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Are you shorter or more petite than most individuals? Have a difficult time finding a chair? Here at SitBetter, we talk to customers everyday who are frustrated because most office chairs are just not designed to fit their body type. Because they are sitting in a chair that is too big for their frame, they inevitably end up experiencing back pain from sitting too far forward on their chair's seat which then eliminates support on their back. Lucky for petite individuals, Sitbetter has a whole selection of petite office chairs, however with such a wide selection it can be hard to determine which will work best for their needs. Luckily, we have broken down our top ten list to help petite individuals select the right chair for them.
The Geocentric Dedicated Task Chair is a great chair for petite users with its ability to customize the chair to precisely fit users of varying shapes and sizes. This chair also comes with a curved backrest with built in lumbar support, good for those that have lower back pain. It also comes with a comfortable padded seat available in three different sizes. Other features of this chair include back height adjustment, back angle adjustment. seat height adjustment, and seat angle adjustment. Available upgrades include a memory foam seat, adjustable headrest, air lumbar support, and a seat slider among others. Multiple arm options are also available.
The Saffron I Dedicated Task Chair is similar to the GeoCentric mentioned above, both are made by the same manufacturer, ErgoCentric. The Saffron includes the same features as the GeoCentric including the available upgrades and standard features that already come with the chair. The main difference between the two chairs is the backrest, the Saffron's backrest is flat and does not provide as much lower back support. However, for those smaller individuals that do not suffer from back pain and do not need a specialized backrest, this is a more economical choice. The smaller back size is also ideal for shorter individuals 5' and under. Three seat sizes are available, including an extra small seat (generally good for people under 4'11"), a small seat (generally good for people 5'-5'4"), or a standard seat size (good for those over 5'4" tall).
The myCentric is a specialty petite task chair that features an ergonomically contoured backrest that has two pronounced side contours to envelope the user's back. This is particularly beneficial for those that suffer from lower back pain, as this chair was designed specifically for those that suffer from lower back problems while seated and working. The MyCentric features the same options and adjustments as the two aforementioned chairs, the GeoCentric and the Saffron. It has three different seat sizes and different cylinder sizes available as well. The multiple arm options available also allow the user to determine exactly how they need their armrests to perform, including lateral tube armrests which allow for the arm pads to telescope up to 3" inwards for those that experience back pain because their armrests are too far from their body when seated.
The Emme Petite is part of Highmark's most popular line of task chairs, known most for their comfort and durability. The petite version is designed for smaller users with its small seat size and medium height backrest. The small seat measures 19" wide by 17"D with a cylinder that allows for the seat height to be adjusted from 15.75"-20.75" high. The swivel tilt mechanism that comes included with the chair includes seat height adjustment, seat and back tilt adjustment, and tension control. Upgraded mechanisms are available if more adjustments are desired. Additional options for this chair include armrests, a polished aluminum base, and soft wheel casters or glides. The foam on the Emme seat and back also differentiate this model between other similar chairs with its superior comfort. The fabric and foam mesh back also stand out amongst other chairs with its modernized styling.
The Diffrient World chair represents ultimate simplicity in a high perfomance task chair designed to fit 95% of the population. This chair has just two manual settings, one for the seat height and one for the seat depth. All other fittings and adjustments are automatic. With its weight-sensitive recline, the Diffrient World chair automatically supports every user at every recline position. It's form-sensing mesh provides tailor-made lumbar support without external devices or manual controls. Truly one of a kind, the Diffrient world chair is good for petite users but also fits other users as well; if you are petite and will be sharing your chair with someone taller and want something that will fit both of you, this is your chair! Smaller cylinder height is also available on this chair.
The Patriot is a full function, superior task chair designed specifically with medium to smaller individuals in mind. It features multiple adjustments allowing you to adjust the chair to properly meet your needs including adjustable seat height, a seat slider, back height adjustment, back angle adjustment, and seat tilt adjustment. The seat is smaller in size measuring 19" wide by 17.5"-19.5" deep(which can easily be adjusted with the use of the seat slider if a taller individual needs to use the chair) by 16.5"-21.5" high. The Patriot, like the Diffrient World chair above is a good option for those that may be sharing the chair with a roommate, friend, husband, wife, coworker, etc. that may be taller in height but will be wanting to use the same chair as they can adjust the seat depth to make the chair comfortable for their height. Multiple caster and arm options available.
