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Old 23rd October 2019, 05:44 PM
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Just been thinking that I would be more comfortable sat down whilst making prints. Has anyone built their darkroom so that they can work sat down at their enlarger, slot processor or trays?
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Old 23rd October 2019, 05:50 PM
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No but I use my Astronomical chair normally used with my telescopes, most comfortable, could use a cushion though

WELL suited to a darkroom, like a draftsman's chair

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https://www.rothervalleyoptics.co.uk...ing-chair.html

DO NOT get the OVL one, (Optical Vision), the seat is held in place by friction, if you sit right back it slams down to the floor, the front raises up, friction lost



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Old 23rd October 2019, 06:16 PM
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Norm, this is exactly what I'm planning if/when time permits.
Someone on the LF forum had pictures of their sit-down drkroom and I just though 'genius'.
I'm a dentist, and work sitting on a wheeled stool, so don't know why it didn't occur to me sooner. For the darkroom I aim for a lino floor so a scoot-along stool rolls easily. Might also allow for a lower bench and more column height on the enlarger- difficult roof space room.
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Old 23rd October 2019, 07:30 PM
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I have my enlargers on a computer desk and sit in a computer chair when using them


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Old 23rd October 2019, 07:47 PM
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You are a lazy lot!

I could not work in the darkroom if I were sitting down. Firstly there is the enlarging stage. With the paper stored below the enlarging table I would be of and on the set every few mins. Then move 3 feet to the right for the developer, 2 more feet for the stop bath and then 2 more for the fixer.

With colour, I have my 3 bath Nova processor at the far end of the bench but that is over 2 meters away. (and the paper is again under the enlarger table.) Nah, I would rather stand and walk about. I need the exercise anyway!
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I’ve tried both and definitely prefer to stand. I spent 34 years sitting at a desk and now prefer to be on my feet - sitting feels too much like work for me.
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I have a stool on which I perch in between bouts of activity.

So, during film development, I stand while I agitate and perch while I let it stand.

I plan to stand while I use the enlarger and perch while I agitate the print in the tray.

I find perching even for a short period makes a significant difference to how tired my legs get and how sore my feet become.

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Old 25th October 2019, 03:27 PM
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I sit while processing film and positioning negatives in a neg carrier (the stool is not very comfortable but it serves to keep me stable). I stand when at the enlarger (mostly 12x16", so the lightsource is at the top of the column) and dish-developing. I occasionally have a companion in the darkroom and we both stand - it's an old concrete wine fermentation tank (Desperate Dan made the doorway) and it's a bit cramped.
Incidentally, for those planning on building a darkroom, I have no running water there. A bucket of cold water and a kettle of hot are all I need, although I have an earthenware sink and a cold water tap at the other end of the garage, next to the Ilford 1050 print dryer.
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Ageing is bad for ones health as well as everything else!

I sit on a step ladder with a padded seat on the top when using the enlarger and stand during development in a Nova slot processor (toaster).

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Ageing is bad for ones health as well as everything else!

I sit on a step ladder with a padded seat on the top when using the enlarger and stand during development in a Nova slot processor (toaster).

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Age alone has nothing to do with it, a teenager may not be able to stand fo time



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