I’m not a rich man, and when my handed down purple office chair broke, I begrudgingly went to Ikea to have a look. Thankfully my birthday was near, so I ended up getting a cream office chair as a present. Lucky me, I thought. Then Quersus delivered a £300 chair and I felt guilty, because such luxury is not for the likes of me, I was sure.
Ultimately, look, it’s a chair. It’s one of those chairs that YouTubers use (and indeed, for an optional £25 extra, you can get it monogrammed with your name). You know the ones. It kind of looks like a racing car chair, with posh looking angles and a cushion (optional, in this case) for your head to rest upon. Here, it’s a velcro strap that pops the headrest into place, if you want it.
It took less than an hour to put together, with clear laminated (ooh!) instructions, and even the screws are in a posh looking piece of plastic. Everything just weighs a ton, too. Indeed, this is a heavy duty chair. It took two men to deliver it (the box is 30kg), and although it goes together as easily as any other chair you’ve ever bought, it looks damn fine and feels well made. This comes from the fact it’s mostly metal, welded frames, though doesn’t look it. It’s firm, too, and has a lumbar adjustment knob that means you can tailor it to what state your back is in. As a man with a knackered back, I can tell you this is a godsend.
Elsewhere, the armrests can (as you’d expect) go up and down, but also turn inward or outward, to really let you dial in how comfortable you want to get. We all sit differently, so it’s a nice thought that it’s so customisable in that respect. The levers that let you put the chair into a leaning back position are set so that you don’t suddenly fall backwards. All the buttons and levels feel solid, too, and let you set the seat back if you so choose. To bring it back up from a locked position, you have to push the level forward and it’ll let you sort of “click” the backrest out of lock and come forward, or recline further.
The firmness also comes into play in the actual seat and back cushions. Where often office chairs degrade over time, just because of the fact they’re sponge-based, there’s a toughness here that, initially makes your wonder if your bottom is going to cope, but after spending hours working in it, the comfort is evident.
I’m not going to sit here and tell you that £329 is a bargain for a chair, but I am going to say this is a comfortable chair to spend hours working and gaming in. The lumbar support is excellent, and it genuinely feels incredibly well made. The weight alone suggests this thing will last, it feels ergonomic and I never knew I wanted a headrest until I had one. The price is high, but so is the quality, and ultimately, we all learn one way or another that you get what you pay for in life, and look, I guess if you’re going to spend hours every day at a desk, you should consider treating yourself.