Drafting chairs have been available for quite some time now. They have always been a really niche product, best suited for very specific uses. With the growth in standing desk usage in recent years, drafting chairs are also becoming more popular. They are a natural fit to be paired with a standing desk. This has caused manufacturers to come up with more designs and more options.
There is now a wide selection of drafting chairs that offer a range of different functions, upholsteries and aesthetics. We sell many different types of drafting stools on BTOD.com. We have for years. We have taken our experience with drafting chairs and what our customers have liked, to compile a list of the best drafting stools.
This list will not provide a perfect solution for everyone, but it should help to get an idea of what is available and what to look for when shopping for a new drafting chair.
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- Nightingale LXO – Most Comfortable Drafting Chair
- Neutral Posture Right Series – Best for Ergonomics Drafting Chair
- Boss B1617 – Best with Arms Drafting Chair
- Office Star DC800 – Best Extra Tall Drafting Chair
- Diffrient World – Best White Drafting Chair
- BTOD WL-735SYG-BK-LEA-AD-GG – Best Big and Tall Drafting Chair
- Humanscale Freedom – Best Leather Drafting Chair
- Cramer Rhino – Best Industrial Drafting Chair
- Concept Seating 3150 – Best Heavy Duty Drafting Chair
- What is a Drafting Chair?
- How Did We Pick Our Best Drafting Chairs?
- 4 Things You Must Consider Before Buying a Drafting Chair
- Bottom Line
1. Most Comfortable – Nightingale LXO Stool (22” – 30”)
LXO Stool Starting Price: $539.99 + Free Shipping
The first drafting chair on our list is the Nightingale LXO Stool. This is a well rounded stool that we feel will be comfortable for most people. It is a drafting chair that has been popular for us on BTOD.com, specifically for people that want a nice quality drafting chair but don’t want to break the bank.
The LXO Stool is made in Canada with a good build quality and backed by a really solid warranty. It features a breathable mesh backrest with a natural lumbar curve. The mesh is comfortable and holds its shape well.
The LXO has some characteristics that make it stand out from most drafting chairs. The first is the adjustability on the chair. It comes with pneumatic seat height, a synchro-tilt mechanism, tension adjustment and multiple locking positions. It has seat depth adjustment, back depth adjustment and your choice of height adjustable or 4-way arms.
The LXO Stool is also unique because of the seat. The seat is thick padded with ENERSORB™ foam, which is Nightingale’s memory foam. The seat allows you to sink into it so it feels nice and soft while also being supportive.
Choose between a variety of different casters depending on what you are using the LXO Drafting Chair for. You have a couple different carpet caster options and a soft caster option. You can also go with glides if you would prefer that your drafting chair does not roll.
The biggest downside with the LXO Stool is that the Nightingale chairs are not returnable. Each chair is considered custom made so all sales are final. The LXO is also be a poor choice for people that have used memory foam and do not like it.
2. Best for Ergonomics – Neutral Posture Right Series Stool (21.5” – 29.5”)
Right Chair Starting Price: $574.99 + Free Shipping
Our pick for best ergonomic drafting stool is the Right Chair by Neutral Posture. Neutral Posture is a company that focuses heavily on producing high-end ergonomic chairs, so it is no surprise that our best ergonomic pick came from Neutral Posture. The Right Chair features a mesh backrest and padded seat.
The chair is loaded with adjustments. You have adjustable lumbar support and back angle adjustment. It has seat height, seat depth and seat angle adjustments. There are also a number of arm options, including 5-way arms for maximum adjustability.
On top of the high level of adjustability, you also have some customization to make the chair more comfortable for you. There is a memory foam option for the seat, and the choice between two seat sizes, which helps to ensure the best fit for you. There are two headrest options if that is something you are looking for.
Neutral Posture has a unique set of step options you can choose from. They have the traditional ring you see on most stools, but they also have a plastic option and an extended version if you want a large platform. You can also choose from carpet casters, hard surface casters or glides.
Unfortunately, the Right Chair shares the same downside as the LXO. Neutral Posture makes their chairs to order so they do not accept returns.
3. Best with Arms – Boss B1617 (26.5”- 31.5”)
B1617 Starting Price: $164.99 + Free Shipping
The Boss B1617 Drafting Stool is the most popular drafting chair with arms on BTOD.com. The chair has a basic design, but it provides a really good value at a price of less than $170. The stool features a padded seat and back with fabric upholstery. The seat and back are contoured for added comfort.
