July 12, 2019
For those unfamiliar, Reddit dubs itself “the front page of the internet.” The company, headquartered in San Francisco, created a place where anyone can join communities (called “subreddits” or "subs") and discuss their favorite topics in a relatively anonymous fashion. AskReddit, for instance, is one of the most popular subs, with 23.5 million subscribers as of publishing. People ask strange and sometimes NSFW questions that the vast community offers answers to. Some other popular subs include r/Showerthoughts, r/ExplainLikeImFive, and r/TodayILearned.
There is literally a sub for everything and everyone. My Reddit browsing caused me to stumble upon the r/OfficeChairs community, proving that aforementioned statement. The community is only 192 members strong as of today. But it appears to be an excellent forum to discuss office chairs and all the details thereof. Of course everything must be taken with a grain of salt due to the anonymity factor on Reddit. But here are recaps of some recent threads in the community that give you an idea of what its all about.
Herman Miller is an office furniture manufacturer based on Zeeland, Michigan. The company is known for its Noguchi tables and Marshmallow sofas. It is also known for its Aeron office chairs, which appear to come up quite often as a subject in this subreddit.
A user who goes by the name "T3kt" made a post yesterday about their purchase of a used Aeron chair. They complained about noises the chair was making. "Every time I tilt my body in any 360 degree direction I hear a loud creak under the seat," the post reads. The user claims they returned the chair to the place it was purchased, and the second-hand dealer told them that all Aerons made the same noise.
A user responded saying it was a problem with springs within the mechanism and that oiling the gas cylinder may help. He also recommended Vitra chairs over Herman Millers as you are only "paying for the name" with the latter.
Haworth is another Michigan-based furniture manufacturer. A user named "Bdog5k" is in the market for a new office chair. He started a thread two weeks ago about Haworth Fern office chairs and how they compare to the aforementioned Herman Millers.
One user responded, claiming to be an installer for Haworth. They said the company is "a fine brand and makes very good products." He goes on to say he owns a Haworth office chair himself and recommends it to anyone thinking of purchasing one. The original poster asked about any other recommendations for office chairs. Steelcase, Knoll, Ergohuman and 9to5 were some of the responses.
The Herman Miller Eames Executive Chair was also suggested. But the $4,700 retail price of said chair quickly turned off the original poster.
A user named "forcqteamcomps" wrote that they are in the market for an office chair and are going to a thrift store to save a little money. The post is centered around what the layman shopper should look out for when buying used office chairs.
One user, who claims to own an office furniture warehouse, responded with information that led to a long conversation between the two. The most important word of advice was to ensure the chair has good casters, which is a fancy way of saying wheels. There should be very little hair, carpet and other debris in the casters, while the arms should freely and smoothly adjust, according to the user.
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Samantha Johnson is a freelance writer and editor. She lives in Sacramento with her husband, daughter, and two cats. Samantha writes for several retailers and mommy bloggers, and runs an e-commerce store.