How To Make An Office Chair Higher

Posted by ,Aug 23rd 2021
How To Make An Office Chair Higher

How do you make an office chair higher?

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Seriously, adjusting the height of your office chair is an essential part of a productive and pain-free work environment. You’re going to spend eight hours per day in that chair, so get the height right!

How Do I Make My Office Chair Higher?

Most modern office chairs use a gas-filled hydraulic lift to adjust chair height.

If you are sitting in your chair, simply lift the height adjustment lever until your feet sit flat on the floor.

If you are standing, adjust the chair height so the seat is just below your kneecap.

When sitting in your office chair there should be a one- to two-inch gap between the front edge of the chair and the back of your knees.

Arm height is equally important. If your office chair has adjustable arms, make sure your forearms are at a natural 90-degree angle when your elbows are bent.

Older office chairs may use a threaded post to adjust chair height.

What is the Proper Height For An Office Chair?

According to Ergonomic Trends, the ideal chair height is where your two feet are flat on the floor with your knees bent 90-degrees.

If you’re working on a computer, your desk should be at the same height as your forearms with your elbows bent at 90-degrees.

This sitting position reduces strain on your back, neck, shoulders, and thighs.

Tailored To Your Needs

While this is the ideal setup for most people, there are variations. I’m writing this on an old rolltop desk that sits a little higher than most modern work desks. As a result, my forearms come at my keyboard at an almost 45-degree angle. It’s not ideal for long writing stints, but it works. If I’m doing a lot of writing — or my cat wants to nap on my desk — I move the keyboard to a pull-out desk drawer that sits several inches lower than the desk surface, allowing my forearms to approach the keyboard from nearly a 90-degree angle.

Your Height and Ideal Chair Height Table

Your Height (feet)  Ideal Chair Height (inches)  Your Height (cm)  Ideal Chair Height (cm)
4’11”15.9 inches149 cm40.2 cm
5’0″16.2 inches151.5 cm40.9 cm
5’1″16.4 inches154 cm41.5 cm
5’2″16.7 inches156.5 cm42.2 cm
5’3″17 inches159 cm42.9 cm
5’4″17.2 inches161.5 cm43.6 cm
5’5″17.5 inches164 cm44.2 cm
5’6″17.8 inches166.5 cm44.9 cm
5’7″18 inches169 cm45.6 cm
5’8″18.3 inches171.5 cm46.3 cm
5’9″18.6 inches174 cm46.9 cm
5’10”18.9 inches176.5 cm47.6 cm
5’11”19.1 inches179 cm48.3 cm
6’0″19.4 inches181.5 cm49 cm
6’1″19.7 inches184 cm49.6 cm
6’2″19.9 inches186.5 cm50.3 cm
6’3″20.2 inches189 cm51 cm
6’4″20.5 inches191.5 cm51.7 cm
6’5″20.7 inches194 cm52.3 cm
6’6″21 inches196.5 cm53 cm
6’7″21.3 inches199 cm53.7 cm
6’8″21.6 inches201.5 cm54.4 cm
6’9″21.8 inches204 cm55 cm
6’10”22.1 inches206.5 cm55.7 cm
6’11”22.4 inches209 cm56.4 cm
7’0″22.6 inches211.5 cm57.1 cm
7’1″22.9 inches214 cm57.7 cm
7’2″23.2 inches216.5 cm58.4 cm

Source: Ergonomic Trends

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