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big and tall chairs
Ever heard the saying one size fits all? While this may be true for some articles of clothing or perhaps a piece of jewelry, the same can not be said for office chairs. With people varying in shape and size, not all office chairs can accommodate every individual's needs, calling for the need for speciality chairs. The truth is most office chairs are designed for individuals that weigh less than 250 pounds and that are between the heights of 5'4"-5"10. But what about everyone else? Well luckily, if you happen to be a little bit bigger or taller than what is considered to be average, there are chairs designed just for you, big and tall office chairs.
Why should you get a big and tall office chair?
If you have ever worked in an office before, you probably have come to find that everyone sits in the same exact office chair. You may have also noticed that bigger or heavier people often have a difficult time sitting with correct posture. This is due to the fact that these individuals are not suited for a standard office chair. For someone that is taller, the wrong seat size can lead to many problems including not getting enough support for their thighs and having to shift around awkwardly to try to sit in a comfortable position. Even sitting all the way back in their chair, taller users can have their legs extended out much farther than everyone else's. This leads to sitting with improper posture which eventually will lead to back pain and aches.
For heavier users, they may find components of their chair breaking off or wearing down much quicker than other users. This is because, as aforementioned, most chairs are only designed to hold up to 250 pounds therefor their parts are only designed and created for this weight capacity. Failed cylinders, which cause the seat height to longer be adjustable, are among the most common problems experienced with a chair that has a weight capacity less than its user along with broken armrests and chair wheels. Understandably, this can become a safety hazard and quite possibly, a legal issue.
In order to pick the right big and tall office chair for you, it is important to look for certain adjustable features on your new potential office chair prior to purchasing. The first feature to look for is a seat slider, which allows the user to adjust the depth of the seat by pulling the seat out and adjusting its length. This is especially important for those that are taller and need that extra seat coverage to fully support their thighs.
Another important adjustment to consider is the cylinder, which allows for the chair to be adjusted up and down. A chair with a standard size cylinder may not be adequate for those that are taller and need that extra height to sit with their knees at a 90 degree angle and feet placed firmly on the floor. Specialty big and tall chairs sometimes come with varying cylinder heights to accommodate the needs of taller individuals. One manufacturer in particular that offers different cylinder heights as an option with their chairs is ErgoCentric.
Measurements to Consider
Before purchasing a big and tall chair there are certain measurements that should be taken into consideration before making the purchase. The first measurement that should be looked at is the depth of the seat. Most standard size seats are around 19" deep; if you are taller you will want to try to find a seat that can be adjusted to at least 21" with a seat slider to ensure you fit comfortably while sitting. Another measurement to consider is the seat height of the chair. Leg strain and stiffness can occur if your legs are bent an unnatural angle from sitting on a chair that is too short. Lastly, the height of the chair's back is another crucial measurement. A chair with a small back rest will not provide the support necessary for a taller individual and may lead to unnecessary back, shoulder, and neck pain.
A common concern for most, understandably, is the cost of the product. Unfortunately, big and tall chairs can cost a pretty penny, with most costing somewhere in the range of $300-$600, with some costing even more than that. The reason for this high price is the quality of materials used to construct the chair to ensure that it can hold higher capacities while providing the user comfort and support. While it may seem like quite the investment, if you spend long hours a day sitting at work, the added comfort you will receive will improve your productivity and make for a more enjoyable work environment.
Whether you are looking to purchase a big and tall chair for your personal home office or looking to meet the needs of several of your employees, consider the above recommendations when looking to find the right big and tall office chair to meet your needs or the needs of others.
To view SitBetter's extensive collection of big and tall chairs please click here.
With the first decade of the millennium coming to an end and 2010 just around the corner, we found it appropriate to give acknowledgement to the top ten chairs and accessories sold on the Sitbetter website the past decade. It was stiff competition to come out on top amongst hundreds of items sold on site but these ten prevailed over all others, and for that we think they deserve a little extra attention and recognition for obviously having quality, style, comfort, and of course appeal.
10. Ergonomic Knee Sit Chair
Another hot item that everyone seemed to want along with their office chair was the Office Star Ergonomic Knee Sit Chair with Dual Knee Pads. A way to work for those who prefer a different way of sitting. Designed for short periods of time, the knee sit chair puts the back into a more natural position.
The Knee Sit Chair is made for people who want break from traditional sitting, and want some temporary relief on their back. Featuring the comfort of Memory Foam on the Seat and knee cushion!
Perfect to use alongside your regular office chair and for a low price of $89!
Find out more about Knee Sit Chairs by clicking here!
9. Under-desk Pencil Drawer
These have been a huge hit recently and at only $50, anyone could use and under-desk pencil drawer to stow away all those unnecessary items that clutter the desk.
Click here to find out more about under-desk pencil drawers!
8. Humanscale - Switch Mouse
The Switch Mouse is an innovative mousing solution that boosts comfort and reduces the risk of injury. This groundbreaking peripheral device integrates two major innovations- a V-shaped base, which puts the wrist and forearm into a natural position, and size adjust ability to provide a perfect fit for any computer user.
Click here to find out more about the Switch Mouse!
7. Big and Tall Bariatric Chair With Caressoft
The Boss Big and Tall Bariatric Chair with Caressoft vinyl is designed exclusively for our big and tall customers' needs.
The 2 paddle spring tilt mechanism can be locked in any position and there is a 5-inch thick padded seat for comfort.
Contoured cushions improve posture with built-in lumbar support. Pneumatic seat height adjustment with adjustable tilt tension and tilt-lock is another feature of the big and tall chair.
