The Ergonomics Teacher Buys a Task Chair

From left: The Liberty Chair, The World Chair (mesh seat), The World Chair (padded seat)

After years of asking students to critique chairs, now its my turn.

Discomfort turned my want into a need, after all I do spend a fair number of hours in front of a computer. I knew it was time for a new chair when I started dreading sitting down.

First, I did a search for task chair reviews. There was quite a bit of information on www.consumersearch.com/office-chairs. After reading and looking at company websites, I decided on these four chairs:

  1. Think by Steelcase, designer Glen Oliver Loew
  2. Setu Office Chair by Herman Miller
  3. World Chair by Human Scale, designer Niels Diffrient
  4. Very Task Chair by Haworth, staff designers at Haworth

Currently we are testing the World Chair and the Liberty by HumanScale. Each person in the office is trying one out for the day, then filling out an evaluation. Already they are a big improvement from our current chair. Of course I WANT to like these because of my admiration for Niels Diffrient, the grandaddy of ergonomics.  Check back here for updates. —Carla Blackman

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