Best Ergonomic Chairs for Writers

June 16, 2008

 

Grahl Synchron 5

Grahl Synchron 5

UPDATE: Videos – Best Ergonomic Chairs for Writers 

UPDATE 2: Refreshed Article December 5th 2008 with better links and more chairs. Plus, check out the all new Embody chair by Herman Miller.

This article has become so popular that we are going to continue to update it and post the updated links on the Home page, linking back to the original article. Godspeed in your search for the perfect chair!

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Every writer should invest in two things – good computer equipment and a great chair.  Forget the desk. A desk just holds stuff.  I don’t care if you use two barrels and slab of oak to create a desk. As long as the height is conducive to your body type. 

It’s 2008 and people find themselves sitting in front of a computer all day long, including writers. Unfortunately, proper seating can be the last thing writers think about.  You pick the cheapest or the prettiest chair from your local IKEA or office supply store and you live to regret it.  Invest in your health and give your body the proper support it needs to create that blockbuster!

Things to consider when buying a chair:

  • Free range of adjustable motion (height, seat, back, arms)
  • Upper and lower lumbar support (executive series)
  • Adjustable headrest
  • Durable material (it’s a long-term investment)

 

 

Cost

Depending upon your budget, a good ergonomic chair can be a major investment. Expect to pay $500 + for unbelievable comfort. Too rich for your blood?  If you know the chair you want check eBay and Craig’s List.  You can find a descent supply of Herman Miller – Aeron chairs in both places.  Lots of businesses use these sites to liquidate so you can often find some super deals. Set out with the attitude that you’re going to find the perfect chair for the perfect price…and you will.

Top-of-the-line  Ergonomic Chairs
Steelcase 

ErgoHuman 

Neutral Posture 

Freedom Executive Chair

Grahl Synchron Series

Herman Miller – Aeron

Ergonomic Chair Suppliers

Your best bet is to try the chair before you buy it.  Look online first, and find the model within your budget and suitable to your needs. Next, contact the website and ask for local suppliers within your area.  If they offer free shipping and a money back guarantee, you might consider purchasing directly online.

Relax the Back (nationwide)

HealthyBack (8 state locations)

Ergostore Online

Ergonomic Chair Pro (Spoke directly with ECP – These folks love what they do!)

All New Embody Chair by Herman Miller 

Back in 1994 a chair icon was born with the Aeron series.  No doubt you've seen them everywhere.  Jump cut to 2008 and you'll see it's taken 14 years for the geniuses at Herman Miller to create their own rival – The Embody chair. This could be the most innovative chair on the market to date. It conforms, it breathes, it bends, it does everything but write the check.  If you've had the chance to make its acquaintance feel free to post a comment.

 

The New Embody by Herman Miller 

  

Aeron by Herman Miller  

 

 

Ergohuman CU9ERG

 

Steelcase Think 

Neutral Posture 8000 Series 

 

BodyBilt

 

 

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Collin22 June 22, 2008 at 4:23 pm

thanks for posting this info. i bought a cheap, piece of junk chair and totally “lived to regret it”. i thought Aeron was king but you’ve presented some interesting competitors that i will be checking out.

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Robin June 22, 2008 at 4:46 pm

Collin22 – - If you have discomfort in your lower back look into the Bodybilt line. They took the concept of the farmer’s tractor seat and incorporated into the design. Ya know how long farmers use to sit in those big iron tractor seats? I like Aerons but I also lean back a lot when working so executive-type chairs with neck support are best for me and Aerons don’t offer such.

It’s true you will end up buying 2 – 3 of the cheap chairs to outlast one high quality ergonomic chair.

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Ergonomische bureaustoel July 24, 2008 at 10:37 am

Thanks for sharing!

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sharron October 16, 2008 at 5:26 pm

I don’t agree that the desk doesn’t matter. First of all, if you use a computer, you need a good height for the keyboard, otherwise, you suffer. Keyboard shelves which also must hold the mouse, have been too small and confining for me if I want to play a game. Secondly, what about where to put the reference book, the manuscript that you’re typing from, the files of other copies of the manuscript…? I have a difficult time with a stand for the ms. Ideally, I suppose, it would be directly in front of the typist, where the computer screen usually is. The best computer set-up I ever saw was in a library and the computer screen was sunken and at eye level, leaving the desk top free (relatively). I need to hear from someone who has the ideal solution.

