Since I did the office/studio furniture shuffle in February, I’ve been sitting on makeshift desk chairs. At first, it was a Fench cane chair that worked pretty well, even if it wasn’t the best height or the most comfortable. But, I could slowly feel the cane seat loosening and it finally punched through (which was awesome for my self-esteem.) So, in a pinch, I pulled in a dining chair. It worked fine, but I noticed my back would be aching after a long day at the computer. I needed a proper desk chair for my studio desk.
I looked for months, but I just wasn’t finding what I wanted. I had to be comfortable, not ridiculously expensive, and I didn’t want it to look like something from the set of Star Trek. I wanted it to be adjustable, have arms, and the ability to rock.
Let me tell you…I looked high and low, hoping to find a real leather desk chair that looked feminine and I didn’t find what I wanted at any price point. I combed Craigslist, I looked at secondhand stores. I looked in all of my usual go-to places on line. Nothing I was truly in love with. If I can’t find one I love at any price, I’m just going to go as cheap as I can without buying a total piece of garbage. I ordered this desk chair in white for $100.
It had a nice shape, didn’t look like it was from the space-age, had decent reviews, and also had all of the functions I was looking for. Well, it’s not the most comfortable office chair on the globe, but it is comfortable, especially with the addition of a pillow.
My plan is to make a slipcover for it out of the same vintage checked fabric on my guest chair in the studio. It’ll make it look more “me” and I can add some extra padding under the slipcover on the seat and/or back if I feel I need it.
I have too many other things on my plate at the moment to try to get it done before I left for Europe, but I hope to get to it this fall.
And, speaking of desks, I ended up having to ban my computer from this desk. Well, most of the time. I love being in the studio, so I found myself working in here more and more. I figured that would be a good thing, but I realized my computer was a constant distraction when I was doing creative work. I’d hear my e-mail notification or I would sneak over to check on something and that would turn into a 30-minute rabbit hole that ate into painting, writing on actual paper, or design work.
Unless I’m filming a live video, recording a podcast, or Jeff needs to work in the office, my computer needs to stay in the office and, more importantly, out of my studio.
The computer ban ended up being a good thing because the work surface and desk storage in my office is so much better.
I can be more organized and I’m not surrounded by stacks of folders and books. I can keep my work stuff in the office and my creative stuff in the studio.