Desk Chairs That Really Do the Job
Deluxe Wood Banker’s Chair by Office Star
This fruitwood variation on the traditional banker’s chair has a tilt mechanism that controls how far you can lean back and an under-seat lever that helps you find the perfect height. The casters glide smoothly, even on carpeting, so that desk-side deals don’t hit any snags. (23½ inches wide by 22¾ inches deep by 37 inches high; available with a black or brown padded seat.)
To buy: $130.50, overstock.com.
1934 Dining Chair by Sundance
A standard in French cafés since the 1930s, this durable varnished-steel bistro chair will withstand even the most rigorous wear and tear. Its small size makes it a good choice for tight spaces; the simple design makes it a natural fit for both modern and rustic interiors. (17¾ inches wide by 18 inches deep by 33½ inches high; steel only.)
To buy: $245, sundancecatalog.com.
Skruvsta Swivel Chair by Ikea
This mod, laid-back, adjustable chair is certain to dispel all “working stiff” notions. The punchy cotton upholstery will inject a welcome shot of personality into even the most officious abode. (19 inches wide by 17¾ inches deep by 31 to 34 inches high; also in white and black.)
To buy: $149, see ikea.com for stores.
Schoolhouse Chair by L.L.Bean
With its solid beech construction and simple silhouette, this chair oozes old-fashioned charm―and gets a spirited update with glossy ivory paint. Bonus: It makes a cheerily retro complement to a more traditional dining table. (18½ inches wide by 18¼ inches deep by 36 inches high; blue only.)
To buy: $140, llbean.com.
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