Setu Chair



Designed by Studio 7.5

Getting comfortable can be a process but with Setu, it’s instantaneous. The unique Kinematic Spine and innovative Lyris 2 suspension material work together to provide the right balance of flexibility and support. 2.5 inch casters work on both hardwood and carpet.

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Setu Chair

Setu Chair

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Packaging Dimensions:
40.5” x 28” x 28.5”
Package Weight:
36 lbs.
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User Adjustments
Total Height 37.125-38.375"
Seat Height 15.5-20"
Width 25.125"
Depth 17.25"


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Comfort interface with the whole body.
I have had this chair for 4 years. It supports every part of my body. This is the chair that you will forget you are sitting on, so you can focus on the task in comfort. I am a male, 5 feet 10 and half inches tall, and weigh 250 pounds. I am very pleased with this chair.
April 25, 2019
I went for a Cosm and got a Setu
I really love the style of the Cosm so I was disappointed when the chair did not support my lower back well. Rep had me try the Setu which she said was either an Aha moment or not. It was an Aha moment and I love it. I did change the regular wheels for the transparent ones, looks must better with the white frame I have.
April 20, 2019
outstanding chair & customer service
The chair on its own surpasses all the others we have tried, but the customer service really pushes our experience into the exceptional category. We appreciate all the kindness and assistance in correcting our mistake. You made the whole process easy and enjoyable. Thank you.
March 1, 2019
7 months ago
The Chair Cradles My Back
I am enjoying the Setu chair. I am short waisted, and the chair presses against my back in a very comforting manner. I like the firmness of the seat and back.
December 20, 2018
10 months ago
great back support and comfort
Setu is a terrific combination of comfortable back support, functionality as a desk chair, and compatibility with our existing decor. We are completely happy with the purchase.
October 18, 2018
12 months ago
wonderful chair. I just bought my 2nd one after wearing the fabric out on the old one after 8 years.
I had back problems until I purchased my first Setu chair. I love this chair and purchased a second chair after wearing out the fabric in the old one. The first chair lasted 8 years. I don't see that fabric replacement is covered in the 12 year warranty but I still replaced with the same chair.
August 4, 2018
1 year ago
My favorite swivel chair
I used to sell office furniture, so when I started my own business, not in furniture industry, I knew which swivel chair I wanted. As I was sitting in it for hours straight. I really recommend this chair!
March 8, 2018
delivery and customer care was unsatisfactory.
This is my second office chair from Herman Miller. It has lasted me a really long time and is made with quality and pleasing aesthetics. I am really satisfied with my product however I decided to give a 2 star to the overall experience of my purchase. I had scheduled a delivery date and time. I took the day off work to wait for the delivery. I waited all day and no one showed up. I contacted Herman Miller trough email and the lady said she had contacted the delivery and that I would be getting a call from them to set up another appointment. I never received another call or a response from the Herman Miller representative who was helping me figure out when it would be delivered. It was delivered the next day with out a confirmed delivery time.
June 22, 2017
Comfortable as the chairs in the British Library
I purchased this chair 2 years ago - to use at my kitchen table.

My kitchen is were everyone hangs out and the rolling dinette chairs we'd had since the 80's were comfortable but ugly and falling apart. My husband thought this chair was too expensive for kitchen use so I just bought one - for myself. I bought a $100 rolling task chair from a big box store for his place at the table. For several months he compared the comfort of the two chairs and the result was that my frugal husband asked for his own Setu kitchen chair for his birthday.

I have used many work chairs over the years and the Setu are the most comfortable I've ever used. When we toured the British Library they told us about their search to find chairs that were durable and comfortable no matter the size person. Their chairs are wonderful and the Setu chair feels very much like those in the British Library.

