As a big man myself I know all to well the discomfort of a office chair that is not properly optimized. Ergonomic office chairs for heavy people are the solution to this discomfort. These specific types of chairs have been designed with support and comfort in mind.
Being oversized is tough enough when tying to find a suitable size office chair, but finding one that is ergonomically fit which eases pressure points is another challenge in itself. Because we have larger bodies, we have greater areas of pressure points that can cause all sorts of pain.
Especially when you need a office chair for work purposes. Being stuck in a chair that is not at all supportive can do some serious damage. Both in the present with back pain, compressed nerves and long term damage to your spine and posture. Before we look into the best ergonomic office chairs for heavy people, its important to understand what features make a chair ergonomic in the first place.
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The term ergonomics means to have furniture and items that are around you to be arranged in a way that encourages posture support, work efficiency and most of all comfort.
So when it comes to an ergonomic office chair, there are going to be some specific needs unique to your personal situation. The office desk you sit at, where you work and the space that you need are all contributing factors to consider. As a larger person myself everything is oversized, including my office space. This is to make my time on the office chair as ergonomic as possible.
But there are specific things you can look for to make your chair more ergonomic. Simply purchasing a office chair that claims to be ergonomic can be a mistake. This is because a office chair is ergonomic to your body size. Not because a product says so. No one chair is suitable for everyone as we all have unique body shapes and sizes.
So it’s important to know your own measurements and have a office chair that is ergonomic to your individual needs. While the office chairs listed below are certainly for heavy people, it’s important to remember that they are ergonomic if they suit your body size, height and shape. Here’s a few areas of concern when buying a ergonomic chair.
If you are over 300 pounds in weight, skip on to the next chair as this ‘Embody’ by Herman Miller has a weight capacity of just 300 lbs. While only suitable to overweight people, the Embody is certainly one of the best ergonomic office chairs you can get your hands on.
But with this comes a hefty price tag, it’s not for the faint hearted. I don’t normally offer high end products like this as I know the value of a dollar. But when it comes to caring for your spine and body, there is no price point. So with that said, lets take a closer look at the Embody by Herman Miller.
The Embody is the result of over 30 specialists in the field including Physicians and PhD’s in the fields of Bio-mechanics, physical therapy and of course ergonomics. What this means to me is a bunch of intelligent and experienced people designed this chair to simply be the best there is. Here’s why:
The Embody chair comes in a couple sizes to cater to short through to tall people. All with a weight capacity of 300 pounds. For the regular size chair (on display here) the seat height can range from 16-20.5″ with an adjustable seat of 15-18″.
The adjustable armrests go up, down, inwards and outwards so that you can custom fit to your body shape. While they can be removed, Herman Miller does have a armless version available as well. As the seat is asymmetrical, it has a widest seat point of 21.25″ while the width of the overall chair is 29.5″.
While this chair is certainly not for everyone due to the 300 pound weight capacity, it is one that will stand tall for many years. A brand new Herman Miller chair comes with a 12 year warranty which jut speaks volumes for the high quality of this chair. When you want to look after your spine, I don’t think there’s any better than this chair. It’s also available in an assortment of colors.
The number one selling ergonomic office chair by Steelcase comes in two sizes. 300 pounds Leap and the Leap Plus 500 Lbs capacity. The leap plus being reinforced with a platinum frame to give it the heavy duty 500 lbs rating.
What makes the Steelcase Leap office chair so ergonomic is that it mimics the the shape of your back and adjusts to the movements of your spine. Quite incredible for an office chair to be able to do this.
But the ergonomics adjustments don’t stop there. The seat is also adjustable. It can slide forward to reduce pressure and stress on the knees while providing back and leg support. Ideal for people with longer legs. This is achieved by lifting the paddle on the left side of the chair, as you lift the paddle simply slide the seat forward.
The front of the seat edge is flexible. It automatically flexes to adjust to your movements which relieves pressure on the back of the thighs. This is a unique feature and one that is very popular for heavy people as the legs can hold quite a lot of pressure.
The chair can also recline into 5 positions. This is important for ergonomics as it relieves pressure on the spine. So it is encouraged to recline every now and then while working away. But whats good about this reclining feature is that there is a tension knob. This allows you to increase or decrease the amount of force the chair has when reclining.
This chair is amazing if you have lower back pain. While the chair is already curved to mimic your spine, it also has adjustable lumbar support. This can be slid up and down to position it perfect for your body. But it doesn’t stop there as there is a tension control knob for the lumbar region.
By turning the knob you can increase the firmness of the lumbar or decrease the intensity. This allows you to set the chair to exactly the right amount of pressure your back needs. One of the best features for anyone with a bad back.
The arm rests that come with the Steelcase are also very adjustable. They can be raised by pressing a button on the side of the arm rest. Then you can pivot the arm rest forwards or backwards, inwards or outwards to get it set up as ergonomic as possible.
Having a chair that is this adjustable so that it can be ergonomic to your body is amazing. But being able to do this sort of custom ergonomics for a chair that is 300 or 500 pounds rated is just incredible.
