BEST: 5 Top Rated Office Chairs for a Short Person (Spring/Summer 2018)


If you are looking for the best office chair for a short person, then you know probably already know that different chairs fit different people. 😎

In this post I show the 5 best options for 2018 (all based on verified consumer reviews).

I also explain how to choose an office chair, if you are not a tall “rail” (sorry, tall people).

Let’s get right into it! 😉


5 Best Office Chairs for Short People


I tried my best to find the chairs with best price/quality ratio.

As a result I found these 5 that, in my humble opinion, provide the most comfort for shorter people.

Which one do you like the most?


AmazonBasics Low-Back Computer Chair


This computer chair (full review) is a modern profile chair from Amazon that offers a professional look to your home or office setup.

The seat helps you work in a comfortable style all day long with its adjustable settings and smooth contours.

It comes in a range of colors to match your personal style and fit within the surrounding decor.


  • Great price!
  • 250 lbs weight capacity
  • Comes in 4 different colors (black, green, red, blue)
  • Mesh back provides basic support and great breathability


  • Comes without armrests (but it may not be a disadvantage for people that like to scoot up to the desk.



FlashFurniture Armless White Chair


This Ribbed Task Chair (full review) brings an upscale trendy look to your office or home setup.

It features a ribbed and foam molded low back design, a swivel seat & back, and a fire retardant CA117 foam padding.

The chair has a chrome border and is upholstered in glossy white vinyl.


  • Contemporary and cool design (with a short user in mind)
  • Pneumatic seat height adjustment
  • Looks exquisite and high class
  • Comes in 2 colors – white & black
  • Awesome price/value!


  • The chair starts squeaking eventually



Brenton Studio Ariel Task Chair


Ariel (full review) is a product of Office Depot, Inc. a global and leading provider of workplace solutions, products and services.

The Brenton Studio task chair is a low back seat that gives you just the right level of comfort desirable in an office chair.

This chair adds elegance and professional appearance to your room.


  • Awesome built
  • Height adjustable armrests help to relieve neck and shoulder strain
  • Really easy to put together
  • Great price for the quality
  • Overall a very comfortable chair for a short person


  • Not that great for all-day sitting (which you shouldn’t be doing anyway!)



Basyx by HON Low Back Task Chair


Basyx by HON HVL210 (full review) is a low back quality chair that has a broad appeal and a center-tilt control.

The seat comes with a lock and tension control, a double layered seat cushion and a sandwich mesh back.

This chair is warranted for users weighing up to 250 pounds for a limited period of 5 years.


  • Breathable mesh keeps you nice and cool
  • Good for aching backs
  • Great quality chair for the price
  • Thick padding is also there for extra comfort
  • Also very easy to clean
  • Up to 250lbs
  • Covered by 5-year warranty
  • Quick to assemble


  • Looks like padding will be thinning in 10 months or so (so getting an extra cushion can be a good idea)



HON Volt Task Chair Black


​HON Volt Task Chair (full review) offers full scale comfort, upscale style and impressive quality to its users.

It’s a low back center tilt chair with generous cushions contoured for comfort in an office environment.

This chair helps you to stay comfortable and loo sharp at a very affordable price.


  • VERY adjustable – comes in with pneumatic lift, tilt tension, tilt lock, adjustable armrests (optional), center- and synchro-tilt!
  • Amazing warranty which lasts a LIFETIME
  • Very easy to assemble
  • It’s very solid and built to last
  • Enough back support


  • Awkward placement of the tilt adjustment. You gotta want it if you want to grab it 😀



I hope that you were able to find the best option out of these five chairs, but…

If you are still looking, check out our homepage – it has the best 10 out there (not only for short people though).


3 Must Knows Before Choosing an Office Chair for a Short Person

#1: Lumbar Support

As ergonomic chair experts, we always advise people look for lumbar support in their chairs.

Ideally it should be adjustable so to fit your spinal curve better.


#2: Adjustable Armrests

Or, at least, a chair that has armrests to begin with.

Armrests really help with reducing tension in neck and shoulder muscles that often cause neck and back pain.


#3: Recline Control

This study showed that sitting at 135-degree angle seemed to be the most healthy for the spine.

This is why recline control (via tilt and tilt tension) are quite important for comfortable sitting.


Remember these tips before getting an office chair for yourself…


We ALL Struggle

Short people struggle just as tall people do when using a chair that is not specifically created for them.

