I'm thinking of building a semi-standing desk to ease my lower back pain; could someone please recommend a semi-standing chair? Most bar stools seem to require the sitting position, which I don't want. The Capisco seems to fit, but it's a bit expensive.
Try a good quality shorter seat pan chair (depending on your height and thigh length) with a longer gas lift column, with the seat adjusted with a slight forward tilt to allow for the downward thigh angle. Much cheaper than a Hag! Jo Bills (Aus)
I have limited experience with sit stand seats but was able to try the '3 in 1' by ergoCentric recently. As a person wio also appreciates perching, I was very impressed. I have no idea of the price range. There were many options available.
You need an castorless chair with a short lip in the back like this one:
But, you need the above chair design combined with fixed, graduated, footrest heights similar to the one shown here:
There is an "old technology" one that has the best footrest design, that I can't find for you right now, where there are four different footbar heights circling above the base allowing you to swivel to the desire footrest height.
I'd go for a non-swivel, height adjustable stool.
This is the seat pan I would use: http://www.alibaba.com/product-tp/126900346/Laboratory_chairs.html because it's ventilated, cleanable and durable.
I still haven't been able to find the "old technology' multiple height footrest base, so I would probably just attach this ventilated seat pan, http://www.alibaba.com/product-tp/126900346/Laboratory_chairs.html to this seat tilt/height actuator and base: http://www.sitbetter.com/view/chair/egc-egd-s-sit-stand/ergocentric–ergonomic-sit-stand-stool-with-+guard-no-slip-seat-and-spider-base/?utm_campaign=shoppingengine&utm_medium=shoppingengine&utm_source=shopzilla&zmam=91792832&zmas=1&zmac=11&zmap=EGC-EGD-S-Sit-Stand
Set-screw foot rings are a joke, and everyone knows it.
And, no one is laughing.
I bought the Capisco (the one with the long gas pressure spring) for my son (6ft3) two years ago. I payed 630 € for it. And I think it is absolutely worth it. My son is just finishing school and will start college this fall. It is fair to assume that he will use the chair for 10 years, minimum. So that is about 5 € per month for a very good chair. And my son loves the chair.
I am thinking of buying the chair for myself in the office (my employer has very good chairs, but not the Capisco).
Make sure not to save money on chairs – it could mean saving money at the cost of back pain in the long run!
Dr.-Ing. Joachim Vedder, M.S., EurErg
Key Expert for Ergonomics and Construction Trends
Does your back condition prevent you from jumping up, or climbing up, to a high-set seat?
If you can't jump, and have to climb, you would need a stable footrest rung.
Hmmm . . . .
Looks like "liberal design" for an imaginary solution to . . . . "something".
I usually recommend this sit-stand stool for individuals, but it would not be recommended to be used for long periods of time. You would have to incorporate rest/posture breaks in between the work you are doing.
Lyon – Sit-Stand Stool
The great thing about this stool is that it allows you to tilt the seat, so you could use it to lean against, but also to sit on. The height is also adjustable.
Hope this helps!
"I still haven't been able to find the "old technology' multiple height footrest base . . "
The best prevention for back pain and other diseases associated with prolonged sitting is variability in posture. Remaining stationary on a higher perch seat may be a slight improvement over stationary deep sitting, but the real solution would be to alternate sitting and standing.
That means that you need to raise your work station for your standing bouts – whether the entire desk or just the monitor and keyboard – using any of the myriad commercial possibilities available or a personal gerrymandered solution, and not just raise your seat to another set position.
Semi-stand seats are useful as an alternative to unavoidable stationary standing. I have yet to see one which provides the support or comfort of an office chair designed for sitting.
I would recommend alternating between actual sitting in a suitable chair with actual standing, and not an in-between compromise which might be just as immobile.
Joan Geiger, DPT
Chief Ergonomics Advisor
Israel Institute for Occupational Safety and Hygiene.
ErgoIndustrial has a base with multiple height footrest base
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