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Q: I just started working from home and I'm looking to buy a desk chair for my home office. Can you recommend something with good back support that's not too expensive? Under $500 would be great. - Sent from Javier in Chicago

A: Javier, we use Steelcase and Herman Miller as go-to sources for comfortable office chairs, since they tend to pay a lot of attention to ergonomics and they use high-quality steel and mesh. They're on the expensive side, but there are a few designs they sell that clock in under $500. We've also tried the $189 Studio Chair from CB2 and it's surprisingly comfortable—you can read feedback about the chair from customers on their site. For online comparison shopping, Sit4Less.com is another good resource.

  1. The $439 Steelcase Cobi has a contoured back.
  2. The $189 CB2 Studio Chair gets good user reviews.
  3. The $419 Steelcase Cachet has a slotted seat and a rocker mechanism.
  4. Herman Miller's $499 Setu "conforms to your contours" with elastomeric fabric.
  5. Sit4Less.com makes a line of budget Space Chairs with memory foam cushions and mesh backs for under $500.


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Q: I'm moving in with my girlfriend and we want to buy a recliner chair for the living room. I want something comfortable and she wants a chair that looks good. She likes modern furniture and I don't really care about the style as long as I can kick back in it. Any suggestions? - Sent from Patrick in Los Angeles

A: Patrick, depending on your budget, you have a few options. Modern furniture companies like Design Within Reach sell some great-looking, higher-end recliners that are comfortable to boot. If you're looking for leather, check out American Leather—they have a huge selection of modern, masculine chairs that are in the mid-to-high price range. For other mid-range options, check Crate & Barrel or Room & Board. If you're on a tight budget, you might want to try shopping for a vintage recliner. There are some cool Danish Modern designs from the 50s and 60s that you can find on craiglist, in thrift stores, or on eBay.


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We've teamed up with Valspar Paint to create The Inside Man, a special feature dedicated to daily (Monday – Friday) posts from Apartment Therapy and GQ about men’s color conundrums and style questions.

Every other week, we're posting Q&As from Apartment Therapy readers. From sofas with cup holders to brilliant bachelor pads, we're focusing on the decor dilemmas men often bring to us.