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Big and Tall Chairs | Finding the Right Fit
This entry was posted on May 6, 2009.
Being of a smaller stature, I’d never really thought too long and too hard about what it was like for people of larger stature. Of course that’s not to say I am closed minded. I’m just saying that sometimes the thought of walking in others’ shoes can be an elusive concept, let alone considering what it is like for a larger person to find big and tall chairs for the office.
As a matter of fact, I think if you’ve been reading my blog, I sometimes forgot what it was like to find an office chair that was the right fit for me. In the distant past, I struggled with an elbow problem, and in the not too distant past, pain in my shoulder. Needless to say, I blame it all on my office and home office chairs. I just didn’t understand.
Now, I totally get it.
So, although the majority of the population of men and women are somewhere between 4’5” and 6’0” and weigh between 100 -200 lbs, sometimes the larger side of the populace is overlooked. Not so anymore. I’ve been in offices from one end of the continent to the other and have seen firsthand someone 6’6” and 250-275lbs trying to fit into a regular sized chair. They scrunch their shoulders, knees up above their waist line, and their oblique muscles pressed firmly against the arm rest. Needless to say they didn’t look comfortable at all.
Now-a-days there are big and tall chairs for the office, which are stylish, comfortable, reliable, and most importantly adjustable. They’re ergonomically correct for the taller, stouter body type, with reinforced support systems that can sustain up to 500 lbs, depending on the chosen model. A good office chair reduces the stress on thighs, elbows, back, neck, wrists, and a number of other related areas. So, although these big and tall chairs have higher backs and wider seats, they operate just like any other office chair.
As with any office chair purchase, it is important to shop around and find a reputable dealer who really knows what big and tall chairs should do for the person sitting in it.