The stool has plastic loop arms. They do not have any adjustability, but they still offer support for those times when you need to rest. The only adjustment on the B1617 is pneumatic seat height. The basic design and limited functionality make the chair easy to use so it can be placed in almost any environment where a break from standing is needed.
The B1617 comes standard with a 20” chrome footring and your choice of four different fabric options. You can also choose between carpet or hard surface casters.
The B1617 is priced below $150 for a reason. It doesn’t have the adjustability the other chairs on this list do. It also has the lowest build quality of the chairs featured. It is made in China with some really basic components. There are no additional options or ways to customize the chair to your liking.
4. Best Extra Tall – Office Star DC800 (24” – 34”)
DC800 Starting Price: $209.99
The DC800 from Office Star locked up our pick for best extra tall drafting chair. It has a 10” cylinder with a seat height range of 24”-34”, which is the tallest drafting stool we offer on BTOD.com. The stool comes with a padded seat and back with a large range of fabric choices.
The DC800 has the option to add height and width adjustable arms. All models come standard with seat height adjustment, back height adjustment and seat depth adjustment. An adjustable chrome footring also comes standard on the DC800.
The backrest has a natural curve built-in for lumbar support and also has a flexible backrest with adjustable tension. This allows the backrest to have a bit of a recline function. Overall, the DC800 is a pretty basic drafting stool, but it provides nice functionality and a massive seat height range for right around $200.
The DC800 is brought in from China and has some basic components. This helps to keep the cost of the stool down, but the quality is on the lower end of the spectrum. It also has a limited set of adjustments and no customization aside from the upholstery options.
5. Best White – Humanscale Diffrient World Stool (20.5” – 28.5”)
Diffrient World Stool Starting Price: $821.00 + Free Shipping
The list of white drafting stools is quite short. Some options incorporate white into portions of their design but there are very few options that offer white frame with white upholstery. The Diffrient World by Humanscale is one of those options. It is a high-end chair that is well suited for high design applications.
The Diffrient World is a mesh back chair with a variety of seat upholstery options. Humanscale offers two white options. The first is a pinstripe mesh, which will match your white mesh back. The second option is a white vinyl that is easy to clean and ideal for healthcare and lab applications.
The Diffrient World utilizes Humanscale’s weight sensitive recline so there are no locking positions or tension knobs. It comes standard with seat height and depth adjustment. You then have your choice of arms. The 4D arm option offers great adjustability.
A lot of mesh chairs have thick seat frames that cannot be covered. Humanscale removed the front of the seat frame but the sides may still be an issue because they are uncomfortable if you can feel them.
The recline function may also be a turn off for a stool application. The recline forces your legs and hips into an open angle by lifting the back of the seat up as the back reclines. Instead of rocking, you are put into a more open posture. This is meant to be good for tasking but may not be ideal for a stool.
6. Best Big and Tall – BTOD WL-735SYG-BK-LEA-AD-GG (24” – 29”)
WL-735SYG-BK-LEA-AD-GG Starting Price: $452.99 + Free Shipping
The WL-735SYG-BK-LEA-AD-GG is our pick for best big and tall drafting chair because of the value it provides at a price of $452.99. This is a big and tall drafting stool that has a weight capacity of 400 lbs. It has a 21.5” wide seat that has five inch thick padding, so it is specifically designed for larger people.
Along with reinforced components and thick padded cushions, the WL-735SYG-BK-LEA-AD-GG has a surprising amount of adjustability. It features a synchro-tilt mechanism with infinite position lock and tension adjustment. The stool features seat height and back height adjustments. You also get height adjustable arms and a height adjustable footring.
The WL-735SYG-BK-LEA-AD-GG has a lower end build quality, so the chair does have some lower quality parts. The parts are designed to be stronger than standard parts, but they are still not going to be the same quality as the high-end chairs on this list. This is shown by their short two year warranty period.
The WL-735SYG-BK-LEA-AD-GG features faux leather instead of real leather and the option to add soft casters is not available.
7. Best Leather – Humanscale Freedom Stool (20.25” – 27.25”)
Freedom Stool Starting Price: $1,949.00 + Free Shipping
There are not a ton of drafting chair options that feature real leather. Luckily we were able to find a really nice high end option in the Freedom chair by Humanscale. This is one of the highest quality drafting chairs available and it’s backed by one of the best warranties in the industry.
