Embody Chair


Designed by Jeff Weber and Bill Stumpf



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The Embody Chair delivers functional ergonomic elements that do more than just mitigate the negative effects of sitting for long hours; Embody is actually health positive. Today it’s the benchmark for pressure distribution, natural alignment, and healthy movement.
Key Features
  • 12-year warranty
  • Pixelated Support™ reacts to the smallest micromovements
  • Offers the most personalized adjustments
  • Human-back inspired design
  • 95% Recyclable
  • Made in Michigan at a 100% green-energy facility
  • For questions about lead times, in-stock options or delivery please give us a call at 888.798.0202.
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Packaging Dimensions:
40.5” x 28” x 28.5”
Package Weight:
63 lbs.
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User Adjustments 
Total Height 42-45"
Seat Height 16-20.5"
Width 29.5"
Depth 15"–18"


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This chair is magic!
My employer recently bought this chair for the employees that require an ergonomic chair for medical reasons and I was one of the lucky testers! I have chronic issues with my neck, lower back, and hips so they figured if it worked for me it must be pretty good.

This chair is better than good, it's magic! After using this chair for over a year I had to temporarily use a normal chair when we had to start working remotely. After 2 weeks of sitting in a regular computer chair I was in serious pain. I didn't realize just how much the chair really helped (or I had forgotten how much pain I was in before) until I didn't have it any more. Thankfully I have my chair again and I'm feeling much better.

If I ever start working from home permanently I will take out a loan just to buy this chair, it's 100% worth it.

If you are an employer and you want your staff to be productive and focused, buy this chair for them even if they don't have a Drs note for an ergonomic chair.
May 1, 2020
Psychiatrist, Embody Chair Enthusiast
Long clinic days this chair has virtually eliminated all LBP, stiffness and I'd buy another anytime.
April 20, 2020
Does this chair have lumbar support?
I purchased one of these earlier this year, but I could never find a comfortable adjustment using the Backfit knob. It seems that the more counterclockwise you turn it, the more the backrest reclines *and* with that, the more aggressive the lumbar support. However, the inverse is of course true: turning clockwise means that the backrest leans more inward, but the more I turn it in that direction, the less back support I get. I personally can't feel much of any lumbar support at all unless I turn it completely counterclockwise. Specifically, I'm looking for lower lumbar and something near the sacrum, which I definitely am not getting out of my Embody at the moment.

Sadly, I waited until beyond the return period (I ordered January 2020), attempting to give the chair every chance I could. Now, I am stuck with it. I hope that I can make this work somehow...
April 9, 2020
4 months ago
Long hours, no fatigue.
I've been using these chairs with my employer since 2014 (2020 now). I have got to say, this is the most comfortable chair out there. We have several models from different manufacturers, but none of them come close to the comfort that this chair provides over a grueling 10-14 hour work day. If you can afford it, buy it!
March 13, 2020
The chair that saved my legs
TLDR: This chair fixed all the circulation problems I was having in my legs. My back is extremely happy as well. Worth every penny it cost to be pain free.

Long text:
I've been having bad problems in my legs for years now. Doctors couldn't figure it out, all tests looked fine. I discovered it was a circulation problem in my legs due to my old PC chair. I had spent some time away from my desk and and felt better. When I returned, all my leg problems came back. That's when I thought it could be my chair. Everyone talks about your back when it comes to chairs, but very few ever mention legs.

Sadly, I had fallen into the hype of those "gaming" chairs. These things are atrocious. It was cutting off the circulation in my legs and wasn't giving my back the support it needs. Do not get those. Please. Just don't.

This is where my chair journey began. I started off trying some cheaper $100-$300 office chairs from big box stores. They didn't work. Those chairs would have the foam flatten quickly and left my legs feeling awful. My back was alright with those, but my legs would still get messed up. This is when I started looking at the higher end chairs.

Started off with a Series One and then a Gesture from Steelcase. No good. The front where my legs rested was digging into my thighs and wrecked my circulation on both chairs. Back they went.

