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Office Chair vs. Wheelchair – Part 1

Posted 2009.09.26 13.03 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

Here on Planet Stephanie, office chairs are an important part of everyday furniture – even in the household. Office chairs allow one to roll back and forth from the desk to the cupboard, or from one side of the desk to the other. They’re the right height for working at the desk. The desk being another very important part of home furnishings – the most important, almost. (A good Sofa of Relaxation is also crucial.)

Unfortunately, the main benefit of the office chair, is also its biggest problem. The wheels.

They are made of this hard, unforgiving plastic. Probably ABS. On carpet, they crush the carpet fibres down, and on floor, they grind the top surface away. Even on a cement floor, those hard plastic wheels eventually crush and break up the top layer of cement, resulting in dust and a damaged floor.

Ok, yes, you can buy these floor / carpet protectors. We’re aware of them. They do not work. The carpet ones have all these nubbly bits that anchor them to the carpet. These eventually drill holes in your carpet, and merely slow the overall crushing of the rest of the surface. Plus they make it hard to wheel around, which is the main point of the office chair in the first place. The floor protectors don’t have nubbly bits but they also don’t do a damn thing to protect the floor. Worse, they can accellerate the damage should something get underneath the ‘protector’.

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Office Chair vs. Wheelchair – Part 2

Posted 2009.09.25 20.11 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

So, comparing the office chair to the wheelchair, in actual practical use. There are some pros and cons to both, and so far, there’s no clear winner.

Office chair pros:
Can move sideways
Easy to adjust the height
Office chair cons:
Hard plastic wheels damage floor
Mostly plastic construction
Wheelchair pros:
Rubber wheels (less/no floor damage)
Sturdy metal construction
Wheelchair cons:
Cannot go sideways!
No obvious way to alter height

Wheel Chair
They are both about tied when it comes to comfort, as well. The office chair is generally not-terribly-comfortable overall, in any level of slouch. The wheelchair is a comfort-winner when you sit in certain positions, but then in other positions there are sharp hard metal poking bits jabbing into my legs, or shoulders, depending on the amount of slouching. I could probably grind down the poking bits or cover them with some soft foam, and may end up doing that at some point.

Also, despite being made out of metal (steel?) tubing, the wheelchair seems much less customizable than I had initially thought. I guess due to the compactness or foldingability, but all the structural parts are arranged such that if I bolt things on, they’ll end up jabbing me in the arms or legs. So, for the moment at least, no ChairCam and no drink holder. I suppose if I wanted to permanently disable the foldingability then I could bolt things across the back of the chair, and maybe add some storage compartments to the underside.

Anyhow, stay tuned, parts 1 and 3 will be coming later.