It is Friday. I’ve had a long work week compounded by nights of midnight canning. I’m feeling the affects of single parenting. And this is the chair I sit in during the day. Oh, it’s comfortable….if it was in a corner of my grandmother’s bedroom and I needed to take a break from cleaning out her closets. For an office chair, it’s terrible. My sacrum is sore and I’m not even sure what a sacrum is. My hip flexors are tight. My shoulders are hunched and the back of my neck is constricted. Wait, am I turning into Gollum? I have to sit on one of my fancy silk throw pillows just to reach my keyboard.
I’ve complained about my sorry chair situation to Jake and he must be missing me something awful because he offered to buy me — a really nice one — for Christmas.
But what kind to get?
The Aeron chair ($700-$800) has been quite popular for at least a decade, and it’s extremely comfortable, but there’s something vaguely geeky and “gadget-y” about it, like it was designed for turtleneck-wearing Microsoft nerds back in the 90s.
I have a friend who swears by her Ikea Markus swivel chair ($200) but she also doesn’t work from home, and only sits in the chair on weekends or after work. Not sure how comfy Ikea is after 40-60 hour work week.
I’m hesitant to go the inexpensive route with an office chair because as a writer, my chair is my tool, right up there with a computer and an internet connection. And right now, my tool is making me sore and uncomfortable.
And how does the saying go? ”When it comes to quality, you only buy it once.” Any stand out office chairs I should know about?