The Freedom Stool is available in two different leather grades and seven different colors to choose from. Both grades are commercial quality. They are soft to the touch and have a nice texture. They offer good durability.
The Freedom is also a nice option for ergonomics. It has seat height and depth adjustment. It also has backrest height adjustment, which helps to align the lumbar curve. A pivoting backrest positions it at the best angle to provide the best support. There is also an optional headrest that can be added that goes in the curve of your neck.
The Freedom has Humanscale’s weight sensitive recline function. Like the Diffrient World, there are no tension controls or tilt lock positions. The chair reclines automatically based on your body weight. There are a few arm and caster options to choose from so that you can customize the chair to your exact needs.
The biggest downside with the Freedom chair is that it has a high price. The price can get well over $2,500 if you opt for all the upgrades. The price will put the Freedom out of reach for a lot of people’s budgets.
The recline motion may also be a problem for some people. The back of the seat raises as you recline so you do not have a typical rocking motion. This may feel awkward for some people, especially when you are so far off the ground.
8. Best Industrial – Cramer Rhino Drafting Chair (22.25” – 32.75”)
Rhino Stool Starting Price: $403.99 + Free Shipping
The Cramer Rhino Stool is the prototypical industrial stool. This chair is ideal for factories, laboratories, clean room and ESD applications. The seat and back are made from polyurethane. The material is durable and easy to clean. It can even take harsh cleaners like alcohol or bleach. The chair is built like a tank as shown by Cramer’s 10 year warranty on 24 hour usage for people up to 300 lbs.
The stool comes with a 20” adjustable chrome footring. There are a few other footrest options to choose from. There are two back sizes to choose from: small or medium. There are a number of different caster and glide options for whatever application you need. There are also three different arms you can choose to add, from fixed arms to fully articulating arms.
The Rhino provides some nice adjustability. The chair comes with seat height adjustment, back height adjustment, back angle adjustment and the option to add seat angle adjustment. These four adjustments, combined with the fully articulating arms, give you a lot of adjustability on an industrial drafting stool.
The Rhino has good adjustability for a drafting chair, but it may not be the best option for providing ergonomic support if you need something for longer hours. The polyurethane material is not as forgiving as the traditional padding and the backrest is not designed with a very good lumbar support system.
9. Best Heavy Duty – Concept Seating 3150 Operator Stool (24” – 31.5”)
3150 Stool Starting Price: $1812.99 + Free Shipping
The final chair on our list may be the most impressive drafting chair of them all. Our best heavy duty drafting stool pick is the 3150 Operator by Concept Seating. This is a stool that is built to take the most rigorous of use. It is made in the USA with an all steel frame, seven leg base and high-end mechanism. This chair comes in a 21” or 23” wide seat, has a weight rating of 550 lbs. and can be used round-the-clock. It comes with six years of coverage on all the parts.
The seat has a unique air suspension system, so it provides a soft sitting experience without the use of thick foam or springs. The seat also has height and depth adjustment. The chair reclines with a synchro-tilt mechanism and has five lockable positions, including forward seat tilt.
The backrest is height adjustable and the 3150 features an inflatable lumbar system. The pump reminds me of the pump for taking your blood pressure. You just squeeze it until the lumbar is how you like it and let the air out to lessen the support.
You can also choose between several options. There are a variety of different upholstery colors. There are also a couple different adjustable arm options. You can choose to add an adjustable headrest as well. Overall, this is a really nice drafting chair.
The price is the biggest deterrent to the 3150 Operator Stool. The chair is really well built but it might be priced too high for some people.
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What is a Drafting Chair?
The term “Drafting Chair” is interchangeable with “Drafting Stool”. These chairs originally applied to people who were using a stool with a drafting table. Drafting tables are large and have a slanted portion that makes them quite tall. You can stand at the table, but it is also nice to be able to take a break from standing while still being able to work. A stool was the solution to that problem and gradually those stools were tweaked and modified until they were designed to be great solutions for sitting while drafting.
The world has changed a lot since the need for a drafting chair arose. There are now a lot more jobs that can benefit from the ability to sit down. There are many positions where a counter height chair can greatly improve the comfort and health of an employee.
A drafting chair in today’s terms is going to be much broader. It is not simply made for people that need to sit down while drafting. A drafting chair today is just an office chair that has a taller seat height than normal chairs and also some type of footrest. The seat height will typically be around 30” on most drafting stools. Some chairs will have arm options, but some will not.
