It’s CHAIR WEEK here at Corn Nation as we get ready to fight for the greatest rivalry trophy (if you have a trophy for it, then it’s a RIVALRY god damnit!) in all of college sports: the $5 bits of broken chair trophy! Damn you Delany, on the way out, make sure we make it the officially official trophy the athletic departments are forced to recognize as the award for rowing the farthest[TM] when the Gophers and Huskers play. Anyways, with the trophy game looming between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Nebraska Cornhuskers this Saturday night, we bring you my in-depth look at the different kinds of chairs in the world and rank them based on the worst to best kind of ergonomical, butt down, back still vertical resting devices out there.
14. The Bubble Chair
These things seem super uncomfortable and look really dumb. The only positive thing I have to say about them is this is basically what Agent J had in Men In Black that he took the written exam in, and that scene was hilarious. Otherwise these should just stop existing. Same goes for Barcelona Chairs which we will lump in together with Bubble Chairs.
Good morning I like this chair: bubble chair pic.twitter.com/PCWQoBkVgP— real halloween hours who up? (@thejokesboy) December 11, 2018
13. The Folding Chair
At the base line is the simplest, most cost effective form of mass sitting in production. Sure, there can be some more comfortable versions of this if, say, you’re a member of the NBA, but in reality most of the world has simple cheap, uncomfortable metal or plastic folding chairs for the masses to squirm uncomfortably on while they check their watches or phones for when they can stop listening to the corporate synergy discussion and go back to their cubicle.
A reason to why folding chair production should be cancelled, without any words. pic.twitter.com/aYz9mejEur— DeathToAllFoldingChairs (@QWeegie) October 6, 2019
12. The High-Chair
High-chairs come in all kinds, from the comfortably padded with a food tray, to the most basic wooden block in a fast food restaurant. These are absolutely necessary, but they’re only needed for a few years and then are utterly useless to humans. This is why they’re ranked so low in the list, but do not feel sad for them as they are not forgotten in importance! (Also in this category are car seats and booster seats)
11. The Desk Chair
Sure, your office could splurge and buy you something that is actually comfortable. They could get one that has lots of little knobs and levers for all sorts of ergonomic features that leave your back feeling supported and not spasming by 5 pm. But let’s be real here, they don’t and stuck you with an uncomfortable, back ache inducing, broken wheel on the base piece of “furniture” and that’s why millennials like myself prefer a standing desk.
PSA: don't buy a cheap desk chair pic.twitter.com/ylwf7ZPdYr— Read Kimetsu no Yaiba (@UchihaGlowUp) October 8, 2019
10. Love Seats
No, this is not in the couch category. It is totally in the chair category, just barely. I told you, this is a definitive list you can’t argue with. So, who actually sits in a “Love Seat” with their significant other on a regular basis? Nobody! When you’re at a party, and you end up in a love seat, it’s with some random person you don’t know and you’re just there awkwardly avoiding touching each other because all the other seats were taken. Hence these chairs get dinged big time in the rankings because they are badly named and awkwardly uncomfortable in social settings.
9. Waiting Room Chairs
They aren’t comfortable, they usually look like some weird retro 70’s or ugly post-modern design, and you don’t want to be here in the first place. So waiting room chairs are by default going to get docked points toward their standings in this list. However, they are not awkward like love seats or as typically uncomfortable as most desk chairs, so they get the nod up. Also in this category is airport, train station, bus station, etc. waiting chairs.
In the waiting room there are these "comfy" chairs... They are dead ugly & I think double as torture devices pic.twitter.com/4odERlDWsn— skye ️⚧ (@disabilisaur) May 5, 2017
Bonus category: Whatever the hell this waiting room type thing is:
8. Lounge Chairs
There are a truly large variety of styles when it comes to lounge chairs. Yet, just about every style out there is weird, ugly, uncomfortable, or all of the above. These are generally chairs that you have for making your living room or parlor (do people really have those anymore?) look fancy and snobbish. You use them at most, once a year when your mother-in-law comes to visit and is overstaying her welcome after dinner so you have your after meal coffee in these chairs to encourage her to pack it up already.
7. Queen Anne/Winged Chairs
Similar to lounge chairs, this category is not really at all comfortable. However, they at least look impressive and fancy in their old school feel instead of tacky and weird.
