The New Chair Arrives

I wrote last week about my need to purchase a new office chair, and lo and behold, as if by magic (and by “magic” I mean “by means of ordering it online and paying for it to be delivered by the retailer”), it has arrived at the house and is ensconced at my desk. It is indeed a Steelcase Leap chair, and it is indeed reasonably comfortable, although it is also clear to me that a chair with so many potential adjustments requires actual adjusting before I am completely comfortable with it. So I expect to be fiddling with it for the next few days to get it just exactly how I want it.

I am taking a picture of it now, not only to commemorate the momentous occasion of its arrival, but also because this will be the very last time in its history that there will be no cat hair anywhere on it. Please enjoy its pristine state with me, while it lasts, which won’t be long at all.

By John Scalzi

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28 replies on “The New Chair Arrives”

If I may recommend, you might wish to check out some videos for getting the chair set up correctly, to maximize comfort and minimize stress, discomfort, and so on. My former employer, before my retirement, actually had staff whose job it was (among other things) to come to employee workstations (desks at which they sat all day doing computer stuff) to adjust the desk height, monitor height, and all aspects of the chair. The point, from the employer’s point of view, was to minimize workers’ compensation injuries (which is to say, workers’ comp claims), but of course it was good for the employee, too.

Cat hair, sure…just ignore the human dander that will be ever on your chair as soon as a waft of air and an electric field cross gravitons with the effluent of your sorry carcass.

Cats, nothing.

Steelcase, thanks for contributing to the West Michigan economy where I live. They make a good product. Good luck sitting in it after the cats discover how comfortable it is.

For an additional 50 bucks or so, you can get rollerblade casters. Less likely to scratch the floor and you can have Kristen pull you down the road behind her tractor.

Work remodeled a few years ago. I got a Leap as part of that along with a height adjustable desk. It took about ten minutes to get the desk height correct.

I was still adjusting things on the chair months later. I finally found the right settings and haven’t changed anything for years.


Solid choice. We’ve got one in the office for my wife (who’s also my office manager), and I may just get one for my desk. Less impressive looking than my Big Lawyer Chair, but damned comfortable.

I recently bought a Steelcase Gesture, which is quite similar to your Leap, and I couldn’t be happier with it, despite the eye-popping price. I think you will find it well worth your time and money — after all, it will probably be your second most used piece of furniture for the next 10-20 years.

I am surprised that unlike my previous leather chair, my two cats, Buffy and Waffles, have not found the Gesture at all interesting for claw-sharpening. I’m hopeful Smudge, Sugar, Spice, and Zeus treat your chair with similar disdain.

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