Had Herman Miller recommended to me. Took a quick look at the Aeron, but I can tell that front lip was going to dig into my legs. I opted to try the Mirra 2 instead. It didn't work. I found the mesh to be quite hard and ended up hurting my hips after some time. Didn't help with my legs either as it does have a hard lip around the edged to hold the mesh up. Back it went.

I'll note that Herman Miller's return policy was great. They sent me label, I slapped it on the chair box, scheduled a return pick up, dude came and picked it up. Easy.

Running out of options, I gave Herman Miller one more shot. I ponied up for the Embody as it appeared to have no hard edges to dig into my legs. The chair arrived on time and I began to unpack it and hoped for the best.

This is it. This is what I was looking for. It has no hard edges anywhere to dig into me. It flexes and moves with me instead of trying to lock me into place.

I waited for the entire 30 day return period to be up before writing this review. I'm keeping it. It's not going back. I sat in the Embody the entire time with no pain anywhere. Other chairs didn't make it past 5 days. I'm sitting in it now as I write this with no pain.

Very few out there mention leg problems when it comes to chair reviews. I wanted to write this up in case others out there might have the same problem I had. The Embody is the one that solved that issue for me. Yes, it's expensive. But if your legs are having issues like mine did, this might be what you need.

For those looking at this for back issues, the back on this is wild in a good way. It has just enough lumbar support for me and flexes with me as I move around in it. I don't feel any of the individual pixels. It just feels solid and really comfortable.

Anyway, I'll wrap this is up by saying that I highly recommend this chair if you can get past the expensive price tag. If you have any kind of pain and can't find a chair that helps, this might be what you need.
February 21, 2020
My lower back is happy again.
Also a game changer for me. Great chair for eliminating almost all the lower back pain I experience with other chairs. I wish it were less expensive though.
February 13, 2020
1 year ago
Great for back pain
Agreed this is a very expensive chair, however, if you have lower back pain, it is worth twice the amount! I'm in front of a computer at least 7 hours a day, and my back was getting so bad I was at my wits end. I tried everything, but as soon as I started using the Embody, my back pain diminished by 85%. (I still think my bed is responsible for some of my pain) This chair is a game changer!
January 16, 2020
5 months ago
Functionally Beautiful
I bought my Embody almost two years ago for work during one of the Herman Miller sales. I had been telling people in my office for months I wanted one and my manager even said I could try a cheaper chair and get the company to expense it, but I had been waiting literal years to get one of these chairs, and it was going to be mine. And let me say, it has been the best investment I’ve ever made for work, and it’s changed my life. Not in one of those immediate revelatory ways you think of when people say that, and you assume it’s just hyperbole. No, it’s been a very subtle change, like when I get off work and I don’t have a tension headache from sitting forward improperly at my desk to type because my feet didn’t reach the floor or my lower back doesn’t ache constantly from having to lean over if I wanted to use an armrest. So if you are too small for the usual office chair, this is definitely a great option. Not to mention, in the white frame with black fabric and black hardware, it looks really sleek, and I get a lot of compliments.
January 15, 2020
10 years
I bought my Embody chair more than 10 years ago and I still find it to be quite comfortable. I sit in it at work every day. After 10+ years it show some wear and tear and the armrests need repair, but overall still good. I'd recommend this chair. I'm 6'-3" and have occasional back issues; all the adjustments this chair can do are helpful.
January 9, 2020
Great Chair
This chair is simply amazing. It provides all day comfort and excellent back support. If I could change anything about this chair it would be the armrest width adjustments. They move too easily not allowing the chair the be moved by its armrests as well as moving when you put pressure on them when you use them to stand up.
December 25, 2019
6 months ago
Response from Herman Miller
We are so glad to hear how comfortable you are in your Embody Chair! It is not advisable to move the chair using the arm rests or using them as leverage to get in and out of your chair as this could cause damage to the arm supports.
December 26, 2019
Melissa M

