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If you are petite, you may have trouble finding a chair. At SitBetter, we understand your concern and have a full selection of office chairs for petite frames.
Here are our top ten:
This chair is great for short or petite users and can be customized to fit various sizes. The curved backrest features built-in lumbar support and the seat comes in three sizes.
The Saffron has the same features as the GeoCentric, but it has a flat backrest, which doesn’t provide quite as much support for the lower back.
This specialty petite chair has a backrest that is ergonomically contoured, with side contours to envelope your back. This is beneficial for smaller users with lower back pain.
This is a Highmark chair, known for durability and comfort. The petite version was designed for users who are smaller, with a backrest of medium height and a smaller than normal seat size.
This chair is ultimately simple and actually fits 95% of the population. Most fittings are automatic and it has a recline that is weight-sensitive. The mesh gives you lumbar support that is tailor-made.
(and no, that’s not a misspelling of “different,” it’s really spelled that way!)
This superior task chair is a full function model, designed for smaller and medium individuals. Multiple adjustments allow you to fit the chair to your frame, including adjustments for back angle, seat tilt, back height and seat height.
This chair fits people of small and medium stature. Multi-function controls allow for users to adjust the chair for their individual size.
This series is designed with more adjustability than other chairs. It has many features and can be adjusted easily to meet almost anyone’s needs.
The Freedom Task Chair has weight-sensitive recline and offers functionality and performance to keep users comfortable. It also lowers the risk of any long-term injury.
This is a stylish, small, simple petite task chair. It is budget-friendly and a good choice if you will be sitting for a few hours each day. It offers multiple adjustments and arm options.
Products made from leather have their own appeal. They’re a status symbol and leather chairs are usually quite comfortable.
There are other options available in addition to leather for office chairs. How do they compare? You will want to know the differences between leather and the alternatives before you purchase your next office chair.
Office chairs are made from leather, faux leather or vinyl, and other materials.
Vinyl Office Chairs
Vinyl is a useful leather alternative. Often it can look like leather. There have been advancements in the creation of vinyl, so that it resembles leather closely. Vinyl chairs are used in biotech offices because they are resistant to bacteria, and are easy to clean.
Vinyl does not last as long as leather, and where leather becomes softer over time, vinyl may feel more like plastic as it ages. Vinyl is less expensive to buy than leather, and you can also buy chairs that utilize leather and vinyl both, which can be a good alternative.
Faux Leather Office Chairs
Faux leather is a type of fabric that is leather infused with a polymer, giving it durability and strength. They are broken down and then brought together to simulate leather’s softness. Some may be harder, and they are usually not as shiny as real leather.
Leather alternatives are cheaper, but they do not become more comfortable as they age, as leather will. Leather has longevity, where artificial materials do not. Choosing an office chair involves many other things to compare, but it’s also good to have alternatives in materials. If you want to save money up-front, it may be beneficial to choose vinyl or faux leather. If you want a chair that will stand the test of time, then leather is your best bet.
How to Disassemble an Office Chair
If you want to replace a cylinder on your office chair, or return or ship it, you may need to know how to disassemble your chair. If you have the proper tools, disassemble is not difficult. These instructions explain how to remove a cylinder. When it comes to removing the chair arms and back, that is easier and since each chair is different, we won’t try to explain that process here.
Tools You Need:
- Pipe Wrench or Vise Grips
- Rubber Mallet or Hammer
Remove the Base
Extend the chair as high as it will extend, and remove the back and the arms. Then flip your chair upside down. Use a hammer or mallet around the cylinder rim that protrudes from the center of the base.
Be careful not to use the mallet on the cylinder middle or tab. Hammer all sides numerous times. This is easier if someone holds up the chair for you. 5-10 hammer hits should cause the chair to fall from the base. This leaves the cylinder attached to the under-chair control. Remove the wheels.
Remove the Cylinder
Apply your lubricant where the control mechanism meets the cylinder and let it sit for 10 or 15 minutes.
