Working long hours at a desk? Chances are you’re sitting in big and tall office chairs that don’t fit your size. And there’s a lot more to consider than just getting the right height for your desk — we’ve got 10 things every person with big and tall office chairs should know about how to find the perfect mid century office chair for their body, their comfort, and their money.
Check it out, and get ready to feel more comfortable at work!
The simplest way is to follow our “10 Points” guide below. It’s worth noting that these points may not apply specifically to big & tall office chairs but they’re a good starting point when considering what kind of chair you want.
- It’s a good idea to do a bit of research on the different types of office chairs and find the ones that best match your size and the type of work you do. For example, if you are a designer, architect, drafter or one of those other people who sits at a drafting table all day, then check out the task type chairs. If you’re a receptionist or office manager who is on your feet all day, check out the exercise chairs. If your job involves moving around often — admin or administration — look for the ball chairs.
- Check the size of the chair before you buy it. Duty chairs are available in different sizes; some have been designed to fit medium, large, or x-large frames. If it doesn’t fit your frame, then don’t buy it.
- Always try out a chair before you buy it — especially if you’ve found one that looks like a good match physically, but it’s hard to tell what kind of comfort level will be until you sit on it. An office supply store may let you try out a few different chairs — and they may even let you purchase one off the floor if they have one in stock that is the right size and style for your needs.
- Seat height is important — especially if you have to get up and down a lot. Most office chairs have adjustable heights, so make sure it’s the right height for you. Newly designed chairs have adjustable arms that can also be independently adjusted to suit your shorter (or taller) stature; these are more expensive, but they will make all the difference in terms of comfort.
- Chair back width is also very important because it limits where you sit in relation to the rest of your body. If you’re working at a traditional desk, chances are you will want a chair with nice big arms and lots of back support; otherwise, your lower back will start to ache after some time on a standard-width chair or bench style seat.
- May back support is an important feature to look for in a good office chair; of course, it’s easy to tell when you try one out. If you find that your lower back (or mid-back) aches after working at your desk for prolonged periods of time, this could be a sign that your office chair is not providing enough support. The best remedy is to add additional cushioned supports to the lumbar area (lower back).
- Another big feature to look for in an office chair is adjustable armrests. This might seem like an obvious feature, but you’d be surprised how many people buy chairs without this option. It also comes in handy if you’re a taller person or someone who likes to tuck their feet underneath them when they sit at the desk. If your chair doesn’t come with adjustable armrests, buy some that do; if possible, have the store install them for you.
- Try out the seat cushion on an office chair. Make sure it is soft enough to provide enough support in the right areas while still providing good comfort and relief from pressure points. Good quality office chairs will have thick cushions that will last much longer than other types of cushioning materials.
We hope this article helped you find the right chair for your big and tall office. If you have any questions, let us know in the comments below and your expertise will help other people out.