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Tips On Finding A Comfortable And Cheap Office Chair

Aug 17, 2007
Like other types of consumer products, its possible to overpay for office furniture. By doing some research, you can find a cheap office chair that will meet your needs, as you don't want cheap to equate with uncomfortable. There are many comfortable, yet budget friendly chairs, that support proper ergonomics and minimize back pain, available in the marketplace.

The first thing to determine is how the chair will be used. Is it for you specifically, or will it be used by someone else? Will it be for your home office, or is it in a workplace environment? By determining the functions of the office chair, it will help you narrow down the type of chair you are looking for. If it is a chair that one person will sit in for an extended period of time, then the chair will need to fit that person, and take into consideration any issues, such as if the person is big or tall, or needs any type of special support. If the chair is going to be used by a variety of people, than a basic chair that can be adjusted a number of ways is probably more important.

One way to save money on an office chair is to get a basic model and make sure the covering is fabric or vinyl, not leather, which can add-on quite a bit to the price of the chair. While you don't want to skimp on comfort or durability, by choosing a cheaper covering, you'll save money.

Once you have an idea of what type of chair you want, its time to comparison shop. Like buying a car, you may want to go to some office furniture stores and take the chairs for a test drive, noting down any makes and models that you particularly like. Reading consumer reviews online can also be helpful. Many large retail sites and comparison shopping websites have customer reviews and feedback on different office chairs.

At this point, you may have 5-10 makes or models you want to choose from. Like anything else, you can often get good deals on chairs that have been, or will be, discontinued. By shopping at a close-out or warehouse store, you can save more money than paying full retail at a furniture store. Another way to find good deals is to speak with an office furniture representative and tell them what type of chair you are looking for, they may have sample or floor models available, or have similar models that are less expensive.

By shopping online, you will also save money. Since you've already test-driven the chairs, you can simply do searches for the makes and models you are looking for, and see who is offering the best price. You'll also want to incorporate the shipping cost as well, as some places may charge more for shipping than others. There are many furniture surplus stores online, and Ebay is also a good place to look for a specific model of office chair.

Finding a cheap office chair is certainly possible. If you can invest a little time, and wait until you see a good deal, you could save up to hundreds of dollars on a high quality chair. By getting a discontinued model, you will end up with a high quality chair for little money.
About the Author
Amy Wells reports on the latest trends in work-related
health and productivity
issues. Receive insider tips and information on shopping for office chairs at: http://www.officechairwares.yourtechtool.com
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