Big and Tall Chairs generally cost upwards of $400-$600 for all of the features mentioned above. For the low price of $239 you will definitely get your bang for your buck for this chair, which is why these flew out the door all last year!
Find out more about the Boss Big and Tall Chair!
6. Heavy Duty Stacking Chairs
The durable design is what made this chair so sought after, and it comes in a pack of 4 for only $389.
If you need to seat a large event or gathering the Essential is perfect for you.
Find out more about the Essential here!
5. Kore Rocking Stool
The Kore rocking stool was a surprise hit this decade and has taken off in popularity just in the last year.
Taking stool technology to another level, the Kore Stool embodies an ergonomic feature long touted by ergonomists as a bedrock of proper ergonomics: Continual motion of your body while at work.
The Kore™ Stool allows the user to flex side to side and front to back - with its patented anti-tip system and gently rounded ergonomic base.
The stool allows you to move and flex without falling or leaving your seat.
The Kore™ Stool great for exercising your legs, back, and abdominal muscles, while also relieving and preventing soreness and stiffness!
Find out more about the Kore Stool!
4. Boss Deluxe Posture Office Task Chair
The Boss Deluxe Posture - Office Task Chair with Loop Arms has a thick padded seat and back with built-in lumbar support.
The waterfall seat reduces stress to te legs and the back heigh and seat depth are fully adjustable.
The 5 star nylon base allows smooth movement and stability along with the loop arms. Available in four colors: Grey, Burgundy, Blue and Black tweed; complete with a Six-Year Limited Manufacturer's Warranty.
The best part about the chair and what makes it so popular is that you can work a full day in this chair comfortably for $66.
Available with or without arms, both were just as popular.
Find out more about the Boss Deluxe Poster here!
3. Emc2 Advantage
The Emc2 Advantage placing in the top 3 chairs of the decade doesn't come as a surprise.
The Advantage Series Ergonomic Mesh Chair provides complete ergonomics with 4 way adjustable lumbar and padded, 4 way adjustable arms, breathable mesh, 2:1 syncro tilt knee, satin nickel base with foot-guards, and smooth roll casters.
Not only is this chair great quality but it also comes at a great price of $189. In my opinion, one of the best deals you can find for an office chair anywhere because the price definitely is less than it is worth in reality.
I personally spend 8 hours a day sitting in this chair and it has given me no problems so far, only guaranteed comfort daily! With the growing popularity of this chair, they are nearly out of stock so get them while you still can!
Find out more about the Emc2 Advantage here!
2. Mid-Back Guest Chair with Mahogany Finish
Coming in strong at second place is the Boss Mid-back Guest Chair with Mahogany Finish.
Most purchases of this chair were in bulk, an ideal use for lobbies or reception areas with its classic retro styling. Although most were purchased in bulk, also perfect if used as a guest chair for offices.
The chair is comfortable, made of durable black caressoft vinyl and molded polyurethane armrests.
Be sure to impress your guests, and at only $119, these are perfect to buy in large quantities at an affordable price.
Find out more about the Boss Mid-back Guest Chair here!
1. Allseating Inertia
Our best selling chair of the year was the Allseating Inertia, and for good reason. The Allseating Inertia High-back is both comfortable and affordable. It also fits in with practically any office environment - not to mention any budget. At only $321 it comes as no surprise that the Inertia landed our number one selling chair of the year.
Also available in a midback version, mesh conference room chair, mid-back mesh drafting stool, mesh back side chair, mesh back bar stool, and leather conference chair.
1. A big chair fold away arms for easy entry.
2. High quality leather that is soft and durable.
3. Steel reinforced components.
The Thorough Review:
The Mayline 6446AGL is our most popular Big and Tall Office chair for a) Big and Tall users, and b) Dispatch centers. It is very popular for the former because of the size of the chair - it is big and capable. The seat is wide and thick, using a high density foam that ensures the foam will withstand longer use by anyone. The back is tall too, which provides a a chair that can be used by a wider range of people.
The components that make up this chair are high quality and durable - for example, the chair has a steel reinforced plate on the bottom for support and longevity, and the chair comes with an oversize metal base as well. The foam is what we call High Density Foam - thicker and more durable than standard foam.
There are a few critical features that make this chair very nice - aside from the component makeup and durability. One is the pivot arm feature. The arms are capped in leather, and pivot upward out of the way for two reasons: 1. More space means more comfort and 2. It makes it easy to get in and out of the chair. The arms, although they pivot and are connected by a single point to the back of the chair, are durable and sturdy enough to put weight and support on, too. Another great feature of this chair is the inflatable lumbar support. While a very underrated feature, inflatable lumbar means the user can adjust the lower back pressure to exactly where they feel comfortable. It's a very specific means of lumbar support.
Overall, a great chair. It's really worth the additional dollars - instead of buying multiple chairs that keep breaking and aren't comfortable for around $125 dollars, it's a wise choice to invest in the durable and comfortable Mayline 6446AGL Big and Tall Office Chair.
Durability: Very, very durable. Steel reinforced plating means weight rating of up to 450 lbs.
Adjust-ability: It features two things that set it apart from other chairs - inflatable air lumbar and pivot arms that fold up.
It's plush, and the top-grain leather is soft. However, it is not a "super soft sink into" type chair, since it is built more for long term comfort and durability.
Overall Rating (Not an average):
It's one of SitBetter's more popular chairs for a reason. Big, durable, comfortable - worth the price.
Want to know more about how we rate chairs? Check out our Ratings Guide!
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.
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