Top 5 Best Ergonomic Office Chairs For Tall People

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Office chairs have become more ergonomic [1] in recent years, but for tall people, it can still be a challenge to find one that is comfortable. Common problems include a seat that cuts into the thighs, a headrest that is too low, and misplaced back support. 

In the quest to find a chair that fits well and offers the proper support, you can start by checking out these top options below. Each one is specifically designed for people who are head and shoulders (literally!) above the average person.

From mesh to wood to leather, there is something here for every taste and build.

Top 5 Office Chairs For Tall People

Duramont Ergonomic Office Chair

The Duramont is a winner with its multiple adjustment knobs at every critical spot and a breathable mesh surface.

Features:

  • Highly adjustable lumbar support
  • Adjustable headrest
  • Adjustable armrests
  • Reclining function up to 120 degrees
  • Breathable, elastic mesh
  • High-density foam cushion
  • Supports 330lb
  • Easy to assemble

One of the best features in this chair is the lumbar support that can be adjusted up and down as well as in and out. Users love the comfort and support. Even people with spinal injuries and chronic nerve pain rave about how this chair eased their suffering.

You can recline back to relax or sit straight up when needed. For long days at the computer, this is a critical function that can impact your health. The adjustable headrest gives your neck a break and lets your body relax from head to toe.

The breathable, elastic mesh prevents the sweating, itching, and irritation that is so common when spending hours in a chair. However, one user noted that it’s less comfortable on bare skin.

The armrests can be adjusted to the correct height.

A sturdy base can support up to 330lb and rolls easily on high-quality, rollerblade wheels.

Easy, 8-step assembly makes it a breeze to put this chair together. The instructions are very clear, and extra hardware is included.

It comes with an impressive 5-year warranty.

HON HVST141 Task Chair

Supportive, cooling, and built to last, this chair is perfect for those long meetings.

Features:

  • Cooling, wide mesh back
  • Adjustable lumbar support
  • Supports 400lb
  • Wide, 20.9-inch, cushioned seat
  • Adjustable, padded armrests
  • Adjustable tilt function
  • Easy assembly

The HON HVST Task Chair has a broad, mid-rise back made of mesh to provide ultimate breathability. The adjustable lumbar support gives great lower back support, although some users found it to be uncomfortably firm.

The seat is almost 21 inches wide and has a thick cushion for all-day comfort, perfect for men and women with larger frames. Users loved the extra space for fit and movement.

Relax your arms on the padded armrests and adjust them to your ideal height, but be aware, the chair most likely won’t fit underneath your desk.

With the tilt function, you can lean back for ultimate comfort while working. There is a pneumatic lift function that had durability problems for some reviewers.

The chair comes with clear instructions and all necessary tools. Assembly can be done in twenty minutes.

Enjoy worry-free comfort on a base that holds up to 400lb. 

Amazon Basics Big & Tall Executive Computer Desk Chair

For the classic executive look with plenty of comfort, this chair could be the one for you.

Features:

  • Classy, leather material
  • Padded armrest
  • Padded headrest
  • Adjustable lumbar support
  • Adjustable tilt function
  • Swivel function
  • Pneumatic height adjustment
  • Supports 350lb

The Amazon Basics Executive Chair comes in either brown or black bonded leather that gives it a classic “office” look. Thick cushions pad the headrest, armrests and seat. One drawback to this is the lack of breathability that mesh provides. Durability may also be an issue after a year.

There are adjustable knobs to control the lumbar support, and it can go from flat to very pronounced.

The seat cushion is on the firm side to support extra weight. Some users thought it wasn’t soft enough, but everyone has different preferences.

The tilt mechanism can be set at whatever angle is best for you, and the chair can swivel 360 degrees.

The frame supports 350lb and has a pneumatic height adjustment. Some reviewers had problems with the lift failing after a year.

La-Z-Boy Delano Big & Tall Executive Office Chair

With its impressive leather and mahogany finish, the La-Z-Boy Delano Chair fits into any professional setting.