The (clawed) cat uses the chair as a step stool with no discernible impact on the mesh. The chairs look like new and I anticipate years of comfort and satisfaction.
March 22, 2017
Love the chair.
It is light yet durable, not overlarge and aesthetically pleasing. AND my husband actualy likes it!
March 13, 2017

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Over time, will the Lyris suspension material stretch out and not offer the same support?
A shopper on Aug 11, 2011
Best Answer: Our Lyris suspension fabric is designed for seating to bear a user's weight with the ability to recover after a user has left the chair. The material contains what is called an "elastomeric yarn," which contributes to long term comfort and support, as well as the stretch and recovery properties. It has been put through a variety of strenuous testing to ensure that the chair maintains its full support for a minimum of 12 years and does not stretch out over time. Along with the long-term durability, Lyris also provides air flow to keep you cool and works with the spine of the chair to evenly distribute your weight for comfort.
Is there suppose to be a rod/bar that runs across the top of the seat back?

In older versions of this chair there is a rod that runs across the top of the seat back. In the ones we just purchased it doesn't seem to be there. Is this intentional or is there a piece missing?
A shopper on Oct 6, 2015
Best Answer: The Setu chair did have a spacing rod/bar installed at the top of the chair from 1/22/2013 to 5/13/2013. All chairs order after 5/13/2013 did not include the spacing rod/bar as an updated design to the frame solved the need for one.

Please contact the Herman Miller Store if you have any further questions at 888-798-0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com.
What is the weight limit the chair is designed to?
A shopper on Feb 1, 2012
Best Answer: The Setu Chair is rated for up to 300 pounds. If there is anything else we can help with, please feel free to call Herman Miller Customer Care at 888.798.0202.
Early on these were shown in a stool configuration. Is there still a possibility that could happen?
A shopper on Nov 27, 2011
Best Answer: We are not currently offering a stool version of the Setu Chair, but anything could happen in the future! In the meantime, we do offer the Aeron Chair with a stool version. You can see the Aeron Stool here:

What fabric is the seat made out of? Does it have good air circulation? Thanks.
A shopper on Jul 11, 2011
Best Answer: The fabric on the Setu chair is called Lyris. Lyris can be described as a type of mesh material that was selected because of its strength, flexibility and ability to allow air to flow well through the back and seat. The Lyris fabric works together with the Setu�s spine to distribute weight evenly and conform to your body.

I�m including a link to a short video clip that shows Setu�s designers, Studio 7.5, demonstrating the chair. There are quite a few helpful views of the fabric in the video.

I would also encourage other owners of the Setu to post an answer to give more first hand accounts of how Setu feels and breathes.
What is the height of the arm from the actual seat?
A shopper on Sep 17, 2015
Best Answer: The distance from the top of the suspension seat material to the top of an armrest is 8.5"-inches.

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

Is the width of seat on the Setu Chair with arms the same seat width as the Setu chair without arms ?
A shopper on Jan 20, 2015
Best Answer: The seat width of the Setu Chair, with or without arms, is 18.9" inches wide. The overall width of the chair with arms is 24" inches.

Please contact the Herman Miller Online Store if you have any further questions at 888-798-0202 or via email at hmstore@hermanmiller.com.
What is the difference between "Carpet Casters" and "Hard Floor or Carpet Casters"?
A shopper on Jul 26, 2013
Best Answer: All caster options for the Setu 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 Setu 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 ordering a Setu, please give us a call at 888-798-0202.
Does the Setu chair swivel ?
A shopper on Apr 28, 2017
Best Answer: The Setu Chair does swivel.

Please contact the Herman Miller Store if you have any further questions at 888-798-0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com.
Does this chair have a tilt lock?

I have had problems with chairs before in that they tilt back with no way to control resistance, with the end result that my back is not supported as I sit. I have had to send back more than one chair because of this.
A shopper on Feb 15, 2017
Best Answer: Short answer: No, the Setu does not have a tilt lock, or any resistance controls. The only control on this chair is the height adjustment.

Long answer: The Setu has a spine that flexes when you lean against it, so you control how far you lean back by pushing your body weight into the back of the chair. The chair is shaped so the mesh supports your lumbar region. I think Setu is best for people who generally like to sit upright and straight, and for shorter periods of time than four hours.

If you want to control resistance manually, or sit for longer than four hours, I recommend chairs with a tilt tension control such as Sayl, Mirra 2, Aeron, or Embody. Cheers!
Is it good for short people?

