My Best Upgrade All Year – My Chair

Hey there!

In the last year, I’ve made a couple of upgrades to my studio space. And the one I think was most valuable might surprise you.

My most satisfying studio upgrade for the whole year was my…chair. And it was so awesome, I just added this slide to my January class on Mastering Home VO Gear to recommend it.


(Click on the picture to see the slide full-size.)

I actually owned the chair to the left (it’s a Steelcase Gesture, and it retails at $1495), but eventually, parts of it squeaked, and couldn’t be silenced for long.

That meant more retakes and pickups.

So, I looked around for a chair that simply can’t squeak. That means a quieter studio space, and, surprisingly, just as comfy (add a $7 plush seat cushion for extra comfy-ness).

The chair I got (and love) is a one-piece aluminum chair from Alston Quality, available on Amazon, for about $80. It varies in price up to $150.

Hope this helps.


3 Responses to My Best Upgrade All Year – My Chair

  1. Suzan Lorraine December 28, 2015 at 11:26 am #

    Oh yeah, the chair is a major issue when we sit so much. Got one a couple of years ago at Relax the Back that has at least a dozen controls on it so I can change things up now and then. It’s a major ergonomic upgrade from my last chair – in price as well as support and comfort – and well worth the $900. I figure if I amortize it over 10 years, that’s $90/year and I’m writing it off as part of my home office. Good chair, microphone in correct position, etc. – all good for a fabulous 2016!

  2. Jim December 28, 2015 at 5:19 pm #

    David, I bought a director’s chair on sale at Pier 1 Imports. Comfy and quiet.

  3. Marlon December 29, 2015 at 3:22 pm #

    If anyone wants a seat cushion sewn, make a paper outline of the shape and come on over. My 1964 Singer sewing machine and I can help.

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