The Best Desk Chair I’ve Ever Had: An Update for My Home Office

Welcome to the 610th Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters!

Today is going to be a busy day around here. The two screened doors for the porch are being delivered and painters will be here cleaning and painting the front porch and washing the decks and the exterior of the screened porch. The cleaning/painting was actually supposed to be done earlier in the spring but several extended trips to see family and help with my grandsons this summer caused everything to be pushed forward a bit.

For today’s Met Monday, I have a small update to share here in my home office. For the past 10 years, I have been seeking the perfect desk chair. I just know it’s out there somewhere! Ha!

Home Office with Pottery Barn Bedford Furniture

 

In the past, I really focused on finding a chair in a neutral or cream color, thinking that would work best with the furniture in this room. (Furniture is from Pottery Barn and available here: Pottery Barn Bedford furniture in this room.)

Of course, that very much limited the pool of desk chairs from which I could shop. Recently, I was searching again for a chair that would better suit my needs. The one I had wasn’t bad for working, but it sat a bit more upright than I would have preferred and wasn’t that comfortable for sitting over long periods of time.

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I came across the chair you see below and though it wasn’t in my preferred cream/lighter color, it was at least a neutral color.

Home Office, Pottery Barn Furniture

 

It also had a lot of the features I had been hoping to find, plus the reviews were looking pretty good.

Home Office, Pottery Barn Bedford Furniture

 

Assembly was easy. The only issue I had was that I couldn’t figure out how to adjust the “tilt” feature. The chair is supposed to be designed where it will tilt back to whatever angle you prefer. More on that in a sec.

Home Work Space, Pottery Barn Bedford Furniture

 

Here’s a close up of the chair. The color is probably a smidge lighter than it appears below. It’s super comfortable and has plenty of padding. I’m very pleased with how it sits.

Comfortable Office Chair with Arms that Raise Up When Needed

 

Normally a chair with arms will not work for my desk because, by the time I adjust the chair to the height I need, the arms often hit the desk as I move forward. This chair lets me have the best of both worlds.

When I need to scoot up close to my desk, I just raise the arms upward. When I’m sitting watching a YouTube video or something on Acorn TV and want to be more comfortable, I can lower the arms back down. They adjust up and down with little effort. Love that feature of this chair!

Comfortable Desk Chair with Arms that Rotate Up out of the way

 

The other feature that I really wanted was the ability to adjust how upright the chair sits. The other chairs I’ve purchased in the past did not allow for adjusting the slant/tilt of the back of the chair and sometimes they felt too upright for my comfort. This is the lever you use to adjust the tilt of the back.

(I usually get questions about the wood chair mat I use here in the office, You’ll find it available here: Chair Mat.)

How to Adjust the tilt of office desk chair

 

At first, I couldn’t get it to adjust and there were no instructions with the chair explaining exactly how to do that. I contacted the company and they promptly replied with a helpful diagram showing how the adjustment is done.

I was missing a step. Prior to using the lever to adjust the tilt, the knob shown at the bottom of the diagram has to be turned to the left to adjust the strength–the strength of what, I’m not sure.

 

This is the knob that had to be turned. At first, I couldn’t budge it. I ended up laying the chair over on its back and using both hands I was able to turn the knob to the left.

How to Adjust Tilt of this Desk Office Chair

 

Apparently, that loosened something up because after I did that, I was able to tilt the back to a position I found comfortable, then I used the lever below to lock it into place. Of course, this chair can also be adjusted up and down to suit a person’s height with the lever that’s located on the other side of the chair, not shown in my picture below. So this chair has a lot of built-in adjustment features.

How to Adjust the tilt of office desk chair

 

Another thing I like about this chair is that the seat is deep, but not so deep that I require a pillow behind my back. I’m around 5’4″ tall. If the chair seat were any deeper from front to back, I would need a pillow behind me.

Comfortable Office Chair with Arms that Raise Up When Needed

 

So far, I’m pretty happy with this chair. The seat is very padded. It’s not hard, but not mushy either. I think it looks okay with the other furniture/fabrics in this room, as well. So overall I’m very happy with this office update.

If you need a chair with adjustable back tilt, adjustable height, and arms that can be moved back and out of the way when needed, you’ll find this chair available here: Desk Chair with Arms That Can Be Raised.

It’s available in several colors. I was very tempted by the leather version.

Home Work Space, Pottery Barn Bedford Furniture

 

When I was visiting my son and daughter in law the past few months, I purchased this chair for the small desk I work at in their guest room. The back doesn’t tilt but I was pleased with how well it sat. It’s very cushy and comfortable, both in the seat and in the back. So if you don’t need arms on your desk chair, I definitely feel comfortable recommending this one. You’ll find it available here: Comfy Desk Chair.

