Chair Recommendations?

The trusty desk chair I purchased from Ritchie Simpson almost five years ago is starting to fray around the edges — not surprising given that I sit in it almost 8 hours a day.

So it’s time to upgrade.

As I know others who read here are similarly desk-bound, I’m soliciting opinions on ergo-chairs, especially ones that can be purchased (and sat in, pre-purchase) in Charlottetown.

The chair previous to this one was a “high back tilter” that was once owned by the ill-fated Atlantic Island Airways. I purchased it at auction. Before that one was a tiny secretarial chair at the PEI Crafts Council that assisted me in nearly blowing out my carpal tunnels. Chairs are important.


Derek MacEwen's picture
Derek MacEwen on March 14, 2003 - 16:28 Permalink

If you don’t want to throw 12 hundred bucks for the “Aeron”, I would recommend the ObusForme Multi Tilt chair from Global, available from Staples and Carters for a mere $480:…
It doesn’t have that cool, hi-tech look, but I’ve used one at work for years, and bought one for the home office, too, and have never had a back problem with it.

If you want that classy look, spring for the ObusForme Executive:
http://www.globaltotaloffice.c… (not sure of the price)

Global has info on selecting a chair:

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stephen good on March 14, 2003 - 16:50 Permalink

I know this will definitely label me as a curmudgeon but for the last 7 or 8 years I have sat in a regular wooden desk chair. http://www.chainlinkservices.c…

I can hear the cries of “oh, the humanity!” but I can’t stand chairs that are persnickety and involve hydraulics and you lean back and maybe it’s lean back and maybe you’ll end up on the floor. But then I also prefer a no-speed bike like my beloved madwagon — to an 18 gear thing that switches gears when it feels like. I’d still be using a black rotary phone if they hadn’t been outlawed. There is a reason why classic things are classic — they are the best and everything that comes after is subject to Fadiman’s Rule of Optimum improvement — trying to improve on perfection is foolhardy.
The reason I love my wooden chair is the same reason I loved my Italian saddle leather belt (best $70 Cdn I ever spent) — they both have one quality in common — I go through the entire day and don’t notice that I’m wearing the belt or sitting on the chair — but I notice instantly when I am wearing pants but can’t find my belt or if I have to sit in some ergonomic uber-chair.


Mark McQuaid's picture
Mark McQuaid on March 14, 2003 - 21:38 Permalink

my it would be nice if one could copy and paste the link without taking half the other paragraph with it..Possible fix in the future for this Peter?

steve's picture
steve on March 15, 2003 - 16:21 Permalink


You may want to consider investing in a site inspection of your setup by (I don’t know if this is the right term) an ergonomoligist. There are people who will look at your workspace and suggest equipment and setups that will maximize your comfort and health. CBC sometimes brings in one of these types for peopel with back or finger or whatever pain. Noon show host in Sask now swears by the kneeling chair that Rob recommends…