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The Ultimate Gaming Chair Sizing Guide

Many people will tell you that gaming chairs are one-size-fits all. That’s technically true. But the most important function of a gaming chair is to support good posture. This gaming chair size guide explains why a proper size yields the best benefits. It also points out what dimensions to consider before buying a chair.

Both of the gaming chairs pictured below are for average-sized users. The first is the Secretlab Titan, a large-sized luxury chair. The other is a Homall small-sized budget gaming chair. Both men in the picture can fit in either chair. But the fit is not ideal.

Gaming chair sizing guide
Both chairs will fit technically fit either man.

To get the most out of your gaming chair, it’s important to choose a size that suits your body type.

International sizing

Most gaming chairs are made in Asia and sold in America. But average sizes in Asia are much smaller than they are in the west. Check out these average body sizes by country:

 Average size of menAverage size of women
USA5'8" 200 pounds5'3" 171 pounds
China5'6" 155 pounds5'2" 130 pounds
United Kingdom5'8" 191 pounds5'4" 160 pounds
South Korea5'7" 163 pounds5'3" 133 pounds

Broadly, cheaper gaming chairs tend to fit Asian average sizes. Expensive gaming chairs usually fit average western sizes.

Important gaming chair dimensions

Gaming chairs achieve optimal ergonomics using key features.

First is a contoured backrest that supports the natural curves of the spine. Between the backrest and your body are neck and back pillows. As you lean your body into the backrest, the pillows set your spine into perfect alignment.

Gaming chair back support
Gaming chairs keep your spine in healthy alignment.

The second key feature is the height of the backrest. Backrest height is important because the proper height places your neck pillow correctly. Most backrests range between 33″ and 30″ high. Anything lower or taller is likely designed for extremely tall or short sizes.

Benefit of a small sized gaming chair
If the backrest is too large, you won’t get optimal neck support.

Finally, most chairs come with weight and height manufacturer recommendations. Use these as a guideline while paying mind to the important specs listed in this article.

Gaming Chair Sizing Guide

To realize the ergonomic potential of gaming chairs, it’s important to pick the right size. The guide pertains to all gaming chair brands covered on this website.

Gaming Chairs for average sizes

Most of the higher quality gaming chairs fit average to large sizes. For example, the largest and smallest from our best expensive gaming chairs article.

The picture below shows the Secretlab Titan on the left. That’s one of the largest chairs in the roundup. On the left is the DXRacer Drifting Series, which is the smallest chair in the roundup.

Average sized gaming chairs
These chairs illustrate the range of average-sized gaming chairs.

Here are the key dimensions you should know about both chairs. The most important of these are in bold.

 Secretlab Titan (large)DXRacer Drifting Series (compact)
Seat Width22"20.4"
Seat Depth21"20"
Backrest Width23"21.75"
Backrest Height33"31.75"
Floor to Seat Range19.5" to 23"19" to 22"
Overall height52.5" to 56"49.25" to 52.5"
Weight supportUp to 270 poundsUp to 200 pounds
Height support5'9" to 6'7"5'3" to 5'8"

The big difference between the two is the Titan’s larger seat and taller backrest. Thus the Titan will fit users with wide hips, and also slimmer users wanting a roomier seat.

Gaming Chairs for small sizes

Best small sized gaming chairs

Only a few companies make specialty chairs for small sizes. Since smaller chairs are cheaper to make, many of chairs listed in our budget gaming chair roundup also fit small sizes.

Here are dimensions of three popular chairs that cater to short users:

 Secretlab ThroneDXRacer Drifting SeriesHomall Executive Chair
Seat width20"19.5"20.5"
Seat Depth18"20"19.8"
Backrest Width23"21.75"22.5"
Backrest Height33"31.75"30.5"
Floor to Seat Range16" to 19.5"19" to 22"18.5" to 22.5"
Overall height49" to 52.5"46.5" to 52.5"49" to 53"
Weight support220 poundsUp to 200 poundsUp to 300 pounds
Height support4'9" to 5'3"5'3" to 5'8"5'5" to 5'10"

If looking for a small sized chair, the Secretlab Throne is the best luxury option. The DXRacer Drifting Series is an average-sized chair that suits small sizes also. It caters to upright office works with extra-thick padding and snug ergonomics. Then there is the Homall Executive gaming chair. It’s one of the most popular cheap gaming chairs on Amazon.

To compare these chairs and more, check out the best gaming chairs for small sizes.

Gaming Chairs for large sizes

DXRacer Tank 400 lbs chair
The DXRacer Tank Series is one of the biggest available gaming chairs.

These are the largest sized gaming chairs available. They are similar in height to large chairs for average sizes. The main difference with heavyweight chairs is the width and depth of the seat. These models are extra wide with sturdy support for heavier weights.

 DXRacer Tank SeriesAKRacing Master Series MaxVertagear PL6000
Seat width23.5"24.4"21.7"
Seat Depth20.5"23"19"
Backrest Width26"24.4"20.5"
Backrest Height30.5"34.2"31.9"
Floor to Seat Range18" to 22"15" to 17.2"20.1" to 24.1"
Overall height53" to 57"49.2" to 51.4"50.6" to 54.6"
Weight supportUp to 450 poundsUp to 400 poundsUp to 440 pounds
Height support5'6" to 6'6"5'6" to 6'4"5’9″ to 6’8″

Check out our best gaming chairs for heavyweights to learn more about what’s available in large sizes.

Getting the most out of your gaming chair

Gaming chair sitting illustration
The neck and lumbar cushions on a gaming chair support an optimal spinal curve.

After selecting the best sized gaming chair for your body, next learn how to get the most out of your investment. Check out our Ultimate Gaming Chair User Manual. This teaches how adjust your chair, how to sit and how to best use the reclining options.

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