A short person would look like propped in a high chair with their feet dangling above the ground when in an office chair which height and depth are not suitable for them.

Because it is impossible to lean comfortably on the back of the chair with the feet touching the ground, a short person must choose between back comfort and leg comfort when sitting in a typical office chair.


Short People Problems with Standard Office Chairs

Chair manufacturers often create the “standard chair” which size is supposed to fit the average-built person.

If you are under five feet four inches tall, it is certain that you have had problems sitting in the standard chair.

Do you know that when you sit in any length of time in a chair which makes it impossible to place your feet on the ground, you could have circulatory problems?

Mobility is another challenge.

If you try to move around while in the chair, you could accidentally push your spine out of alignment.


Ergonomic Office Chairs for Short People

Before you start developing different health problems, you need to replace your office chair with an ergonomic office chair for short people.

An ergonomic office chair is designed for you to be comfortable, and you would certainly be comfortable in it if the chair is scaled for short people.

When searching for an office chair suitable for your height, a very important factor to consider is its height adjustment.

An ergonomic office chair should have an adjustable seat height which can go as low as 14 to 15 inches so you can place your feet on the ground.

The ergonomic chair should also feature a mid-back, so you do not feel like sinking in the seat.

If you want to be able to lean on the chair with your feet still touching the ground, the chair should also have a narrow seat depth and a narrow seat width.

The chair should have a tilt tension adjustment for reclining to be easy to do, and, if you are on a heavier side, a weight capacity that can support your weight.


How to Choose an Office Chair for Short Person

Short people usually finds it uncomfortable to sit in an office chair.

According to, someone is considered short if he or she is less than 5 feet 4 inches tall.

The usual problem of short people when sitting in a chair that is not right for them is that they can’t put their feet firmly on the floor.

This can result in circulatory problems. Spine misalignment is also an issue.

This happens when when short people try to reach their workstations while seated in chairs that are not created for their stature.


Why Is a Normal Office Chair Can Be Unsuitable for a Short Person

A chair that is considered “normal” is a chair that is usually created for average framed people.

Office chairs are usually designed to accommodate average to larger framed people, not because manufacturers discriminate against short people but because these chairs sell more.

Short people will not sit comfortably in normal chairs because of leg or torso length.

As mentioned, short people can’t put their feet firmly on the ground when seated in a normal chair.

A chair designed for average to larger framed people also has a seat depth that prevents a short person to lean comfortably on the backrest.

One solution to this problem is to use a footrest.

A footrest allows a short person to correct the sitting position when seated in a chair that is not meant for them.

It also makes reclining not a problem.

However, it can be an inconvenience to use a footrest all the time, especially when working.

The best solution to the problem is to buy an office chair that is specifically created for short people or one that has adjustment features that can help short people sit comfortably.


What to Look for in an Office Chair for Short Person

The most important thing that an office chair for a short person must have is adjustability.

The adjustment features of an office chair can determine whether or not it’s suitable for a short person.

However, there are manufacturers that provide three size options for their office chairs, including a size option that is meant for short people.

If the chair you are looking to buy does not have size options, you should check its adjustment features.

The most important among them are height adjustment, forward tilt, seat pan adjustment, and backrest angle adjustment.


Height Adjustment

The height adjustment of a chair is especially beneficial to short people.

The feature prevents short people from developing chronic pain when sitting for many hours working at their desks.


Forward Tilt

When a chair can be tilted forward, a short person need not sit on the edge or “perch”, which is tiring to do especially if done for a long time.

The adjustment feature allows short people to sit with their hips aligned with their knees.

This correct sitting position is good for the back as it does not put too much pressure on the back.


Seat Pan Adjustment

A chair having a seat pan adjustment makes sitting a comfortable experience.

A chair’s seat should have enough space where two fingers can fit between the front of the seat and the knees.

Back Angle

The angle of the backrest of a chair should be adjustable while a person is sitting and a person should be able to lock the angle of a chair into a position that provides the best lumbar support and comfort.

The adjustment feature is a requirement because without it a chair can cause people to slouch.


What’s the Difference Between a Chair for Tall and Short Person

Size is the most noticeable difference between a chair for tall people and a chair for short people.

A number of parts of a chair for tall people are larger a chair for short people.

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Last Update: 08 April 2018

About the Author Melanie Lawrence

Melanie's passion lies in human biomechanics, movement and well-being. She strives to help people sit better and that is why she is the main editor at

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