I’ve been researching a new editing chair, here are my notes

After many years and many different chairs I’ve decided it’s time to get a good one.

With all the rage in standing desks, standing things (and standing in general) the importance of a good editing chair may have been forgotten. One of my biggest regrets when I started my career many years ago is that I didn’t spend the $1000 (give or take a few hundred) on a high end chair. It would have been money well spent as I would probably still be sitting in that chair today (when I wasn’t standing). I’ve decided it’s finally time to get a good chair. A real chair. As I’m looking at options I made a list. I thought why not put that list online for others to see.

I moved into a new office space late last year and have finally gotten around to getting it set up after coming off a longform job. It feels like now is the time to invest in a good chair. There was a post on the Avid Editors of Facebook group recently that was asking for good edit chair suggestions so I began saving those links. It’s just as easy for me to save them here so I’ll keep updating this post as I find new chairs of note. If you have any of your own please note them in the comments below.

By all means we want to avoid this:


Day 2. Worst edit chair ever.

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The first and obvious choice would be the Herman Miller Aeron chair. I have probably sat in hundreds of these things over the years as many edit suites have them. I’ve always loved the ones I’ve used but there are many that do not.

What I’ve enjoyed about the many Aerons that I’ve sat in is they are very adjustable and I’ve always been able to find a good comfort level. Plus the breathable, mesh design of both the seat and back mean they never get hot and sweaty. The same can’t be said for many other designs. The Aeron isn’t cheap as it’s starting a bit north of $700 from the Herman Miller store. I’ve heard of people finding them for quite a bit less on Craigslist or at an office sale.

Another Herman Miller choice is the Mirra. I’ve never sat in one of those but I know those that have and do. It’s a bit cheaper than the Aeron as it starts at $669 on the Herman Miller store.

While researching the Mirra chair I found a number of articles and discussion threads about the Aeron vs the Mirra.

Yet another option in the Herman Miller line is the Celle. It’s sitting around the $500 mark minus arms.

Add to the Herman Miller line the Embody chair (it’s up there over $1200) and there are a LOT of choices from the Herman Miller folks. There’s even some nice comparions of them out there.

IKEA is a name many know well and the MARKUS is a name that popped up several times. As with most things IKEA the price is right at under $200 but as often the case with IKEA too it really needs to be seen and sat in live and in person as the experience might not be worth it. Here’s one review.


The Swopper was a name that popped up a couple of times and is worth a look if you’ve never heard of it. It’s almost like a saddle or a stool instead of a chair but has lots of accessories that makes it more into a chair. The Swopper cost is up in Aeron chair territory. Due to the cost I won’t be getting one but as one who stands a lot of the time the design is intriguing.

 hag capiso

The HAG Capisco Chair is another unique design and the Ergo Depot page for this chair says “I am so not an Aeron chair.” It looks very unique but at over $800 it isn’t cheap. I’m begnning to notice a pattern here. I’ve seen that you can also turn this chair around and sit in it backwards.


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This chair is the Zody Task. It’s nice looking and starts at around $750.


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The Freedom Task chair looks nice but doesn’t look very breathable so I don’t think it would be on my list. It starts just under $1000. Humanscale has quite a nice line of chairs but they are pricey.


Ergohuman has several chairs that begin in the $600 range. They look to have a very breathable design with a lot of adjustment option. I’m going to keep on eye on this one. Their Apollo line starts under $300 but don’t look nearly as nice.

One comment on the Avid chair discussion thread mentioned loving a good Tempur-Pedic office chair. And Staples has them. They look to me like your run-of-the-mill just a step above crappy office chair so I think I’ll avoid those.

What about a gaming chair? Gamers sit for very long periods of time. That might be worth looking into.


When it comes to sitting remember that there is growing evidance that sitting all day is bad for your health. Our friends at Fitness In Post is all over this topic so read, listen and follow Zack if you want tips and motivation to stay heathy in this profession.




Here’s some other options that came in via Twitter:


Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons was born in rural West Tennessee and didn’t really realize that movies and tv had to be made by actual people until he went to college. After getting degrees in both Television Production and Graphic Design he was in one of the early graduating classes at the Watkins Film School in Nashville, Tennessee. During that time at Watkins he discovered editing. While most of his classmates in film school wanted to be directors, Scott saw real career opportunities in post production and took a job as an assistant editor after completing film school. In 1999, Scott took the leap into freelancing and in 2007 accepted a position as an editor at Filmworkers – Nashville. In 2005 Scott created The Editblog a website dedicated to all things editing and post-production which is now housed here at PVC. Someday he hopes to edit on a beach with a touch screen device, a wireless hard drive and a Red Stripe.