18 June 2021
The Best Ergonomic Chair According to Different Body Types
Getting a new ergonomic chair? That's great, but is it the right size for you?
Everyone has a different body size and type.
This makes it a challenge to find a chair that's the right fit for you - especially if you're shorter, taller, or heavier than the majority.
We see you, and we hear you.
Just because it's an adjustable chair, doesn't mean it's the perfect fit!
That’s why we've compiled some of the best office chairs, sorted according to body types, so that you can get something that's just right for you.
Not sure if a chair’s the right fit for you?
When buying a new pair of shoes, you wouldn’t want to get them a size too big or a size too small because they’d be uncomfortable to walk in.
Similarly, getting an office chair in the right size ensures that you’re always comfortable, like wearing a perfectly fitting pair of shoes.
Your seat should not be too high or low for your legs. We know how fun it is to dangle your feet, but they should be flat on the ground with your knees and ankle bent at 90-degrees while you’re seated!
In fact, your chair seat should be adjustable so you can adjust the height freely.
If your seat is too high for you, your back may start to curve which could eventually lead to kyphosis, making the backrest extremely inefficient even if it’s a top-tier one.
The backrest should be large, but not too large. When you lean back against the chair, it should support your spine from the bottom of your shoulder blades to the top of your hips.
The lumbar support of your backrest should fit into the small of your back while fitting right into the natural curve of your spine.
Otherwise, it would defeat the purpose of helping your back.
It should also have adjustable armrests that are positioned at a good height while being spread apart at an appropriate distance.
If your armrests are spread too far apart, you’re forced to spread your elbows while you work or leave them hanging without support – which are both not good posture!
Good armrests ensure that your arms are rested comfortably and close to your body without feeling awkward.
Ultimately, a chair that isn’t the right size for you will do more damage than good.
You should always try to visit a showroom to test out your furniture before purchasing it. Read this to find out exactly why it’s so important and how you should buy your office chair!
The best ergonomic office chairs for you
The "best" office chair for someone else may not necessarily be the best for you. So, what does "best" mean in this case?
It means the best for you and you only. Not anyone else.
For shorter people
The feeling of being too small for your chair may get disruptive at times, especially when you find yourself sinking into your chair and struggling to get out of it.
Getting a chair that's too big for you may also worsen any existing back pain that you may have! Even worse, it could add on new pains.
These options are guaranteed to fit anyone with a smaller frame.
The ErgoTune Supreme was specially designed to fit even our most petite staff – who stand at 150cm tall! It has been tried and tested by our petite members, so you can be sure that it'll be a good fit for you.
With its 11 points of adjustability, this office chair provides good ergonomics while being extremely flexible so that you can adjust it to your liking. It's also made with DuraWeave hybrid mesh, making it comfortable and breathable!
Another notable feature of the ErgoTune Supreme is its GyroBrace 5D armrests. They are height adjustable and can be freely rotated. (This also means you can always play around with them whenever you’re feeling too stressed. Fidgeting is actually beneficial for blood circulation!)
With the adjustable arms and constant support, you’ll feel relaxed in your chair even after a long day at work.
The seat depth can also be adjusted! This means that your feet will never be dangling off the ground, so long as you adjust it to a height that’s just right for you.
The chair is also equipped with the ATLAS Auto Tuning Lumbar Support, which shifts simultaneously with your body as you move around in the chair. Not only does it provide great back support, but it also helps to maintain your posture. It automatically fits into the natural curve of your spine, so you won't worry about keeping your back straight while you type away.
To top it all off, the ErgoTune Supreme also comes with a 12-year warranty, making it extremely value for money! This budget-friendly ergonomic chair, priced at $599, also comes with free delivery within Singapore.
Need a chair for that all-day comfort? Get the top rated ergonomic chair today!
Steelcase Amia Office Chair
What makes the Steelcase Amia unique is its seat width. It's narrower than the seat width of a normal chair and has an adjustable seat depth and flexible seat edge.
Circulation issues arise when a chair is too deep for a user as your legs would dangle off the chair, putting pressure on the back of your thighs. With the unique seat of the Amia, it is perfect for users on the shorter side as you won’t have a circulation problem while sitting for hours every day!
Combined with the LiveLumbar mechanism in the backrest, this ergonomic chair meets the needs of shorter users. This adjustable lumbar support stands out from the rest as it is a system of flexors that move in sync with you. It can also be adjusted by two handles on the backrest, so that you can place it at your ideal position.
It also has an adjustable seat depth and flexible seat edge, which relieves the pressure on the back of your legs when you sit forward or recline while you work.
At the lowest point, the height of the chair is roughly 40cm. This is a suitable height for petite users who stand at around 140cm!
