You wouldn’t think it would be so difficult to pick out an office chair, would you? Well, turns out it is. Incredibly difficult. I’m so indecisive I could just bite my tongue off (why those two things correlate, I do not know). Turns out my indecisive dilemma is now kicked into high gear, because it’s time to actually hunker down and purchase an office chair. I’ve been contemplating this purchase for some time now, but there was never a huge rush. Sure, our current office chair is an Office Depot $5.99 special, but it still works. And up until recently, the hubs only worked from home on occasion, so his bum was fine for the few hours he endured at home each week.
Fast forward to today, and we have urgent reasons to purchase a new office chair. Like, NOW. My husband (because he’s such a model employee) was recently bequeathed a mini bonus and he decided that he would like to use that money towards a new office chair – a man after my own heart. Plus, he’s applying for a work-from-home program, which means that our home office will actually become a real, work office for him most days of the week. So, his bum needs a nicer chair. Like, NOW.
We’ve come to a (pretty confident) consensus that we’d like a white, leather, knock-off style office chair. Don’t judge – if I could buy the real Eames and Saarinen products, I tooootally would. We shopped around town today, but couldn’t find anything that quite fit our budget. There are lots options online, but it’s tough to purchase something you’ll be sitting on all day if you can’t take it for a test drive. Oh, and there’s the matter of looks. What exactly do we want?
There is this Eames style chair (that OhBrooke also posted about recently) and many others like it that are my obvious first choice. It’s classic, simple and timeless – plus the upholstery won’t sag like other chairs with a more padded seat. But that’s Scott’s concern – will this be comfortable enough?
This one is another classic knockoff, but with a bit more cushy for the tushy. I like the looks of this one as well (albeit a bit more bulky looking) but I am concerned with how the padding will wear overtime – since it is a knock off, after all. I have to get on my designer soap box real quick and say don’t underestimate the insanely overpriced classic pieces that you’ll find at places like DWR. They may be more costly than pieces from big box doors, but they’re classics for a reason. They’re unlike any other piece of furniture you’ll find (because they’re simply the first of their kind) and their design and construction is seriously impeccable. Now, if only we all had a million dollars lying around to buy these sorts of things… off soap box, moving on.
I also spotted this little gem over at CB2. It’s much less than the other options out there, but it might just be a bit too modern looking for my home. Plus, Scott is ultimately looking for an armless chair, so I’m hoping some of the other options have arms that we can remove.
Any thoughts? Opinions? A big “I don’t care just pick a darn chair” remarks? All comments are welcome, seriously. I need some help… for the sake of my tongue.