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Embody or Aeron Chair

I spend about fourteen hours a day in front of the computer. I am 6'2, 230 lbs. Which chair would best fit my needs: The Aeron or the Embody Chair?
A shopper on Mar 30, 2012
Best Answer: Both the Embody Chair and a size C Aeron Chair would be a good fit for your body type and length of sitting. If you prefer to lean back while you are sitting, you may want to consider the Embody Chair. It's spine is designed to provide healthy support for your back for long hours of sitting in front of a computer. The Backfit� adjustment positions the backrest in line with your spine's natural curve, so you achieve and maintain a neutral, balanced posture. The chair also allows you to adjust your seat depth to fit your thigh length for ultimate comfort and support.

If there is anything else we can help with, please give us a call at 888.798.0202.
What is the difference between the casters?
A shopper on Oct 24, 2011
Best Answer: All caster options for the Embody Chair are suitable for carpet. There are a couple differences between the casters though, so we would recommend choosing the option that best fits the environment you will be using the Embody Chair in. Here are descriptions of each caster option available:

- Carpet Casters - Well suited for carpet and available in black.

- Hard Floor or Carpet Casters - Allows you the flexibility to use the chair on both hard floors or carpet and available in black.

- Translucent Hard Floor or Carpet Casters - Allows you to the flexibility to use the chair on both hard floors or carpet and available in a translucent color.

If you have any additional questions, or would like assistance with choosing your Embody, please feel free to contact Herman Miller Customer Care at 888-798-0202.
Titanium or Aluminum base?

I am considering purchasing the Embody Chair, but have a question regarding the base. Is the titanium option also made of metal or is it just a color option made of plastic? Secondly what are the benefits of having the aluminum version vs the black or titanium versions.
A shopper on Apr 21, 2016
Best Answer: The Graphite, Titanium, and Polished aluminum base are all made from die-cast aluminum. The only difference between the base colors is the way they are coated. The bases are coated with the following:

Graphite Base - Texture powder coat
Titanium Base - Smooth powder coat
Polished Aluminum Base - Polished Aluminum

If you have any other questions, please contact the Herman Miller Store at 888-798-0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com
Has an extended piston option been released yet for the Embody?

At 6'4" with stupid long legs, I can't buy an Embody until their is a longer piston option. I like to check in every year to see if that's happened yet!
A shopper on Apr 5, 2014
Best Answer: I'm 6'4" and have long legs too. My height is in my thighs.
There is very little tension in my hams due to length of seat but I can see that you may want a higher sitting position. this works for me with the desk I use.I Its been two months and I seem to like it more each day. I have three "C" Aeron's surounding it and everyone wants to sit in MY chair, the Embody.
Is it bad practice to leave a heavy coat on the back of my Embody chair?

I know that the individual actuators in the back are quite sensitive. Could a heavy coat applying weight on the top of the chair cause any damage to the sensitivity of the back-curve adjusting mechanism over time?
A shopper on Dec 18, 2013
Best Answer: Any weight or downward force applied to the backrest will effect the flexibility/performance of the back support, which provides support and comfort by spontaneously conforming to the user�s shape and postural movements.

Please contact the Herman Miller Store if you have any further questions at 888-798-0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com.
why does this chair has no seat cushion

You would think for people who sit behind their computer at their workstation for long periods of time. I have one of these chairs the Embody Chair, I am experiencing the seat part feels so hard for my sit bones. That I had to purchase a seat cushion for my Embody Chair.
A shopper on Dec 23, 2015
Best Answer: The Embody chair's Pixelated Seat Support consists of three layers: a layer of tensioned Arnitel bands, a layer
of acetal coil springs, and a top mat layer that consist of a set of interconnected Sarlink pads allowing movement of heat away from the body. The seat was designed to distribute the users weight and provide a comfortable seated experience for long term usage.

Herman Miller does not offer a cushion for the Embody chair or any of the office chairs. First adjustment to consider to relieve pressure points would be the Height adjustment (start high and lower in small increments).