The chair also comes with armrests are also adjustable in four different directions: sideways, up and down, back and forth, and side pivoting.
However, like any other Steelcase chair, the Amia is also on the pricey side. At a starting price of $1,600, it'll definitely cause a dent in your bank account. That said, it does come with a lifetime warranty.
For taller people
I'm sure you know by now that finding a chair that can fit your height is a challenge, especially if you’re taller than average.
Rest assured, these chairs can accommodate even the tallest users!
Yes, it’s the ErgoTune Supreme again. But here’s why it’s also good for taller people!
Firstly, it can accommodate users that stand at 190cm! The 11 points of adjustability once again gives you the freedom to adjust anything that can maximise your comfort as a taller user.
From the wheels of the chair to the tip of the headrest, the chair can be adjusted to a maximum of 1350mm which makes it suitable for taller users as well!
At a width of 500mm, the seat accommodates both wider and taller users. You also won’t have to worry about the lumbar support in your backrest as it adjusts automatically to fit your spine’s natural curve.
Overall, the adjustability and maximum height limits make it the best fit for taller people.
Herman Miller Aeron Size C
Source: Herman Miller
The beloved Herman Miller Aeron chair actually comes in three different sizes, size C being the most suitable for taller users. Even at different sizes, you can be sure that you won't be missing out on any of Herman Miller's award-winning design features.
The size C is recommended for taller users who are about 2m tall and it can support up to 159kg. So, if you fit in this category then this chair is for you!
Although, we must point out that it’s on the pricier side at $2,168, which is good for people who wish to splurge on their office chair – not for those who are on a budget.
Every Herman Miller Aeron is equipped with PostureFit SL that supports the natural shape of your spine while supporting your pelvis. The good thing is that along with the size of the chair, your back will remain comfortable because it’s at a position that matches your height.
It also has 8Z pellicle technology, which means that the back of the chair is broken up into 8 zones that offer different levels of tension, which makes it fully customisable to ensure that you get sufficient support according to your needs.
The seat depth is also adjustable and the seat width is at 470mm! These measurements cater to taller and wider users, who may have a larger frame as well.
Unfortunately, you’ll have to top-up a bit more for adjustable armrests.
Generally, we’d say that a Herman Miller chair is a good investment but it's definitely on the pricier side!
For heavy people
Many ergonomic chairs have weight limits that can accommodate an average person, which makes it relatively harder to find one if you’re heavier than average.
But fret not, these chairs are durable and long-lasting!
Steelcase Leap Plus
Like the Herman Miller, the popular Steelcase Leap also comes in another size which is recommended for heavier users.
Compared to the original Steelcase Leap, this model has a seat that’s 18% larger and has a 12% thicker back. This accommodates heavier users who still want to invest in a Steelcase Leap!
It can also support up to 230kg with a seat width of 580mm, which gives ample space for the user to move about without metal digging into the side of your body.
The seat depth is also adjustable within 425 to 475mm, which gives the user the freedom to find the perfect fit while ensuring that your feet is flat on the ground.
The Steelcase Leap is also popular for its Liveback technology that allows the backrest to mimic the natural shape of your spine while you're seated. It also adjusts accordingly as you move about, and tailors the recline tension automatically too!
This is great for promoting blood circulation while you're sitting, so you won't feel numb even after long hours.
Like the Steelcase Amia and pretty much any other Steelcase model, the armrests can be adjusted four ways.
However, the Steelcase Leap is – no surprises here – on the pricier side for an ergonomic chair. It’s less budget-friendly if you're not willing to invest a whole month's worth of salary on an office chair.
Now here’s a surprise! You didn’t think we’d end this list without including the ErgoTune Supreme again, right?
Combined with all it’s amazing features that we've mentioned earlier, the maximum weight capacity of the chair is 150kg! At 500mm, the seat width also makes it suitable for larger users as well.
With that being said, it’s a flexible chair that can accommodate anyone!
Need a chair for that all-day comfort? Get the top rated ergonomic chair today!
A table for your body type
In addition to getting a chair that's the right size for you, you should also pay attention to the height of your table!
Your table should not be too short or too tall for you, otherwise it would defeat the purpose of even getting a new ergonomic chair. What's the point of spending money on a new chair if you'll still be in an uncomfortable position because of your table, right?
Consider getting a standing desk that's adjustable in height! With an adjustable height, it is much easier to find a height that's just right for you - no matter your body type or size.
Speaking of which, we have a height-adjustable desk that moves 150% faster, is 30% quieter, and carries 71% more weight than other standing desks. It’s the EverDesk+, which we promise is more than just a solution to an ergonomic deficiency. It’s the start of a lifestyle transformation!