One cannot emphasise too much how important it is to get the measurement stage right, a bit obvious really, but it can make the difference between having a new world of ultimate comfort and just another chair.
Most people who choose to buy a made to measure chair, do so because they want the chair to be just right and they appreciate the difference between a bespoke chair and an mass produced one that is near enough but frustratingly not quite good enough. Accurate measurement is what makes the difference, so it is more than worth taking a little time to get it right.
Measurements are made on the body of the user and correspond to the chair dimensions shown in the diagram. There are 4 important measurements we need to know.
A: Seat Height- This is measured from the underside of the knee (in the crease) to the floor; when seated and wearing slippers (if worn) but NOT with outdoor shoes. This is a crucial measurement as, if the seat is too high, the feet are suspended off the ground when sitting upright and if too low, there is no support under the thighs when upright and the feet are not supported when reclining.
B. Seat Depth – This is measured from the underside of the knee (in the crease) to the back of the buttocks. This is another vital measurement as if too short there is no support for the legs and if too long there is poor support for the back. At this stage, it might be a good point to consider the part the chair back plays in supporting the user. Whether a soft back like a Waterfall is best, or a firmer design like the Button back is to be preferred. Remember a soft back is likely to have more “give”.
C. Seat Width – this is one where you might gain some help from your present chair. Is it too narrow, or too wide? Points to be considered: Some people find it comfortable to occasionally rest their arms level on the seat beside them, as an alternative to the chair arm. If this is the case the seat should be some 2-3” (7cms) wider. Some users require the arms to act as a support. Some disabilities need close support, in which case the width of the seat needs to be “snug”. Most people prefer to have room to lean from side to side as a “fidget” can increase the comfort when using the chair for an extended period of time.
D: Chair Back Height – This is not such a crucial dimension, but there are 2 points to consider: the back should be high enough to provide the user with support behind the head, however, the higher the back, the further the chair will need to be from the wall.
In addition to the above measurements the users height and weight (sorry) are also important to consider.
You might find it easier to discuss the measurements with a member of our team – please feel free to call us on 0800 080 6071 and we will be happy to talk through the measurement process with you.