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big and tall office chairs
If it's the right chair, it doesn't take too long to get comfortable in it. - Robert De Niro
Truth be told, Mr De Niro is absolutely spot on. Being in the right chair can do you wonders. Imagine yourself, being taller and larger than most people, sitting in a smaller chair. How long will that take you to feel the pressure on your back? How long will that take you to realize that you are not in a good posture position? People seem to overlook the importance of having the right chair size. That said, taller people should consider buying big and tall office chairs.
Not all chairs are created equal
You might say, “I can fit in a regular chair. Why bother?” Well, for starters, a regular chair cannot hold a larger person’s weight; unfortunately, this chair has its limits. When the sitter, that’s you, has reached the weight capacity of the chair, it is the sitter who gets injured. Many just do not realize how varied their choices can be when office chairs. Why settle for something cheap when it can be easily broken down due to various reasons. One of the distinguishing characteristics of big office chairs is the wide seat capacity. Because of its width, you are given comfort and proper back support, something that you would definitely miss when purchasing regular sized office chairs. Another important aspect of these office chairs is that there is a weight limit capacity. By knowing how much weight the chair can withstand gives you better support. After all, as said, not all chairs are created equal.
What should I consider when buying big and tall office chairs?
- Is the weight limit enough?
For regular chairs, you are limited only up to 300 pounds. This means that a person sitting on that chair should not exceed the 300-pound mark the whole time being seated there. Since you would be buying big and tall office chairs, the weight limit should be equal or above the 500-pound mark.
- Does it give support?
A chair is not only something you use to sit on. A decent chair will you back support and comfort. The best office chairs are the ones that can provide custom support since many people prefer to be seated in one angle, giving more support to just one side of the lower back. The best kind of support is the asymmetric adjustable one. This kind allows to create height. You can also adjust one or both sides to suit the angle of lumbar support of your liking.
- Is the size big enough?
Chairs come in different sizes and so do people. Big and tall office chair dimensions should be more than the standard. For the standard measurement, the chair seat is about 15-17 inches from the back to the front edge of the seat. Its width is about 18 inches across. However, for big and tall office chairs, the dimensions exceed the standard. The best way to test if the chair you have in mind is indeed suitable for you is to check the sample chair and sit on it.
- Is the base stable?
Many people judge the chair its looks, ergonomic qualities and the likes. Most often, they seem to overlook how stable the chair is. Office chairs withstand not only the weight of the sitter but also the normal wear and tear. Many kinds of materials are used for the base. Plastic and nylon are the most common materials. If you are looking for a sturdier material, opt for aluminum and steel. The catch, however, is that the latter is an expensive material. If you plan to move the chair from one room to another, consider having them with wheels. That said, the material used on the wheel must be considered. Those made of metal last longer; these work better on carpeted areas too.
- Did a reputable company make it?
Reputable office chair manufacturers focus on quality. The chairs follow a rigid quality control before being sent to retailers. Apart from this, reputable manufacturers have longer warranties as opposed to others that only offer just one year. There is so much to gain when you have the right chair. The more comfort you feel while sitting on it, the more productive you become. You would not have lower back injuries brought by the wrong chair too.
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.
Being a larger sized person doesn't always make things easy. In fact, I think most can agree it's more of a hindrance than anything else. Whether you are larger because you are 7 ft. tall, or maybe you are just a little overweight, the question that plagues most of us always seems to rear it's ugly head; am I going to fit in that chair? I'm a big guy (6'2" 350lbs), and personally I can relate to this in so many ways. When you go over to a friend's house and you decide to just stand for fear of breaking their furniture, or even worse when you go over to your grandma's house and all she has is wicker furniture. All of these situations are embarrassing to say the least, but what about your workplace? When you have to sit in a chair for 8+ hours a day, finding the right chair is extremely important.
Speaking from experience, there is a lot to consider when purchasing a new chair when you are big and tall. We spend all the time in the world picking out a new car, or a new cell phone, but what about that thing you are sitting on day in and day out? I'm going to break down some of the more important things to look for when purchasing a chair.
First and foremost, you need to be comfortable.