18th Century George III wing chair, the straight back with outscrolled wings raised over outscrolling arms raised above hipped cabriole leg with lion mask on knee flanked with scrolling foliate carved in high relief terminating on ball and claw foot https://t.co/QeoiGM7WmT pic.twitter.com/5yEpnC0gW3— O'Sullivan Antiques (@osullivanantiq) September 30, 2019
6. Adirondack Chairs
A true icon among chair. Adirondack chairs are the perfect place to enjoy a cold beverage on a hot summer day, take in a sunset on your dock overlooking the water, or sip your morning coffee on a crisp fall day as you eagerly await the upcoming game. Even though they are a simple wooden chair, these are incredibly comfortable to lounge in even without padding. And they look simply fantastic when you instagram then to brag to all of your friends about your vacation. Bonus: new versions are set up to pour a glass of wine for you at the flip of a lever!
5. Dining Chairs
Some can be comfortable, some can be a block of wood, you truly don’t know what you’re going to get in this category most of the time. However, a nice dining room set really does look just fantastic in a home.
Solid Mango Wood Frame Oak Finished Granary Royale Dining Chair with Linen Seat Pad Set of 2. Bespoke, especially made for you. Please allow 8 to 10 weeks for delivery. https://t.co/el7OxCipLJ pic.twitter.com/uXbI6flc0f— Nico Furniture 4 Life (@nicofurniture4l) October 8, 2019
4. Rocking Chair
The all time grandma classic. The chair your parents rocked you to sleep in when you were a colicky little shit as an infant and wouldn’t let them sleep. The chair grandpa sits in on the porch with his shotgun waiting for the squirrels to make a dash for grandma’s bird feeders again. These chairs are an American classic that everyone needs one of to relax and sit back while they contemplate all the big questions in their life any given moment.
In a funk? Need to stir up some creativity and healing? Repetitive motion, such as jogging, vacuuming, swinging <on a swing>, and rocking in a rocking chair can help facilitate healing and creative thought processes. My faves: a rocking chair and swing. How about you? pic.twitter.com/8st4zhPA8p— Jill Marie Morris (@TheJillMarie) October 7, 2019
3. Bar Stools/Chairs
While some can be a basic round circle of wood with no back, usually there is some form of a foot rail and a back to the chair to lean into. Some can be padded, some adjust in height, and most even swivel to keep you entertained! In the end, the reason these chairs are so high on the list is simple: they keep you upright at the bar as you drown your sorrows over what Ohio State just did to you on the field. And for that, you can’t really put a value on them high enough to match their utility.
The Cuban is a sophisticated, generously padded and traditionally styled bar stool given a contemporary twist with this rich purple covering.They look Fantastic in a Customers Home. #happycustomer #barstool #stool #purplefurniture #brightcolouredbarstools #breakfastbarstools pic.twitter.com/F6lIrREpV3— Lakeland Furniture (@lakelandfurn) November 8, 2018
2. Sports Arena Chair Backs
Better than bench seating after you move into the latter half of your 20’s, this is the best way to take in a sporting event outside of your own home in the first place chair category below. Cupholder? Check. Clear divide between you and the super fat guy next to you so he can’t encroach on your unmarked bench seating area? Check. Backrest to lean into when you need to dejectedly lay your head into your hands and sob after that last second hail-mary Aaron Rodgers was unfairly given because of a non-facemask facemask penalty? Check. Also in this category are movie theater chairs and recliners. Ignore the term “seat back” because that would mean I have to go into a rant about airline seats, and a seat is not a chair. Plus, we all get it, slim line airline seats suck and we all hate them. So un-original, and we strive to bring you original content.
Seat backs are in on the away side! It’s a great addition to the stadium pic.twitter.com/ix35CpJKj3— Never Made Varsity (@NeverMadePod) March 29, 2018
The chair everyone wants in the living room. The most comfortable seating device known to man. The perfect spot for falling asleep and snoring while the rest of the family/friends are trying to finish movie night. There is nothing more comfortable or status affirming than being the person who gets to enjoy the recliner every night.
But of course, the real winner here in our rankings is:
$5 BITS OF BROKEN CHAIR!
Please join us in supporting Team Jack and UMN Children’s Hospital as we get ready for the greatest rivalry trophy in the world this Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis!
Right now (Tues October 8th - 3:35 PM Central) Nebraska fans have hit only $1,060 of a $10,000 goal. Minnesota fans are at $2,210! We need all the juju we can get!
The 2019 Broken Chair Trophy Fundraiser is LIVE! This year Husker and Gopher fans are competing to see who can raise more funds for @TeamJack and @UMNChildrens - head over to https://t.co/nH62cVbO16 to show your support! pic.twitter.com/VNZTovaNhs— $5 Bits of Broken Chair Trophy (@ChairTrophy) September 24, 2019