Features:

  • Memory foam cushion
  • Adjustable height 
  • Wide, 21 ¾-inch seat
  • Bonded leather upholstery
  • Mahogany-stained wood
  • Adjustable recline and tilt settings
  • Supports 350lb

In a departure from the typical office chairs with metal frames, the Delano features a wooden frame and padded wooden armrests with a mahogany stain.

The bonded leather upholstery comes in brown or black with five different layers in the cushions. Memory foam gives support, and a poly-fiberfill layer adds the plush comfort. The wide seat has a waterfall edge to encourage healthy circulation in your legs.

People with long legs will be happy that this chair can go as high as necessary. 

The attractive leather and wood requires some extra maintenance. Users need to be careful not to put an extreme amount of stress on the legs.

Some reviewers had problems with the durability of the chair and quality of the parts during assembly. 

KBEST High Back Big & Tall 400lb Office Chair

With a classy leather finish, generous padding, and adjustable support, this chair may fulfill your heavy-duty dreams.

Features:

  • Bonded leather material
  • Adjustable Lumbar support
  • Padded armrest
  • Adjustable tilt
  • Rocking function
  • Double-padded cushion
  • Heavy duty metal base
  • 400lb weight limit

This KBEST Office Chair features a smooth, soft bonded leather surface for ultimate comfort. It has high-quality stitching that some reviewers said rivaled that of much more expensive chairs.

To ease your lower back, there is an adjustable, built-in lumbar support. 

Rock back and forth or tilt back to the perfect angle. You can adjust the tension and the resistance felt when leaning back.

The seat has a double-padded cushion made of premium, high-density foam. Tall people rejoice—the seat is 24 inches deep! No more edges cutting into the bottom of your legs. For many, this can be the biggest challenge when finding a chair that fits. Although this chair is perfect for taller people, it may not be the best fit for very wide users. If you are under 6 feet tall, your feet will probably not rest solidly on the ground.

A durable, metal base can hold up to 400lb, so you can work all day without any worry. It’s quite heavy, due to the need to support extra weight.

Assembly can be done by one person, although an extra set of hands would make it easier. The included tool is sturdy and functional. The chair can be put together in 20-30 minutes or less, depending on your level of experience.

Buyer’s Guide

If you’re ready to shop for a big and tall office chair, there are some important factors to consider before handing over your cash.

Do you prefer leather or mesh?

The surface material of a chair plays a large part in overall comfort. If you tend to get hot easily, mesh may be a better choice for you. If heat is not an issue, you may prefer the smooth feel of leather.

Leather chairs are typically heavier and have more padding than mesh, making them more likely to stand up to more weight for long periods. Since mesh is lighter, it tends to be more prone to wear.

Aesthetics plays a role too. You want a chair that complements your workspace and is appealing to you. It may seem frivolous, but if you don’t like looking at a chair, you will be less likely to enjoy sitting in it.

Are the seat, arms, and backrest proportional to each other?

Chairs designed for larger people still need to have the parts be in proportion to each other for a comfortable fit. If the backrest is too big for the seat, there won’t be enough room for your legs.

If possible, try sitting in a few different models to get an idea of what designs suit you best and what kind of adjustments you need.

Does it have pneumatic height adjustment?

To raise and lower a bigger person, a good hydraulic system is critical. Be sure to check the product specifications for the weight limit and don’t exceed it. Doing so will risk breaking the chair.

Does it have a metal base and wheels?

A sturdy base is the foundation for an office chair. Pure metal is ideal, and metal wheels will ensure that you can safely move around.

Conclusion

When it comes to buying a specialty piece of furniture like a big and tall office chair, it can be a challenge to find comfort and quality in one package. We have looked at five good options that offer different materials, styles, and adjustments to suit your needs.

What is comfortable for one person may not be for another, so take your time and try out a few different ones to see what works for you. Consider what materials you prefer and what adjustments you need for pain-free posture [2]. Always check the specifications to make sure you are within the weight limit.

If you do your research and shop for your specific needs, you should end up with a sturdy chair that will give you comfort and support for many days to come.

References

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3552974/

[2] https://www.physiomed.co.uk/uploads/guide/file/15/Physiomed_Sitting_Guide_-_Buying_a_Chair_Digital.pdf