Please contact the Herman Miller Store if you have any further questions at 888-798-0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com.
Is this chair good for a 5 ft 5" woman with upper back problems?
ariel a on Jun 12, 2019
Best Answer: The Embody chair offers great back support. The BackFit adjustment knob allows you to change the shape of the back to better match the shape of your spine.

A shopper on Apr 2, 2012
Best Answer: On the right side of your Embody Chair is a round joystick that can be used to adjust your seat height. To raise your seat height, angle the joystick upward and lift your weight off the seat until it raises to your preferred height. To lower your seat, angle the joystick downward while sitting and lower the seat to a comfortable height. At the proper seat height, there should be slightly less than a 90 degree angle between your thighs and calves.

You can see instructions on all adjustments for the Embody Chair here: http://www.hermanmiller.com/content/dam/hermanmiller/documents/user_information/ADJ_EMB.pdf

If there is anything else we can help with, please give us a call at 888.798.0202.
Are there any other color options for the embody balance fabric? I already have a black with a white body. I want a second chair for home, but am not a fan of blue? thanks.
Susan F on Jul 21, 2019
Best Answer: There are additional fabrics and colors available for the Embody chair. Here is a link to view the additional balance fabric colors along with additional fabrics - https://www.hermanmiller.com/design-resources/materials/search-materials.html#pid=7/274,cp=1,rpp=60
Does the chair have the ability to tilt forward and lock?

I like having my upper legs drop down a little while I'm sitting in a chair. I don't believe the Embody Chair has the forward tilt functionality, but wanted to ask and make sure. Does anyone know?
A shopper on Dec 9, 2016
Best Answer: The Embody chair does not offer a forward tilt option.

Please contact the Herman Miller Store if you have any further questions at 888-798-0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com.
The Aeron series has PostureFit. Does the Embody Chair have something equivalent?
A shopper on Feb 9, 2012
Best Answer: The Embody Chair does not have a separate PostureFit attachment like the Aeron Chair does, because the support is built into the design of the chair. The Pixelated Support (shown in the attached image) creates seat and back surfaces that automatically conform to your every movement and distribute your weight evenly. By fitting your form and reducing seated pressure, Embody increases blood circulation, which improves the flow of oxygen and decreases heart rate.

If there is anything else we can help with, please give us a call at 888.798.0202.
what is the difference between the rhythm fabric and the balance fabric options?
cecil on May 13, 2019
Best Answer: The balance fabric is a very breathable fabric. It's designed to help provide users with a cooler sit. The rhythm fabric is a polyester and has a thin layer of foam behind it making it a slightly softer sit than the balance fabric.
I’m small framed, and chair arms are always too wide for me. which HM chair would be best?
Kenith on Apr 29, 2019
Best Answer: The Embody chair arms have the smallest width. When in their highest position the arms are 12 inches apart. As the arms lower, they become further apart.
How does this chair hold up with pets around?

Is this chair durable enough to stand up against cat claws or a dog constantly jumping up into the seat?
A shopper on Feb 24, 2016
Best Answer: We do not test or warrant any of our products against pets. Since the chair has a fabric seat and back a cat or dog could easily get their claws into the fabric causing it to fray or tear.

If you have any further questions, please contact customer support at 888-798-0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com
I own one of these chairs, but I need a taller back with the lumbar curve in a higher location. Are taller backs available?

I have been usjng this chair for 4 years with moderate discomfort and just today brought it in to my Physical Therapist to examine. She took one look and observed that the back of the chair was far too short for me (6' 1"# and the lumbar cuve was far too low for my back.. When she sat in it #5' 2"# it fit her perfectly. I can't find any way to adjust the entire back upwards. Are taller backs available for purchase? If not, I will have to abandon the chair.
A shopper on Jan 28, 2016
Best Answer: I'm not affiliated with Herman Miller, but I'm 99% sure there is not a taller back available for this chair (source http://www.hermanmiller.com/content/dam/hermanmiller/documents/pricing/PB_EMB.pdf). One thing to note is I don't think the curve at the base of the chair's spine is necessarily for the lumbar region; it's designed to push the pelvis forward slightly to relieve pressure on the spine. According to the literature on this chair, the H-supports conform to your natural back shape once the BackFit lever is adjusted to your body.

