Eames Lounge chair and ottoman from herman miller if the sitting height is right for you. Very cool looking and covered in leather with cherry molded plywood. Circa 1956
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I had the Ikea chairs and yes, great value and comfy. But my elbows started to hurt after a while because of the wood arm rests. Doesn't seem to be a problem for a couple of friends that also own them.
I ended up with Paliser brand "Mellow" chairs. They cost more than $100 though.
It's a pretty personal thing, both for comfort (body size and shape) and aesthetics. I have all kinds of chairs in the house- I use an Eames lounge and ottman- I'm a little over 6 ft tall these days (shrinking in height) and used to be heavier 230, now under 190- what appears to be a headrest really just comes up behind your shoulders- as to height relative to drivers, you just have to figure it out - there are usually measurements for most commercially available chairs that will give you seat height. FWIW, there is typically a considerable industry discount on chairs like this, so don't go into sticker shock when you see the retail (but buy a real one, not a counterfeit). Resale value of a real one makes up for the considerable price difference between it and a copy.
Another for Ekrones or Eames. When buying my current "Listening Chair" I took height measurements and identified the optimal location for my head. Also, the headrest was a issue. I wanted one but preferred adjustable so I could keep it low. The Ekrones fit the bill but I was not prepared for the cost. My wife talked me into it. She is a Safety Engineer and performs Ergonomic assessments for employee work stations among her other duties. Our discussions came down to the following. I spend a lot of time in a chair so don't cheap out. Dam woman knows me all to well.
I have been using the Ikea Poang chair and ottermen for years now. I love it. It has a soothing rocking motion that I find comforting as I grow older, with that in mind, it is time for a more mature chair, one with the style and design to accent my listening room not overwhelm it. Some of the above suggestions hit the nail on the head but a 4k chair is not in my future. Not that I wouldn't want one but I could buy an amp for that amount of money.
IMHO, "comfort" is over-rated, here.
I want comfortable shoes, in the sense that I don't want to
feel pain, I don't want my attention drawn to discomfort in my feet
when I stand or walk. When I am paying attention and listening
seriously to music, I don't want to be uncomfortable in my seat,
BUT I am not seeking detachment, either.
When I listen to music in a dedicated
room, I actually want to feel a certain "tension" as I listen to
music. I want to pay attention to details, to be involved
in the listening experience. While my mental focus is the music,
"comfort" to me is the absence of sensations that can
interfere with this.
There are practical considerations, too.
Here is my personal criteria, regarding my listening chair:
1) minimal interaction of the seat (influencing the sound) with
absorbing sound waves. This leads to concerns about the size,
composition material, and mass of the chair.
2) ability to support my lower back and encourage a
natural neck/ head position
3) ability to raise/lower the height of the seat to vary the listening
position in relation to speakers
4) ease of entry and exit from the seat and ability to keep both feet
flat on the floor
I have Ekornes furniture elsewhere, but for me it doesn't
"fit" in my dedicated listening room. The physical
"isolation" of a recliner/lounge chair is at odds with the mental
participation that I am seeking when I listen to music intently.
My solution? The kind of chair you find in the waiting room of a professional office. Four thin legs, a supportive back, and
armrests. Moderately priced, efficient, and sonically neutral.
Yes, I have more respect for "wallflower" functional furniture and
am less attracted to upscale pieces that seem to call attention to
themselves rather than serve the music...
Go for the Jappling chair from IKEA, with the matching footrest. I replaced my Poang with this one and I love it. But I do understand that it is not available at every IKEA store. But you also have other IKEA chairs that are very close to the Jappling style and are equally comfortable - without breaking the bank!
Check out www.ki.com
A basic chair can be comfortable, functional, and nice looking,
and doesn't have to come from a garage sale (or look like it did).
I custom ordered mine by picking the right style and colors.
I first saw the STRIVE chair at a health club, so I knew what
to expect when I placed my order. The seating surfaces are nicely
padded. A great company to work with.