 

 

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Comments

  1. Hi Susan! I’ve been looking for a desk chair too, and with the same requirements. I really want a light colored one, but your description of this one is pretty enticing! Thanks for the great recommendations – and for hosting a great party!

  2. There is nothing better than a comfy chair and this one sounds great! Thanks Susan!

  3. Thank you for a wonderful party. I hope you have a great week!

  4. Thanks – I have been looking for a desk chair. Right now using a dining room chair and it is not the best. LOL…when doing House Party with my college friends I have to sit on pillows so they can see me…..this one would “pump me up”! Thanks for the party…love sharing and seeing ideas!

  5. I have those Stressless chairs in my family room and when we bought them I noticed that they also have office chairs and I would bet that they are very comfy. Hope you enjoy your new chair.

  6. Can’t wait to see your new screen doors! Good luck with the painting.

  7. Brenda s. Lawrence says

    I am really liking your chair Susan, I love that the arms lift up-something I need. I also love that you can tilt it back more to a comfortable position and of course raise it up and down. I am short, 4’11”, so I just about always need a pillow behind my back. lol I do love the color of the chair in your room, but then I love gray and yellow/cream together. But if you ever want it to be white, there are spray paints for fabrics. Just a thought. Although I really love the color it is in your room! Can’t wait to see those doors hung and the painting done. Hugs, Brenda

  8. This chair seems to cover it all, but especially love the movable arms

  9. suzanne ludwic says

    I recently bought a chair by nokaxus which is designed for someone who plays video games for hours. I definitely dont but I wanted something with a good lumbar and neck support and this one definitely checks all the boxes except for style. It even has a retractable foot rest and the lumbar support can vibrate. Cost on amazon was just over $200.

  10. Thank you for sharing, Susan. You always seem able to find the best stuff! The chair looks super comfy, and if you watch your movies or TV shows on it, it must be comfortable for an extended period of time. My current office chair is not doing the job, so I’m going to have to search for another.

  11. I need a new chair also, so I followed your link. This chair may now be available in lighter colors unless I didn’t read carefully enough. I know I wouldn’t want the fake leather ones because that’s been a disaster for me in the past.

    • I think the leather ones are real–bonded leather. I’ve seen a lot of desk chairs made with that kind of leather. I know, I was tempted by the beige fabric chair, but was worried it would stain easily. So far, I’m pretty happy with the gray.

  12. Thanks so much for hosting each week!!
    It is greatly appreciated!! Stay safe, healthy and happy!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

  13. My desk chair is about the ONLY chair I can sit in for hours without ending up with a muscular migraine. That’s how important a desk chair is. So glad you found one you love so much you can recommend. I had a Herman Miller Aeron previously (another fabulous one I would recommend for readers), but it was a little too big for my new downsized space. Mr. P kept his, and I gave mine to my daughter and son-in-law. Thanks for Met Monday, Susan. I know you’ll be happy when the porch painting is completed!

  14. Cyndi Raines says

    Glad you were able to find a chair with such great features. I think it goes well in your office. Also enjoyed looking at all the great puzzles in the last blog. It is a great way to pass a cold winters evening.

  15. Is your home office in the dining room? I just wondered because of the chandelier. I need to make a creative studio space in the corner of my overflow room, but first I have to get a smaller kitchen table and move my china cabinet out of the overflow room. With 5 kids ranging from 12-25 I’m always reimagining my space.

    • No, it’s my son’s old bedroom. When he went off to college, I finally got up the nerve to redo it. You can see that transition in this older post: https://betweennapsontheporch.net/pottery-barn-office-renovation-the-journey-welcome-to-the-124th-metamorphosis-monday-2/
      I just really, really wanted a toile chandelier in this room. It’s probably not the most practical–having a chandelier in here since the ceilings are only 8 feet and if a person comes in who is over 5’8″, they have to dodge it/walk around it. lol That’s usually only a problem when the cable guys are here checking the modem or my son is visiting. But it works for me since I’m only 5’4″.
      A lot of folks in my area turn their “formal” living rooms into home offices since they see so little use.

  16. Why is finding a pretty and comfortable desk chair so hard! I swear I’ve been looking for months to find one for my office too. Can’t wait to check this one out. Thanks for hosting! Hugs, CoCo

  17. Thank you so much for hosting! This week I am excited to share some simple porch decor for fall! Hope you have a great week!

  18. Gayla Greer says

    Hi, I love your new chair, but I also like your white chair in your office. Do you remember where you got it?

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