair and set it up properly for my height and my desk height. I never adjusted it after that and it was great.


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