Sep 082011

It wasn’t that long ago when a heavy duty office chair was easy to pick out in an office chair line-up. They were the chairs whose upholstery didn’t quite match the rest of the office decor or the ones whose styling was reminiscent of a bad 70’s cop show.

Thankfully, times have changed. Today’s heavy duty office chairs or big and tall chairs as they are often referred to, are offered in virtually any style and available in almost every type of upholstery that standard office chairs are from fabric, leather, vinyl and even breathable screen mesh.

Style and upholstery are not the only advancements in larger office seating, ergonomic adjustments and contours are also being more readily incorporated into these popular chairs. In addition to the standard seat height and swivel adjustments, chairs like the OFM™247 offer tilt, seat depth, back height and feature a weight capacity rating of up to 400 lbs.

If you feel you don’t need all the gadgets of the OFM™ chair the Safco® Vue™ is a mesh back ergonomic big and tall chair that supports up to 500 lbs. and features built in lumbar support, seat height, swivel and more. These are only two diverse examples of how the industry is expanding. For more examples just type heavy duty office chairs in Google and you will be amazed by the number of results.

Keep in mind that these chairs are not for everyone. They are specially crafted chairs that feature more robust construction with stronger frames, bases and cylinders and generally include larger proportioned seat and backrest cushions for greater comfort. A person under 6′ tall may find themselves swimming in a big or tall chair and those who weigh considerably less than 250 lbs. may feel as though the chairs cushions are stiff or uncomfortable.

Manufactures are beginning to realize that the market for reliable, sturdy and stylish higher weight capacity office seating is fast growing. The proof is in the new models that are entering the market on an almost monthly basis. For those who find themselves as qualified candidates for a big and tall chair, a trip to your local office furniture store may produce limited results. Often times the web is the best place to compare and price a larger offering of big and tall chairs. After only a few minutes of research I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the variety of chairs available with the features you want and in a style or upholstery that compliments instead of distracts from your home or office decor.