Omg so I thought it was going to be shorter but you are correct. I’m going to have to get OFM Core Collection Stool Drafting Kit, 19" Diameter Foot Ring, 9" and 12" Extenders, Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001770K2I/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_9S8Q6JHKTHSG171CE3K5?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
I actually got lucky and found mine at Goodwill. It was $20. It's not very pretty or high quality but it gets the job done. This one looks to be the highest rated on Amazon.
I got one of these from Amazon because my work provided me with one of these, and they are surprisingly comfortable. Definitely worth the extra $120 tbh.
I use this Euro Style bungie cord type of chair: https://www.amazon.com/Style-Bungie-Adjustable-Bungies-Graphite/dp/B001OW7JW0/ref=sr_1_7?dchild=1&keywords=bungee+cord+chair&qid=1630904675&sr=8-7
I got it for $12 from a Thrift Store years ago and it's still absolutely the most comfy office chair I've ever sat in. Good elbow and arm support, can be adjusted high or low enough for your average sized or taller folks, excellent bottom support, and excellent back support due to the high back. I particularly love that the chair is breathable, no real accumulation of sweat. I've done 12-14 hour days recording YouTube videos in this chair easy and I've never had knee, back, or bottom soreness like I do with mesh or leather chairs.
Ergonomic office chair with foot rest
When I look at this chair, it addresses a lot of the points I mentioned in my previous comment
Unfortunately I am in the same boat. My chair currently is not tall enough. However I am going to order this to make it high enough.
OFM Core Collection Stool Drafting Kit, 19" Diameter Foot Ring, 9" and 12" Extenders, Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001770K2I/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_ECY356764R2FBEDQP6WC?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Thinking of putting this on and getting the 3 inch wheels. I already have a foot rest and a cushion. Other than that I’ll just have to get a new chair. The risers are 4 inches!! But I do love the look of.
OFM Core Collection Stool Drafting Kit, 19" Diameter Foot Ring, 9" and 12" Extenders, Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001770K2I/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_C4A6V4MDT77N8XYCE741?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
It sure yet but thinking of putting these on in the meantime.
Don't waste your money on a standing desk. I bought one and found that the 30-60 seconds waiting for the desk to up or down took me out of my flow state.
Instead, here is a cheaper/better solution that works for me.
I got a tall desk (at a comfortable height to work when standing) and then got a drafting chair extension kit ($40 at Amazon - Amazon.com: OFM Core Collection Stool Drafting Kit, 19" Diameter Foot Ring, 9" and 12" Extenders, Black: Furniture & Decor ) and added it to my existing office chair so I could work comfortably at my new tall desk. You can buy height adjustable desks at Ikea or Amazon (many are hand crank adjustable) for a lot less than the motorized sit/stand desk.
So now, when I want to stand, I simple hoop off my chair, keep working and stay in the flow state.
When I want to sit I just sit on the chair and keep working.
It works perfectly for me.
Might work for you.
About a year ago I had L5-S1 herniation out to the side and into the nerve area that caused a lot of nerve pain in my back and hip and numbness in my leg.
I tried PT for a few months but I found that just aggravated the nerves, so I ended up getting a steroid injection and that worked really well.
Over the last year there have been small flare-ups but I've been able to keep them at bay with light stretches, anti-inflammatories, and rest.
The thing that's helped the most (since I sit a lot too) is changing my chair. Sitting too long seems to be the biggest thing that aggravates the issue, and I've switched to a kneeling chair like this, which takes ALL the pressure off my lower back.
My roomie ordered 2 from Amazon so I’m not sure the exact brand but I think it was this :
BTEXPERT BTExpert Swivel Mid Back Armless Ribbed Designer Task Chair Leather Soft Upholstery Office Chair - White https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072JJ244Q/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_MdDNEb256MBBG
Currently unavailable but it might come in stock again. It cost around $50 or $75 if I remember correctly. I like it!!! It’s comfy and cute for me
Amazon has a plethora.
Put in "Big & Tall Office Chair", then shop by weight capacity (generally speaking, the more weight capacity, the wider the seat, and the tougher the components).
I just picked this one up due to apocalypse full-time WFH, and it's very comfortable (400lb capacity):
It's an older office chair from Poly&Bark but can still be purchased through Amazon.
Here is the link. It is very sturdy and comfortable but I mostly bought it for aesthetic. It is much bigger than I thought it would be so that's also a plus. The wheels on this chair aren't the best but I'm not too nit picky on that. Overall, solid chair.
OFM Drafting Kit for Computer Task Chairs, Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001770K2I/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_lavDDbTMVWDBQ
This is what I used cause I have short legs and didnt want them dangling. Bit more than I remembered but still decent.
I've just bought this chair and it is very comfortable, I did put different casters on it though. It seems even the expensive chairs come with those crappy plastic wheels.
This chair is the one I've been using for a few months now. I like it because it's full mesh on both the bottom and the backrest. I prefer having mesh over leather because it keeps me cooler on hot days, instead of getting all sweaty and stuck to a leather chair.
To answer the original question, 'gaming' chairs are overpriced and a terrible value for what is essentially sitting in a brand-name leather-coated pillow. They're form over function, when a chair should be function over form.
I've been using knee chairs for a while now and it's helped my back .
This one to be exact.
Also got a standing desk for when i'm just tired of sitting.
https://www.amazon.com/Style-Bungie-Adjustable-Bungies-Graphite/dp/B001OW7JW0 I found this chair at someone's curb. Picked it up. Can't believe they didn't want it. Works perfect.
I have a GameTopper, and used to have basic IKEA dining chairs around it (Henriksdal), but a common complaint was sitting too low at the table (the GameTopper adds a couple inches of height to the table).
I'm thinking of getting some adjustable height task chairs next, I found some on Amazon for $60 each that don't look officey. Not sure how it's going to go but here's hoping!
Edit: These: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072JJ244Q