I just got done tearing apart one of my Haworth home office task chairs in hopes that I could transfer the gas lift spring to my other office chair. It has lived in at least 3 offices that I am aware of and has seen hard cubicle farm duty since it was manufactured in 2000 as a seating device, ladder, dolly, and step stool.
This chair gave 20 years of service. I estimate at least 8+ hours a day, 5 days a week. Yet it still has almost pristine upholstery, a solid cushion, strong counter-springs, and a good gas shock. The only things I don’t like about it are the plastic elbow rests and a lumbar tilt that I never really cared for that has gotten finicky.
As I disassembled the chair I really began to notice the quality of the build. No expense was spared in providing a massively thick steel frame and unfortunately a welded gas shock! So no way to pull this apart and swap out the shock.
Anyways…kudos to whoever bought this. As best I can figure 8 hours a day equals ~8 to ten 1 hour sitting sessions per day x 5 days a week is 50 sits per week times 52 weeks a year x 20 years comes out to 52,000 1 hour sitting sessions. Haworth comes in on the high end these days at ~$500 per office chair. That comes out to $.0096 CPS (my made up acronym for “Cents Per Sit”.)
Conversely, my ~$150 office chair from office max was never comfortable and lasted 3 years before I couldn’t even look at it anymore. 50 sits per week x 3 years only came out to 7800 uncomfortable “sits” of useful life at about .019 CPS. Roughly 200% more expensive in terms of cost per use.
My last thought on the matter….
An office property manager gave me this chair free during an office move. I would have never spent $500 on a task chair.
Having bought several home office chairs that never felt comfortable at all with prices usually between $100 and $200 that seemed to self destruct within a few years, it’s not that quality could not be found, it’s just that I didn’t have the long term view to look at the more expensive models at twice the price that would have lasted a full decade and a half more.
https://www.haworth.com/home is still making great albeit expensive office furniture today.