My experience with the BackFit is that the more you turn it, the looser the chair becomes in the lumbar region and the tighter it becomes in the upper back/shoulder region. I've heard that a good way to set the BackFit is to tighten it all the way by rotating it clockwise, then rotate it counterclockwise until you feel the Embody supports your back gently throughout its curve. If you have a flatter lower back, you'll find the Embody more comfortable with the Backfit tighter. If you have a more curved lower back, you'll find the Embody more comfortable with the BackFit looser.

I know the chair can be uncomfortable if it's adjusted improperly, so give this a try before abandoning the Embody forever. Here is the adjustment guide:


Good luck, and go Broncos.
Is this a good chair for a big and tall person?


I'm 6'6" and 370 lbs. I'm looking for a chair that does not fully compress and tilt back when I sit in it. My current chair is also not tall enough and when I sit in it the spring loaded seat compresses/tilts back forcing me to have to lunge forward to work at my desk. To resolve this problem I sit on the front edge of the chair without back support. My office manager called our furniture supplier and they brought in a super wide chiar for me but this did not address the height problem or back support issue. It was sent back and they suggested that I select a chair that would work for me. Will the Embody Chair resolve this issue? If not, can you make a suggestion? Thank you in advance for your advice.
A shopper on Jan 13, 2015
Best Answer: I recommend finding a local store that carries this chair and sit in it. That is what I did. I had the same concerns. I'm 6'-2 260# with a fairly even torso/inseam ratio. the back of the chair is about 2-3" below the top of my shoulders
Extended height option and custom castors

In the product brochure pdf there is an option to chose different heights for the embody chair including an extended height opposed to standard height. However on the herman miller online store here I do not see any options to select a height option when going through the checkout process.

2nd question, are the casters used by herman miller base use a typical 7/16"� standard shaft for attachment so 3rd party casters can be used? Even with the extended height it will be short an inch or two for my purposes, but can be rectified by using 4" casters instead of standard 2".
A shopper on Sep 26, 2013
Best Answer: We currently offer the standard height version of the Embody Chair online, but additional options, including extended height can be purchashed through a Herman Miller authorized dealer or retailer.

The Herman Miller bases use the 7/16" shaft because it is the industry standard. We do not test our products for third party casters. Third party casters may fit, but they would void the warranty.

If there is anything else we can help with, please feel free to contact Herman Miller Customer Care at 888.798.0202
I'm looking for ergonomic recommendations on adjusting the seat depth, should the front edge of the seat be closer to the knees or away ?
Tarun on Jul 2, 2019
Best Answer: The widest stationary part of the chair is the base which has a diameter of 27.7 inches. Depending on how the base is positioned it may limit how far under the desk you can go. The arms at their widest point (when pushed out all the way) are 29.5 inches from outer edge to outer edge. The arms can come in to only be 20 inches apart depending on where they are comfortable for you.
What is the height from floor to top of arm rest when the arm rest is at its minimum height?
A shopper on Feb 8, 2014
Best Answer: The Embody Chair arm height adjusts as well as the seat height. When the arm height and seat height are at their minimum height, the height from the floor to the top of the arm rest is 22.5 inches. The height from the top of the floor to the top of the arm rest can range from 22.5-32 inches.

If you have any further questions, please contact Herman Miller Customer Care at 888.798.0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com.
The arm rest is no longer adjustable and I was wondering how I can purchase another embody arm or get it repaired?
Vincent H on Nov 13, 2019
Best Answer: Any one of our Authorized Dealers can facilitate that repair. Please use the following link to check to see which Authorized Dealers/Service Centers are local to you-


Once on the site, type in a city, state or zip code and a list will populate. Should you run into any challenges please give us a call. We can be directly reached at 888.798.0202.
What is the weight limit on this chair?
Bluefoot63 on Aug 15, 2018
Best Answer: The Embody chair is rated to 300 pounds.

