Big and tall men have special requirements when it comes to getting an office chair that supports them and is comfortable. You want a desk chair that has all the ergonomic features, adjustments and the stylish appearance of a regular office chair but with the stability and design to handle a heavy person.
Below, we have featured some of the most well designed and reliable office chairs for big people. These chairs are not like your average office chairs which are fine for average people, but fall short when it comes to supporting large users.
All of the 4 chairs that we have reviewed below, are capable of handling large people with heights in excess of 6 feet, and can handle loads exceeding 200 pounds. They come with all of the nice features that you desire from an office chair, and feature extensive customization options in order to accommodate to your specific body dimensions and preferences.
Boss Office Products Heavy Duty Chair
This is a true “big man’s” chair, as specified by the manufacturer itself. Boss Office Products has designed this extra comfortable and highly customizable hunk of steel, leather, and cushion to provide a proper seating solution for tall and heavy people who sit in front of a desk and computer for multiple hours on a daily basis. Just to be specific, it can handle up to 350 pounds of weight on the seat.
That should be sufficient to seat even a 6’6” wrestler, and the heavy duty spring tilt mechanism lets you lean back on the chair without having to adjust the backrest angle. You can just hold the tilt lever located to the bottom right of the seat, and push back on the backrest to align the whole chair at an angle which suits your preference. The steel frame of this seat rests on a pneumatic gas lift mechanism which is extremely smooth and easy to adjust.
The 27” 5-star metal base has 3” double-wheel casters under each leg that will roll perfectly on wood, marble, and carpet. Upholstery consists of black Caressoft Plus, a synthetic material that is both soft as well as durable. Foam padding on both the full-length backrest as well as seat is extremely generous, and the gentle lumbar curve on the bottom of the backrest provides plenty of support for your back and prevents you from sitting with your spine bent forward.
Your lower back will receive plenty of support, while your head and neck are going to love the generously cushioned head rest section. Armrests are properly aligned with the rest of the seat frame, and feature soft cushions on top for added comfort.
STAR BUDGET PICK
Hercules Series Big & Tall Task Chair
While it does cost less than the Boss B991-CP, this medium back office chair from Flash Furniture is capable of supporting up to 400 pounds of load on its seat. This is exactly 50 pounds more than the Boss office chair, which also costs about 30% more than this affordable model. But remember that this chair lacks many of the features which made the Boss chair so good – things like a full backrest and soft leather upholstery.
However, you do get one thing with this chair – a more breathable upholstery material that keeps you from sweating in the heat. If you have a small office room without an AC, or if you live in an area with a hot climate and you don’t have very reliable cooling, then we assure you that fabric or mesh is always the better choice compared to leather.
This chair has generous amounts of foam padding underneath the fabric upholstery, and the pneumatic gas lift suspension does a mighty fine job at keeping you comfortable no matter how much you like to move around in your chair while sitting. There is an extra broad seat and backrest to accommodate heavier folks, and the edges are well contoured to snugly fit around the curves of your body like a glove. The height is adjustable via the gas lift suspension, and the armrests can be lifted or lowered.
Serta Bonded Leather Big & Tall Executive Chair
This is an affordable high back executive chair for tall and heavy users. It is capable of handling up to 350 pounds of weight, and is built from premium materials such as bonded soft & supple leather and extra durable heavy duty components. The base is what the entire frame of this chair rests on, and this is a heavy duty base for maximum durability and stability. The base is a five-spoke type with dual-wheel heavy duty casters on each leg.
This chair is fully adjustable and features the following – curved contours, adjustable lumbar mechanisms, ergonomic tilt mechanism, and infinite locking mechanism. The infinite locking mechanism lets you adjust the chair tilt and set it to any angle, and the conveniently located lumbar adjustment knob lets you adjust the degree of lumbar support for your lower back.
The contoured sides and lumbar support will keep your back comfortable and stress-free at all times. Bonded brown leather upholstery is smooth and supple, and it covers the entire backrest as well as seat cushion. For added forearm and wrist support, the chair features curved arm rests which have been padded with matching brown leather upholstery.
Alera Ravino Big and Tall Series Leather Chair
The Alera Ravino is a beast of a chair, and can comfortably support up to 400 pounds of weight without straining or creaking. In fact, people who weigh slightly more than 400 pounds have used this chair and report no signs of damage, wearing down, etc. In case you are wondering if you will be too tall or short for this chair – don’t worry, as it comes with a gas lift system which lets you adjust the seating height.
The minimum overall height of this chair (not the seat height from the ground) is 42-7/8”, while the maximum adjustable seat height is 46”. The five star chrome plated steel base is equipped with heavy duty dual wheel nylon casters for easy mobility. The open loop arms are outfitted with padded armrests so that you can type and write comfortably without developing a sore elbow or wrist.
The plush leather-like finish is truly amazing – it is both soft as well as smooth, yet feels very durable. The finish is very professional and sleek, with the black upholstery and subtle contoured seat as well as backrest. You can get this chair in two versions – one has a high back, the other has a medium back. The chair can tilt as well, and has ample lumbar support for your lower back. The back is approximately 22” wide at its widest point, while it is nearly 31” tall.
Choosing the Best Office Chair for Big Guys
If you spend 8 to 10 hours a day sitting on your chair, working in front of your computer, then you must know how it feels once you get up. Your back is all stiff and crooked, while your arms feel like dead weight because you spent too much time in an awkward posture in which your arms were probably not even level with the table. You see, the chair in which you sit determines your posture.
And if you sit in a weird or improper posture for extended periods of time, day after day, month after month, it slowly begins to take a toll on your body. Especially on your spinal column, it suffers the most from a crooked or bent over sitting position. You might notice that people who spend too much time in front of their computers are often bent towards the front, and have drooping shoulders. Lots of them suffer from a variety of problems related to the spine and hand. Carpal tunnel issues, spondylitis, back pain, headache, etc.
Do you want to get a nice office chair so that you don’t suffer the same fate as the others? Well, trust us when we say this – there is no shortage of ergonomic office chairs on the market that claim to provide the perfect sitting posture and back support. However, most of these so-called “ergonomic” chairs are just cheaply manufactured regular chairs with attractive marketing gimmicks wrapped all over them in order to entice gullible consumers into buying them.
How to select the right chair then? More importantly, what does a real ergonomic chair do that a cheap knockoff doesn’t? Well, let us begin by mentioning the basics – a true office chair can be designed for a variety of purposes. Some of them are meant to serve people who are frequently moving from one section of the office to another, or for people who don’t sit for more than an hour or two at a time. These chairs are often the ones with no headrests, medium back support, light cushioning, and a compact frame with optional armrests.
Then, you have the chairs which are designed for people that sit in front of their computers or on the desk for extended periods of time. These chairs are optimized to deliver a comfortable and healthy sitting experience, which is why they come with proper padding and cushioning underneath the seats as well as backrests. Most of them feature headrests and full back support along with armrests.
Finally, you have the truly ergonomic, top of the line, executive class office chairs. Chairs like these can either be equipped with mesh or foam padding. Some have synthetic fiber weaves to support your body frame, while others have PU leather coated foam cushions on a steel frame. Some exotic brands like Herman Miller use scientifically engineered carbon fiber and graphite based chairs that are extremely light, tough, comfortable, customizable, and eco-friendly at the same time.
If you don’t want to delve too deep into the matter and just want to know how you can sit on a chair comfortably for 10-12 hours and not hurt your back, neck, or hands, then look for the following features – an adjustable backrest, lumbar support for your lower back, an armrest (adjustable armrests are better), the option to adjust seating height, rollers and a sturdy base, tilt functionality, and well cushioned seats.