Choosing your fabric and foam are essential. If you are not a leather or vinyl person, don't get leather or vinyl. The last thing you want to do is buy something you're not going to be comfortable with. When you're spending $500+ on something, it's not the best time to be adventurous. The same goes for the other options, don't get a mesh or fabric chair if you know you are going to want something in leather or vinyl. The benefit to leather or vinyl is it has a classy look as well as being a little easier to clean. The benefit to mesh or fabric is they 'breathe' a little better, but may not be as easy to clean as a vinyl or leather.
You want to be confident when sitting in it.
This means you need to take a look at the weight rating. Just as I steer away from wicker furniture or cheap plastic lawn chairs, if you are bigger you should also stay away from chairs with a low weight rating. On Sitbetter we do our best to keep pertinent information on each product page. If you are 300 lb.s, don't buy a chair that is rated for 200 lbs., you will wind up wearing the chair out far before you should. The last thing you want is to have to buy a new chair every 6 months or worse, you could end up breaking it and falling and hurting yourself, or at least your pride. Not that I have any experience with that ;).
Another really important feature when ordering a chair is the cylinder.
If you are 7 ft tall, you probably shouldn't purchase a chair with a low cylinder. You want your feet firmly on the ground, but you don't want to sit in the chair like it is a bean bag all day. This can be tricky when you are taller, because a lot of desks sit at a standard height, and sometimes getting your legs at the proper angle just isn't possible with the current desk situation you have. Be sure to measure and measure again. Measure your desk from the floor to the underside of the desk. Also measure your current chair and where it sits from the floor to the top of the seat. The measurements for the seat range are posted on most, if not all of our chairs. If you can't change your desk, do your best to cut the difference by ordering the proper cylinder.
For the most part, many of us sit in our chairs for 8+ hours a day. That is a lot of wear and tear, especially when you are bigger. Sure, you can buy a cheaper chair, that isn't rated for your height or weight and you may save some money. But in the long-run, if you're having to spend money on a new chair every 6 months, you will be spending a LOT more. The best thing to do is research, make a smart spending decision, and buy a chair that is going to last a couple of years, but more importantly, a chair that you will be happy with.
When you have to sit for hours on end in an office chair, the most important aspect is that the chair is comfortable and good for your health. However, not all office chairs are made to fit all types of people. If you are taller or bigger boned than the average person, you should not have to sacrifice your comfort just to do your job at a desk. Sitting at a desk can be particularly uncomfortable for taller individuals. Their legs might bend in a strange fashion in the wrong chair. Those who are bigger might experience back pain due to a lack of support from a standard chair. In order to find a chair to suit your needs, you have to shop for chairs with certain features and adjustments made especially for those who are big or tall.
If you are bigger and taller, you know that most office chairs are designed for a much shorter person. Chairs that don’t adjust height-wise can’t provide the user with the comfort that they need. Your office chair should be fully adjustable so that you don’t have to crouch down. Feet should rest flat on the floor and the lower legs should be straight and not bent. This allows for increased blood circulation. Every big and tall office chair should have a quick and easy way to adjust the height of the chair relative to the floor.
Each chair has a certain weight capacity. Standard office chairs can be quite limited in the weight that they can hold. You need to look for chairs that hold enough weight. These products can handle anywhere from 300 to 500 pounds. In order to handle extra weight, the chair might have a larger base and a stronger mechanism.
Seat Width and Sliders
One of the most common complaints about standard office chairs is that the seat is not wide enough for those who are big and tall. If you require an office chair that is taller and larger than the average size, you need to look for a chair with a greater seat width. This will lend additional comfort and help support your thighs. Chairs with wider seats will be easy to find if you pay attention to the seat dimensions. Many office chairs that are designed for those who are big and tall also include a seat slider. This feature allows the user to create more length in their chair seat. This is a particularly useful feature in an office chair for tall people. In addition to the seat slider feature and a wider seat, you should also notice the cushioning of the seat. It should provide enough comfort and support for those long days behind the desk.
Many big and tall office chairs come with a tilt tension feature. As not everyone is the same weight, height and strength, you need a chair that can cater to diverse users. The tilt tension feature makes it possible to control the rate and ease with which the chair reclines. This feature is important, as it allows the chair to adjust to different weights and strengths.
One of the most important features of any chair that you sit in for hours on end is back support. If a chair doesn’t support your back, you could experience headaches, neck and shoulder pain and pain in the lower back. For those who are taller and bigger, short backrests do not lend the proper support. You need to find a chair that has a high backrest. This feature will offer the proper lumbar support.
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.
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