View Full Version : booths and benches

01-12-2009, 08:23 PM
Anyone have problems with sitting in booths? I have always had problems with booths and always ask for a table at a restaurant. The booths are usually too deep, with no lower back support, and the lack of arm rests just completely finishes me off.

Its funny how if a chair is not designed properly, I can tell immediatly!

Just wondering?


01-12-2009, 09:25 PM
hey Ed,
I second that! Definitely have always had problems with booths.

01-13-2009, 01:37 AM
I can't stand orthopedic chairs. The padding always seems to be in the wrong place.

As for booths, as long as I can put my feet on something i am OK.

01-13-2009, 04:27 AM
Its funny how if a chair is not designed properly, I can tell immediatly!


I know exactly what you mean! Wherever I go, I will be looking around to try to find a 'suitable' chair - and they are very hard to come by in public places! But the type of chair that is best for me is anything that has a firm, flat base - and preferably a straight, flat back, although I usually don't sit right back in the chair. This means I can sit on my seatbones, which stops my pelvis tilting backwards and keeps the natural curve in my back - this is very much the 'Alexander Technique' way of sitting and it makes a huge difference to my pain levels. I still can't sit for long, but if I have the right chair, I can tolerate it for an hour or so. I can't sit in a soft, so-called 'comfy' armchair for 5 minutes!

The worst types of seat for me are anything soft and squishy or anything that has curves or padding - like tessa, I always find the padding is in the wrong place and forces your back into completely the wrong position.

01-13-2009, 07:09 AM
Jamie has never complained about sitting in a booth. However, I know sitting in an auditorium chair is not comfy at all!

Mary Lou

01-13-2009, 07:46 AM
I use my trusty inflatable pillow in deep chairs, and especially booths. Or I just scrunch up my winter jacket and sit on that. Part of my problem is that my legs are so short they rarely touch the ground when I'm sitting in a deep chair, so I could really use a pillow AND a footstool. I've become a very high-maitenance dinner-date......

01-13-2009, 09:01 AM
I do the same thing as Chris. If I don't have my little pillow with me that I usually carry around, I scrunch up my winter coat and use that behind my lower back in a booth.

02-09-2009, 08:03 AM
For me it's not whether it's a booth or a chair, it's if it is a hard surface to sit my butt on. For example the metal folding chair or a booth with no cushion to sit on or a wood or metal bench.\

02-09-2009, 10:19 AM
Wow, we're all different. For me it's all about the surface that my back is leaning against. If it's cushiony I'm usually okay. If it's hard like wood or metal it's uncomfortable because the surface of my back is uneven and the protruding parts press into the hard surface. As I said in another thread, I'm glad they're doing anterior surgery differently these days so others won't have this problem.