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For as much time as most people spend in their desk chairs, I’m always surprised when someone purchases an uncomfortable one. If you work a 40-hour week, 50 weeks a year, you’re looking at roughly 2,000 hours each year of use from this piece of furniture. That’s a lot of time to sit in something that isn’t super comfortable.
I needed a new office chair for the home office, and opted to try the Staples® Sonada Bonded Leather Managers Chair in black. Some of you may not know this, but Staples offers a wide variety of office chairs under their own brand. The Staples Sonada Bonded Leather Managers Chair is $249, and at this value, looks (and feels) much more expensive than the price. And, after a number of weeks of use, I can say that I’m very happy with this choice.
I’ll admit the most shallow thing first: I feel like a super villain when I’m doing work now. It’s as if I’m Ernst Stavro Blofeld, Dr. Evil, or Dr. Claw. My cat has so far refused to sit in my lap while I work, but one day it will happen and my imaginary alter-ego will be fully realized.
More seriously: The chair is faux leather, which I actually prefer because it cleans really easily. I’ve spilled coffee on it twice already, and unlike my previous fabric covered chair, the coffee didn’t leave a stain or mark of any kind.
The chair is also the epitome of comfort. It’s like going to work and sitting on a pillow. The company says it’s good for up to 10 hours a day of use, and I buy that. You shouldn’t be sitting for any longer than that anyway.
You can adjust the lumbar, seat height, and tilt of the back (you can lean back and tap your fingers together when you’re thinking, if that is something you like to do). My son likes to sit in it and read, while spinning himself around in circles. Such a thing would make me dizzy, but he says it’s very smooth as it goes around and around. It’s also on casters, so you can scoot around your office if necessary.
One thing you may want to consider with this chair: It only comes with fixed arms. I haven’t wanted to adjust the arms, but if that is something you really want then you might look at the chairs they have with adjustable arms, and Staples offers several options. Check out the Staples Bonley Mesh Chair (which comes in GREEN!!) if arm adjustability is your thing. Another thing you may want to consider if you are under 5’4″ — your feet might not touch the floor if you sit all the way back in the seat (it’s 23.9″ deep). My friend who isn’t a giant like me says this is standard, though, so you may not even notice. Staples Vexa Mesh Chair has a smaller seat depth, so give it a test drive instead.
Conclusion: I really like the Sonada Bonded Leather Managers Chair. It is by far the most comfortable chair I’ve had at my desk and my repetitive stress injury isn’t acting up with its use, so I see no reason to use anything else.