When it comes to desks for tall people, beds for tall people, office chairs for tall people, and more generally, furniture for tall people, a primary complaint is that they aren’t tall enough. Low desks force you to slouch and often don’t have enough space for your knees to fit under. Low beds aren’t a problem when you are young, but as you get older a higher bed is easier on the joints, especially for tall people. Office chairs that don’t go high enough leave your hips below your knees, which can cause flexion in the spine (particularly the lumbar spine (low back)) resulting in back pain. And in general, common furniture is inconveniently small for tall people and presents ergonomic hazards.
If you are like me, you might have raised your furniture with a bunch of 2×4 blocks or cinder blocks and made due. However, if you are even more like me, your significant other may have protested.
Luckily, there are some more aesthetic solutions out there. One particularly versatile solution is the Raise It which can be stacked to achieve a variety of heights. It is useful for both raising desks for tall people and raising beds for tall people, and comes in both black and transparent. Some other option are also below.
Raising your office chair is a bit more challenging as the chair must still be able to roll around. I’ve tried some pretty wild solutions like adding to the length of the main chair shaft or building extensions onto existing casters. Though these work, there is a far simpler solution, and that is the 4″ caster (standard casters are only about 2″). The company that sells them intended them to be used for better rolling on rough surfaces such as carpets. We tall people will put them to far better use.
Finally, there is the problem of monitors being too low (common ergonomic recommendations say you should be looking down at your monitor at an angle of around 15 degrees while tall people often have a far steeper angle). You could put those old college text books to use at last by stack them under your monitor. Or, there are some more aesthetically pleasing solutions out there. One good solution is the3M Monitor Stand which is adjustable with a max height of nearly 6″. But the design is modular, so you could keep stacking higher.