Aeron Chair’s Size and Customization
The Aeron Chairs sold in the Mass Order are all fully loaded.
Meaning they come with the following features:
- Height Adjustment.
- Recline Limiter.
- Forward Tilt.
- Adjustable arms
- With Classic Carbon Mesh
The following may be different and can be customised.
- Graphite Cast Aluminium frame or Polished Aluminium frame.
- Posture fit or Lumbar pad back support.
- Vinyl or leather arm pads (Leather is only for polished aluminium frame models).
- Hard or standard hard castors.
- 3rd party fully adjustable head rest from Engineered one(USA).
We are no longer ordering the basic models as they don’t have the features that make benefit users.
If you want a straight answer what are the upgrades we recommend:
It’s the headrest.
The rest are up to preference.
The information below is for the Classic Aerons only. The remastered version may have slight differences.
Graphite Cast Iron frame or Polished Aluminium Frame
Cast aluminium is very tough, the colour is powder coated and scratches may be more visible.
Polished aluminium is also strong; scratches are not as visible.
Posture fit or Lumbar Pad back support
Posture fit has a knob to control the depth of support required. It’s fixed so that it won’t get out of position.
The cushion is softer, more comfortable and supports the back via the low back muscles rather than a hard piece pushing against the spine like the lumbar pad.
Posture fit cost $100 with the chair.
Lumbar pad has only two depth of support; it’s stiffer.
Do note that we have a lot of feedbacks complain that the Lumbar pad gets easily pushed out of position and miss the correct spot to support.
It cost $85 with the chair.
Vinyl or leather arm pads
The leather arm pads are only available for models with the polished aluminium frame.
With or without arm?
It really depends, some users prefer to sit close to the desk and prefer the chair not to have any arms.
Hard or BB Carpet Casters
Casters are the wheels of the chairs.
Standard BB casters are for carpet , they are hard wheels with no additional protection coating.
Hard floor casters are with a softer polyurethane coating on the wheels which increase the amount of traction, to keep the chair from gliding away easily. The coating also reduces noises during rolling and reduce the chance of scratching.
The hard casters that we have are German-made from the same OEM factory as the original that are more durable and more stable in its quality. It can be used on carpet too. They come with roll away resistance, a subtle braking system that keeps your chair from rolling too far away when not in use. They are also with the latest noiseless roll technology, which greatly reduce the amount sound from vibration when rolling.
It is important for the user to keep the casters away from aggressive liquid detergent and keep the wheels from direct sunlight. The habit of stepping on the wheels may result in disintegration.
Do note that hard casters breaking down within 5 years due to poor compatibility with the flooring, will be replaced with standard BB casters.
3rd party fully adjustable head rest from Engineered One(USA).
Many people were asking for something to rest the head to enable lean back for taking naps, or simply to rest their head after a long day.
Some users have been too used to bad posture, which had already moulded on them. Or have weak muscles supporting the head at the correct angle, may feel neck aches on ergonomic chairs.
The Engineered Now Aeron Headrest is the missing item to give the support all the way to the neck
This is the most recommended upgrade we advise users to adopt
There’re only a few makers for headrest in the market. After ordering, getting feedback and trying. It’s quite easy to know that the best headrest comes from the company call Engineered Now from the USA.
Key advantages of them over the other makers are:
- Patented design for real fully adjustment
- Angles can be tilted to any degrees.
- Much flexibility in extending to most height and depth.
- Able to lock positions.
- Most importantly, other makers have a problem with locking in the depth. Headrests getting abruptly knocked back by pressure and gets out of position.
There are two versions.
HR04 is 20% larger and can be adjusted taller
- With the mesh it’s breathable to regulate temperature
- Fully adjustable with better manoeuvrability. Height, Depth & Tilt Control
- Better flexibility on the mesh to facilitate contouring.
- Not as scratch visible on the mesh
We have tried many options and conclude that the Engineered One headrest is the best choice which certainly guarantees Aeron as the best chair in the world.
It empties every gap from your entire spine up to your neck developing the perfect support.
To support the head, the right place to support is the neck. Else if the cushion pushes the head, it will form the forward head posture
As it’s adjustable, you can tune the right angle to fit the position of your neck, as well how much support is necessary.
It fits so snugly until you can’t move much out of your correct posture.
We highly recommend this upgrade above all the other upgrades.
Price will be cheaper if it’s sold with a chair together.
The HR03 and HR04 are designed for the classic Aeron chairs and the weave is slightly different for the remastered. It can fit onto the remastered and serve its purpose, but the weave pattern will look slightly different.
Original version versus remastered version of Aeron Chair.
The original classic version had been around since 1994, forged by designers Bill Stumpf and Don Chadwick. Bill Stumpf was working with specialists in orthopaedic and vascular medicine, conducted extensive research into ergonomics, specifically in the way people sit. In short, he was the master designer of the ergonomics in the Aeron chair. Unfortunately, Bill Stumpf deceased in 2006.
In 2016, a new version had been released by industrial designer Don Chadwick alone.
The features and function of the Aeron chair remain the same, except the gearbox has a design change, knobs are shifted to the front. The fabric has a slight change in design for a sustainable resource. The posture fit is now adjusted from the back instead of from the side with a new design, the support is a little more subtle. This may raise some concern if it will be as good as the one Bill Stumpf designed.
All in all, there won’t be a remarkable difference.
The old design had been a classic, and is well known to be extremely durable and comfortable.