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I have this chair:

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Here's me sitting on the chair:

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Pardon the pixelated face :)

So, my question is how do I add a headrest to this chair?

My neck starts hurting after long time sitting on the chair. So I need a headrest.

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    This looks like an office in a company, as opposed to a home office. If your company focuses on ergonomics at all, you may be able to convince them to replace your chair with one that has a headrest. – BrettFromLA Jan 3 '17 at 17:39
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    Have you tried a standing desk? Your neck is probably hurting from leaning forward so much throughout the day. – Flat Banana Jan 5 '17 at 14:33
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So I agree with the comment that getting the right chair through your company may be the best and easiest option.

But not every company supports that and we are all about hacks here anyways :-)

Here is my hack... the first challenge I see is the top of your chair has a curvature that bends away from the chair. That makes it particularly difficult to add just a straight bar with headrest because by the time your head reaches the head rest you will be looking up at the ceiling!

Second issue is the size of the frame with the mesh. There is not a lot to grab on to, and I'm going to presume that you wont want to permanently change the office chair so that it can be returned in it's original condition.

The headrest you will need will have to extend forward. I don't have measurements of the chair so I'm just guesstimating from looking at the image.

https://www.officesupply.com/office-furniture/chairs-chair-mats-accessories/chair-accessories/headrest/lorell-back-chair-mesh-headrest/p502656.html?request_type=mlt

Headrest

If you are lucky,, this will just snap on.. what are the chances? And what about if you need to change the position? In that case, I would use the existing base, and use clamps such as

clamps

To help with adjustment (clamp twist faces away from chair). There is a good chance that you may have to modify the plastic on the base of the headrest to allow for movement and clamp positioning, in that case a little cutting tool

cutting tool

will help shave off some of the plastic to allow more movement, but be careful not to remove too much material and make sure the clamp still has enough to hold on to. The clamp I'm guessing will need to be torqued down quite a bit so the headrest doesn't move every time you use it.

Priced it out for about a $35 hack. Good luck!

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For no sew, quick-fix:

  • get a large piece of fabric (before investing rehearse this with a bed sheet)

  • get a pillow or two - this is your stuffing so accommodate to fit your needs

  • lay the pillows on the chair in such a way as to comfort your back

  • use the fabric (bed sheet) to secure the pillows in place to the back of the chair *You can tweak to achieve a pretty look (ex finish by tying the back of the fabric in a bow) * I used this method to beautify a ugly chair but this technique will hold your extra padding in place as well. Easy to wash too - just untie! Hope this helps :)

enter image description here I added the fabric for beauty effects but it will also hold pillows in place and allows you to take it off and wash it

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As far as we can search in google for such a product, no such add-ons have been released for this purpose. Moreover, you will not resort to enhancing your office chair by purchasing extra repair parts and adding them especially for you. Finally, this problem can be resolved using another hack possible, describing them as follows:

  • Adjust your sitting position as shown in below picture. If you do as follows, chances for getting neck hurt will be very much less and thus the main problem gets resolved.

seating position

  • Even then if you have neck pain, you could relax in the chair that you have as shown below, but in this case, you can not guarantee your health issue to be solved.

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  • That second image is precisely what I (and probably OP) are trying to avoid. Look at the bending of his lower back, how much pressure is on his tail bone, and how little pressure is on his legs. – Alexander Oct 13 at 0:04

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