Office Chairs Plus Size People Love (And No, They're Not Your Dad's Big & Tall Office Chair)

model sitting in modern big and tall office chair

Most adults spend more than half of their waking hours at work. For those of us who work in offices, the right office chair can be the difference between productivity and pain. For plus size people, office furniture can be tricky to find. So-called “big and tall office chairs” often still have arms that don’t move or are too narrow for those of us with wide hips. So, we asked ourselves…

What makes for good office chairs for plus size people?

Over the last year, AllGo has collected thousands of reviews, hundreds of survey responses, and conducted half a dozen focus groups to answer this question. We’ve written about how to design a reception area that’s welcoming to people of all sizes and will be publishing more a comprehensive guide later this year. Until then we wanted to share a few options in case you’re in urgent need plus-friendly seating.

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Plus Size Chairs for Office Conference and Waiting Rooms

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Mid-Century Modern Style Plus Size Office Chair for Conference Rooms (700+ lb. weight capacity)

Let’s face it. Aesthetics are an important part of choosing furniture for your home, office, or restaurant. That’s why we love this option from Flash Furniture’s HERCULES Series. It’s got both form and function. Details about this chair:

  • Ergonomically contoured design with a curved back for exceptional support
  • Polypropylene seat and back with powder coated frame finish
  • Steel frame supports up to 770 lbs
  • Chair stacks 5 high to save space when not in use, helping you utilize your entire space
  • Additional colors available
big and tall office chair for meeting rooms

A Plus Size Office Chair that Stacks for Small Rooms (600+ lb. weight capacity)

This chair is great for waiting areas and conference rooms. It’s affordable and will please most butts. This chair is also a great one for chairs that are regularly rearranged. They’re inexpensive and stack, so you can easily have a bunch in a closet when you need to set up your conference room auditorium-style.

Details about this chair:

  • Ergonomically contoured design with a curved back and seat for exceptional support
  • Polypropylene seat and back with powder coated frame finish
  • Steel frame supports up to 660 lbs
  • Chair stacks 5 high to save space when not in use, helping you utilize your entire space
  • Additional colors available

big and tall office chair for meeting rooms

The Ultimate Plus-Size Office Chair for Focusing (800 lb. weight capacity)

We all need to have a few of these chairs around. They’re absolutely the best for long team meetings. You know the kind. You’re trying to tackle a big, messy problem and you need your team focused and at their best. This is the chair you need. It’s got the perfect slope for thinking–relaxed, but not too relaxed. There’s no hard metal or plastic to poke you. Just the right amount of squish to keep your bum comfy while your brain does all the work.

  • Upholstered seat and backrest with high-density foam with waterfall edge for extra leg comfort
  • Originally designed for churches so parishioners could stay comfortable during long, seated services.
  • 18 gauge, 7/8″ tubular steel frame supports 800 lbs.
  • Additional colors available

Plus Size Task Chairs for Your Desk

big and tall office chair the best task chair for plus size people

The Aeron Chair by Herman Miller

This iconic chair is the only task chair to earn my personal, tested recommendation. At least for now. Here’s what I love about it:

  • The mesh back AND bottom keeps me cool and comfortable for long, long hours. The mesh flexes to fit my curves, my curves aren’t squished to conform to the shape of the chair.
  • The arms adjust in multiple directions, which means there’s no need to sacrifice ergonomic fit for comfort.
  • My big bod sat in some of these chairs 5-6 days/week for 8+ hours/day for years. The same chairs. They never creaked. They never lost the ability to go up and down. They remained in like-new condition.

Other Big & Tall Office Chairs

As I mentioned above, I don’t have any other task chairs I can personally recommend. But because the price of Herman Miller’s Aeron Chair is prohibitively expensive for many people, I wanted to share a few suggestions for items you could look into.

If you buy any of these chairs, I’d love to know what you think.

Commercial Grade Seating Options for Plus Friendly Workplaces

If you’re shopping for your workplace, you’re probably looking for commercial-grade furniture. There are lots of great plus-friendly options out there that won’t cost more than other commercial-grade options. And don’t worry about only purchasing “big and tall office chairs”. Many commercial options without that designation are great for plus size people. Here’s what we recommend:

  • Don’t forget about benches. Today’s modular seating options are versatile and available in a variety of styles. These kinds of seats work for the widest variety of people. Who says your conference table needs chairs? It’s 2020, try benches instead.
  • Arms really just suck for many big people. This is especially true for women who are more likely to have wide hips. There are lots of commercial grade chairs with arms that have matching armless counterparts. These are great if you’re striving for a unified aesthetic but don’t want to go totally armless.
  • Seat height matters. If you’re tempted to go for tall chairs across the board, think again. The discomfort plus-size people (especially short plus-size people) experience in bar-height chairs will absolutely impact their productivity. Do your bottom line some good and offer chairs at multiple heights. Again, there are many styles that offer matching regular- and bar-height options.

Want to talk more about your commercial seating options, book a time with an AllGo seating specialist here.

4 thoughts on “Office Chairs Plus Size People Love (And No, They're Not Your Dad's Big & Tall Office Chair)

  1. I’m a fan of this chair, rated for 450 lbs. You can leave the arms off, but FYI then you have a “nub” on the seat & back. Doesn’t bother me but some might not like it. There is also a narrower version with same weight rating that comes in other colors. https://www.wayfair.com/furniture/pdp/ebern-designs-keltner-bungee-conference-chair-w001205474.html

    P.S. my husband stole it and now I’m intrigued with saddle stools, so may try that next as some come with 500 lb weight capacity!

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