Office Chair - "Gaming" or other?

technoholic

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HI all

I work at home most of the time, sitting at my desk pretty much all day. I've been using an Ikea Markus chair for a long time, it's getting to the end of its life and the padding in the base is not what it was, therefore it's not comfortable anymore. I really need to replace it. The Markus was bought as I needed something quickly and it was well thought of at least for what it is.

Now I want to get something different. I need something that is comfortable but my office is also my "den" and I want it to fit it, i.e. not look like it actually belongs in a workplace too much.

I also don't have the budget for one of those Herman miller or similar high end chairs, I know people will say they are they best for sitting all day and maybe they are but it's not what I'm looking for, I just need a good supportive chair with good manoeuvrability, good padding and looks half decent.

I do like the look of the so called "gaming chairs" out there, but is that just a marketing ploy? Is there anything different to a standard chair functionality wise, or indeed are they better because they are designed for people sitting for a long time?

I like the look for example of the Secretlab Titan (I'm a bigger lad so need the bigger version) and the noblechairs Icon but if anyone has any better suggestions of either gaming chairs or normal office chairs, I'd be up for hearing. The only thing I don't want is bright colours, and it must have the ability to fold the arms down so they fit under the desk when not in use. I don't have a budget as such, but don't want to spend crazy amounts either.

Any help would be appreciated!
 

technoholic

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anyone!?
 

leo79

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Well as it happens I'm in the same boat (although I'm not to fussed what it looks like) and have been doing a bit of research into office chairs.

I got it down to three chairs:

Hermen Miller Aeron
Steelcase Gesture
Steelcase Leap V.2

Ended up going for the Leap as I found a place selling them for £289 - Steelcase Leap V2

Don't know anything about the company but I emailed them this morning, they confirmed that they have them in stock and will deliver early next week.
 

Sloppy Bob

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I bought a used Knoll Life chair. Very comfortable and better than any gaming chair for around the same money or less.

IMO gaming chairs are a gimmic, they're just PVC chairs designed to look sporty or more like the seat in a sports or racing car. Don't think I'd like to sit in one all day.
 

nick67

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I'd disagree about the gimmick of a gaming chair

Have owned this GT Omega for over a year and have found it the most comfortable chair to date

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MrFraggle

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Well as it happens I'm in the same boat (although I'm not to fussed what it looks like) and have been doing a bit of research into office chairs.

I got it down to three chairs:

Hermen Miller Aeron
Steelcase Gesture
Steelcase Leap V.2

Ended up going for the Leap as I found a place selling them for £289 - Steelcase Leap V2

Don't know anything about the company but I emailed them this morning, they confirmed that they have them in stock and will deliver early next week.
Let us know what you think of the chair after you have had it a while.
 

deans6571

Member
I would HIGHLY recommend the chairs from Secret Labs:

The best gaming chairs | Secretlab UK

They are reasonably priced (they even offer PayPal Credit purchases so you can pay monthly) and are absolutely awesome.

I bought their Soft Weave Charcoal Blue Omega chair a few months ago :

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It looks great, comes with a lumbar support cushion and a neck support pillow. Their website even suggests which of their products is most suitable for you, based on your height and weight.

Their chairs are more firm than any other so called 'gaming' chairs which some may find uncomfortable at first but they soon break in - the firmness guarantees longevity when compared to other chairs which go flat after just 1 or 2 years.

Check them out...

:thumbsup:
 

technoholic

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Yep these were top of my list for a gaming chair, well, the Titan model anyway due to my size!

As much as I'd like to have a chair that I can sink into, I know that firm is the way to go for support. I don't like the chairs like the Steelcase and the Herman Millers etc, they are probably the most ergonomic but for me they don't work, plus I want a tall chair with head support. Unless someone can suggest a good more traditional office chair, I'm probably going to go for the Titan or the Noblechairs Icon/Hero
 

technoholic

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As a side question, I want to remove the laminate floor in my office, even though it is good laminate and feels almost as good as real wood, I think I'd prefer to go back to some sort of carpet. Would anyone recommend any type of carpet that is not carpet tiles, looks 'homely' but allows chairs to fill well without having to use a mat?
 

mr:w

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I've got a Humanscale Freedom, can't rate it highly enough. I work from home and have spent 8-10hrs a day in it, 5 days a week, for the past 3 years. Most comfortable chair I've used and it's barely showing any signs of use.