How Did We Pick Our Drafting Chairs?
When we started the process of considering which stools to include on our list, we first had to identify the needs of most people when searching for a drafting chair. What are the factors that are most important and what applications are these chairs being used for? After addressing these two questions, we came up with chairs that meet specific criteria to fulfill the needs of our customers.
Once we knew which types of chairs we needed to include, we used our experience using drafting chairs and our sales history with them to pick the specific drafting chairs included on our list. We have been selling drafting chairs for nearly two decades. We know what is important to look for, which manufacturers are better than others and what you will want to avoid.
We also have a strong history of drafting chair sales to go off of. We can use this history to see which chairs have been popular and which chairs haven’t. We can see if a particular chair has had a lot of warranty issues or customer complaints and we know not to include that chair on the list.
4 Things You Must Consider Before Buying a Drafting Chair
1. Seat Height
The most important thing to consider when looking for a new drafting chair is the seat height range.
This is usually going to depend on the height of the desk, table or counter that you will be using the stool with. For these situations, you will want to measure the height of the table and then make sure the stool you are considering has a seat height range that is around 8-12” lower. For example, if your counter height is 42”, then you will want to look for a stool that has a seat height range of 30-34”.
If you have a height adjustable desk, then you do not need to worry as much about the seat height. You have more freedom to put your priorities in other areas because you can use your desk to match the drafting stool. The only really important thing to think about in this situation is that the stool is not too tall for you to get out of comfortably.
The same goes for those of you that are not using the stool at a counter or desk. This can be common for people like photographers. Our studio has a drafting stool that can be used to give the person shooting the video a break from standing, while still being able to record footage. The main concern with this application is that the stool goes low enough to be able to get in and out of it comfortably and easily. It can also allow your feet to easily touch the ground to make it easier to wheel the stool around while remaining seated.
Another thing to consider is what type of footrest you prefer. Almost all drafting stools have some sort of footrest. Otherwise, your legs are just dangling in the air, which is uncomfortable and bad for your circulation. There are three main types of footrests available: teardrop, platform or ring.
The most common footrest is the footring. This is usually a metal circle that goes completely around the chair. Many footrings have height adjustment so that you can put it in the best position for you. Footrings are the most functional option for most applications.
A teardrop footrest is a metal U shaped bar that hangs from the underside of the seat. Sometimes they will be tied to the seat and will only move with the seat. Other products have tear drop footrests that will swivel separately from the seat. The teardrop is not as versatile as the footring, but some people find it to be more comfortable.
The final footrest option is the platform. This can be metal or plastic and acts as both a step and a footrest. These products offer much more surface areas to rest your feet on, but they are not always the best options for people that are constantly moving their chair around their workspace because they are a bit more clunky than the footring.
Adjustability is another thing to consider. Drafting stools are inherently less adjustable than similarly priced office chairs. Sometimes customers can be surprised by the lack of functionality on some drafting chairs. This is the last thing we want to happen. Nothing is more disappointing than getting a new office chair and then immediately finding out that it isn’t what you thought it was.
Before you start looking at drafting stools, think about what functions are crucial for you. Are you a tall person that will really value seat depth and back height adjustment? Maybe you will be doing heavy tasking and want some seat tilt and adjustable arm options. Whatever the functions are, know what you need so that you can search for chairs that meet your requirements and avoid the chairs that don’t.
The type of upholstery is important to think about. Some upholsteries excel in some areas but not so much in others. Urethanes and vinyls are great for factory and industrial applications. They are also perfect for laboratories, cleanrooms and medical facilities because of how easy they are to clean. But, they are probably not the best option for office settings because they are not as visually appealing.
Fabric and mesh are nice for offices, homes and classroom environments. They look nice and are comfortable to use. They are not great for factories or industrial areas because they are not very easy to clean and can hold particles and debris that won’t happen with urethane or vinyl.
Leather is the final upholstery we see on drafting chairs. Leather is not the most durable so it is not as well suited for areas that urethane and vinyl excel in. But, leather has the nicest look and most high-end appeal. This can be attractive for home users or people in executive offices that may want to pair a drafting stool with a standing desk.
There are several different types of drafting chairs. Different chairs are better suited for different situations. The drafting stool market has grown to a point where you can find almost any type of product to meet your needs. This is both good and bad. It is good to have a product available to meet anyone’s needs but that also means that the market is flooded with products which can often be difficult to sort through.
