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.
Chairworks has been around for a while now, and they have a solid reputation for making good quality leather office chairs. What makes them stand out above the leather office chair crowd (and believe me, it is a large crowd that can be sometimes tricky to find good things in) is the simple fact that all their chairs are rated to support up to 350 lbs. This fact in itself is telling for two reasons: #1) They stand behind their chairs. Any company that is willing to guarantee that their chairs will support 350 lbs in general is a company that believes in what they sell and will provide great warranty service to boot. #2) It means that their chairs are good quality. Not just the mechanism or the wheels or a few parts, but all the parts. Which is critical for any chair rated to sustain 350 lbs., since pressure of the user is going to be distributed on all the parts, thus these parts have to be able to hold up to 350 lbs of weight. Would any chair that is rated for 350 lbs be a perfect Big and Tall Chair? No. But then again, getting comfort and value for a user that needs a higher weight rating than 250 is pretty difficult these days. This is what makes the Karma such a nice chair.
The Chairworks Karma High Back Chair is nice because, at a value oriented price point, it will provide a larger user with comfort and durability. The back is high for shoulder support and the leather covers a soft yet durable foam seat. The armrests are a solid polypropylene, which is a firm and durable plastic. Unfortunately, the chair is not ergonomic, meaning the mechanism is a standard mid pivot instead of a knee tilt. Overall though, the Karma Executive Leather Office Chair is a durable chair that can be a nice value priced leather office chair for a larger user.
23_Sintas%20HighBack.jpg.scale.jpg” alt=”" width=”200″ height=”292″ />So what is this rumored La-Z-boy leather office chair you hear of? Is is a recliner just as comfortable as the one you know and love so well at home, but disguised with a suit and tie for the office? Not really…(Although, on second thought, that would be an awesome design…)
A La-Z-Boy office chairs come in a variety of shapes and fashions, from leather office chairs, to task chairs, to mesh chairs and modern chairs. But ultimately, the one that is most similar to its home brethren is the leather office chair collection of La-Z-Boy office chairs.
One look at them and you can tell they we cut from the same cloth – or in their case, the same foam! (And the chair cheesiness has begun…) But seriously, they are extremely comfortable. Very plush, thick and cushy, and the look commanding…an ironic description for a La-Z-Boy chair, I know, but it’s true. Their leather office chairs exude a very executive presence.
They aren’t the most inexpensive chairs in the lot, but they will treat you nice…very nice, for a very long time to come…Then, the most uncomfortable part of your day will be the car ride to and from your office….if only la-z-boy made car seats…hmmm…
This one to the left is probably NOT what you are thinking of. But we think its a cool chair picture. And if your chair ever gets like this, it’s probably time to consider buying a new chair anyway!
There are other issues, of course, but I’ll leave that for another day, I just wanted to put the thought into the mind that your chair, which you spend more time in than anywhere else, is very important to your overall health!
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