Do you have a big frame which makes it hard to be comfortable in an office chair? Believe me; I know how it feels. When I was in school I had to sit in chairs where my knees would hit the person’s desk in front of me, and now that I’m older and travel semi-frequently, I often have to deal with airlines trying to jam-pack as many people as they can into a small space which means limited knee room for tall and big framed people like myself.
The good news is that since I work from home, I can use whatever chair I want for playing video games and getting work done. Whether you are at a work-home environment, bringing your new chair to work, or just looking for a comfy chair to relax in while you use the computer, I will give you some tips and recommendations for the best office chair for a big frame.
Are office chairs designed for big framed people?
What do you define as a normal office chair? Depending on who you are (whether a student, an executive, this could range from a $100 office depot chair to a $1000 chair. Most people don’t know it, but good offices usually use ergonomic chairs ranging in price from $400-1000.
However, most chairs that retailers sell are anywhere between $50-200 since retailers know people are scared to spend that much on chairs, and chances are, most people don’t need an expensive chair since most people only use a computer maybe for an hour a day.
For some reason, there’s also a stigma about expensive office chairs being unnecessary. It’s fine to spend a couple of thousand dollars on a bed, or a computer, or $900 on an iPhone that only lasts two years, but $900 on a chair that lasts ten years? UNQUESTIONABLE!
Sure if you’re 5’6” and you only spend an hour or two a day in a cheap one, you probably won’t have any problems since this is who and what these chairs are designed for. If that is you, I don’t know why you’re here! But if you’re a bit heavy, or 6’3” as I am, and you work on your computer or play games for 8+ hours a day these chairs won’t cut it.
The bottom line is that cheap office chairs simply aren’t designed for big framed people. To get a chair that is, you need a chair that is adjustable so you can customize it to fit your body.
Best chairs for a large or big frame?
I’ve mentioned the Steelcase Leap a ton, but it’s the first chair I fell in love with, and in many ways, it blends the best combination of features with price. It’s not quite as expensive as the Embody, but if you want the most adjustable chair on the market for the price, it’s the Leap.
With adjustable arms, an adjustable seat, adjustable lumbar support, you can make this chair fit regardless of your size and weight. Using this chair just feels intuitive, and worth the high price point. It’s also got a ten-year warranty.
Check out our Steelcase Leap Review to see our full thoughts on the chair!
The Embody is one of the more expensive ergonomic office chairs out there, but the price is worth it since it might have the most advanced back-support technology. The back is made out of what the company calls “pixels” that work as interlocking parts that support your entire back even when you move around in the chair.
Tech critics like MKBHD use the chair, and it’s well regarded as one of the most premium ergonomic chairs on the market for executives, fancy offices, or for those who need the best comfort for long work sessions. Like the Leap, it’s super customizable.
#3 HON VL705
The HON VL705 Mesh big and tall executive chair is perfect for large framed or heavy individuals since it has a weight limit of 450 and tons of adjustable features. You have adjustable lumbar support, tilt tension control, arms control, and the breathable mesh back is breathable while the black fabric seat is comfortable.
This chair is much cheaper and might not be as intuitive or last for ten years like the Leap or Embody, but it’s miles better than cheap office chairs. There are a lot of positive reviews for this chair, but a lot of reviews mention that this chair is better for big framed individuals who are large regarding width–not so much as height. This chair is also covered by the five year HON warranty.
#4 HON Endorse
The HON Endorse is a very affordable ergonomic chair for the build quality. It’s a very sexy looking chair that looks kind of like the Steelcase Gesture, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a strong, sturdy chair. It has built in lumbar support, multiple positions you can sit in, a mesh back that is breathable, and you can even get an attachable headrest which is unique for a chair of this price. This chair is also covered by the five-year HON warranty.
#5 HON VL702
The HON VL702 is the cheapest chair on this list, which means it doesn’t have adjustable lumbar support or as many features, but it’s still a great chair since it has a mesh back that is breathable, adjustable arms, and a 5-year HON warranty. There are a lot of user reviews for this chair that ensure it’s a great chair for a large framed or big framed user.The chair is easy to assemble and very durable.