3 Things You Can Do To Make Your Office Chair More Comfortable In 5 Minutes

If you are finding your office chair isn't as comfortable as it used to be then maybe it’s time to take a quick look at some key adjustments, especially if you haven't checked them recently.

Seat Height Adjustment
When your seat height isn't set up correctly it can cause you a good deal of discomfort although it shouldn't be necessary to change it once you have it set properly, sometimes it gets changed without you realizing it. Maybe someone else used your chair and altered the height, how annoying is that!

Using the paddle lever or button take the time to set your seat's height so your feet are squarely on the floor with your thighs facing slightly downwards when sitting.

You never want to have your feet dangling in the air because it puts excessive pressure on the underside of you legs. If you are short built and find difficulty with this you may need to think about buying a footrest to correct it.

Seat Tilt Tension
Hopefully your chair includes this adjustment, generally speaking it most commonly adjusts using a tension knob under the front of the chair. Turn it inwards to increase tension and outwards to decrease it.

When this is properly set up you should be able to recline with relative ease in your chair with the back moving easily as you lean back on it. If you find it's difficult to do this or the back offers little or no resistance it's definitely time to check your settings.

Back Height/Lumbar Support Adjustment
Your chair will probably have a height adjustable back unless it’s a high back model which may be fixed and yet hopefully includes some form of lumbar support adjustment.

Most back height adjustment is either by a knob at the rear of back support stem or it may have a ratchet adjuster where you need to reach behind you and slowly lift the back up and down into preset positions. This may also involve pressing buttons to do this.

Try and set the back or lumbar support so that it is giving you good lower back support as this will help prevent slouching as well as encouraging your back to adopt a healthier more upright position.

Further Help
Where your chair lacks some of these functions out its worth taking a look at the critical features you need to include when selecting a new seat.


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6 Responses to “3 Things You Can Do To Make Your Office Chair More Comfortable In 5 Minutes”

  1. What or where is the correct lumbar adjustment please – by this I mean, should the support be where the beltline is or should it be higher (to fill the small of the back)? I mostly find it more comfortable having the backrest nearer the beltline but I’ve read conflicting info.

    Also, I’m a constant adjuster with my chairs, always thinking the next adjustment will be better.

    Any tips on either point appreciated, thank you

  2. Chris

    Thanks for your question, there’s no absolute right place which can be applied to everybody as humans all come in different shapes and sizes. Generally speaking around or just above the beltline is probably going to work well for most people.

    Whatever feels most comfortable and natural for you. Also if your lumbar support adjusts in and out as well as up and down I would try not to set it too far in as it can force you into an unnatural posture and you will become uncomfortable after a time.

    I understand about you being a constant adjuster, sometimes it does make sense to experiment with different settings the only problem is when you make things worse it’s often really hard to get back to where you were as office chairs don’t have memory settings. Yet!


  3. I share an office chair with my husband and always have to adjust the seat down an inch so my feet can rest flat on the ground when my back is resting against the lumbar support. The funny thing is that he is 5″ shorter than me. I don’t know why he keeps on moving the seat higher – perhaps he just sits further forward than I do.

    That’s a good tip on adjusting the tilt resistance. If you feel like you are going to tip over backward, increase the resistance!

    Daisy McCarty

  4. How can I increase the amount that my new high-back office chair leans back? I THINK I have the lean-back tension set to minimum, but it still isn’t low enough for me – when I lean back, it always wants to push me back upright, and I weigh 205 pounds!

    When I put my feet up on the desk while leaned back, I have to exert some pressure to keep the chair leaning back. This was not the case with the previous (manager) chair I had.

    Is there a way to get even LESS lean-back spring pressure? Something in the mechanism I could adjust? Thanks

  5. Johnny

    Unfortunately you may not be able to adjust this as a lot of chairs have fixed tension.

    Take a look underneath the seat and see if there is a round knurled knob in the middle near the front.

    If so, try turning it a few turns and see if that makes it easier to recline, if it makes it worse then just turn it in the opposite direction.

  6. Thanks for the great tips on adjusting ones chair have to agree with you on the one thing that you mentioned with regards to someone using you chair and then adjusting it to suit them, there is nothing worse that can happen in an office, please just leave my chair alone and I’ll do the same for you.

    In a day and age where PC’s are involved one really has to make sure that one is comfortable, and especially ones back, as sitting for long hours at a desk can cause havoc on your body, one should also remember to take breaks every now and then just to release some pressure.

    Thanks for the information

    Kind regards

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