The Office Master PT chair fits small to medium stature users with its taller back rest and features that allow the user to adjust the chair to meet their needs, whether shorter or regular height. This chair features all the adjustments you could need in an office chair including a multi-function control which includes pneumatic seat height adjustment, a tilting backrest, an easy to adjust back height adjustment system, rocking tilt, a seat slider, forward seat tilt, a tension knob, and adjustable lumbar support. This chair can also accommodate users up to 300 pounds with its sturdy structure. Multiple arm and caster options are available as an upgrade. Seat dimensions for this chair are 19" wide by 16.5"-19.5" deep by 17"-22" high. The high back is also good for those that suffer from upper back pain or shoulder pain.
The Office Master PC Series is designed with added adjustability with plenty of features to keep yourself or your employees sitting comfortably throughout the work day. This model is designed for both petite and medium users with its seat size of 19" wide by 17"-19.5" deep by 16"-21" high and its small backrest that is 15.5" high. It's many features include rocking tilt, an infinite forward tilt, seat slider, pneumatic seat height adjustment, back height adjustment, tilting seat, tilt tension knob, and forward tilting, this chair can be easily adjusted to meet just about any person's needs, or it is also suitable to be used by multiple individuals. Also available in different back heights including a mid and high back. To view this chair please click here.
The Freedom Task Chair by Humanscale is one of the first chairs that revolutionized the modern ergonomic thought process for tasking. Its weight-sensitive recline set new standards for task chair performance and functionality to keep the sitter exceptionally comfortable while also lowering the risk of long-term injury. Comfortably made to fit 95% of the population, from a 5'0" woman to a 6'4" tall man weighing between 100-300 lbs. The contoured cushions are sculpted to closely follow body contours, which increases contact and decreases concentrated loads. The seat and backrest may be independently positioned to fit your exact body size. A shorter cylinder size is available for shorter individuals. Although this chair is a bit more of an investment, the 10 year warranty is further proof that this task chair is designed to last for years to come without defect or breaking.
The Allseating model 522 is a simple, small, stylish, and sleek petite task chair. If looking for a budget friendly petite chair that can be used for sitting in a few hours a day this is the chair for you. Depending on the control mechanism you select it features basic adjustments such as seat height adjustment, tilt control, tilt tension, and tilt lock, this chair can provide moderate adjustments when needed. It also features several arm options dependent on your needs. The petite seat is offered in one size which is 17" wide by 15.5" deep by 15.5"-18.5" high.
Finding an office chair can be a difficult task, but is even more difficult when your stature is different than the norm. Most office chairs are designed to accommodate users up to 250 lbs. that are between the height of 5'4-5'11". So what about those that are bigger or taller? In recent years manufacturers have taken these individuals into account when determining which chairs they would like to add to their product lines and have begun adding chairs that can accommodate heavier weight capacities. At SitBetter, we understand finding an office chair can be an arduous task if you are a bigger or taller user which is why we are making it easier by breaking down the top ten desk chairs for big and tall men.
The eCentric Plus Size Big and Tall Chair is a customer favorite for its premium level of ergonomic comfort and quality for plus size users. It features heavy duty components including a larger base and stronger mechanism/cylinder; durable enough to withstand users up to 400 lbs. Features of this chair include back height adjustment, a memory foam seat, infinite free float, adjustable spring tension. seat height adjustment, and a 2" depth adjustable seat slider. Another notable feature is the option for a larger seat size including an extra large seat or extra long seat. It also has a number of upgradable options available including a headrest and air lumbar support.
Weight rated for users up to 500 lbs., the Chiroform is an ideal tasking solution for larger individuals that spend multiple hours a day sitting with its extra wide seat and backrest. It features memory foam on the seat and the option for memory foam on the back for extra comfort. It features a solid metal mechanism and heavy duty construction which includes back height adjustment, seat height adjustment, tilt lock and tilt tension control, and forward seat tilt lock. The seat is extra wide at 24" and is 20" deep.
