When Scott and I first met, I remember being super cost conscious. I’m still frugal, but at that time it was a much more serious matter because we didn’t have money to be frivolous. Heck, we barely had money for essentials. If it weren’t for our credit cards, we wouldn’t have been able to buy many of the things we needed. You know, like food. Thankfully, Scott has always been entrepreneurial. We sold our collectibles as a way to earn cash which may not sound like a big deal, but it was harder back then in a pre-eBay world. We traveled around the region to set up at baseball card and sports memorabilia shows in order to find the customers who would buy the things we had for sale. During that phase in our lives, we met a lot of great people. One guy in particular became an amazing friend and actually stood as Scott’s best man at our wedding. He was a few years older than us and had a steady job at a well-known manufacturer of office furniture. Our wedding gift from him was an office chair that was well beyond what we would be able to pay for. That chair has traveled across the country and back with us and is finally in need of an upgrade. With as much time as Scott spends at his desk designing games like Hues and Cues and Gekitai, along with all the things he does for this website, he could use a chair that is more comfortable and better for his body.
You may think that a chair is a chair is a chair and as long as the old one is still holding up then we might as well keep using it. But that’s not a good way to look at things. First, after 26 years, the cushioning isn’t what it used to be. Second, life is too short to be uncomfortable. The reality is there have been a lot of advancements since we received that high-end office chair. Over the years, I’ve looked at a variety of desk chairs and have been surprised by the different features available. Attention to ergonomics is probably the best thing that has impacted the style and design in office furniture. There are a lot of desk chairs on the market and many tout their ergonomic benefits. However, I’ve found few that offer this many separate features that adjust independently. Many don’t have headrests while others have solid backs. I’ve seen several that incorporate a stability ball, but those are hideous looking. We received an ErgoChair 2 from Autonomous for the purpose of providing feedback and let me say that I was extremely surprised by the different ways it tilts, shifts and adjusts to accommodate the user. It’s also available in a variety of colors which is great if you’re trying to create an office space that has personality.
Before we talk about the features, let’s talk about the assembly process. We’ve put together countless items throughout our years. From BBQ grills and bicycles to mounting a TV on the wall, we’re no strangers to the do-it-yourself process. We have plenty of tools on hand to do the job, but it sure is nice when the manufacturer provides the tools. There was a time when our toolbox contained a few screwdrivers and a hammer so I’m sure there are others who might not have the right tools. Rather than include a cheap Allen wrench, Autonomous provides a pre-packaged kit with all the nuts and bolts along with a handy T-handle wrench.
Scott took on the task of putting together the Autonomous ErgoChair 2 and was able to assemble the nine steps rather quickly. The instructions were detailed and stepped through the process easily. Not only do the step-by-step instructions provide a diagram, but there’s also a text description on what the images mean. It’s so detailed that it even shows which direction you’re supposed to twist the wrench!
Now that you know that assembly isn’t an issue, let me tell you about some of the features that support the chair’s “ergo” name. There are adjustments for head, arms, back, height, lumbar and seat. Chairs that raise and lower is nothing new, but all these other options help the user maintain proper form while sitting. As an example, the headrest adjusts up to 45 degrees, in addition to raising or lowering it. If you’ve ever flown coach, you understand how uncomfortable a chair can be if the headrest doesn’t contour to your head and neck.
The arms not only adjust up and down, but they also slide in and out. These types of adjustments aren’t something I’ve found in any of the other office chairs that I’ve looked at. Task chairs don’t have arm rests at all and executive chairs usually have stationary ones.
I don’t have the best posture. Couple that with short legs and some office chairs can feel stiff and uncomfortable. The ErgoChair 2 from Autonomous shifts forward and back which allows me to adjust how much my knees are pushed forward past the front which impacts the angle my legs hang down. As someone with bad knees, this can make a long work day feel even longer. Yes, I know I should be standing often during my work day, but that’s beside the point.
In addition to raising up and down and an adjustable seat cushion, the ErgoChair 2 has adjustable back features. If you like to kick your feet up on your desk, you can adjust the seat tilt. Not me though… If I want to take a nap during my office hours, I’ll get out of my chair and find something more comfortable. Being able to adjust the back of the chair and lumbar support give you for even more back support.
As you can see, the Autonomous Smart Office ErgoChair 2 is designed with comfort and ergonomics in mind. If you’re in the market for a new office furniture, visit Autonomous to see about the various options available for an ergonomic chair. You can purchase direct from their website or order online from Amazon. Check Autonomous out on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube to learn more about the brand and their various products. If we hadn’t recently purchased desks for the girls for distance learning, we would be looking at their smart desks so they have a sitting/standing option while doing their online classes. When you spend a lot of time at a desk, you need to think about how it impacts your body. Autonomous has that in mind already.
What features do you look for in an office chair?