Office Chairs for Tall People 2022 – 6′ Plus | BT Office

The average worker spends 7 to 8 hours a day sitting, which can cause a number of postural-related issues, such as back, shoulder, neck, or knee pain. That is why it is so important to find an office chair that works for you. The average office chair supports a person with a height of up to 180cm. But where does that leave taller people? If that’s you, then this article should help.

If you are a taller person sitting in the wrong chair, your knees are likely to flex, and a good portion of your thighs may be exposed beyond the seat’s edge. Sitting in such an anatomically incorrect position all day can lead to both productivity and health issues.

In this article we will show you the important features you need to look for when considering office chairs for taller adults. Finally we will highlight some Office Chairs for Taller People that can be found on our website.

Any chair suitable for a taller person will need to be able to have: a large back; good seat height adjustment; options for seat depth adjustment; options for lumbar support adjustment; and an adjustable height backrest. Often a headrest can also be handy for taller people.

Seat Height

Look for chairs with adjustable seat height so that tall individuals can position themselves comfortably at their desks. Many office chairs come with inadequate seat height adjustment, making the taller sitter liable to flex the knees or extend the legs whilst seated. Adopting such a position increases pressure on the hips and thighs.

Ideally you should aim for your knees to be at a 90 degree angle, and for your two feet to be firmly planted on the floor when seated.

High Backrest

A high backrest provides proper support for the entire back, including the upper back and shoulders. Look for a chair with a backrest that extends to the upper back or headrest level.

Lumbar Support

Lumbar support helps maintain the natural curve of the spine. A chair with adjustable lumbar support allows tall individuals to position the support at the right height for their backs.

Adjustable Armrest

Adjustable armrests are crucial for accommodating varying arm heights. Make sure the chair allows you to adjust the armrests to a comfortable level.

Seat Depth

Ensure that the seat depth is sufficient for tall individuals. A seat that is too short can cause discomfort and poor posture. Taller people need seats with a greater depth than usual. The recommendation of a minimum depth is 19’’ (48 cm) or more.

Sturdy Construction

A chair with a sturdy construction is essential to support the weight of taller individuals. Look for chairs with a high weight capacity.

Swivel and Tilt Mechanism

A chair with a swivel and tilt mechanism allows users to move comfortably and find the best sitting position. This is especially important for taller individuals who may need more flexibility in their movements.

Quality Padding

Quality padding in the seat and backrest contributes to overall comfort. Look for chairs with adequate cushioning that will provide support over extended periods.


Some tall individuals may find a chair with an adjustable headrest beneficial for additional neck and head support.

Material and Upholstery

Consider the material and upholstery of the chair. Breathable and durable materials are important for long-term comfort and longevity.

Wide Seat and Back

A chair with a wider seat and backrest can provide more room and support for tall individuals.

Seat Width

For a taller person, the seat width should be at least 16’’ (40cm) or more.

Backrest Height

Generally, the height of the backrest isn’t important, unless it comes with a dedicated headrest. Depending on its shape, you may want to measure your torso in order to make sure the protruding area of the headrest aligns roughly with the top of your spine or with the back of your head. There is nothing more discomforting than a fixed headrest that is positioned too low (or high).

 Bearing all this in mind, below are some example of Office Chairs for Taller People that can be found on our website, recommend by BT Office Furniture.

Touch Operator Chair

Touch Operator Chair for tall people

Touch Operator Chair is a good quality chair that is available with either a medium, high or extra high back. All models have a permanent contact back mechanism, large contoured seat and manual backrest height adjustment. All chairs are suitable for users weighing up to 115kg. There are many options available that allow you to tailor the chairs to your precise requirements.

  • Choice of three back heights
  • Seat Depth adjustment option
  • Inflatable lumbar option
  • Choice of three seat mechanism
  • Price: £92-99 + vat

Pretorian Task Chair

Pretorian Task Chair for Blog

With generous seats and contoured backrests, the Pretorian range of operator chairs provides affordable comfort and support. Adjustable lumbar support is available on all models, offering excellent posture support, as well as a choice of four mechanism.

  • Choice of three back heights
  • Seat Depth adjustment option
  • Inflatable lumbar option
  • Choice of four seat mechanism
  • Seat Heigh: 46-60 cm
  • Seat Width: 52 cm
  • Seat Depth: 49 cm
  • Price: £114-163 + vat

Kona Computer Chair

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Kona Computer Chair is a very comfortable chair with an independent seat and back tilt mechanism. All gas lifts are suitable for users up to 150Kg. For users over 115Kg a polished base is recommended. Bulk order discount available, call for best prices.

  • Extra High Back
  • Headrest Option
  • Seat Depth Adjustment option
  • Inflatable Lumbar Option
  • 3 Lever Seat Mechanism
  • Seat Width: 50 cm
  • Seat Height: 46-60 cm
  • Seat Depth: 48  cm
  • Overall Width: 70 cm
  • Kona: £204-241+ vat

Blast Ergo Egonomic Chair

Blast Ergo Ergonomic Chair for Blog

Blast Ergo Ergonomic Chair allows the user to adjust the back support to provide continual support. Multi-functional arms enable users to adjust and adapt their position and feature engagement throughout the day. Stylish black five star base or polished metal five star base with carpet castors as standard.

  • Extra High Back
  • Headrest Option
  • Seat Depth adjustment option
  • Inflatable lumbar option
  • Synchronised Seat Mechanism
  • Seat Width: 52 cm
  • Seat Height: 46 – 50 cm
  • Seat Depth: 48 cm
  • Overall Width: 65 cm
  • Price: £265.00 + vat

Finally, please note that any of our chairs can be fitted with a taller gas lift, in order to make the seat higher if required.

Office chair for tall person UK measurements

Chair height based on the height of an taller individual, as recommended by BFIMA
Person’s Height (feet)Chair Height (inches)Person’s  Height (cm)Chair Height (cm)
6’0″19.4 inches181.5 cm49 cm
6’1″19.7 inches184 cm49.6 cm
6’2″19.9 inches186.5 cm50.3 cm
6’3″20.2 inches189 cm51 cm
6’4″20.5 inches191.5 cm51.7 cm
6’5″20.7 inches194 cm52.3 cm
6’6″21 inches196.5 cm53 cm
6’7″21.3 inches199 cm53.7 cm
6’8″21.6 inches201.5 cm54.4 cm
6’9″21.8 inches204 cm55 cm
6’10”22.1 inches206.5 cm55.7 cm
6’11”22.4 inches209 cm56.4 cm
7’0″22.6 inches211.5 cm57.1 cm
7’1″22.9 inches214 cm57.7 cm
7’2″23.2 inches216.5 cm58.4 cm


BT Office Furniture

Keep in mind that individual preferences vary, so it’s a good idea to test the chair or read reviews to ensure it meets your specific needs. Additionally, ergonomic consultation or trying chairs in a showroom can be helpful in finding the best fit for your body type. At BT Office Furniture, we have a wide selection of office chairs available to purchase. Browse our extensive range today.