Eames Lounge Chair Tall Vs. Regular: Which One Do You Need?

The Eames Lounge chair is widely considered to be one of the best relaxing, high-end chairs that money can buy. But the size of the chair is quite confusing to a lot of people. That’s because the Eames Lounge chair comes in two sizes tall and standard/regular. And figuring out which one is ideal for you is a challenging task. 

The main difference between Eames Lounge Tall and Standard chair is the price and dimension.  Eames tall lounge chair has more seat height and seat depth and larger overall chair height and depth. The regular version of this chair is suitable for people of height 5’5″ – 6’0″, whereas the tall size is for people over 6 feet.

As always, there’s more to this story! You need to understand a few aspects of this chair to figure out which option would be best for you. That’s why in this article, I’ll be breaking down those aspects of the Herman Miller Eames Lounge Chair. 

So, without any further ado, let’s begin! 

Does the Ideal Lounge Chair Size Exist? 

From an ergonomic point of view, lounge chair manufacturers build their products in such a way that the optimized height can ease the negative effects of sitting down for a long time. 

Ideally a lounge chair’s height should be just in the goldilocks zone between too short and too tall. This will reduce the pressure on your shoulders, things, lower back and neck. Getting the chair with the right height will make you comfortable and boost your productivity. 

So, when it comes to lounge chairs, there is no one size fits all. The height of the chair that’s ideal for you will depend on your height, weight and stature. But, there is a way of figuring out what that size may be. 

Here’s a couple of points to consider to find out the correct size of your lounge chair:

  1. Your feet should be able to touch the floor while keeping your knees at a 90-degree angle with your body. 
  2. If you’re using a lounge chair with an Ottoman, then the chair should have a size that can accommodate your body while keeping your back at a 120-degree angle. 

Be warned that these two points that we’ve mentioned are pretty vague and finding the right size is still a bit tricky. 

Herman Miller Eames Chair Standard vs. Tall: Which One Do You Need? 

As we’ve said before, the size of the Eames chair that’ll be ideal for you will depend on your height. We’ve discussed this matter with dozens of Eames Lounge chair customers. 

And most of them suggested that one should buy the standard-sized Eames chair if his height is within a range of 5’5” – 6’. On the other hand, if your height is well above 6’, you should obviously go with the tall one. 

Even if you’re 5’9”-5’11” and you think that the tall one should fit you best. Well, you should still consider buying the standard one as the tall version will still feel uncomfortably deep to you.  

How Tall are Eames Tall Lounge Chairs?

The Eames tall lounge chairs aren’t actually that taller/bigger than the classic or standard sized version. But that small variation in size makes all the difference. Here’s a look at the dimensions of the two versions of the Heman Miller Eames Lounge chair:

Eames Lounge ChairStandard/RegularTall
Total Height31.5″33.5″
Seat Height15″15.25″

As you can see, the tall version of the chair adds an additional 1.75 inches to the overall height of the chair. It also adds around ½ inch to the seat height. 

Is the Eames Chair Height Adjustable?

“Comfort comes first.” That’s the mantra Herman Miller follows when manufacturing the Eames Lounge or Executive chairs. And so, of course their heights will be adjustable. That’s a given, right? 

But, you would be wrong to think that. Just to clarify, the Eames Lounge chair does not offer adjustable features. So, basically, after assembling the chair, it’s good to go for most people after assembling the chair

You might be thinking that’s a disadvantage of using this chair. But, the opposite is true. It’s perfectly designed with the ideal default settings.

Unlike the other lounge chairs that you have to spend time adjusting, the Eames lounge chair comes at the most optimal position by default. 

This is a unique feature of the Eames chairs sets them apart from the rest. And that’s the reason why you won’t see any adjustment levers on the Eames chairs. 

Can You Raise The Height of An Eames Chair?

As we have discussed in the previous section, the Eames Lounge chair comes at the optimal pre-built setting and that’s why it does not offer height adjustability. So, unfortunately you cannot raise the height of the Eames Lounge chair if you wanted to. 

However, you should know that this is not true for all Eames chairs. For instance, you can adjust the height of the Eames executive chair. Not only that. You can also adjust its tilt-mechanism as well. 

You can also adjust the height of the Eames Aluminum Group Management chair. To raise its height, you need to lift its lever up while you’re taking your weight off the chair. And if you want to lower it’s height, you just have to lift the lever up again, but this time, stay seated on the chair. 

Final Thoughts 

Introduced by the two of the most influential designers of the 20th century, the Eames Lounge chair has defined the modern Lounge chair design for more than 60 years. This chair has become an icon in the furniture world and it’s the most premium chair that money can buy. 

This chair is sleek, beautifully designed and sophisticated. It feels like this chair can do no wrong, right? So, don’t let a slight confusion about it’s size deter you from buying this chair and ottoman. 

Hopefully, now you know how to distinguish between the different sizes of the Eames Lounge chair and also how to determine which one is right for you. 

That’s all for now. Thanks for sticking with us till the very end. Till next time, bye! 

Sifatul Shohan

Hi, I'm the co-owner of officechairtrends.com. A blogger and a freelance web developer.  As I work as developer, I have to work for prolonged hours at a desk that's where I developed back pain. I started researching on ergonomic chairs and gained knowledge throughout the process.  This is the site where I share everything I've learned about office chairs.