The Pod - a Hacker's Chair




Never comfortable for long periods of software development in a normal office chair I decided to modify a gaming chair.

All I've done is to replace the short plastic arms of an X rocker Jet gaming chair with much longer wooden arms.

The chair is made by and has built in sound system too, but I hardly ever use that.

One of the photos contains details of the measurements that have worked for me with this particular chair. (A high-resolution photo is available from .)

I have found that it is comfortable for long periods of work. I've used a cushion for a little extra back support, and its also quite good to put the feet up on a stool for even more laid back development.

Its a little bit of effort to get out of, because you're low on the floor and the shelf has to be picked up and then you must stand without putting too much weight on the long arms.

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    4 years ago on Introduction

    - Neat idea - I need to make something similar - plan on a 'sling' chair (zero gravity) with monitor support - and / or add-on to my recliner (where I basically live now) - this is primarily for reading eBooks and similar to some extent. But lifting my arm so often for page turning is out of the question - so a wireless mouse / graphics tablet is required.

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Three years on and I am still using this chair on an almost daily basis with no further modifications to the original design. I know when I get in the chair that I am likely to be there for an hour or more doing some work - so when I get in I know I am committing myself to that. Best of luck everyone with your own ideas or variations.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I've been using something very similar put together with a "gravity chair" for my desktop 'puter. The monitor's on a swing-arm from a custom-made mount that's cantilevered to hold it, it just swings away. The mousepad's just strapped to the right armwrest. And I've always been comfortable typing with a keyboard in my no mod needed there.
    Been using this setup for years now.


    i own a couple of these chairs and i am very inspired by the modifications you have done here well done


    7 years ago on Introduction

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    7 years ago on Introduction

    Those chairs are very comfortable even for long periods but the only way I can get up is to turn around and get on my knees then find a climbing support or helping hand. Glad it works for you, thank you for sharing


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Only about an hour now (9 months old) - despite the four hours claimed. When new it did last for about 2 hours. I can get longer if I turn the screen brightness down, but then I can't see the screen!