What is the correct height for my desk, computer monitor and office chair?

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Time and again we get asked the same question….“what is the correct height setting for my office chair?” The answer is not that simple because it depends on two main factors, namely your height, and the type of work that you do. Because every person and their job environment is unique, the correct height for your desk, monitor and office chair will fall within a range of values.

Correct chair, desk and monitor height for office work

If you work at a desk doing ‘normal’ or ‘standard’ office work like writing or working on a computer, then the following guidelines are applicable for setting the correct height for your office chair, desk and monitor.

correct height settings for office chair

Every person is unique and the height ranges shown in the table below should serve as a starting point. Whether you are standing or sitting, adjust the desk, chair and monitor so that it is comfortable for you. Find out whether it is good to alternate between sitting and standing at work.

Your height with shoes (cm)Desk height -seated (cm)Chair seat height (cm)Monitor height – seated (cm)Desk height – standing (cm)Monitor height – standing (cm)
15255-6036-41105-10992-98141-145
15557-6236-42107-11293-100144-148
15858-6337-42110-11395-103147-150
16160-6538-44112-11597-105150-153
16461-6639-44114-11899-106153-156
16762-6840-45116-120100-108155-159
17064-7041-45118-122102-110158-162
17365-7242-46120-124104-112161-164
17666-7343-48122-126106-114164-168
17968-7544-48125-129107-116167-170
18269-7645-49127-131109-118170-173
18571-7846-50129-134111-120172-175
18872-8047-51131-135113-122175-179
19174-8248-52133-138115-124178-181
19475-8349-53135-140116-126181-184
19777-8550-53138-142118-128184-187
20078-8651-54140-145120-130187-190
Correct desk, monitor and office chair height ranges for common office work

Work surface height settings for other (non-office) work

If you do non-office work at a desk or workstation, then the above height ranges may not apply. For example, precision assembly or laboratory work typically requires a higher work surface, and heavy assembly a lower one.

correct height settings for work benches

For more information, contact our Office Ergonomics Risk Facilitators who will gladly assist you.

Author: Mike Karle
Director at Karo Manufacturing (Pty) Ltd
20 Apr 2021

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