3. ERA Premier
The Premier Big and Tall Chair by ERA products represents the top of the line in heavy duty seating for big and tall users. Built with a one-of-a-kind steel frame, ERA chairs are crafted to ensure each component lasts a lifetime of use for users up to 500 lbs. Featuring stylish flip up arms, thick contoured seat cushions, 4 way adjustable lumbar support, a seat slider, and an extra wide 28" aluminum base. The mechanism is heavy duty and solid steel, featuring ergonomic recline and tension adjustment. The seat is 22"W and has the ability to be adjusted up to 21.5"D. The back is also tall at 28" high perfect for taller users as well.
The Avenger series is a newer big and tall edition to OFM's line of ergonomic office chairs and has instantly become a smash hit for its comfort and classic styling that is suitable to fit into any office environment. Weight rated at 500 lbs., this chair can comfortably accommodate users of differing weights and sizes. It features soft supple leather stitched and tufted for plush comfort along with a 5" thick padded seat. Other notable features include seat height adjustment, 3" thick leatherette padded arms, tilt tension and tilt lock control. Available in your choice of cream or black vinyl.
The BOSS Big and Tall Office Chair in Caressoft Vinyl features a heavy duty spring tilt mechanism that allows for recline, height adjustment and tilt lock as well as tilt tension adjustment. The arms are fixed with padded arm caps for comfort. The chair also features double plush cushions upholstered in black caressoftplus for long lasting support. The back also features built in lumbar support. This chair also features a 27 inch heavy duty steel base with 3 inch over-sized carpet casters and a wrap around steel frame, finished in black. This chair is a customer favorite for its thick seat cushions, affordable pricing, and contemporary styling. Rated for up to 350 lbs.
The OFM High Back Big and Tall Chair is designed to hold up to 400 lbs and is ultra comfortable with its 6" seat foam and high back design. It features a swivel tilt lock mechanism which includes a tension control and padded armrests for additional comfort. Available in four different fabric including blue, burgundy, green, and charcoal. If you don't believe us, believe our previous customers who have purchased this chair rant and rave about it with comments such as "I would buy more anytime" to "Finally a chair that is supportive, fits a 350 lbs. 6'3" individual comfortably, and is attractive. No longer the need to use an extra cushion for the seat...very comfortable". Suitable for taller users as well with its 30.5" high back backrest.
The OFM Big and Tall Executive Chair provides lasting comfort for individuals that require heavy duty seating. Weight rated at 500 lbs., this chair can comfortably accommodate users of varying sizes. A new addition to OFM's line of big and tall chairs, this chair is already receiving rave reviews for its classic executive styling that can fit into virtually any office space and its comfortable 5" thick padded seat. Other features include seat height adjustment, 3" thick fixed leatherette padded arms, a chrome plated aluminum frame, tilt tension, and tilt lock control. Available in classic black only. The tall 28.5" backrest is also suitable for taller users that are looking for full back support.
The Office Star Space AirGrid was introduced earlier in the year and has gained popularity throughout the year as more people become familiar of its comfort and features. This chair holds up to 400 lbs and comes with many adjustments including pneumatic seat height adjustment, tilt tension control, tilt lock control, an adjustable headrest, and an ergonomic mid-pivot knee tilt control. Other notable features include a supportive mesh back with built in lumbar support, perfect for those that suffer from lower back pain and height adjustable armrests. The seat is larger than normal at 22"W x 21"D, perfect for heavier individuals.
9. ERA Big Sur
The Big Sur by ERA products is another top of the line heavy duty chair for big and tall users and even dispatch industries. This chair is hand crafted in the United States to ensure each component will last a lifetime of use at almost any weight capacity (designed to hold up to 500 lbs.). Features an extra large 26" seat width, a 4 way adjustable lumbar support, seat slider, 28" aluminum base, 4 way adjustable headrest, and a seat slider. The mechanism is heavy duty and solid steel, featuring ergonomic recline features as well as height and tension adjustment. Our customer's couldn't have stated it more perfectly, "The Big Sur is the Rolls Royce of Big and Tall Chairs and is worth every penny".
Boss Office Product's big and tall executive bariatric chair has long been a popular choice among customers for its level of adjustability and affordable pricing. Compared to many other similar models, this chair is a budget friendly choice for those looking to save money. This chair features a 2 paddle spring tilt mechanism which can be locked in any position, pneumatic seat height adjustment with adjustable tilt tension and tilt lock, a sturdy steel frame with padded armrests, and 27-inch brushed metal five star base. Available in a commercial grade black micro fabric upholstery.
