It can be very tempting to try to match your chair height to the height of your body. Without even thinking, you may find yourself walking around an office supply store, sitting in one chair after another. You adjust the back rest and arm rests then pull on the pneumatic lever to raise or lower the seat. You find a chair which is adjustable to a comfortable height. Your legs are bent at a 90-degree angle. There is no pressure on your back; no strain on your knees.
You decide “This must be the chair for me,” and purchase it without contemplating much else. However, when you get home or to your office, you quickly discover that it is not the chair for you. You spend an hour assembling it; pushing through the frustration of trying understand step-by-step pictures which seem to resemble your child’s drawings more so than actual instructions. Finally, after you finish assembling it you take a seat. You feel accomplishment and pride at having so easily picked out and assembled this chair all on your own.
You adjust the seat height to that perfect height you found in the store, wheel yourself over to your desk and find that it doesn’t fit correctly.
Match Your Chair To Your Desk
Perhaps your new chair is too low. You are shorter than the average person, for whom your desk has been designed. You try to gently rest your elbows on your desk to begin typing, but find your shoulders scrunching their way up to your ears. Or maybe your chair is too high; you try to pull yourself under your desk but cannot fit and feel you need to hunch over to reach your work.
It is extremely important to match the height of your chair to the height of your desk. In fact, your first step in this process should be ensuring that your desk can adequately accommodate you. This is much easier for short people than it is for tall people. Almost any desk can accommodate someone who is short. Of course, as a short person you can choose to find a shorter-than-normal desk, but alternately you could purchase a regular-height desk, adjust your chair height to match that desk, and then purchase a foot stool to make up for the difference.