How do you tell if a chair will be comfortable if you’re ordering online?
There is not a one size fits all when it comes to chairs.
I had this problem recently with a few clients who could not find the right chair in stock. Of course living on an island doesn’t help, but I discovered a way to help mitigate major problems. If you are looking for something to fit you, here are some tips.
- Shop locally for a chair that fits your body, don’t worry about the style, color, or pattern. When you find one that feels great, measure the seat depth (inside front to back), the seat height, the seat width, the back height and the arm height.
- Seat depths can range from 30” deep to 40” deep. I am tall so I need a chair that is deep enough so that the seat extends to the back of my knees. If you are shorter and sit in a chair too deep, your legs will stick straight out and you will be very uncomfortable or need lots of pillows at your back. I like a chair back that comes at least up to my shoulders and if lounging, higher to support my head and neck. Lower back chairs, like some dining chairs, can be very uncomfortable if they hit you in the wrong place across your back.
- Take note of which styles you like. Chairs with arms that are too high might cause stress to your shoulders over a period of time. Chairs with no arms are not that great for reading because you have to use your arms to hold the book. Being able to rest your arms is wonderful but the arms must be the right height for you.
- Having this knowledge when shopping on line will really narrow things down for you.