How to Adjust Chair Height

Adjusting chair height doesn't have to be difficult. To find the best chair height for you, all you have to do is take a few measurements and evaluate your body's position in relation to desks, workstations, the floor, and your computer screen. Read the following tips to learn how to adjust the height of a chair.


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    Gauge your approximate appropriate seat height by standing in front of the chair and lowering its height until the seat is right below your knees.
    • Chairs with pneumatic levers allow users to adjust chair height without having to fully stand up.
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    Select a chair height that allows your feet to rest flatly on the floor.
    • Allowing your feet to dangle or adjusting your chair's height too low can produce numbness, tingling, discomfort, and pain.
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    Make sure that your thighs are parallel to the ground when sitting.
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    Measure the space between the back of your knees and the front of the chair.
    • Your clenched fist should easily fit into this space. If it doesn't, lower the chair until it does.
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    Take the angle and height of your workstation into consideration.
    • The height and angle of your workstation or desk can greatly contribute to the amount of pain and discomfort you feel over time while sitting in front of it. Make sure that your workstation comfortably aligns with your body and chair in an ergonomic fashion so that you can perform your tasks without pain.
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    Rest your elbows on your desk or workstation and take note of their angle.
    • When resting on your desk, your forearms should be at a 90-degree angle to your spine. If they're not at that angle, you'll need to adjust your chair's height until they are.
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    Modify the positions of backrests, seat pans, armrests, and other features of the chair.
    • To get the most of your chair, you'll have to make sure that all of these things are aligned correctly with your body.
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    Avoid unnecessarily changing your chair's height once you have found your perfect position.
    • Less modification on the chair will spare it from undue wear and tear.


  • Invest in an ergonomic chair to further protect your body from the strain and stress of sitting in a chair for many hours at a time.
  • When adjusting the height of a chair to be used in front of a computer screen, make sure that your gaze naturally falls in the center of the computer screen. This can help you avoid neck pain.
  • Use a footrest if you have trouble adjusting the height of your chair to an appropriate position.
  • When initially adjusting your chair's height, try starting at the chair's highest position and adjust the chair's height lower to find your perfect position.


  • You should be able to move your legs freely underneath your workstation or desk. If you can't cross your legs underneath your desk, then you need to have the height of it readjusted. If readjusting your workstation is impossible, you should look for another desk to work at. Alternatively, consider adjusting your chair's height if you find yourself having to prop your elbows up on top of your workstation to perform tasks.
  • Try to make height adjustments on chairs while you are standing up. Changing the height of a chair while sitting on it can cause much wear and tear.

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