What Office Chair Size Should You Get For Your Height?

It is essential to purchase the right size of Office chair. Sometimes people get intimidated seeing Office Chairs of different types and sizes and often choose the wrong size of chair for them. Not every chair works for everyone due to the variation of body type and, most importantly, height. So, it’s important for you to find a chair that will fit your specific needs and especially your body. Hopefully, we can help you to avoid that kind of problem with this post.

Some people erroneously think that they can get chairs of any size as they can adjust the height. This is not always the right thinking at all. Having adjustable height features does not always mean that the chair will perfectly fit everybody. You will have to consider your body type and other things along with your height as well.

Generally, the best way to tell the proper seat height is to simply sit on the Office chair and adjust the height lever until your two feet touch the floor completely, and your knees are at a 90-degree angle. Another best way to calculate the seat height is when your two feet are touching the floor. This is just a general assumption. If you want to find specific answers to your question, you have to read the full article.

Matching Your Seat Height to Your Height:

Ideal Office Chair Height: It’s really tough to say what seat height you should get matched off only your actual height. Different people have different body types according to their height and body shape.

If you get a chair with the incorrect size, it can lead to back and neck pain. In the worst-case scenario, it can permanently damage your back or neck. To remedy this situation, I’ve built this calculator for you, where you can calculate your chair size according to your height.

Use Calculator to get your appropriate chair size:

Proper Seat Height according to your Desk: 

Suppose you get a properly sized chair according to your height. But you work in front of a desk for prolonged hours, especially if you do a lot of computing, then your arms get tired and sometimes get fatigued. To get rid of this situation, raise your seat height so your elbow can form a 90-100 degree angle, and your forearms would be just above the desk or parallel to the desk, and you can touch your keyboard quite easily.

With this seating position, your wrists are in their neutral position, and your shoulders are relaxed. Now you might see that your feet are now floating; this won’t be good if you work for long hours. You can just use a mattress, footrest which will help you rest your feet properly. 

Appropriate chair heights for kids:

Office chairs are now available in a variety of sizes in the market. Getting the proper size of chair for kids can be tricky.

Because there are additional factors to consider: (1) Getting a chair where kids can sit comfortably as well as pay attention while studying. (2) Children are more likely to sit on a chair that looks more colorful and stylish.

They don’t want to sit on a boring chair. So, getting the right size of chair is important. Although, we already mentioned how to get a proper chair size according to your height above. However, You can follow the chart below to find the right chair that fits with your kids according to their age.

It would be awesome if you can take your kids to the store and find the right chair for them. The perfect height of seat for kids according to their age is as follows:

No.AgeChair Seat Height
12-3 Yr8″-12″
24-5 Yr11″-17”
36-8 Yr12″-18″

How to Adjust the Height of a Office Chair:

To get the most out of your office chair, it is a must for you to know how you would change or adjust the height of your office chair. The process that we have mentioned is applicable for most of the office chairs with adjustable height out there. If your office chair has adjustable height options, you can follow the process as follows: 

To lower the Office Chair: Firstly, you have to stand in front of your chair and press the pneumatic lever. Whether you have to press up or down depends on the model of your chair. You will notice that the chair seat will move slowly a bit. Then pull the seat down up to your requirement and lock the lever once your seat reaches the right height.

To raise the Office Chair: Again, you have to stand in front of your chair and press the pneumatic lever. As we said before, whether you have to press up or down depends on the model of your chair. Similarly, you will notice that the chair seat will move a bit slowly. Then pull the seat up, and your chair seat will start rising and lock the lever once you have raised up to your requirement.

Common Office Chair Heights:

In North America, the standard Desk Height is taken to be 29 inches. There is not any standard set of height for Office chairs like the Standard height of Desk in North America. For this reason, different office chairs are made with different supported height ranges. So, You have to know the range of supported height of any chair before buying it.

During our research on office chair height, I have collected data of several supported heights of popular chairs with adjustable heights out there in the market right now. To give you a precise idea, I made a table of 15 popular office chair models with the height ranges the manufacturer of those chairs have chosen.

No.Office Chair ModelSupported Height
1SIHOO Office Ergonomic Chair16.5 – 20”
2Herman Miller Embody Office Chair16 – 20.5″
3Herman Miller Aeron Office Chair16 – 20.5″
4ErgoHuman Eurotech17”–  21”
5SIDIZ T80 Office Chair18”– 22”
6Hbada Ergonomic Office Recliner Chair17.3″– 20.5″
7Duramont Office Chair17” – 20”
8ErgoChair 218” – 20”
9Steelcase Leap15.5” – 20.5″
10Tribesigns T18 Ergonomic office chair17″ – 20.9″
11IKEA Markus19”– 22.5”
12Humanscale Freedom16”– 20”
13IKEA Renberget18”– 22.5”
14Haworth Zody Chair14” – 21”
15Sihoo M57 office chair17”– 19.7”

Example of an office chair with Three different sizes:

If you are looking for a chair, you might be familiar with the popular Herman Miller Aeron Chair. We would like to use this chair as an example to see the different sizes of a chair. This chair actually comes with three different sizes.

Each type has a different chair size, depth, and width. As the chair size increases, so does the chair width and depth. So, you really need to choose the appropriate size before buying a chair. Let’s look at this chair in different sizes.

Size A: Small: Recommended for Height of 4 feet 10 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall & 90-150 lbs of weight.

Size B: Medium: Recommended for Height of 5 feet 2 inches to 6 feet 6 inches tall & 130-325 lbs of weight.

Size C: Large: Recommended for Height of 5 feet 3 inches to 6 feet 6 inches tall & 180-350 lbs of weight.

Final Thoughts and Opinions:

I think it is very much important to get the office chair of proper chair seat height as most people who have long desk jobs are going to sit in the chair for almost all day. Thus If you want to sit comfortably without hurting yourself, getting a chair that goes with your height is a must. Most of the chairs we mentioned have adjustable seat height features.

If you buy one of those chairs, then adjust the seat height according to your comfort. I also have attached a calculator to help you with finding the proper seat height for your height. I have also mentioned the height of seats required for your kids according to their age as well. I hope this article was helpful. Please let me know your thinking in the comment section below.

Thanks for reading! Before you go, take a minute out and check out my top recommendations for Ergonomic Office Chairs.

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 reseaching on ergonomic chair and gained knowledge throughout the process.  This is the site where I share everything I've learned about office chairs.