High-Back Chairs vs. Mid-Back Chairs: What's the Difference?

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When it comes to office chairs, there are a few key factors that you need to consider when choosing the right one for your workspace. One of these is whether you need a mid-back chair or a high-back chair.

While these two types of chairs look similar, they actually have some distinct differences in terms of their design and function.

In the following blog we're going to break down the differences between these two types of chairs as well as provide you several recommendations for both Office Master mid-back chairs and Office Master high-back chairs. Let's dive in!


Mid Back Office Chairs:

Firstly, let's get a rough understanding of what a mid back chair is:

As the name suggests, mid back chairs are designed with mid-level backs that typically extend up to your shoulder blades or a bit above.

These types of chairs are ideal for shorter or petite individuals, as they provide good lower and mid back support without being too bulky. They can also be a great solution if you're looking for a lower-cost office chair, as mid back chairs are typically more affordable than high back chairs.

The mid-back office chair is a great choice for those who need to move around and work with ease. It's lightweight, so you can take it from one place in your home or office space without feeling weighed down by extra pounds on your shoulders - plus its footprint is much smaller than other types of seating options which makes them perfect if there are already limited spaces available!

When should I use a mid back office chair?

Mid back office chairs are ideally used for the following situations:

  • When you need a chair that is lightweight and easy to move around.
  • When you are shorter or petite and need good lower and mid back support.
  • When you want an office chair that is more affordable than high back chairs.
  • When you have limited space available in your work area or office cubicle.
  • When you need a chair for conference rooms or other types of meetings.

How to measure the optimal backrest height for a mid back chair:

The backrest on a mid-back office chair should be 26” tall to fit the 95th percentile man (Cornell University). If you're exceedingly short or tall, measure your torso height up from where it hits shoulders and make sure that an adequate amount of space remains for neck movement:

  1. Sit down on the floor with your back flat against the wall
  2. Grab a pencil and mark down on your wall where your shoulder reaches
  3. Take a tape measure and measure the distance between the floor and where you marked your shoulders on the wall.

Recommended Office Master Mid Back Chairs:


High Back Office Chairs:

Unlike mid back office chairs, high back chairs are designed with taller backs that typically extend up to your neck or even your head.

Compared to mid back chairs, high back office chairs tend to be bulkier and more heavy-duty in terms of their construction and materials. They can also provide more support for the mid and lower back, making them a great choice for those who are taller or need more overall support from their office chair.

High back chairs are ideal for those who spend most of their workday in front of a computer, as they provide excellent support and comfort during long hours at the desk. They're also perfect if you have to spend time on conference calls or other types of meetings, as they provide a professional look and feel that is perfect for these situations.

The biggest advantage of the high back office chair is its ability to provide complete support for the cervical spine. With lower back chairs, your neck is left unguided and will often times fall to incorrect positions. This will eventually lead to more neck pain. Because the high back chair extends all the way up to your head, your neck will be guided and supported much better, allowing to work more efficiently and with less neck pain.

When should I use a high back office chair?

  • If you spend long amounts of time sitting down without taking breaks.
  • If you experience neck pain when you are working.
  • If you can allow yourself a bigger budget for your office chair
  • If you are an executive, high back chairs can give off a sense of power and authority.

Recommended Office Master High Back Chairs:



If you are looking for a comfortable and supportive office chair, mid back chairs and high back chairs are both great options. Mid back chairs are ideal for those who need a lightweight and affordable chair, while high back chairs provide excellent support for the mid and lower back.

Whether you spend long hours sitting at your desk or frequently participate in meetings and conference calls, high back office chairs can help you work more comfortably and efficiently. At the same time, mid back chairs are a great budget-friendly option for those who need an office chair but have limited space available or a smaller budget.

So whether you are looking for mid or high back chairs, there is sure to be a model that will meet your needs and help you work comfortably and effectively. For any questions feel free to contact us at any time.


Hadar Ziv
VP Operations | OfficeMasterChairs.com
Leading Expert in Ergonomic Seating Solutions
"At OfficeMasterChairs.com, we've been transforming workspaces into comfortable, productive environments for over 15 years. Our mission is to help you achieve the perfect balance of comfort and productivity."