I have to tell you that a few weeks ago I spent about $50 on a mesh-back office chair and it basically sucks. Now, I will define what “sucks” means. I am obcessed about keeping a proper posture so a chair has to have some lumbar support or other design feature that makes it comfortable to sit up straight. It should encourage you sit properly in other words. Well, we have much better chairs in my office at work and I can immediately tell the difference. I did not take a deep look to see what shape the workplace chairs have but I can tell they feel way better for my lower back and I actually get up very energetic and refreshed. I had realized that I was much more efficient doin work at the office than at home. The chairs are definitely the reason.
Things are not limited to comfort or posture. A few days ago, I found some screws on the floor just below the chair. I was able to fix it in a few seconds but that does not change the fact that this thing is falling into pieces. It looks like I will be needing a new office a few months after spending $50 on one. And I am not at all sad about that. Of course, things would be much more alarming, if the cheap chair was at the office. You certainly need some workplace safety, don’t you.
You found my story exciting. Well, I am realistic. It’s not an exciting story. It’s another replica of the stories of hundreds of thousands of other people who think they can get a chair that works for less than $100. The thing is, you cannot get a chair for less than that and even if you do, you will not enjoy sitting on that chair. This is just like getting a mobile phone for $5. If someone offers to sell you that you would be 100 percent sure that it is not working.
This is actually a story with a moral. The idea is, if you are out in the market for an office chair, you remember that getting an expensive office chair is the best idea. Actually, buying a high-end chair can save you money in the long-term. Let’s make a small mind experiment. My $50 chair last 3 months. $1000 chair last 20 years. If I keep buying the 50 dollar chairs, I will buy 80 of them in the next 20 years and that’s going to cost me $4000. Conclusion: Expensive chair is a bargain.