It’s easy to assume a chair expert understands furniture much better than they understand the spine, but an expert on office chairs with ergonomic features can actually te
ach you a lot about your back and the support you need to keep it in good shape. If you work in an office, you inevitably spend a lot of time sitting down, and that can put a great deal of strain on your back and, subsequently, on the rest of your entire body. This is why experts have spent years developing furniture that encourage better posture and provide specific support for the lower back.
So, if you want to learn more about your ergonomic needs, ask an expert to explain the following five facts further.
Adjustable Height is Best
An adjustable seating option is always the best way to go, because everyone has different requirements when it comes to the height of where they sit. Once the seat is adjusted, your feet should sit flatly on the floor. Also, your back should be straight, and your shoulders should be level when your arms are on the armrest. Make sure the chair you choose comes with a pneumatic adjuster that allows you to shift the height; typically a height adjustment range of 16 to 21 inches from the floor to the top of the seat is suitable for most users. If you are shorter or taller than average, you may need to look for an option that is designed specifically for your needs, however this height range should work for most people.
Determine Seat Depth and Width
Where you sit in the chair also makes a big difference in your comfort and overall spinal health, not to mention workplace productivity and job satisfaction. When sitting down, you should feel completely supported by the seat. Most people will be comfortable with a width between 17 and 20 inches, but if you have an unusual body shape, make sure to consult with an expert before making a purchase. At the end of the day, you are not going to be comfortable unless you are able to sit with your back against the rest and with a few inches between the back of your knees and the edge of the chair. A seat that allows you to adjust the angle forward is also a must for intensive task purposes.
Consider the Backrest
It’s also imperative to consider the measurements and quality of the backrest when purchasing office chairs. In order to be ergonomically correct, the backrest should measure between 13 and 19 inches high with enough support to conform to your spine’s natural curvature. If you have lower back issues, it is especially important that you consult with a chair expert about this issue. The backrest should be particularly supportive of your lumbar region. Also, it should be height adjustable and/or have an air lumbar support so that you can properly fit the chair to the shape of your back and determine the amount of support needed in your lumbar region.
The seat and backrest material of your office chair should be comfortable. For most, standard seat foam will be comfortable enough for all day sitting. For those that need firmer or softer support, look for chairs that offer memory foam or triple density foam. Mesh seating is advisable for those that want to have a more breathable sitting experience, which can be advantageous in warmer climates. Having a comfortable seat can make all the difference on a long workday.
Last, but Not Least, Look Into Lumbar Support
Any good chair expert will probably tell you that lumbar support is the most important aspect of any ergonomic office chair. If you don’t have proper lumbar support, you will inevitably start slouching, and over time, this can put a great deal of strain on the lower spine, eventually flattening its natural curvature. So, make sure your chair is adjustable, and consult an expert about your unique ergonomic needs.
If you have any doubts about an office chair prior to purchasing, especially when it involves whether it will be a good fit for you and your needs, it is best to consult with an expert prior to purchasing. They can help you make an informed decision and will make you feel more comfortable with the purchase, especially if it is for a more expensive ergonomic office chair. For help finding the perfect chair for you, fill out SitBetter's chair expert form by clicking here and a chair expert will recommend you some options within 1-2 business day.
Stacking chairs are one of the most versatile pieces of office furniture available. They can be used in a variety of settings including classroom seating, computer lab seating, seminars, conferences, sporting events, libraries, schools, conference rooms, gyms, parties, reception rooms, guest seating, lobbies, hotels, or any location that will be hosting a large group of people. They are widely popular because of their ability to be conveniently stored away when not in use and their small footprint also makes for great space-saving. Stacking chairs allow for the ability to seat a large group of people quickly and efficiently. Once the meeting/event has concluded, you are then able to stack and store them away with ease.
Arguably the best feature of stack chairs is their ability to be stored away easily when not in use with their lightweight design and minimal amount of space they take up. Simply stack the chairs on top of one another (some can be stacked up to 40 high) and store them away in a storage closet or in the corner of the room. Stacking up to 40 chairs up at a time can become a chore when having to transport them to your storage unit which is why it is recommended to purchase a storage dolly for your stacking chairs.
