If you are vertically challenged, life is always a bit harder. Whether it’s a day out at the theme park, buying a pair of jeans, or just getting something off the top shelf, everyday tasks are a little more testing.
One thing small people might struggle with is finding the right size gaming chair. Getting the right size is essential if you want to reap the benefits. After all, what’s the point in having one if you can’t make the most of its ergonomic benefits?
In this article, we will share why it’s so important to get a good fitting chair, as well as what we think is the best gaming chair for small people available right now.
The purpose of a gaming chair is to maintain good posture over long periods of time. The neck and back pillows are designed to maintain the curvature of the spine and prevent back pain.
If you use a chair that is too big, or too small, the areas of your back that need support, like your lower back or neck, won’t properly align with the chair. This forces your muscles to work harder, which eventually leads to slouching and the weakening of your core muscles.
How Do I Know If My Gaming Chair Is The Right Size?
The number one sign that you have the right size chair is that it will support a healthy resting position.
The key signs you should be looking for is for both of your feet to rest flat on the floor with your knees bent at a 90 angle. Your lower back should sit comfortably at the back of the chair, with the lumbar support pillow fitting naturally into the curvature of your spine.
The Best Gaming Chair for Short Person
Now you know why it’s important to get a properly fitted chair, let’s have a look at some of our favorite gaming chairs for small people.
1) AKRacing California
While it may not have all the bells and whistles of other chairs on this list, there’s a good reason why we think this is the best gaming chair for short people. It’s because this is the smallest adult gaming chair on the market, and is designed to comfortably sit anyone between the height of 4’9″ to 5’6″ (145-167 cm). That makes this chair a popular choice for children, women or any of us vertically challenged men.
It comes with all the features you would expect from a mid-range chair. PU Leather upholstery, 3D armrests, 180 recline angle, tilt lock and of course a neck and lumbar pillow.
AKRacing is known to make some of the highest quality chairs mid-range chairs around. They are so confident in their chair they back up the products with some impressive warranties. The California, comes standard with an impressive 5/10 warranty, which means they guarantee the chair for 5 years, and the metal frame for 10 years.
2) Secretlab Omega
The Secretlab Omega is the most popular, and arguably the best gaming chair, available right now. With almost 8,000 reviews and 4.9/5 stars on their website, it’s hard to argue with Secretlab’s flagship model.
Okay, so it might not be the smallest chair on our list, but the Omega is Secretlab’s smallest model and is designed to comfortably sit gamers between the height of 5’3” and 5’11” and a maximum weight of 110Kg.
These gorgeous chairs have an endless list of features that it’s no wonder so many gamers (including us) love it. The 2020 series boats 4D armrests, full-length backrest recline, cold-cure foam (designed for unrivaled support and comfort) as well as memory foam pillows.
As well as these great features, the level of customization you have over your chair is amazing, with Secretlab giving you the option of choosing the material, color scheme as well as a custom design for your favorite esports team.
The Omega 2020 series also comes with a standard 3-year warranty, which can be extended to 5 years by simply sharing a picture of your chair on social media.
3) Maxnomic Casual Sport
Another contender for the best gaming chair for small people is the Maxnomic Casual Sport. Their Casual Sport collection isn’t just their most affordable and entry-level model, but it’s also the one best suited to small people.
This entry-level chair offers many of the desirable features found on the Omega or other high-end gaming chairs. 4D armrests, cold cure foam and an ergonomic design created for maximum comfort all come standard in the Casual Sport range.
What we really like about this chair is that Maxnomic allows you to choose the size of the Cylinder on your chair. They give you a choice of 3 sizes (short, standard & tall) which allows the chair to conform to you or the height of your desk. The short cylinder reduces the height settings by 1.5 inches, making it one of the best gaming chairs for kids.
4) Arozzi Verona Junior
This chair is the smallest version of the Verona series and the smallest chair Arozzi’s has ever made. And while this scaled-down version doesn’t have some of the standout features like their uniquely designed neck pillows or 4D armrests, it is one of the few chairs that are specifically designed to cater to smaller body types.
The chair is designed to comfortably support gamers under 5’2” and a maximum weight of 60kg/132lbs. The Verona Junior also has some nice features including an ergonomic design, a 160° recline with 4 lockable positions, and a tilting function.
It might not have the credentials of Secretlab or Maxnomic, but it’s certainly worth remembering that it comes at a considerably cheaper price and is specifically designed for small people.
5) GTRacing Ace S1 Series
If you are on a budget and can’t afford to fork out over $400 for a chair right now – don’t worry – there are plenty of cheap gaming chairs for small people.
One of our personal favorites is the GTRacing Ace S1. This isn’t only the best budget chair for short people, but it’s also one of the best overall budget chairs on the market.
This inexpensive chair has even caught the attention of some massive publications including IGN and Forbes which have labeled it the ‘best budget gaming chair’.
The suggested minimum height for the Ace S1 ranges is 5’3”, which is the height of an average 14-year-old boy.
The features found on the Ace S1 are far superior to your average low-cost chair, and even rival some of the more expensive brands on this list. 4D armrests, 170° adjustable backrest, tilt lock and support pillows all come as standard.
You also get a reassuring 3-year warranty which, like Secretlab, can be extended to 5 years by simply sharing a photo of your chair.
GTRACING really knows a thing or two about building a good chair and are one of the only companies to build a pc gaming chair with speakers.
If you were to take anything away from this article, it’s that to make the most of a gaming chair, it’s essential that you get a chair that fits, otherwise, you will be missing out on the ergonomic benefits, which is the whole purpose of these chairs.
It’s pretty obvious that most chairs are designed for average-sized gamers. And while there are chairs that especially cater to smaller bodies like the AKRacing California or Arozzi Verona Junior, there isn’t as much or a range as you would expect.
If you are looking for a chair for a pre-teen, I would highly suggest investing in a specially designed ergonomic chair.