I need a new office chair. I’m a writer, so I’m in my computer chair about 12 hours a day. The last one I inherited from a friend who died. Now 6 or 7 years later, I suddenly realize there is no seat left. I’m just sitting on the metal under-structure.
The only place that sells decent chairs for under $500 seems to be Staples. Despite my pressing need, I have visited three different Staples branches to try their chairs again and again, without buying one. Why? Because apparently the chair manufacturers have not been informed that women ever sit down. And because they think every man is 6’ tall.
There are at least three results from the fact that the designers and engineers are probably all men:
1) Out of 20 chairs that I tried in Staples, 13 did not lower low enough for me to really plant my feet on the ground. Some of them didn’t lower enough for me to touch anything but my toes to the ground. I’m now 5’2” – that is not so far out of human range to be excluded from a seat.
3) The arm rests are built for arms that hang down from shoulders that are much wider than mine. So the most I can do is rest my forearms on the inner edge of the arm rests, which is very uncomfortable.
All I want is to find something small, compact, comfortable, and healthy. I’ve got my credit card ready. I want to buy. And yet, I have still not found a fitting place to deposit my butt.