For additional questions, we can be reached at hmstore@hermanmiller.com or 888.798.0202.
What is the weight rating of the Embody?
michael on May 15, 2018
Best Answer: The Embody chair is rated up to 300 pounds.

For additional questions, we can be reached at hmstore@hermanmiller.com or 888.798.0202.
Do they make a chair for 380 lbs?
David D on Mar 27, 2018
Best Answer: Our Aeron chair (size C), Mirra 2, Sayl, and Celle chairs are currently rated for 350 pounds.

For additional questions, we can be reached at 888.798.0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com.
Does this chair fit an average height woman's body?

Often an office chair with it's back, contour, etc. is designed for a man and does not fit a woman's average body. So do any average height and weight women have experience with this chair?
A shopper on Mar 17, 2017
Best Answer: Yes, the Embody Chair accommodates the 95th percentile/average height of both male and female users. There are three standard adjustments which allow such a broad range of users:

1) BackFit Adjustment - BackFit allows users to fit the backrest to their spine's curvature.

2) Seat Depth Adjustment - The handles on the right and left sides of the seat allow the user to adjust the seat depth from 15" to 18".

3) Adjustable Arms - The arms adjust up and down, as well as in and out to support shorter user to the tallest user.

Please contact the Herman Miller Store if you have any additional questions at 888-798-0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com.
Can the piston be extended to convert this into a stool?

I just got a new standing desk and I'd like to adapt my embody to match the height of the desk.
A shopper on Mar 15, 2017
Best Answer: The Embody chair does not have an option to be converted to a stool.

Please contact the Herman Miller Store if you have any further questions at 888-798-0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com.
Can the seat and back material of an Embody chair be replaced? and if so, how?
A shopper on Jan 5, 2017
Best Answer: Yes, the fabric can be replaced/changed on your Embody Chair. An Authorized Herman Miller Dealer in your area will be happy to help you find the replacement fabric, parts, and service you're looking for. Please copy and paste our Find a Location link below to locate the dealer closest to you:


Should you run into any challenges, please contact the Herman Miller Store at 888.798.0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com.
How much does it cost to just buy the upper backrest?
A shopper on Oct 12, 2016
Best Answer: An Authorized Herman Miller Dealer in your area will be happy to help you find the parts you're looking for and discuss the price. Please use our Find a Location link below to locate the dealer closest to you:


Should you run into any challenges, please contact the Herman Miller Store at 888.798.0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com.
Is it possible to get the carbon/black fabric with a white back?
A shopper on Jul 7, 2016
Best Answer: All Embody chairs configurations will have the translucent back mat with any fabric option selected with the exception of the following four fabrics:

-Rhythm Black (3014)
-Mercer Charcoal (21310)
-Balance Carbon (3512)
-Balance Black (3513)

The four listed above will have the back mat in graphite.

Please contact the Herman Miller Store if you have any further questions at 888-798-0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com.

For all other options, the back mat is translucent.
What is the actual width of the seat cushion?
A shopper on May 13, 2016
Best Answer: The Embody seat is 21.2" wide.

Please contact the Herman Miller Store if you have any further questions at 888-798-0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com.
Can the adjustable arms be positioned so they do not hit against a keyboard pull out tray?
A shopper on Apr 20, 2016
Best Answer: The Embody Chair arm height can be adjusted very low to avoid contact with a work surface or keyboard tray. The arm height adjustment range is approximately 5" or from 6.5" to 11.5" from the seat to minimize shoulder strain. The arms height can be adjusted by pressing a button on the underside of the armpad to raise or lower.

The arms can also be adjust to four incremental width locations when the user applies horizontal force or 12" apart to 21" (inward for keyboarding, outward for mousing).
The arms will lock when the user applies weight when entering or exiting the chair.

Please contact the Herman Miller Store if you have any further questions at 888-798-0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com.