Getting a Steelcase Think in Ottawa
March 24, 2007 9:29 PM   Subscribe

The Steelcase Think chair: is it worth it, and how to find around Ottawa, Canada?

It's your typical software-developer-working-long-hours-and-hating-his-cheap-office-chair story.

The Steelcase Think has received a lot of positive reviews, enough to make me at least consider buying a nine hundred dollar chair (ouch), but not enough to blindly order one without sitting in it at least a few minutes. The Steelcase website lists a single dealer in Ottawa, but checking out their website, they look like they're strictly B2B. Does anyone know of anywhere in or near Ottawa where I can try out one of these?

Stories and mini-reviews of your office chair (this one or similar) are of course welcome, but we've already had a couple of those threads.
posted by paperclip to Shopping (5 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
They have a showroom, according to the "Contact Us" tab on their flash-only website, and since they have pictures of the Think on the website, I bet they've got one in the showroom, along with fabric samples and so on. Just give them a call and ask if you can just drop by, otherwise make an appointment. They'll be happy to make an easy, if small, sale.
posted by mendel at 11:06 PM on March 24, 2007

I use the Leap chair, and love it, love it, love it.

Seriously, it has improved my life and permanently altered my perspective on office chairs. I will never use a crappy chair again.

Yes, the Leap is expensive, but you can often find them used on Craigslist for $200-$300. However, once you've found one, be sure to snap it up quickly because they tend to go fast
posted by Afroblanco at 12:48 AM on March 25, 2007

Steelcase will not list everyone who sells their chairs. Call the high end office furniture stores and ask them if they sell the chair. If so, go over and sit in one. Then buy it from them if the price isn't way over what you can find online.

The Steelcase Leap chair is awesome. Don't know about the Think. $900 isn't a lot for a chair considering you'll be sitting in it for 10 years.
posted by Nelson at 7:40 AM on March 26, 2007

I use the Leap at my desk and it is awesome -- I am one fidgety guy and the chair moves with me, supports my back, and keep my typing hands properly supported. GREAT CHAIR.
posted by wonderwisdom at 1:02 PM on March 26, 2007

Afroblanco knows what he's talking about. I'm sitting in a Leap that I got from a dude on Craigslist for $250 in Toronto. I'm so well supported right now, it should be illegal.
posted by tracert at 3:57 PM on March 26, 2007

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