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Robin October 16, 2008 at 5:44 pm

Sharron – You may have over looked the last sentence in that paragraph that reads: “I don’t care if you use two barrels and slab of oak to create a desk. As long as the height is conducive to your body type. ”

Yes, of course it [the desk] has to be the correct height. The point is if you’re going to throw money into a set up, spend the bulk of your cash on a good chair. If money isn’t a factor then look into http://www.biomorphdesk.com. Their desk products should take care of your keyboard/mouse set up. Plus they’ve got all sorts of extensions and add-ons. Their competition is http://www.anthro.com. Good luck.

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Susan December 5, 2008 at 7:22 pm

Thanks for the research! I haven’t bought my ergo chair yet, so I appreciate all the info I can get. It’s kind of a major purchase.

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Susan December 5, 2008 at 7:24 pm

BTW the Embody looks SUPER COOL!

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Infrasofttech June 22, 2009 at 4:15 am

Wow ! the chairs look great. I’ll be buying a couple of them, for my new office. Thanks for the information.

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Richard August 28, 2009 at 7:21 am

Those look like great chairs. I have a lot of back problems from sitting in a chair all day. My doctor told me to switch mattresses, so I bought a tempurpedic, but I think getting a knew chair might help more.

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Xscad September 9, 2009 at 5:39 am

Our line of business involves a lot of sitting. Architectural designs basically means conceptualizing an idea and then giving it form and shape. Invariably, our executives consider themselves “professional sitters”. We have invested in these ergonomic chairs for them and consider the investment worthwhile. If there is a lot of sitting all day at work, we can vouch that ergonomic chairs ensure for a healthy back environment.

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Space Coast September 29, 2009 at 5:34 am

I think the use of Ergonomic chairs must be a veritable right of the harried executive. It must be discussed as a labour welfare measure for executives. I wonder what type of chairs they use in the UN?

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ebusinessuk September 29, 2009 at 6:18 am

Ford mass produced the T model and the world was never the same again. Can nobody produce Ergonomic chairs on such basis and prove a boon to the backs of office-goers?

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Sadekya October 20, 2009 at 7:33 am

The need for these chairs would become universal only if they get economic as they have become ergonomic.

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Robin October 20, 2009 at 8:48 am

Sadekya – 100% agree with you!

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Myrtle Beach January 20, 2010 at 2:54 am

The cost-prohibitive nature of these chairs is nothing when you compare the benefit to your “one and only” spinal cord.

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Imtiaz Hami SEO May 2, 2010 at 3:22 am

Our desk job is 24*7. We require such chairs in the normal course of our back-breaking jobs!

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Daniel Smith June 2, 2010 at 5:20 am

I am thankful for the suited designs for professional sitters I really had problems with my back and I think your chairs offers comfort to decrease stress and back aches. These are good designs to choose from

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Rajan Shah August 6, 2010 at 5:56 am

Great post, I am agree with your best ergonomic chairs are really look like stylish and comfortable for all types of customers. I give you 10 on 10 points.

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mary March 21, 2011 at 7:35 pm

 
I love this chair but the main downside to the ergonomic chairs is its price, starting at around $1100 it's a considerable outlay for anyone to make, as a result it needs to be viewed as an investment in your future comfort and productiveness. reinvents the reference for ergonomics by providing a chair designed to actually enhance your health.

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Robin March 21, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Indeed, some ergonomic chairs are a months mortgage payment for some folks, the cost of an entire computer system, etc. – forcing a decision between your health and your wallet.

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Jim February 14, 2013 at 11:35 am

headrests are not good. if you need to rest that much, go lay down. I work 12+ hours a day and never needed head rest. When I had one it screwed up my neck. Also… Most back rests are 2 big. If you have a butt or bubble butt and like to scoot your butt back for good lumbar support you wont get that with large back rests. They prevent you to scoot back.  Dont get grooves in the chair seat they limit your ability to shift weight from side to side when working long hours becuase of the bump in the middle. Dont get arm rests. They make getting in and out less easy and if you have a desk they just bang into it. Also 95 percent of chairs are not ergonomic. That is all a marketing thing. Most important thing is mobility and adjustabilty of both you and the chair not just the chair, for best blood flow.

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