This list has a good mix of different style products. These are not only products that we like but many of them are also products that our customers have found to be nice options. If you can’t find something that meets your needs on this list, then make sure to use our things to consider when shopping for a drafting chair. You’ll have a good foundation to use to find the best drafting chair for you.
Additional Office Chair Resources
A drafting chair gives extra functionality and padded support so you can stay comfortable for extended periods.
This important piece of office furniture serves a critical purpose for artists, engineers, and architects. You can reach across different tables and oversee work thanks to their height and swivel functions.
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These chairs have a design that provides extra functionality and padded support to ensure that you are comfortable for an extended period. That’s why you need to find one that meets your needs.
The best drafting chair should be comfortable, have breathable fabric, a convenient backrest, a good footrest, provide height adjustability, have the right texture, and it needs to be durable.
Here are some of the best drafting chairs that come with unique components to meet your needs and ensure you get to do your work conveniently and easily.
The Shortlisted Best Drafting Chairs
1. HON Volt Armless Task Chair
If you’re looking for an affordable and comfortable drafting chair, you should check our the Hon Leather Volt Task Chair*. Apart from its durable design, the chair boasts of an adjustable sit-to-stand design.
This is the best drafting chair for busy offices where people need to move around without having to move the body. It’s available in different colors and its durable materials give you value for your money.
2. Modway Veer Drafting Chair
The Modway Veer Drafting Chair* boasts of a breathable back mesh and a padded seat that provides a comfortable sitting experience. You can adjust the height from 21.5-29.5 inches to get your desired posture. The one-touch lift and dual-wheel casters provide easy gliding on carpeted floors.
The cushion has a thickness of 2.5 inches and the seat can support a weight of up to 300 pounds. What’s more, the Modway Veer Drafting Chair is simple to assemble and comes in a different range of colors.
3. Harwick Evolve Chair
The Harwick Ergonomic Adjustable Drafting Chair* is highly-rated among the best lumbar support drafting chairs in the market. The thick padded cushions reduce muscle strain and the fully adjustable seat mechanism is ideal for those times you have to work for an extended period.
Tall users will love the adjustable back height and the chair’s ability to support up to 250 pounds. If you work in a place that has a hard floor or carpeted surfaces, the Harwick Evolve Chair comes with dual-wheel casters for easy maneuverability. Apart from the black and grey fabric options, you can opt for the black leather for a touch of class.
With a seat height adjustability of 26-35 inches, the chair offers a fantastic and comfortable seating experience which certainly earns it a spot on the best drafting chairs shortlist. The adjustable tilt tension gives users the exact angle of tilt for added functionality. You can adjust the height of the armrest up or down to support your seating posture. Harwick provides a ten-year limited warranty for your peace of mind.
4. Flash Furniture Mid-Back Ergonomic Drafting Chair
Flash Furniture Mid-Back Ergonomic Drafting Chair* is one of the most reliable chairs in the market. Made from quality nylon materials, the ergonomic drafting chair boasts of a gold-colored frame and smooth curves for that aesthetic appeal.
You’ll love the lumbar support you get from this chair when sitting for an extended period on your computer. The chair height is adjustable from 24-32 inches with a waterfall seat edge and mid-level backrest that helps to improve lower limb circulation.
Its 2-to-1 synchronized locking mechanism allows for a smooth backrest tilt operation, something that allows you to recline without feeling like you are about to fall over. The padded armrests provide support for your upper limbs. Unlike other drafting chairs, the Flash Furniture chair has a breathable curved mesh back that allows the users to feel comfortable as air flows.
5. Modway Edge Drafting Chair
The Modway Edge Drafting Chair* comes with flip-up arms, something that makes it ideal for people who use their hands like architects and artists. You can make unrestricted movements thanks to its unique design that works well with drafting tables and so is one of the best drafting chairs you can get your hands on.
The chair comes with enough foam padding, a tall glass cylinder, and a mesh back. You can adjust the seat from 20.5-29 inches to get your preferred height.
6. Boss Office Armless Drafting Chair
The Boss Office Drafting Chair* comes in different colors, which allows you to pick a color that matches your office aesthetics. Its ergonomic design comes with a curved backrest shape that provides quality posture while working.
The durable A-grade fabric and S form finishing guarantees that you’ll use this chair for years to come. You also get a ten-year warranty, which gives you peace of mind.
