When I started working from home, I had a very nice desk setup—complete with keyboard tray!—with a chair that was basically a dining chair rather than something that you could sit in all day. I’ve wanted something more comfy, but didn’t want to spend a bunch of money on it. Thus began too much chair shopping.

The old chair, for reference

My wife and I had different requirements for a desk chair. She wanted something that fit in with her overall decor vibe. I wanted something that I could plant myself in throughout the day, repeatedly, with comfort. I looked at all kinds of ergonomic style chairs, which I would show my wife, thinking, “hmm well this one isn’t too ugly,” only to be promptly vetoed.

(Oh, also, no leather, because we’re hippie vegans, maaaaaannnnnnnnnn.)

Over the Black Friday/Cyber Monday long weekend, Staples was running a sale on a bunch of chairs, including some fake leather ones that were lighter colored. My wife liked the looks of this one, and it was on sale for $80.


Since there’s a Staples mere blocks from my house, we went there on Saturday to check out chairs, including this one. I sat in it, and promptly ixnayed it. It sucked. I don’t know why it has 4 star reviews on Staples.com with all these people loving it. The bottom cushion is not very cushion-y at all, and the back angle is too far back.

I sat in many other chairs and the only other one in the store that seemed alright from a comfort/price perspective was just blah looking. But it had lots of adjustment levers to get it comfy, which was cool.


But it wasn’t that comfy, and neither I nor my wife liked the looks of it. So I said screw it and didn’t buy anything. Then on Monday & Tuesday I kept working in the same wood dining chair and it was bugging my back a little bit.

I decided last night before I hit the gym to go back to Staples and put ass to chairs again, to maybe find something that I thought was comfy.


The only chair that I thought was really comfy and not $300+ was this ugly leather behemoth that was $200.

The gray leather reminded me of a dentist’s chair, and I didn’t want to spend that much, and I didn’t want leather. So, back to the drawing board. I was ready to give up again, but then I noticed this chair on sale for $100, but there was no floor model to test, and 0 customer reviews on the Staples site.


But the other Staples brand ergonomic style mesh chairs were pretty decently comfy. I felt like this one was at least better looking than the other $100 black mesh option, with its chrome base and sleeker styling. So I said fuck it, I’m buying it and if I don’t like it I’ll take it back. I just barely was able to shove the box in the trunk of my car.

Today, I set the thing up, and lo and behold, it’s actually comfy! My wife doesn’t love the look of it, but she agreed it’s at least not as bad as some of the other technical mesh looking ones. I’ve been in it all day and I’m not sore or anything.


All in all, I’m happy with my new chair. Now I just need to get a nice big monitor so I don’t have to stare at my 13" laptop all day. But that’s a purchase that will wait for another time.

Also, the basement is feeling a bit drafty (HVAC guy is coming tomorrow to check out our furnace) so in the meantime I’ve been putting a little space heater in front of the back door that’s next to the desk. So of course, this happened...