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How to Buy an Office Chair if You are Short?

Updated on June 1, 2015
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Living with a short height is not easy, not just socially, but also financially.

Financially because short people need to spend hundreds of dollars more in suit adjustments and other random expenses compared to people who have average height.

And unsurprisingly enough, when it comes to purchasing an ergonomic office chair, short height does not help, either.

However, the good news is that even if you are not as tall as your peers, you can still find the perfect office chair for you.

In order to do that, you just need to understand the points made in this article before going shopping.

What not to do?

As someone who has a petite frame, you must avoid the temptation to choose a chair based on its looks and other superficial aspects that do not help when it comes to ensuring sitting comfort. It is fine to pick the best looking model from the ones that satisfy your other requirements, but do not be blinded by looks so much that you forget to get a chair that offers you the basic adjustments that you need for your height.

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What to look for?

To get the best chair you possibly can get for your height, you must keep your eyes fixed on the following aspects:

Seat height adjustment
Seat height is the first thing you need to consider when it comes to buying an office chair. The seats of most average ergonomic chairs do not go too low, and hence, are not suitable for you. To be truly comfortable at your work, you need to be able to touch the ground with your feet flatly when sitting on your chair.

Seat depth adjustment
Apart from seat height, another aspect that gives short people headaches is seat depth. Most regular chairs do not allow short people to sit in a way that allows their back to touch the chair’s back. It is, therefore, important to choose a chair that allows seat depth adjustment. Buy a chair only if its back touches your back after adjusting seat depth properly.

Tilt tension adjustment
You may not think that it is a big requirement, but in reality it is. Trying to tilt your chair using all you might every single time is not something you want to do for the rest of your life. You must be able to tilt your chair easily without exerting too much effort or force. And in order to be able to do that, you need to look for a chair that offers tilt tension adjustment.

Arm height adjustment
Arm height is one of the biggest factors that make small people cringe and cry. Regular office chairs that have fixed arms are no good for people with small frames. Having an office chair that has adjustable arms is a must for you if you have a petite frame. No exceptions.

How much to spend?

Unfortunately, office chairs that offer seat depth adjustment do not come cheap. And so, in order to get a good chair that takes care of your comfort well when you are working, you will probably have to spend over $300.

Yes, that is a lot of money considering that there are many very good chairs available for less than $200, or even $100, in the market. But, if you want to be comfortable at work, you may as well spend the money instead of worrying about how large the amount seems.

What brands to consider?

Not all office chair brands make great chairs for small frames. But fortunately, arguably the best office chair maker, Herman Miller, offers a few really comfortable small ergonomic models under its range Aeron. Some other good brands to consider for small people are HAG, Steelcase, Neutral Posture, Ergocentric, and Bodybilt.

Finding a comfortable ergonomic office chair is not impossible if you are short. You just need to play by different rules.

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