7. AmazonBasics Tall Drafting Stool
One of the most affordable and simplistic chairs, the AmazonBasics Tall Drafting Stool* is one of the best drafting chairs that meets your functional and ergonomic requirements. With a chair height adjustment of 30.3-36.2 inches, the drafting chair features a thick padded seat covered by bonded leather. It has a backrest that is comfortable and gives you a smooth feel.
The best part is that you can configure this chair into a drafting stool by removing the backrest. You get an unobstructed moment thanks to the 360-degree rotation and the lack of armrests. The chair can accommodate a weight of 250 pounds, thanks to its sturdy footrest.
It’s worth noting that this drafting chair comes with a Proposition 65 warning as per California law that states that the chair has chemicals that could cause health issues. The AmazonBasics drafting stool comes with a one-year limited warranty.
8. Chairman Ergonomic Mid-Back Mesh Forward-Tilting Drafting Chair
Ranked as one of the best drafting chairs for its unique chair shape profile, the Chairman Ergonomic Mid-Back Mesh Forward Drafting Chair* comes with an adjustable height of 22 1/4 -30 inches range. The chair can swivel a full 360 degrees thanks to its chrome footrest ring and streamlined chair shape that allows you to place it in any place you like.
The curves on the backrest follow the human spine for additional support and the seat has thick padded foam to ensure that you are comfortable. Its sturdy base allows you to maneuver the chair around on the rolling casters.
As other forms of desks become popular such as standing desks, drafting tables, and sit-stand desks, it’s no longer feasible to just have an office chair. Drafting Chairs and stools add a new dimension to your work environment allowing you to adjust your height to fit many types of tables.
Contrary to popular belief, drafting chairs aren’t just reserved for artists, engineers, and architects. Maybe you’d like to work on your kitchen counter or switch to a standing desk because it helps prevent back pain. Drafting Chairs and stools can be used for all types of situations, such as drafting tables, conventional desks, and any type of elevated workspace.
Drafting chairs should have proper back support and leg rest to support your full body. We’ve compiled our top 10 drafting chairs and stools, along with a buyer’s guide to help you find the best one for your work environment.
The Best Drafting Chairs and Stools
Harwik Evolve – Editor’s Choice
The Harwick Evolve is a heavy-duty chair that is ergonomically designed and has a high weight limit. It supports up to 325 pounds, which appeals to many big and tall users. Whether you have a drafting table, office table, or standing desk, the Harwick Evolve has plenty of adjustable features to adapt to each scenario. Nearly every aspect of the seat is adjustable, from its seat height to the armrests.
If you’re an artist, you may need more space while working. The Harwick Evolve has flip-up armrests, so you can freely move your hands and arms to perform your drafting. Or, if you prefer to move closer to your desk, having your armrests tucked away can help as well. In addition, since the seat height can be adjusted from 24 inches to 31 inches, you can easily use this chair to match your desk height. Even the footrest is height adjustable so that you can take the pressure off your legs.
We also like how this chair uses mesh upholstery to allow ventilation and prevent heat from building up. Drafting chairs that use leather tend to trap heat and can lead to sweating in your seat.
- Full mesh back keeps users cool throughout the day
- Built-in lumbar support to alleviate back pain
- Flip-up armrests let you move close to your desk
- Quite high weight capacity
- The seat height is adjustable to accommodate people of different sizes
- The seat doesn’t have a cushion
Boss Office Products B16245-BK – Best Cheap Drafting Chair
The Boss Office drafting stool is designed for work environments with tight spaces or where individuals need more mobility. For example, people who work in the medical field, such as dentist or doctor’s offices, may need to easily move between their computer and their patient.
In environments where you need to freely move your arms and hands, having an armrest can be restrictive. That’s why the Boss Office drafting chair has an incredibly minimalistic design to it. This chair doesn’t have any armrests or high-backrest. Instead, it features a slim mid-backrest and a densely padded seat cushion. Since many people who use drafting chairs are prone to leaning too far forward, the backrest helps prevent slouching and encourages a healthy posture.
This drafting chair has an adjustable 6-inch vertical height range to match any desk height that you have. Whether you choose to work on a standing desk, an office desk, or everything in between, this chair will work. We like how the upholstery is made of a caressoft vinyl material giving the chair a smooth texture similar to leather. It’s easy to maintain because the material is abrasion and water-resistant. Furthermore, there’s a foot ring for users to rest their feet on, which gives them stability when sitting at an elevated height.
