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How to Buy an Office Chair When You Don’t Know How

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

A friend of mine asked me to go shopping with her for an office chair. Her significant other recently was given a promotion and it came with a very beautiful executive desk and a not-so-comfortable office chair. Annie was the designated chair buyer. I might sound a bit odd to send someone to buy chair they will not be sitting in. But Annie has an eye for these things. I was along for moral support and the promise of lunch at a favorite downtown pasta bar.

boss-office-products-caressoft-executive-box-arm-chairI also agreed to go for my own self-motivated reasons. You see, I don’t know much about what makes one type of office chair more desirable than another. And I really need a good computer desk chair. My work station at home where I do most of my writing currently has a traditional style accent chair with a carved rose motif back splat sitting in from of it. My grandmother gave it to me when I moved into my own first-absolutely-roommate-free apartment after coming home from university. The once-lovely pale yellow button-tufted seat is developing a definite dip. After sitting in front of the computer 45 minutes tops, it plays havoc with my lower back.

So when Annie asked me to help her shop for an office chair I agreed to go with her hoping that, in the process, I would pick up some helpful hints that I could use when I buy a computer desk chair of my own. Of course, the
chair for Annie’s partner had to be made of leather. But she was looking for other specifics, as well. The chair had to have a high back with built-in head, neck and lumbar support; a wheeled base for maneuverability; arms and adjustable levers for height and backrest positioning. The office chair, while made of leather, had to be contemporary and not traditional in style. He would prefer arms with wood accents in a medium wood finish to complement the dark cherry color of the desk.
Global Total Office Tye Mesh Medium-Back-Office-Chair-with-Pneumatic-TilterTo be honest, the first hour we weren’t really office chair shopping, but rather catching up on news. Another reason I agreed to this adventure because we hadn’t seen each other in awhile. Then we spotted a leather executive office chair set that included a matching guest chair and something for “free” definitely caught our attention. It turned out that the office chair itself didn’t quite match the list of must-have – the back turned out to be not quite high enough and the product information didn’t say anything about lumbar support. But it inspired us to keep looking.

After two more stores and numerous close calls, we were about to break for lunch when Annie spotted it. It had a high back and arms with a wood trim; included several ergonomic features and was made of leather. I promptly sat in it before Annie could. Yes, I sighed, snuggling into the backrest and breathing in the delicious new leather smell. This is the one, I told my friend, as I gave it a gentle spin, making myself feel slightly off-balance. Annie was a bit more critical when she finally got to sit in the prospective office chair. She made sure the levers were easy-to-use; that it was comfortable and that it would be a good fit for the person she was purchasing it for. When the office chair had been purchased and a delivery date and time agreed upon we were off to lunch.

Boss-Office-Products-Leather-Contemporary-Executive-Chair-In-BlackAlthough I couldn’t persuade Annie to come with to buy a chair for my computer work station at home, I learned a lot. I now know what to look for when shopping for an office chair. But now I’m not sure if I really need an office chair with wheels at all – maybe a computer desk chair without casters and a contoured, upholstered seat and back would be a better fit for me.

Stay tuned to see how I will solve my work space seating dilemma because I’m definitely on a mission. Grandmother’s chair needs to be retired, re-upholstered and re-purposed.

Dorm Room Design

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

Cheap Dorm Room Designs

Whether you’re attending college or university, you’re going to be spending about two thirds of your year in your own dorm room. You need a Dorm Room Design that is practical, cheap and expresses who you are!

It should be a place for you to relax, study, and entertain – just like your bedroom at home.

Of course, you have a much smaller space to work with, and a student’s budget, so the idea of decorating your dorm room may seem challenging – especially if you have a roommate.

Just remember to get together with your roommate before you move in and decide on a design style together.

You can design your dorm room with inexpensive, yet fun & funky pieces if you get creative and think outside the box!

The first piece to consider is your sleeping space – what kind of bed should you choose for your dorm room? If you like the idea of a couch by day and a bed by night, you can opt for a futon or a convertible bed.

Cheap FutonThe Elite Products – Mali-Flex Futon Frame and Mattress Set in Coal-Pewter futon comes with its own mattress and its arms fold out to transform from a loveseat to a bed. For something with a little more flair,

Convertible Futontry the Lifestyle Solutions Fashion Hardwood Dio Convertible Futon in Java. The unique horizontal slats in the arms make the futon a cool focal point. A convertible bed is different from a futon simply because of its folding method – they normally have a click-clack function that moves them into a sleeping position.

