5 Ways To Make Your Office Chair Suck A Little Less

5 Ways To Make Your Office Chair Suck A Little Less

Sarah Rae Smith
Apr 12, 2010

Unless you have a pocket full of cash, picking up an office chair that embodies the words attractive and comfortable can feel a little like a dream. Instead of spending your days pining away for a new one, try jazzing up the one you've got and see if it lifts your spirits until one day, your dreams come true.

1. Add New Wheels: It doesn't matter if your office chair is old or new, most have wheels to make movement around the room easy. Changing them up can make for smoother gliding, plus add a bit of color. If your chair doesn't have wheels, now is a great time to add them. There're all sorts and sizes and sure to be a perfect match no matter what your aesthetic is.

2. Spray Paint It: Although the idea of busting out a can of spray paint on an office chairs sounds a little ruthless, there are specific paints for the job making the results lasting ones. You can purchase paint for fabrics, plastics and more. They don't wear off, chip or flake and are a great alternative for one that has seen better days.

3. Reupholster It: We've talked before about reupholstering this piece of furniture. It's not as tricky as you might think and can actually have super-star results. You can match the look to other fabrics in the room, creating a cohesive look that can bring your space together in a snap.

4. Pillow/Lumbar Support: Some chairs just don't quite cut it when it comes to actual support. That doesn't mean they are worn per se, it just means the way you sit in them isn't really doing much for you. Personally we use a vintage molded Herman Miller chair and although it looks great, man it sucks for support. We have a pillow that switches back and forth from behind the back to under our bum. Although it's not an attractive option (which we move when company comes over), it's a $7 solution that works just fine!

5. Footrest: Often times, chairs either aren't adjustable or don't adjust and still work with the height of your desk (if you want to tuck the arms under when you are through). Try adding a footrest to take the pressure off your knees and ankles, making your chair feel brand new and like an old baseball glove, broken in and still going strong!

(Image: Nick Spacek & Flickr member Genericface licensed for use under Creative Commons )

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