Dear Lifehacker, I work remotely at home and spend some many hours planted in my seat typing away. I have a problem though and that is the sore back that I get from my chair. I spent plenty on the current one thinking it would do the job, but I need more and better support. On top of this I have RSI and when uncomfortable I cannot focus on the task at hand.
Please help! Where is the best place to get supportive chairs at reasonable prices? And do not say inflatable balls as you will lose me forever. Regards, Matt
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I'm not going to lie to you — my home office chair is an embarrassment. There's a loose bolt on it which falls off every so often, and the seat adjustment mechanism is pretty unreliable. So I'm just as badly as need of advice on places to get a decent chair as you are, and I'm hoping that our ever-helpful Lifehacker community will have some suggestions. (And I can't see myself sitting on an inflatable ball either, whatever their health benefits.)
In your particular case, it seems pretty evident that you should stick to an actual physical store where you can test the chairs. Shopping online often saves money and hassle, but it's not likely to give you any real indication of how the chair feels. Using a local retailer should also give you the option to exchange the chair if it doesn't meet your needs. For myself, my home office isn't necessarily where I spend most of my time, so an online store might be less of an issue.
So readers, tell us both: where you have you located the best, most comfortable, reasonably priced office chairs? Tell us in the comments.