As a heavy person, I need to have extra support for my back and I find the Steelcase Leap series is a wonderful office chair for doing such a thing. While it is a tad pricey, its an investment in the body which will be forever thankful. I haven’t come across another 500 pound capacity office chair that offers this much custom support. Which is why the Steelcase Leap Plus is such a good choice for obese people.
There you have two of the top of the line premium ergonomic chairs. But which is best suited to you. The Herman Miller Embody Vs Steelcase Leap office chairs?. To help make the buying decision a little easier, watch this in depth video review comparison of the two high end chairs as they go head to head. For more heavy duty office chairs, scroll down further.
Coming down in price to a more affordable level is this Airgrid Space Seating office chair. While still maintaining a heavy duty 400 pound weight capacity, this affordable yet supportive office chair is the ergonomic solution for people that wont a breathable chair.
Mesh chairs have long been a favorite of mine as the allow air to flow between the back rest and your body. I for one don’t like sweating, but it comes with being a heavy person. But having a mesh office chair means the sweat is greatly reduced during the warmer months. Which is why I like the Airgrid by Space Seating.
As this chair is on the more affordable end, it does sacrifice some ergonomic adjustable features unfortunately. That’s not to say it wont be the best ergonomic chair for you, but it just isn’t as adjustable as the 2 chairs mentioned above.
The ergonomics in this chair stem from the breathable mesh back rest and padded mesh seat. By providing a cooler work place means you can concentrate more and be more productive. There is a lumbar support cushion which is adjustable. To adjust it you need to align it to where you want and screw it into position. A little bit of a hassle, but once you have found your sweet spot the job is done.
While the Boss doesn’t boast super advanced ergonomic features like the Steelcase and the Embody office chairs, it does make for a good ergonomic chair for big people due to its design and generous padding.
With this also comes an attractive price tag. How much exactly? Find out the precise price on amazon here.
The Boss B991 is a office chair designed for the big man, so everything is oversized. It’s not just a office chair with a high weight capacity, its actually a heavy duty chair built with us in mind. Hooray!.
The Boss B991 has long been a favorite Big Mans office chair due to it’s amount of support and comfort. While it’s not highly adjustable, it does the little things very well. Like offering lumbar support, curved back to relieve pressure on your spine and provide ample amounts of padding to cushion the heavier weights.
Because it’s an affordable office chair for heavy people, the material used is a cheaper imitation leather. You could never get a real leather office chair for this price. It’s finished in caresoft plus bonded leather. But what really makes this chair so great is the confidence of knowing that your body weight will be supported and the chair wont break beneath you.
So there’s a few of the best ergonomic office chairs for heavy people. Buying a chair today is not your last step to feeling more supported, comfortable and being more productive. While the chair plays a big role in office ergonomics, there are other areas you should concern yourself with.
First and foremost is the desk you will be using the chair with. Having ample space above your thighs while working is crucial. Having a clear workspace is also considered ergonomic. Optimal lighting and your document holders and office equipment needs to be situated where it doesn’t cause your body stress to reach. But now that you have bought a chair that is ergonomic to your body size, you can start to make the office space around your more ergonomic.
Most standard office chairs have a weight capacity of between 200 lbs and 250 lbs. Which as a heavy person is no where near enough to support a larger frame.
So the most important factor to consider from the get go is weight capacity. When searching for office chairs, it can be hard to establish a weigh capacity. Some chairs simply don’t state the capacity. This is when it is important to read through customer reviews and the questions and answers section.
If you still cant find a weight capacity for the chair and you don’t feel confident in the chair, I would disregard that chair and move onto the next. It’s simply not worth risking your body on an inferior office chair. Chance are the chair would fall apart in a matter of months.
To help you find a high weight capacity office chair suitable to your weight, I have listed some resources below for the main weight capacities needed by an overweight or obese person.
While weight capacity plays a major role in narrowing down your search to find a computer chair capable of holding heavier people, there are a few other aspects to consider.
If you are short, you will need to find a office chair with lower heights. Otherwise a foot stool/step may be needed to keep your feet from dangling. If you are tall, then you need a chair that can extend to heights over 20 inches.
The actual width of seat and distance between the arms is important. Unless you buy a office chair without arms then the width of the seat is only important. With arms, you need to find out the measurement and make sure you can comfortable fit between the arms.
A heavy duty base and casters for the office chair are a must as well. If the chair goes cheap on these items, chances are you could be on the floor before you know it. So always look for a 5 star reinforced base with casters preferably 3inches wide. Casters can be swapped over for larger more durable and heavy duty versions if the chair you buy doesn’t have the best.
The two main common office chair materials are mesh and leather, whether that be bonded leather or genuine. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. With mesh you get a much more breathable chair that is cooler during the warmer months. But is not as well padded on the back rest.
With leather chairs they tent to get hot and sticky. But they can offer extreme amounts of padding which results in a very comfortable experience for bigger people. But most chairs are bonded leather which from experience is not the best. It will deteriorate much quicker than genuine leather. So don’t expect it to last forever unless you have some for of protective cover over the seat.
With all the above information and reviews on the best office chairs for heavy people, you should be able to make an informed decision and buy the most ergonomic chair to suit your needs. Be sure to always measure your body around the waist and hips as well as your height when comparing measurements.