Sadly, its not uncommon to have computer chairs snap under you. You might not even be that heavy, but chairs just arent made as well these days! Remember back when they were all metal? Those suckers withstood anything. These days, plastic is all youll find in most computer chairs. Overweight people tend to have even more problems since chairs often last only a few weeks before something breaks.
While you can keep using the chair without an arm or even if the back cracks and ends up at a weird angle (yes, this happens to many of us!), once the support column or one of the wheels or base legs goes, youre pretty much hooped. Many people cobble together Frankenchairs, made from a base that still functions with a seat that is still intact, just to save a bit of money. It might seem silly, but if you have computer chairs break on you every couple of months, this is what happens.
So, why do your chairs break? Here are three main reasons:
1. Its not built for weight. Most computer chairs are designed to withstand 150-200 lbs. So, if you weigh anything over that, your chair isnt going to last very long. Thats why you might want to look at computer chairs for overweight people, which can be rated for up to 500 lbs.
2. The material is poorly made. Unfortunately, there arent many high standards in the world of office chairs. Overweight people have discovered that plastic simply isnt designed to withstand much weight . . . it twists and bends and eventually cracks under the stress. These chairs are often stamped out of low cost plastic, which is not sturdy enough.
3. You move too much. When a computer chair is working properly, it will roll smoothly over the floor. However, poorly built chairs cant hold up to the weight. They will sink down, essentially crushing the wheels against the caps and the wheels wont roll. When this happens, you will end up jerking the chair to move it and that puts extra stress on the already fragile joints.
Often its a combination of these three factors that causes a computer chair to give way. You will want to make sure that you choose your chair very carefully. There are a number of designs in computer chairs for overweight people that will hold more and resist more action. Even if you arent obese, choosing a sturdier chair can be a good investment in the long run.