Contemporary FutonThe Lifestyle Solutions Casual Convertibles Capitola Sofa Bed has a neat modern shape and comes in three different colours.

Modern FutonYou can also select the Homelegance Upholstered Convertible Sleeper Sofa Futon in Violet Red for a modern look in your dorm room.

Study Desk Loft Bunk BedAnother sleeping space option is a funky loft bed. The Powell Monster Bedroom® Twin Study Loft Bunk Bed raises your bed up high and gives you space underneath for a desk or media center – it’s an awesome space saver!

Once you choose a piece for your dorm room to sleep on, you’ll need some dorm bedding that reflects your personal style.

If you’re going to have a futon in your room, you may want to consider a futon cover. They come in so many colours, patterns, and textures, so you won’t have a problem expressing your design style.

Tiffany Futon CoverTry the SIS Covers Tiffany Futon Cover,

Black Futon Coverthe Elite L.X.E. Coal & Royalty Slip Cover,

Navy Blue Futon Coveror the Lifestyle Solutions Navy Futon Cover to make a bold statement with your futon.

Asian Pattern Duvet CoverAnother way to stand out is by using a fashionable duvet. The Daniadown Tokyo Duvet Cover

Floral Duvet Coveror the Nygård Home Ascot Duvet Cover are great options for giving a fun design aspect to your dorm room.

Decorate your sleeping space with a few throw pillows – it will keep things comfy and stylish at the same time.

Boudoir PillowThe Mystic Valley Traders Cafe Aqua Boudoir Pillow,

Neck PillowMystic Valley Traders Cafe Cherry Neckroll Pillow, or

Rolled Round PillowMystic Valley Traders Arboretum Sprout Bolster Pillow allow you to spruce up your dorm room on a budget.

Next, you’ll want to focus on storage space. Space is obviously tight in dorm rooms, so it’s essential for you to use every inch of room for your items.

Rolling Clothes RackMake use of your closet with the Organize It All Chrome Garment Rolling Rack Laundry Centerit can easily be rolled out of your closet at any time, and has three separate hampers for your laundry, so it will be easier to get your clothes cleaned.

Closet OrganizerYou can also store the Organize It All Concord 3 Tier Storage Closet Organizer Cart in your closet and use the drawers for clothes, makeup, toiletries, or shoes. If you want to make use of your corner space,

Storage Shelfthe Organize It All Devant Three Tier Corner Closet Organizer in Silver fits there easily and is a great place for your books, movies, or CDs. Make use of your wall space

Coat Rack Hookand install the Safco PanelMate® Wall Coat Rack Hook (Set of 6) – you can use it for jackets, scarves, or towels.

Your dorm room workspace is one of the most important features in your dorm room – you’re going to need a functional place to do homework and study for exams.

Computer WorkstationThe Safco MÜV Extra Wide Workstation in Medium Oak has three racks for holding your laptop and any other study tools.

Cherry Student Dorm DeskThe Leda Student Desk with Student Chair in Medium cherry is even smaller and takes up less space.

College Dorm Size DeskAnother option is the stylish Mylex Furniture Metal and Wood Student Desk.

Ergonmic Office ChairYou don’t want your office chair to take up a lot of precious space in your dorm room, so any armless options such as the Boss Office Products Adjustable Black Leather Deluxe Posture Chair,

Armless Office ChairOffices to Go Armless Task Chair, or the OFM Vinyl Computer Posture Task Chair will take up less room.

You’ll want to keep things organized in your workspace, so consider putting up a cork board or dry erase board.

Cork BoardThe Spartak Cork Board

Dry Erase Boardor the Safco Clear Acrylic Dry Erase Board (Set of 5) are handy for putting up notes, writing down your schedule, or displaying pictures or ticket stubs.

Finally, it’s time to decorate! Adding fun accessories to your dorm really sets it apart from the other rooms.

Faux Leopard Skin RugThrow down an accent rug like the Fun Rugs Supreme Collection Leopard Skin Rug,

Black Lightput up a funky modern wall light Kenroy Home Burst Black Finish 1 Light Small Round Wall Lantern,

Drapesand hang up some patterned drapes Kathy Ireland Home by Thank You Baby The Sweetie Blue Dots Drapes.

Just because your living space is temporary doesn’t mean it has to be boring and generic!

Infuse your personality into your dorm room design, so when you invite your new friends over to hang out, they get to see the real you carried out in your room’s style.

Need help decorating your dorm room,  just send me your budget, dorm room dimensions and design style and lets see what we can come up with!

Nicolette Interior Design Diva

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