I'm really unhappy with my current bench chair.
Boy, can I relate! I built my "new" studio over six years ago, and
carried over the tubular steel dinette chairs I had in a previous
apartment. A few months ago I finally did my first ergonomic
rearranging of the studio (keeping workflow in mind) and bought
myself a great chair.
After making the investment, I asked myself why I hadn't done it a
lot sooner! Holy cow! First of all, I have casters so I can zing back
and forth across the studio without getting up, and swivel at will!
Those efficiencies themselves are worth it. The height adjustment
has also been valuable because my bench and forging/forming stump
need different heights. I was doing some forging and felt my leg
cramping up. I lowered the chair from maximum height to minimum and
kept working... the pain completely dissipated!
I bought mine at Costco, which is a wholesale/warehouse kind of
place. I originally was looking at a $100 fabric covered model, but
decided to go with a much better leather model for only $50 more. I
think it will last me a career, and the gold dust the fabric would
have caught (and kept) will probably pay for the leather covered
chair. One of my best studio investments... long overdue.
My advice? Don't skimp... this chair will be your most intimate
co-worker for many years!
All the best,
Sebaste Studio and
Carolina Artisans' Gallery
Charlotte, NC (USA)