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How To Fit A Chair

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A properly fitted chair is extremely important, not just for comfort reasons but also to prevent bruising, pressure sores, and poor posture. While the members of your team are very knowledgeable in knowing how to fit your chair to your body (if they aren't they shouldn't be on your team), general guidelines to consider are:






Seat Width

Distance across thighs or hips plus 2 inches

Allow room for body to sit comfortable

Palm of hand should fit between hips and sides with some room to spare

Seat Depth

Distance from back of buttocks to back of knees plus 2 inches

Allow room for knee to bend without pinching against seat edge

Four fingers should fit between front edge of seat and back of knees

Seat Height

Distance from knees to heels plus 2 inches

Allow feet to rest comfortably on foot rests without knees bent more than 90 degrees

Two fingers or more should fit under the thigh to at least the second knuckle

Back Height

Distance from seat to under the armpit with arms extended from your sides

May vary depending on the level of support required for the upper body

At minimum, four fingers should fit between the top of the seat back to under the armpits

Arm Height

Distance from seat to under elbow bent at right angle plus 1 or 2 inches

Arm should rest on armrest comfortably when sitting erect

Create a triangle with your arm, the armrest and back as the three sides

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