Ask the Expert (Ergonomics)

How Do We Determine Ideal Seat Height for Chairs?

Seat HeightProper seat height adjustment is a critical component to optimizing workstation ergonomics. Selecting the proper seat height range for your chairs can prevent a number of problems such as lower back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, etc. Follow these steps to ensure you have selected the correct seat height range for your chairs:

Step One: Measure the height from the floor to the top of your work surface.

Step Two: Calculate the optimal seat height range by subtracting 10 inches from the worksurface height. This calculation should be the mid-point of the chair’s seat height range. Your seat height range should adjust at least 2.5 inches above and 2.5 inches below this mid-point.

Having the correct seat height range will enable you to fine-tune the level at which you work throughout the day to ensure maximum ergonomic comfort.

Call 262/798-9200 or email BEVCO at to select the right chair for your specific needs.

This article originally appeared in the January 2017 issue of College Planning & Management.

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