I am 5'1" tall and have a hard time finding chairs that aren't too "deep" in the seat area. Does this chair fit petite women well?
A shopper on Jan 31, 2017
Best Answer: The Setu Chair would be a great option for people who range in height from 5'0" and up. The chair measurements are the following:

-Seat Depth: 15" (front of seat to the point where the suspension material starts to curve up)

-Seat Width: 18.75"

-Seat Height: 15.5"-20"

I would recommend the Small/A-size Aeron Chair if you're looking for more options and adjustments.

Please contact the Herman Miller Store if you have any further questions at 888-798-0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com.
Does the Setu Chair have a height adjustment
A shopper on Dec 7, 2016
Best Answer: The Setu chair does indeed have a height adjustment, with a range of 15.5-20" from the floor to the top of the seat.

Please contact the Herman Miller Store if you have any further questions at 888.798.0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com.
Would this be good for desks and working on computers?
A shopper on Sep 22, 2016
Best Answer: The Setu is a minimalist chair designed for stretches of 2 to 4 hours of continuous sitting. It's a great choice for working at a computer desk for less than four hours.

However, if you're looking to sit for longer, I would consider a chair with adjustable recline stops, tilt tension, and lumbar support. The Mirra 2, Aeron, Embody, Celle, and Sayl are all great choices for this. Herman Miller has a tool to help you decide which chair might be best for you:


Good luck!
What is the weight and volume of this chair?
A shopper on Mar 7, 2016
Best Answer: The Setu chair weighs 23 pounds and has packaging dimensions of 40.5� x 28� x 28.5�.

If you have any further questions, please contact customer care at 888-798-0202 or hmstore@hermanmiller.com
Adding the arms to the armless version in the future

Can ribbon arms be added at a later time, if I purchased the armless version?
A shopper on Nov 17, 2015
Best Answer: An authorized dealer in your area would be happy to add arms to your Setu chair at a later date.

To find the authorized dealer in your area, please follow this link: http://www.hermanmiller.com/Store/Find-a-Location

If you have any other questions, please reach out to the Herman Miller Online Store at hmstore@hermanmiller.com or 888.798.0202.
What range in person size does the chair accommodate?

My wife is 5'3" and I am 6'5". Also, do you have any versions of the Setu that go higher than 20"? Thanks.
A shopper on May 20, 2015
Best Answer: The height range that the Setu chair would accommodate is roughly 5'0" to 6'6" tall. The seat height range is similar to the Aeron chair in the Medium (B size) chair (16"-20.8") and would fit. For the best fit, we would recommend the standard height Setu chair for anyone 5'0" to 5'11" and the extended height to anyone 6'0" to 6'6"+. Below you will see the seat height measurements of the standard vs. the extended.

Standard Height: 15.7"-20.4" inches
Extended Height: 17.5"-21.7" inches

For the extended height Setu chair, please contact a dealer using the following web address:


The Standard height Setu chair is the only height option available through the Herman Miller Store.

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

Are all 3 variations of the Setu Chair base constructed of the same alloy?

Are the only differences that the Graphite variation is painted (is it powder-coated?), and that the Semi-polished variation has polished top and end flanges?

Are all 3 variations equally scratch-resistant?
A shopper on May 7, 2015
Best Answer: All three variations of the Setu base are created out of the same alloy.

The Graphite variation does have a painted powder-coated finish to provide the graphite color of the base. Whereas the Semi-Polished base has been bead blasted to provide the shiny appearance on the top and the end parts of the base.

If you have any other questions, please reach out to the Herman Miller Online Store at hmstore@hermanmiller.com or 888.798.0202.
Does the Setu Chair have a user weight limit?
A shopper on May 7, 2015
Best Answer: The Setu Chair has been tested and warranted for use for users 300 pounds and under.

