The Office Chair Adjustment Guide -

Office Chair Adjustment Guide

Getting used to your new office chair can take some time and it can be confusing trying to get a grasp on all of the adjustment levers and what they do. Our chair adjustment guide is here to lend a hand by giving you a closer look at each adjustment. If you're not sure what a particular chair part is be sure to look at our complete office chair part guide. 

Arm Height Adjustment:

Raise or lower your chair arms so your forearms rest comfortably while typing at a computer and working at your desk. For greatest ergonomic benefits, your arms should be bent so your wrists are at or just below the level of your elbows while typing.

Arm Width Adjustment:

Adjust arms inward or outward to match your shoulder span for maximum comfort. Once your arms are in place you can then move your arms pads to achieve proper ergonomic position, if your chair allows. Some of the adjustments may include: arm pad pivot (swivel arm pads inward or outward) and arm pad forward and backward slide adjustment.     

Backrest Angle Adjustment:

Change the angle of the backrest in relation to the seat. By adjusting the angle you may also be able to ensure the lumbar support rests comfortably on your back.

Back Height Adjustment:

Adjusting the back of your chair, including the lumbar support, will allow you to sit in the most comfortable position for your neck and lower back. The lumbar support helps support your spine and lower back. If your chair has an adjustable headrest, you can also adjust it by pulling it up or pushing it down to accommodate your height.

Center Tilt:

Chair tilts from a point under the center of the seat allowing you to rock.

Forward Seat Tilt:

To ensure proper posture and adequate blood flow to your legs and feet you can adjust the angle of your seat. Adjusting the angle can also lighten the pressure on your lower back. Your chair may also feature knee tilt which allows you to keep your feet flat on the floor while sitting comfortably.  

Seat Angle Adjustment:

Tilt your chair forward to allow proper blood flow to your lower body.

Seat Depth Adjustment:

You can adjust the depth of your seat to accommodate your upper leg length, which is important if people of different heights will be using the same chair. You want the edge of the seat to be just behind your knees when you are seated in the appropriate position.

Seat Height Adjustment:

Easily adjust your office chair according to your height and the height of the desk you will be using. You will want to adjust your seat so your feet are flat on the floor and your knees are bent at 90 degrees.


Backrest and seat tilt in unison at a ratio that allows for a comfortable seating position (typically the back reclines at a 2-to-1 ratio to the seat).

Tension Control:

Increase or decrease the resistance of the chair’s tilt depending on your weight.

Tilt Lock:

Lock your chair into the tilt position that provides you the correct posture and greatest comfort. This will enhance circulation throughout the lower body. If your chair features infinite tilt you are able to set the tilt in any position you desire, rather than a pre-determined number of positions.

Waterfall Seat:

Reduces pressure at the back of your knees allowing for good blood flow.