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Weird question: Best 'primal' office chair?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 15, 2011 at 1:53 PM

I'm ready to buy a new chair for my home office, anyone have any suggestions? I've tried the ball (I actually have one right next to me) but I found that I had WORSE posture while on the ball because I tend to slouch forward. I understand you get what you pay for, but I'd like to keep it in the $100 - $300 range.

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on February 28, 2012
at 03:19 AM

I'd love to see this modelled. Like how your body moves on it. What you do when you get tired and what not.

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on August 15, 2011
at 11:38 PM

Yes, you cant slouch while sitting on Swiss Ball. Only problem is the kids want to 'play' on it all the time!, oh and sitting on Vinyl in summer is yuck, you need a towel.

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on August 15, 2011
at 05:36 PM

I sat on a stability ball for 6 months. It did not a thing for me, and aggravated my sciatica by pressing on the back of my thigh.

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on August 15, 2011
at 05:10 PM

I built a standing desk at home and have an adjustable desk I stole from the back room at work. My only issue is that standing still for 8 hours straight can make for sore feet, so I have a chair or stool to rest on for a bit if I need to.

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on August 15, 2011
at 03:03 PM

I have a standing desk too. I just used boxes to raise it up and it's definitely got a garage sale vibe but it works and it's made a huge difference in the pain I used to have from a neck injury from a car crash. Love it!!!

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on August 15, 2011
at 02:22 PM

Love this idea!!

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8d454fc50d6d58643d6f8b0d1e7ea8ea

on August 15, 2011
at 01:58 PM

I actually work standing up - even for an 8-hour stretch. I feel much better than I did sitting. There are a bunch of stand-up desks you can buy, but I just raised an Ikea table. Before that, I bought one of their "bistro" dining tables and it was perfect (I am only 5'3", though, so you may need something taller).

60c285ff1dff1ea5af6a5820aa5320cf

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on August 15, 2011
at 03:03 PM

I have a standing desk too. I just used boxes to raise it up and it's definitely got a garage sale vibe but it works and it's made a huge difference in the pain I used to have from a neck injury from a car crash. Love it!!!

4145b36f1488224964edac6258b75aff

(7821)

on August 15, 2011
at 05:10 PM

I built a standing desk at home and have an adjustable desk I stole from the back room at work. My only issue is that standing still for 8 hours straight can make for sore feet, so I have a chair or stool to rest on for a bit if I need to.

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on August 15, 2011
at 02:24 PM

A stability ball!! Sorry I was about to run out! A stability ball forces you to keep your transverse abdominals (ta) engaged sonyou don't roll off. Also helps take the pressure off your low back and helps tour gluts fire while sitting. You can also help your " pelvic awareness" and rock forward and back ward, side to side as if your a hula dancer. Finding the neutral spine and keeping the ta engaged!

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218f4d92627e4289cc81178fce5b4d00

on August 15, 2011
at 11:38 PM

Yes, you cant slouch while sitting on Swiss Ball. Only problem is the kids want to 'play' on it all the time!, oh and sitting on Vinyl in summer is yuck, you need a towel.

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on August 15, 2011
at 02:18 PM

Probably a straddle seat. Keeps your spine straight.

Backless drafting stool

Humanscale saddle seat

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

(13978)

on August 15, 2011
at 02:22 PM

Love this idea!!

C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on February 28, 2012
at 03:19 AM

I'd love to see this modelled. Like how your body moves on it. What you do when you get tired and what not.

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on August 15, 2011
at 01:59 PM

You might consider a sit stand desk. If you do you need something to rest one foot on.

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on August 15, 2011
at 03:04 PM

Make yourself a standing desk/place some boxes on an existing desk and stand. Otherwise, a saddle seat

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on August 15, 2011
at 02:42 PM

I use a stability ball. I have one that actually has a wheel base so it sits me up higher and is less prone to rolling out from under me. The results are the same though

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on August 15, 2011
at 09:38 PM

Hawaii Chair

http://youtu.be/DHiqVygN-w0

All kidding aside, go with a standing desk. I switched a month ago (on a lark) and I love it. There are some great standing desk hacks you can find on ikeahackers.net - lots of ways to use Ikea parts to convert a table or desk to standing height usage.

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on August 15, 2011
at 05:19 PM

Unfortunately, standing desk isn't happening for me just yet, at least not in the office. I use the stability ball and notice that I am much more active than I was while sitting in my 'ergonomic' (read: expensive) chair. I roll frontwards and backwards, bounce, move side to side, etc. I can't give you a very scientific answer, but I know that I am sitting with much better posture, engaging more muscles, helping lower back pain (I also sit for about 3 hours to/from my 8+ hour desk job right now...), etc.

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on August 15, 2011
at 05:03 PM

I really love using this bungee cord office chair. It's a good balance between the chair supporting you and you supporting yourself.

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on August 15, 2011
at 02:24 PM

What about a stability ball? Isn't that supposed to be great for your back? And cheap, too!

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on February 27, 2012
at 10:49 PM

I guess the most paleo position would be cross-legged. You would need a flat armless chair or a stool, and maybe some practice to not have sleepy legs.

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on February 27, 2012
at 10:03 PM

You may want to skip the chair and get a standing desk. I recently purchased the Ikea Fredrik Computer work station and placed the large surface at the top. It's relatively sturdy, looks nice in place, and was fairly inexpensive for an office desk. Standing definitely takes a few days to become accustomed to, but after your first week you won't even notice it. If you really need to sit you could try a bar stool.

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