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Drafting Chair vs. Office Chair

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#1 Ubiq


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Posted 06 August 2011 - 07:43 PM

The drafting stool that came with my table isn't very padded and I want to replace it because I expect to be spending hours at my desk again this fall. I sit forward, either typing or reading mostly, and I do this for hours at a time.
The office chairs at my local Staples felt so cushy but didn't extend high enough(24"+) or have a footstool(a must).
Their only drafting stool was miserable to sit in and so I guess I need to buy one online, but how do I do that without trying it out first?
Does anyone on this site have a website they trust for this sort of thing?
I buy very little online and so I'm nervous about descriptions on overstock.com or whatever.
Should I just chuck my lovely drafting table and get a lower desk?
Problem is I don't want to spend more than $150 on this and I'm not sure I can get a big enough desk and a decent chair for that. Plus I just love my drafting table, even with my sore bum!
Any advice or product recommendations would be much appreciated, because last semester was really agonizing.

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Posted 07 August 2011 - 10:41 AM

Some ideas:

Could you get a cushion for your present chair?

Have you checked out the chairs at other local office supplies?

I personally wouldn't order a chair online; one really needs to try out the chair to know if it will work well for him/her. The only exception would be if you already have or know of a chair that works well and you find an identical one online.

And no, there is no way to get a decent chair and desk for $150. A good chair alone can swallow up most of that all by itself.

Can you read lying on the sofa or bed?

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Posted 07 August 2011 - 03:20 PM

Any places near you that deal in used office furnishings? When places go out of business dealers will go in and buy up stuff fairly cheap. You might find a slightly used high quality chair within your budget.
Some of the newer stuff is very cheaply made and even though it looks good now you might be replacing it in a year or two.My office chair came from a company I use to work for.We had an auction when we shut down. Auctioneer forgot to put a lot number on it so it missed getting sold. Was probably 20 years old then. I've had it 22 years.Unfortunately nothing lasts forever and I will need a replacement soon :( .

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