Recently I was over at a friend’s new office. As expected, the office had fresh paint, carpet, and new furniture. Only there was a common, and serious, furniture mistake: nice desks and cheap chairs. Wrong. Chairs should be nice and desks should be cheap.
Whether it’s an old door turned into a desk (Amazon.com style) or something simple from IKEA, as long as the desk is sturdy, that’s all that matters (yes, Geek Desks are cool). Desks should be cheap and sturdy, nothing more. Now, on the other hand, chairs should be nice. Sitting on something for hours on end really affects productivity. Lumbar support, backs independent of the base (so you don’t lean back and have the bottom of the chair go with you), and adjustable arm rest heights are key. Used Herman Miller Aerons and Knoll Generation chairs come to mind in the ~$500 range (new are much more expensive).
Entrepreneurs would do well to invest in nice chairs and save money with cheap desks.
What else? What are some more thoughts on nice chairs and cheap desks for startups?