If you have any other questions, please contact the Herman Miller Online Store at hmstore@hermanmiller.com or 888.798.0202
What is this chair's maximum recline angle in degrees?
A shopper on Apr 13, 2015
Best Answer: It's perhaps 20 degrees. It's not that far. It does not recline as much as a conventional chair. You will not be able to relax in it. It is purposely designed as a task chair to work in. The tension on the recline is tight and there is no adjust for it. I was also anticipating being able to relax in it, and disappointed. It is perfect in every way, but only to work in. In fact, it almost feels like it is pitching you forward. If you want recline, I would suggest you go with the Aero model. I plan to purchase one of those as well once I move to my new house. I had one before and I would recommend those before I recommend these.
What is the seat depth from the front of the seat to where your body reaches the back?
A shopper on Dec 28, 2014
Best Answer: The seat depth on the Setu Chair is 15 inches. The seat depth is measured from the front of the seat to the back of the seat where your body would touch the backrest.

If you have any other questions, please reach out to the Herman Miller Online Store at hmstore@hermanmiller.com or 888.798.0202.
I already have a setu chair, but want the hard floor casters (Translucent). Where can I get those?

I already have a setu chair, but want the hard floor casters (Translucent). Where can I get those?
A shopper on Aug 15, 2014
Best Answer: An Authorized Herman Miller Dealer in your area will be happy to help you find the Translucent Casters you're looking for. Please use our Find a Location webpage to locate the dealer closest to you: http://www.hermanmiller.com/where-to-buy.html

If you have any other questions, please contact the Herman Miller Online Store at 888.798.0202 or email them at hmstore@hermanmiller.com
Do you have a furniture protector for Setu legs?

I have a Setu chair with castors and the cast alloy base. The base is quite rough and is scratching/rubbing on my wooden cabinets and other surfaces in my office leaving marks and scratches. Do you have some sort of protective cap that can snap in the ends to protect this?

A shopper on Jan 12, 2014
Best Answer: Unfortunately, the Setu Chair does not have any bumpers or caps to attach on the base.

If you need further assistance, please contact Herman Miller Customer Care at 888.798.0202.
Model number for Setu Chair

I am trying to register my new Setu chair for the warranty and I cannot find the model number. Can you please let me know? Thanks!
A shopper on Jun 14, 2013
Best Answer: The model number of your Setu chair can be found on the white rectangular label located underneath the seat of the chair. The model number of your Setu chair will be in the upper left corner and start with "CQ" .

If there is anything else we can help you with, please give us a call at 888.798.0202 or send us an email at hmstore@hermanmiller.com.
Is the chair available in different cylinder heights?

Could the chair be specified with either a low or high cylinder ? It will give the chair a different range of heights. If so, what are the seat height ranges for each cylinder?
A shopper on Aug 30, 2012
Best Answer: Currently we offer a standard height cylinder for the Setu Chair on the Herman Miller Store and through authorized Herman Miller retailers. The seat height range is 15.5 - 20 inches.

If there is anything else we can help with, please give us a call at 888.798.0202.
Will you please provide the details for the white chair shown?

I see that it is the white frame, but am not certain which seat and back material is used in the white chair shown in the product photos. I'd love the combo of frame, base and material for that one. Thanks!
A shopper on Jun 20, 2012
Best Answer: The material shown in the image is White Lyris. The Lyris material has been replaced by Lyris2. The white option in the Lyris2 is currently not availabe. A release date is not known as yet.
What is height of armrests from floor, when not in use?
A shopper on Jan 16, 2012
Best Answer: The Setu Chair with 5-Star Base has an arm to floor height range of 23 to 27.5 inches. The arm to floor height will fall within that range depending on what seat height you have the chair adjusted to. Setu has a seat height adjustment range of 15.5 to 20 inches.

If there is anything else we can help you with, please feel free to contact The Herman Miller Store at 888.798.0202.
Does this chair have a height and tilt adjustment?
A shopper on Dec 14, 2011
Best Answer: Setu has a height adjustment that allows you to select a seat height in the range of 15.5 - 20 inches. It does not provide specific tilt adjustments, but does allow you to comfortably tilt in the chair. The unique spine for Setu is made of a material that can also be found in toothbrushes and garbage cans. The combination of materials used for the spine and the spokes within the spine helps create strength and flexibility in a lightweight and durable form.

If you are looking for a tilt adjustment, you may also want to consider Aeron or Mirra. Both chairs allow you to order specific tilt options to give you more control over your recline.

For additional assistance, please feel free to contact The Herman Miller Store at 888.798.0202.