Monday, November 23, 2015

Chasing Chairs

After working at Hyundai for six months, I finally came to the conclusion my office chair sucked.  I requested a replacement that would work better for my abnormal height, but my two emails were ignored, so I decided to buy something for myself.  The first one I tried was the Steelcase Think (seen above), which I found on Craigslist for $80 (~$800 new).  This was an older model in decent shape, but it was a little dingy.  I shampooed it and decided a couple days later it wasn't right for me, so now Chrissy uses it in our home office.

To find my next chair, I went to a used furniture warehouse and stumbled upon this bad boy made by, and I'm not making this up, SitOnIt Seating.  Retail price for this chair was also ~$800 but I paid $40.  The depreciation on used office furniture is brutal.

After shampooing, it looked like this.

Shampooing wasn't the only thing I did.  As it came, the armrests were too far forward and they hit my desk.  I was prepared to do some major surgery to fix this, but I realized I could just switch sides so they would angle backward instead of forward.
I also did some grinding on the plastic frame that holds the mesh back.  The top of the frame was just hitting my shoulder blades, so I had to do something.  You can see my setup below.
I got to use all three outlets on the splitter I recently added to my retractable cord reel to power the Dremel, light, and Shop Vac simultaneously.  I also placed a steel plate under wherever I was grinding to avoid cutting the mesh.  The end result is a chair that is now custom fit to me and is working great.

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