Storage dollies allow for an easy way to store and transport your stacking chairs. They are constructed with strong steel frames that are able to adequately hold the weight of the numerous chairs being stacked upon it. A key feature you will find on storage dollies is a set of casters/wheels that allow for effortless mobility of your chairs once they have been stacked up. Some even come with the more advanced feature of locking wheels to ensure your dolly stays in place and does not roll away when not in use.
Most storage dollies are designed to hold between fifteen to thirty chairs at once. This makes moving stack chairs faster and more efficient by being to be able to carry multiple chairs at once rather than having to carry them by hand one or two at a time. This allows for you to quickly create a seating arrangement in less time with less effort. Everyone's least favorite part of an event is the aftermath, also known as the cleanup part, which is why it is more convenient to utilize a dolly to save time and energy that could be spent on other tasks and get you out of there quicker.
Nesting chairs are similar in function to stacking chairswith the goal of being able to swiftly set up and store away when not in use, while also being able to seat multiple people at large events. The main differences between the two is in the design of the chairs. Nesting chairs have a seat that flips up when they need to be stored, very similar to a folding chair design. Storage dollies are also available for this type of chair; the chairs are able to fold up horizontally and stacked horizontally side by side. Due to their larger size, nesting chair dollies can carry less chairs than stacking chair dollies.Whether you already have a set of stacking chairs, are looking to replace your old chairs, or are purchasing a set of chairs it is recommended to also look into getting a corresponding storage dolly to go along with it. Not only will you save space, but you will also save time.
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When one pictures an office chair in their head there is a universal perception as to what a typical office chair looks like. This image usually includes a set of five wheels, a black nylon five-star base, a cylinder which allows the chair to be adj
usted up and down, a seat, and a backrest. While this is the case for over 90% of chair models out there, there are the unique 10% that break away from the mold. The difference is most commonly found in the shape of the backrest. While these backrests may appear to be odd and out of the ordinary, sometimes when it comes to office chairs the weirder it looks the better it actually is for your back.
Independent Lower Back Support
One popular type of backrest that can be found on specialty ergonomic chairs is a backrest that is separated into two parts, one part for the upper back and one part for the lower back. The advantage to this type of back support is the independent lower back support provides extra and exacting lumbar support, especially favorable for those that suffer from lower back pain. This chair is ideal for lower back pain sufferers as they need additional support in their lumbar region that can often not be achieved with a standard back rest. The most popular office chair model that has this type of support is the Ergohuman by Eurotech.
Chairs that are designed for scapular independence allow for freedom of motion for individuals around their shoulder blade area when seated. The benefit of having a backrest that tapers away from the shoulder blade area is that occupants have the advantage of being able to sit back and avoid interference that is often caused by full back rests. This is helpful for occupations that call for having to reach for the phone, different parts of the desk, for supplies, files, cabinets, etc. when seated. The overall idea of this is to promote healthier sitting postures which are often not achieved with full chair backs. This type of backrest also promotes a more active work environment as users are now able to stretch and bend without having to worry about their chair getting in their way. This type of backrest can be seen on the Allseating Therapod and Office Master Discovery Back Chairs.
Winged backrests are another unique type of backrest that are found on specialized ergonomic chairs that feature a shape that is designed to focus on providing support for the mid to lower back. With two pronounced side contours, the wing shape envelopes the users middle and lower back which works to provide back pain relief. A popular model that features this backrest is the Ergocentric Mycentric.
Perhaps the most odd -ooking of all the backrests available are those that focus on all parts of the spine. This type of backrest provides the most overall back support for those that suffer from upper and lower back pain. This support is unique in that it supports all different parts of the spine through either a strap support system or individual "ribs". The strap support system is built into the backrest, either covered or uncovered, and allows the user to pull the straps to tighten them wherever they need more support along different parts of their spine. On other chairs that have "ribs" these are located along the middle of the backrest and can be pushed in or pulled out depending on how much pressure is needed along different points of the spine. Both types of support are the best at achieving customized support for the whole back. Chairs that incorporate this distinctive advantage are the RFM Preferred Verte and Allseating CPOD.
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