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Why $50 Isn’t A Realistic Price For An Office Chair

There was a recent question posted in Yahoo answers from someone suffering back pain, wanting to know the best office chair to buy with a budget of just $50.

The simple answer I’m afraid is it just isn’t possible to get an office seat with the required features to properly support your body for this kind of money, especially if you already have back problems.

At least not a new one, the best advice would be to look on auction sites like eBay for a used chair made by one of the quality chair manufacturers like Steelcase, Herman Miller, Knoll, Neutral Posture etc.

Even that is probably going to be difficult to achieve for $50, another idea is to Google used models of particular chair as there are specialist firms out there who deal in quality used office chairs.

Any office chair that sells for around $50 will always be a compromise as price is the motivation and so important things like adjustable arms, seat depth adjustment and seat tension adjustment won’t be included.

This article covers the critical features that you should look for in an ergonomic office chair.

Does Your Office Seat Squeak?

People frequently find that their office chair squeaks and creaks as they move in it. This can be very annoying and distracting, particularly when it’s not obvious what the cause is.

So, let’s look at some of the common causes for noisy chairs and how to sure them.

Quite often, it’s caused by metal parts rubbing against each other, chair backrest supports are often prime suspects.

If you are able to reach any exposed parts of the chair’s mechanism, a light squirt of WD40 can often cure the problem. Just make sure you mask adjacent parts with newspaper or a cloth.

The other cause is not so easy to solve. At the core of most office chairs is a plywood base around which the seat and back is built. These can often creak as they age and fixings work a little loose.

Look under your chair and see if there are any visible fixings holding the mechanism to the base. Try tightening them up and see if that helps.

Frequently the inner parts of the chair are covered by protective plastic shrouds, so you may need to remove them. Just be careful as often they are snap fitted together and prising them apart will break the fixings so you won’t be able to put them back again.

Herman Miller Joins Research Partnership

Herman Miller recently agreed to become a Research Partner with the Center for Health Design (CHD) the non-profit research organization.

CHD specializes in healthcare facility planning and design related research.

Miller has actually been affiliated with CHD since its inception in 1990 and has now agreed to be a research partner for a 3 year period.

Over the years Herman Miller has been responsible for the development of many ground breaking products, none more so than the Aeron and its derivative the Mirra chair. The move seems to be an excellent opportunity for the development of future innovative product ideas.

CHD hope that other key players in the industry join as partners to broaden its existing knowledge and research. It will be interesting to see if others follow Miller’s lead.

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