So I stop looking like this guy everyday
So I'm looking around at buying a good office chair for my home office, but find that most "tall" designations are for people 6'1 and taller. Nothing against 6'1 people, but I'm a bit taller than that at 6'11".
That extra 10 inches of height and 300+ pounds of support needed means that this will probably be yet another long exhaustive search for the perfect tall persons office chair.
As I look around and find potential options I'll paste the links and information in this post. I figure it's something I would do anyway, trying to keep track of my options, so why not share that experience with everyone else.
Does anyone have good experience with a particular chair or a brand?
I'll be using this section to update everyone on my search and grab useful comments left on this blog post to also include up in here. By doing this, then down the road, we will all have a useful resource for fellow tall people trying to save their cramped back by finding a proper fitting tall office chair.
The height of your seat should be high enough that your thighs are at least parallel to the floor, or preferably have your hips slightly higher than your hips.
For me that means I'm looking for a chair that will rise up to 23 or 24 inches high
Annoyance is that many people list the overall height of the chair and not just the seat. My legs, could care less how high the back of the chair goes up.
The depth of the seat is something to consider as well. The deeper the seat depth the more of your body weight can be supported by the chair (this is something to consider when purchasing couches as well.)
My initial guess is that I probably am looking for 20inches deep of a seat.
Obviously if you can not fit into the seat width-wise this is a problem. This is really the airplane dilemma where people think fat people should pay for two tickets if they want to be comfortable. Truth of the matter is that the bones of my hips do not fit into many airplane seats. I find it so comfortable bruising the points of my hips or sitting awkwardly with hips vertical in one direction or another for a flight to get somewhere. No need to repeat that in looking for my perfect tall office chair.
I'm not sure what width I need at this point, but looking for a chair with adjustable arms or no arms at all may make for a good choice.
So.. it's been a long time coming for me to find a viable and affordable tall person office chair solution. I'm sure some of the $1000+ chairs are great, but for $60 extra this method has worked out amazingly great for the ROI.
As it turns out you can buy taller cylinders and actually replace the cylinder in an old office chair or even buy one from a chain store that you find comfortable and just replace the cylinder.
I wound up buying this 8" cylinder and at 6'11 this chair goes way higher than I need, in fact at it's lowest its probably perfect for me. The 5" cylinder might be better for anyone shorter, and perhaps even fine for myself.
There is probably a safety risk for chairs going up this high especially for normal people which is probably why we don't see them often, but I feel completely safe in my chair, though the 5" may be more stable.
Here are the two different height products for you to check out on Amazon. Note those are affiliate links but certainly feel free to search around for more. I had great luck with this vendor and the part was delivered quickly and worked perfectly once I got the old cylinder out of my short office chair.
[Note: Check the comments. The video wasn't embedding here for some reason.]
Finally, for replacing the cylinder, there are tons of videos, but this one was a good start. My chair was really stuck and took some serious WD-40, time and the pipewrench technique, but it was pretty old and jammed in there after years of use. A new chair would probably be even easier.