Sitting on a gold mine
July 11, 2012 9:17 PM Subscribe
Is there a cheaper chair that does what an Aeron does?
posted by darksasami to shopping (16 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
Sitting hurts me. Any given chair will cause my tailbone to throb within one to two hours. When I go to restaurants with the one friend who loves to nurse her tea, I'm usually squirming by the time I convince her to change venue, no matter how comfy the booth. I have a lovely La-Z-Boy recliner at home, but there's a limit to how much I can recline before I'm off to the kitchen for a naproxen. I'm pretty sure it's a combination of heavy weight, bad back, and absurdly skinny butt.
Despite this, I'm able to get through an eight-hour day at work without any pain at all. I attribute this to the Herman Miller Aeron chairs that the company was kind enough to spring for years ago. They just work for me, and I never really think about why--until I'm in some other chair and regretting it.
My problem is that I moved recently, and I'm in bad need of a computer chair that will support me through heavy-duty gaming sessions...and my budget is nowhere near the $1000 an Aeron costs. I tried buying a cheap chair to tide me over until I could get a real one, but after four hours in serious denial I ended up having to take one of my emergency Vicodin. Right now I've got the recliner pulled up the the computer, which looks and feels ridiculous and just isn't a solution. I've looked for used Aerons, and haven't found anything under $600; putting together half that much would be a serious endeavor. Is there anything out there that comes close to comparing?
(Notes: yes, I should lose weight. No, I won't sit on a ball or a kneeling contraption; the lack of back support is a deal breaker. Yes, I've talked to my doctor, but the emergency Vicodin was all that really came of it. Clever alternate solutions are fine, but what I really need is the right chair, because I don't have a chair.)