Definitely worth keeping an eye open on ebay for these and Herman Millers as you do get the occasional bargain. Think the current new price on mine is around £1,200, I paid £136 for it and don't think it had ever been sat in (ebay bargain of the century).

 

technoholic

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hmmm that does look like a good option
 

MrFraggle

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I also have a Humanscale Freedom and I have refoamed and reupholstered it as I felt very uncomfortable in the seat area. It was second hand but I do feel that the quality of the seat cushion could have been better. I also do not like the armrests which for me feel that there is far to much play in them and I always feel as though I am going to break them.
But I do love the self adjustment of the seat in the lumber region. But I have been looking for a replacement and am tempted with a Secretlab Titan soft weave.
 
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technoholic

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Yeah having done some research on the Freedom, I've seen a number of people who've had to reupholster and reform them, plus I think on balance it's not quite the right chair for me, so Secretlab Titan is probably top of my list too so far. Not sure if there is anywhere you can try them out
 

MrFraggle

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Secretlab Titan is probably top of my list too so far. Not sure if there is anywhere you can try them out
That is the big issue as I had nowhere to go apart from Ikea when I was looking. I was able to try the Freedom because of a guy on another forum who stayed near me and let me come and have a look.
Thing about chairs is you need to use them a while before really being able to pass judgement.
But I do think new is the way to go, the second hand freedom had been reupholstered before I got it but I do feel that they should have refoamed the seat also.
 
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technoholic

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well I'm going to go and try out a steel case at least, im sure my local John Lewis has them. Not sure I can stomach spending that much on a new one though, I'm unfortunately not a business buying for a company office, so second hand would need to be how I get something like a steelcase
 

deans6571

Member
Yeah having done some research on the Freedom, I've seen a number of people who've had to reupholster and reform them, plus I think on balance it's not quite the right chair for me, so Secretlab Titan is probably top of my list too so far. Not sure if there is anywhere you can try them out

.....highly unlikely as these are only sold online.

You can return them if you don't like them but they charge some kind of 'restocking' fee. Read up on the website link posted earlier.
 

MrFraggle

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I have a John Lewis in Edinburgh but they did not have much in and would only get a chair in if i bought it first. So phone before you go to insure they have what you want in store.
 

technoholic

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well we're popping up there anyway at the weekend so no bother if not. It's only 10 mins away anyway.
 

technoholic

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interested to hear your thoughts when you get it
 

MrFraggle

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interested to hear your thoughts when you get it
Bit of a waiting time, end of September, could have gone for the Omega but that was not to be delivered until late October, but I will try to remember to post back a review particularly on the assembly side of it.
The Freedom came in three parts but it was a massive box this I think comes in two boxes and which contains several parts.
 

Leo31291

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After a new chair myself. Circumstances mean I can't have a chair that's any higher than 90cm from the floor. Finding it hard to find anything that looks comfy for lounging in so I'm leaning towards the bean bag route but if anyone has any suggestions ?
 

MrFraggle

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Just had an email saying that the chair has been shipped so expecting it Monday and not the end of the month.
 

deans6571

Member
I would HIGHLY recommend the chairs from Secret Labs:

The best gaming chairs | Secretlab UK

They are reasonably priced (they even offer PayPal Credit purchases so you can pay monthly) and are absolutely awesome.

I bought their Soft Weave Charcoal Blue Omega chair a few months ago :

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It looks great, comes with a lumbar support cushion and a neck support pillow. Their website even suggests which of their products is most suitable for you, based on your height and weight.

Their chairs are more firm than any other so called 'gaming' chairs which some may find uncomfortable at first but they soon break in - the firmness guarantees longevity when compared to other chairs which go flat after just 1 or 2 years.

Check them out...

:thumbsup:

@Squiffy ...you really shouldn't p155 take my post with your 'funny' emoji as you clearly have no idea what the Secret Lab chairs feel like unless you have one yourself.

If you disagree with my post, then thats fine but don't try to be clever by using an emoji in a sarcastic fashion....
 
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Deleted member 13294

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@Squiffy ...you really shouldn't p155 take my post with your 'funny' emoji as you clearly have no idea what the Secret Lab chairs feel like unless you have one yourself.

If you disagree with my post, then thats fine but don't try to be clever by using an emoji in a sarcastic fashion....
I actually meant to put a "useful" emoji on but obviously fat fingers.

Why do you think I would want to be sarcastic about it? I've never interacted with you in any way to want to get at you, and it was actually a useful post.
 

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