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Poll: What type of chair do you have at your workspace?
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Dec 15, 2011

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "What type of chair do you have at your workspace?".

This poll was originally submitted by Alicja Weikop. View the poll results »



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David Wright  Identity Verified
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a chair Dec 15, 2011

wouldn't know what sort it is - don't know what most of those listed are!

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Mary Worby  Identity Verified
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A sofa Dec 15, 2011

My 'workspace' is a sofa and a laptop.

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neilmac
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Normal Dec 15, 2011

It's what I call an "office chair". Black, adjustable height and backrest, swivel type and sits in front of my PC. Most of these nowadays claim to be somehow "ergonomic", which I take with a substantial pinch of salt. My previous one has rollers, and I now use it to trundle, dalek fashion, between TV and fireplace of an evening.

I heard good things about "Hara" chairs, but they were a tad too expensive for me when I looked and my current, reasonably economical chair seems to do its job well enough for now.


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xxxInterlangue
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Ditto Dec 15, 2011


neilmac wrote:

It's what I call an "office chair". Black, adjustable height and backrest, swivel type and sits in front of my PC. Most of these nowadays claim to be somehow "ergonomic", which I take with a substantial pinch of salt.


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Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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Define terms Dec 15, 2011

Could the staff member who started this poll please explain the terms used?

By a "traditional" chair, do you mean a swivel-seat chair of the type usually known as a typist's chair, or just any old general purpose chair you may have around the house?

An "ergonomic" chair is presumably one advertised as such, but other good chairs may be just as ergonomic without bosting about it.

What is a ball chair?

What is a swopper chair?

This is the most incomprehensible poll question I have ever seen.


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Ian Jones  Identity Verified
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find out Dec 15, 2011


Jack Doughty wrote:

Could the staff member who started this poll please explain the terms used?


Use your translator's skills and find out


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Rolf Kern  Identity Verified
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Other Dec 15, 2011

I use an expensive office chair.

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Marlene Blanshay  Identity Verified
Canada
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no chair Dec 15, 2011

i used to have the swivel chair and desk (still have them) but use the sofa and laptop.

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Charlie Bavington  Identity Verified
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Sponsored poll? Dec 15, 2011


Jack Doughty wrote:

What is a swopper chair?



The world's gone mad, Jack. That "swopper" needs to be capitalised; it's a brand name. They appear to be stools, essentially. A stool which, to you sir, will be a mere 500 quid. Ker-ching!

Seems a fairly specific "type of chair" to be mentioned on a website where half the members seem to regularly complain about being unable to afford much more useful items costing under half that, but what do I know?

To balance things out, mine is a bog standard office chair (swivels, rolls, and keeps my arse off the floor, the latter being the prime function of a chair AFAIAC) I got from Ikea ages ago for about 80 notes, IIRC.


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Odile Stuart  Identity Verified
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Agree Dec 15, 2011

Agree with Charlie. Swopper??? Swap my chair for one of these maybe. Good day to all, most translators are heroes to keep going on such low pays as regularly offered. Yesterday I noticed in the ProZ job posting that indicating the Rate (implying the LOWEST possible one) was essential in the selection of candidates. Quality & Respect first please. I know... I am digressing.

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Gilla Evans  Identity Verified
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obscure terms and ergonomics Dec 15, 2011

I too am puzzled by the chair names used in this poll. I know I can look them up, but I am clearly not alone in never having heard of most of them.

The definition of 'ergonomic' is often down to manufacturer's claims. The ergonomics of any particular chair often depend on the way you set it up, such as the height of the the seat above the ground so that your feet are flat on the floor, the angle of your arms in relation to the keyboard, and the angle of sight in relation to your screen. So any adjustable office chair can be adapted to a good ergonomic position.

I used to use a kneeling chair which is supposed to stop you slumping over your keyboard, but I still managed to slump. And it hurt my knees!


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Filipa Plant dos Santos  Identity Verified
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Hurray! Dec 15, 2011

This forum has made my day!

The poll IS completely nonsensical (but I like and appreciate it anyway).

And the answer is ...... 42!


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Samantha Payn  Identity Verified
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Kneeling chair Dec 15, 2011

I replied ergonomic because I have one of those chairs/stools that you sit/kneel on (sometimes referred to as a back chair).
They can cost a lot of money - but I got mine in the local charity shop for £10.


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Magdalena Wysmyk  Identity Verified
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A very affordable kneeling chair Dec 15, 2011

I also use a kneeling chair. From time to time, however, I move to a sofa and work lying down with lots of pillows under my back and neck.

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