One does not need to spend a fortune on a chair for it to be the most comfortable thing they have ever sat on.
I live in this chair. Not just when programming, but when watching tv, reading, doing my nails, etc.
People in my house fight over this chair...it's the most comfy one we have.
I used to have a long history of bad back problems before I got this chair. I think this chair fixed them.
My father came to my house one day back in 1998, to do a little work on my pc. He made the comment, when seeing my chair, that I should buy a new one...then he sat in it and changed his mind, kind of. Offered to trade me his brand new expensive leather chair for mine.
NO WAY! I already have a chair like that and hate it....gave it to my daughter for the desk in her room since it matches her leather sofa quite well.
This chair is now quite old, and was kind of old but in almost new condition when I acquired it. A neighbor of mine threw it away along with a desk. (My wasteful neighbors always seem to throw away great stuff.)
It's wide enough to sit with your feet up on the seat...which is probably why it's all lopsided now.
I plan on re-upholstering it, eventually...probably in stone washed blue demin and flannel, to match the decor of the room better and add extra padding to the seat too.
Since my cat seems to love the chair, too, the re-upholstering will have to wait till I can break him of his clawing habit. So for now I'll just keep buying rolls of duct tape to hold it together.
I wouldn't trade this chair for anything.