Use the pipe wrench or vise grips to grasp the cylinder as close as you can get to the control mechanism. Use an assistant or your body weight to prevent the seat from moving. Push forward on your vise grips or pipe wrench. After 5-15 seconds pushing, it will twist. When you feel it twist, the cylinder should come off easily. Total time is usually 10 or 20 minutes, as long as you have the right tools.
Replace a Cylinder
After you remove the original cylinder, replace that with a new one and assemble the rest of your chair as you did the first time.
Disassemble a Chair for Return
Package your chair as it was when you received it. You may not need the original box, but usually you will. Include all protective packaging or pack with bubble wrap. You will be liable for any damage in shipping.
Finding office chairs can be difficult, but it is even more so when you have a different stature than the norm. If you’re bigger or taller than most, here are some of your best bets in office chairs.
1 - eCentric Plus
The eCentric Plus Size Big and Tall Chair offers premium quality and comfort. The components used are heavy-duty and it has a stronger, larger base and cylinder. It holds up to 400 pounds.
The Chiroform is rated for up to 500 pounds and is especially valuable for larger people who spend many hours a day sitting. It offers you an extra wide backrest and seat. A memory foam seat adds comfort.
This is the top of the line in seating for big and tall office workers. A unique steel frame ensures that the components last a lifetime. Suitable for up to 500 pounds. It offers 4-way completely adjustable lumbar support and an extra wide base.
This is a new, big and tall addition to the OFM ergonomic office chair line. Class styling fits in any office type environment. It is weight rated at 500 pounds, and is tufted for plush comfort.
This chair is made with Caressoft Vinyl and has a spring-tilt, heavy-duty mechanism that will allow for height adjustment and reclining. Double plush cushions offer long lasting support.
This office chair holds up to 400 pounds and has ultra comfort with a high back and six-inch seat foam. The swivel tilt lock mechanism has a tension control for added comfort.
This chair provides long-term comfort and is weight rated for 500 pounds. It features a five inch thick comfortable padded seat and seat height adjustment for extra comfort.
This office chair can hold 400 pounds and has many adjustments available. It includes an adjustable headrest, tilt tension control and pneumatic adjustment for seat height.
9 - ERA Big Sur
This is heavy-duty chair crafted in the U.S., designed for 500 pounds. It has an extra large seat and four-way lumbar support that is completely adjustable.
This big and tall chair is affordable and adjustable. It features a two-paddle tilt mechanism that locks in any position. The adjustable tilt tension and pneumatic height adjustment add to the comfort.
Back support pillows can supplement lumbar support and make your ergonomic office chair even more supportive and comfortable. Here are five reasons to use one.
Support for People with Lower Back Pain
Back pillows can be used on the go or at work. They provide excellent lumbar support, particularly for people who have sciatica or herniated discs. Pillows lessen the static posture that creates or aggravates problems with lower back pain.
Getting Rid of the Tendency to Slouch
When you sit in an office chair for a prolonged period of time, your natural tendency is to slouch down in the chair or over your desk. This position can overstretch the ligaments in your spine and strain your discs and their surrounding structures.
Full-Length Back Support
Longer back support pillows aid in proper alignment and support in any office chair. They may offer unique shapes, inspired by the natural posture of the body. These pillows help the lumbar area and even help in positioning tailbone area and legs.
Proper Spine Alignment
Half-roll pillows offer lumbar support and they help in easing lower back pain because they promote a properly aligned spine. A firm foam pillow will give the maximum comfort and support you need.
Flexible Support for All Shapes
Back sac pillows are flexible yet supportive for their users. They are basically over-sized pillows with an inflatable bladder. This is only partially filled to allow this type of pillow to surround the back, providing full support. These can be used for children as well as adults, and on surfaces other than office chairs. Just a few simple breaths of air can provide support for even problem backs.
Back support pillows at work allow you to sit with your spine properly positioned, so that you do not slouch or cause yourself back pain. They can make a big difference when you have to sit in one position for the majority of the day.