How to increase height of office chair

If you have an office chair giving you trouble when you try to adjust the height, you may want to read to the end of this article. This phenomenon can be quite annoying and frustrating, especially for people in the workplace. 

Not only does it make you look inferior when having a meeting, but it also has negative connotations for the health of your back. You may not have the instruction booklet on you, or the chair has somewhat jammed. 

There are many reasons why your office chair may not be able to increase in height. In this article today, we are going to look at a few procedures that you can try following to fix this problem.  

Different methods you can try.

Try the hand controls.

This is the first point of call that one can attempt to raise an office chair’s height. It is widespread across different types of office chairs worldwide that there is a lever on the right to lift off the chair, allowing you to raise the chair’s height. If you do not see a lever, then most likely, there is a knob which is to be turned. 

This knob works by expanding and releasing the pressure on the cylinder of the chair. Bear in mind that the chair will only rise if there is no weight on it, and this is how you adjust the chair’s height. A good thing to try would be to sit on the chair and pull the lever, bringing the chair right to the bottom or its lowest point. 

From here, you can begin to release your weight from the chair slowly, and the chair should start to chase you going upwards.  When you have found the height you want, then immediately release the lever or tighten the knob. This will allow the chair to store the seating position that you prefer. 

Armrest adjustments

Different chairs offer the user the ability to adjust the height of the armrests. Sometimes it might be possible that your chair height does not need to increase but rather the armrests. If you are looking for a more significant presence when someone comes for a meeting in the office, then indeed, you need to adjust the chair height. 

However, if you were looking for an improvement in the chair’s comfort, which should lead to productivity improvements, you may need to consider merely adjusting the armrests. This is important for people who spend a large amount of time at the desk typing. 

You need to ensure that at least your armrests are around 90 degrees between you and the table. This will allow for improved posture as well as fewer muscle strains. The same way to adjust the chair’s height is the same way you adjust the armrests. Look for a level that should be on either side of the chair and pull on that.  

Get a footrest.

It is quite the case for many employees today that their desk is relatively high, meaning that their chair must be positioned at an increased height. This may, however, have complications for shorter people because their feet do not touch the ground. 

In such a case, an excellent option to consider would be to purchase a foot wrist. This is a little stool or step that one can use to have their feet positioned well and comfortably. It will also increase the general height of the person and give them some stability in their day-to-day work. 

Having a footrest is essential because it allows you to improve your posture. Earlier, we discussed the 90-degree posture, which is the same as the feet, and it is for the arms. 

How Long it will take.

This is a one-person job and does not require any genuine professional assistance unless the chair itself has faulty mechanisms. If the chair is working fine and all you need to do is adjust the height, this can be done in a few minutes. 

However, it is possible that you might not be heavy enough to push the chair down or up. Therefore you can make use of some books or ask a coworker to come through and help you out. 

Expected Results

The chair should be parallel to the desk in such a way that your arms can work at a 90-degree angle. This means that your chair should be close to the height of your elbows whilst they are fully bent. 

You should be able to straighten your back completely to improve your posture whilst still feeling comfortable. Your feet should also be positioned at a comfortable angle and resting on something.   

Things to look out for

Be careful not to break any of the chair lifting mechanisms whilst trying to adjust the height of the chair. If you have the wrong lever in mind and try to force the chair open, this may completely break the chair. Avoid doing this because it may break the chair in a particular position, meaning that the height can never be changed again unless you send the chair for professional repairs. Many people get frustrated when they try and adjust their chair’s size and end up yanking on the levers, thereby breaking them. 


In the end, you want to achieve this process in a calm and organized manner. These chairs have been designed to be comfortable for the user. Therefore you should not accept something that is not comfortable for you. Often there is a simple solution to raising your chair height, and all that you need to do is deal with the armrests or the height lever. 

These are the two most common and simple ways to adjust your chair height. If you have adjusted your chair height and still do not feel comfortable, then you can consider buying a footrest. It is essential to do so because your posture must always be protected. The workplace is where you spend a large amount of your time, and if you are uncomfortable, you will only hurt yourself. 

Elissa Smith

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