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A hard days' work requires support, particularly for your lower back. It seems that standing desks are all the rage nowadays but a good desk chair is forever. Similar to a mattress, this isn't a furniture choice where you'll want to compromise comfort for price. But that doesn't mean you can't get quality desk chairs within a budget. The following options—both vintage and new—are solid choices to withstand the day to day wear.
If you love a retro aesthetic, the Knoll office chair from the 1960's is comfortable, swivels for easy mobility and has an adjustable seat height. Circa 60 is selling several of these vintage chairs in a hunter green (each $295). You can also get the same design with a printed upholstery for $350 from Secondhand Stories. For $170, a mid-century aluminum-based office chair will glide just nicely into your work space. One look at this retro office chair ($200) with wood armrests and you can picture yourself brainstorming while leaning back in it with your feet on your desk.
For a more modern office with sleek lines, this high-polished aluminum frame comes with vinyl padding in white, black or chocolate brown. The high back chair ($389) will keep you comfortable when you're burning the midnight oil. With flexible seating that molds to the body's shape, this ergonomic chair complete with suspension is a practical buy at $275. The Steelcase LEAP executive chair ($850), upholstered in soft black leather, is pricier than the rest but still comes in well under the retail price of $1,800. This environmentally-friendly chair is built to support you throughout the workday.