Making sure your office chair is the right height is important for proper ergonomics.
If you just purchased a new office chair that is too low, you can make it the right height on your own.
On this page, we’re going to talk about some very simple hacks to make your office chair higher.
If you spend a fair amount of time in an office chair, making sure it’s the right height is very important. When the chair is the right height you’ll be properly aligned with the desk and your keyboard. If your chair is too low, over time you could start to experience back pain.
Luckily, there are many easy solutions for fixing this problem.
Is your office chair too low?
The good news is, you don’t have to return it. Today, we’re going to discuss some of the easiest hacks for raising your office chair. Keep reading to find out what they are.
How to Make Office Chair Higher
Getting the right height isn’t complicated and it can be achieved easily by replaced the caster or the cylinder. However, if you only need a couple of inches added, a cushion is the simplest solution.
#1. Raise the height with a seat cushion
We’re going to start with the easiest solution first.
Depending on how high you need to raise your chair, you may be able to get the right height simply by adding an extra cushion to your seat.
This hack will also make your chair a lot more comfortable. You can test this idea out with a throw cushion, and if it’s the right height investing in an office chair cushion could be worth it.
There are some thicker cushions made out of memory foam that can raise the height by 2 to 3 inches.
#2. Replace the casters
Nearly every office chair comes with casters, the wheels at the bottom of the chair’s legs.
On most office chairs, they are 2 or 2.5-inch casters.
What you might not have known is that you can take these off and replace them. A lot of people have noticed a huge improvement by switching to 3 or 4 -inch casters.
Larger Casters Benefits
- One of the great things about getting bigger casters is that it’s easier to move the chair around.
- Larger casters move a lot smoother than the smaller ones that come with the chair which prevents them from ruining the floor.
- Casters are very easy to replace because they can be popped in and out.
#3. Extend the chair with a drafting stool kit
A drafting stool kit could help you add an additional 9 or more inches to your office chair.
- However, if you choose this hack you should keep in mind that most drafting stool kits are designed for specific brands.
- This doesn’t mean you can’t use them. You will just need to determine the exact measurements of your chair’s gas cylinders so you choose the right kit.
How well does a drafting stool kit work?
Most office chairs have a height range between 16 and 21 inches. When a drafting stool kit is installed, the height can go up to 30 inches.
These kits make it easier to adjust an office chair to several height ranges.
#4. Get a larger gas cylinder
Every office chair that is adjustable has a gas cylinder. The gas cylinder is necessary for raising and lowering the chair.
Most office chairs come with a standard 5-inch gas cylinder. It’s very easy to replace the gas cylinder on your own to give your chair an extension.
Gas cylinders for office chairs come in a variety of sizes so people can customize their chairs. You can likely find cylinders that are as long as 10-inches.
Once you find the right size, follow these steps to replace the gas cylinder:
- Start by putting the office chair in the right position. Lift it as high as it will go, and then tip the chair over to its side or upside down.
- Take a look at where the cylinder is attached to the bottom base of the chair (where the legs and wheels are). The first thing you will need to do is remove the cylinder from that base. The easiest way to do this is with a hammer or mallet.
- Hold on to the base of the chair and gently hit the cylinder with the hammer where it is coming out from the base. Keep hitting gently until you are able to separate the two.
- Now you will need to remove the cylinder from the top half of the chair. The cylinder will be attached to the tilting mechanism on the chair. This is how you are able to move the chair up and down.
- You will need a pipe wrench for this step. All you will need to do is fasten the pipe wrench around the cylinder and turn it counterclockwise until the gas cylinder has been loosened enough to pull out.
- Get your new cylinder ready and insert it into the tilting mechanism. Once it is in there tight, you can attach the base of the chair.
- Turn the chair back to the upright position and adjust it to your desired height.
#5. Blocks instead of casters
If you’re experienced with carving wood, you can replace the casters with block platforms at any height you want.
This is a great way to save money and get the exact height you require.
- Once you have your blocks ready, remove all over the casters from the base of the chair.
- Next, drill 11 mm holes into the wooden blocks. This will allow you to fasten the base of the chair to the blocks with bolts.
Always make sure you fasten the base to the blocks so the chair stays in place while you’re sitting in it.
If your office chair is too low, you don’t need to replace it. Using any of the hacks we mentioned above, you can adjust your office chair to the right height. Getting the right height isn’t complicated and it can be achieved easily by replacing the caster or the cylinder. However, if you only need a couple of inches added, a cushion is the simplest solution.
- Adding an extra cushion to your seat.
- Replace the casters with 3 or 4 -inch casters.
- Extend the chair with a drafting stool kit.
- Get a larger gas cylinder.
- Replace the casters with block platforms.