Looking for an Aeron-quality chair that doesn't move
September 2, 2004 8:35 AM   Subscribe

Where can I get a good, Aeron-quality task chair, either with no wheels or with locking casters? {MI}

I know this is basically ChairFilter: The Reckoning at this point, but I am really and truly stumped. I've checked the archives, Googled, etc. Anyhow:

I just moved into a great, old apartment with floors that slope slightly from one wall to the other. As a result, my much-beloved Aeron chair, my only relic from the dot-com boom, rolls inexorably away from my desk and crashes into the opposite wall. Even if I put a rug down, the chair rolls as soon as it's moved from a resting position. This is good, I suppose, in a kind of exercise-at-your-desk way, but is mostly just annoying.

What I really need is a very comfortable, preferably adjustable chair, preferably with the same design value as the Aeron, that either has no wheels or has wheels that lock. Does anybody make or have a chair like this? Or am I better off just buying a cool-looking regular chair, and dealing with it that way? Is it possible to buy locking casters and install them on my chair?
posted by josh to Shopping (3 answers total)
Okay, thread-deletion time: Herman Miller will actually come to my home and install locking casters for me. Never mind!
posted by josh at 9:01 AM on September 2, 2004

Pull the freewheeling casters out of your Aeron. They should come right out with a little force. Don't worry, they're designed to be replacable. Go down to the hardware store and get some locking casters that have a similar shaft size to those from your Aeron, then then put them where the old ones were. Casters are pretty much standard. The new ones might come with a metal sleeve over the shaft that are for if you're making or repairing wooden furniture; simply pull them off.
posted by zsazsa at 9:02 AM on September 2, 2004

Sounds like the Herman Miller housecall is the way to go, especially if it's free. You also get the peace of mind of having Genuine Factory-Authorized Herman Miller casters!

Don't ask to delete the thread - the answer is more valuable than the question, and you answered your own question.
posted by zsazsa at 9:05 AM on September 2, 2004

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