- Very affordable draft chair
- Highly dense and thick padding on the seat cushion and backrest
- Caressoft vinyl is a smooth and durable upholstery
- The seat can be adjusted 6 inches to fit the height of your desk
- Easy and quick assembly
NOUHAUS ErgoDraft – Best Value Drafting Chair
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The Neuhaus ErgoDraft chair is one of the best value drafting chairs in the market. It has many ergonomic and adjustable features that allow users to get into a comfortable position. For example, it includes a 2D mesh headrest that can be adjusted up and down and forward and backward. This means you can optimize your head position for maximum comfort.
In addition, the Neuhaus ErgoDraft has a unique 2:1 Syncro reclining backrest that enables users to adjust the backrest angle and the seat angle at the same time. Reclining the seat backward encourages movement while sitting, and it also reduces some of the strain on your spine and associated ligaments.
The backrest of the chair uses an ElastoMesh material that is both flexible and breathable. Mesh materials are great for ventilation, allowing air to pass through. Chairs with leather or pleather materials are prone to trapping heat and keeping users sweaty. This chair also comes with a built-in bag or coat hanger so that you can store possessions nearby and away from the floor.
- The headrest can be adjusted to support your head and neck
- Backrest able to recline 135 degrees
- It comes with a bag/coat hanger in the back of the chair
- ElastoMesh backrest is soft and breathable
- Casters have a wheel lock to prevent rolling
Herman Miller Aeron Stool – Best Premium Drafting Chair
If you’re looking for a durable, sleek, and high-end stool, you can’t go wrong with the Herman Miller Aeron Stool. Unlike other chairs that may cut corners by using plastic components that are manufactured in another country, the Herman Miller Stool is manufactured in the U.S. They also guarantee a 12-year warranty, meaning they have confidence in backing the build quality of their products.
Another aspect we like about the chair is how it supports up to 350 pounds meaning big and tall people can also use the Herman Miller Stool. When the stool arrives, it comes fully assembled, so there won’t be any complicated assembly needed to set up your new t chair.
With a tilt mechanism, you’re able to recline into different angles without changing your posture or arm position smoothly. The Posture SL fit is a unique backrest that supports the lumbar area. It comes with a knob where you can adjust the height and the depth of the lumbar support.
The Herman Miller Stool uses an 8Z pellicle mesh material that is flexible enough to mimic and adapt to your movements. However, it’s also soft enough, with some give for enhanced comfort.
- It comes with a height-adjustable footrest
- Pellicle mesh material prevent uncomfortable heat buildup
- Armrests are height-adjustable and can pivot in any direction
- PostureFit SL is provides customized lumbar support to relieve back pain
- Herman Miller offers a 12-year warranty
- Quite expensive compared to other draft chairs
- No neck and head support
HYLONE Ergonomic Drafting Chair – Best Drafting Chair for Standing Desks
Even if you’re using a standing desk, it’s good to switch to a seated position every now and to give your legs a break. The Hylone ergonomic drafting chair lets you adjust the seat height by 20 cm, so you’ll be able to use it for all types of elevated workstations. However, we find the Hylone chair to be more comfortable than most. The seat cushion has a deep and highly dense seat cushion that contours to your body’s shape and helps to relieve pressure in your hips.
The armrests are also well-padded, designed to alleviate some of the stress on your shoulders and neck. If you prefer moving close to the hour desk or don’t like your arms to feel restricted, you can flip-up the armrests as well. When sitting in an elevated position, it helps to have a footrest so that your leg doesn’t dangle on the floor. The Hylone drafting chair has an adjustable foot ring, so you can take the pressure off the back of your legs. Having a foot ring also encourages you to move your feet to increase circulation.
One aspect we like about the Hylone is the backrest recline and tilt lock. With the backrest recline, users can recline up to 120 degrees, and it has a rocking feature as well. The tilt tension lets you adjust the amount of pressure needed to adjust the backrest angle. This ensures you feel under control whenever you switch positions.
- PU coated padded armrests help to relieve pressure from your shoulders and neck
- The height-adjustable footrest is ideal for all types of desks
- Breathable mesh back keeps you cool and comfortable
- Waterfall seat edge design improves circulation in your legs
- Fairly thick-padded cushion for enhanced comfort
Steelcase Leap Drafting Stool – Best Drafting Chair for Back Pain
Stools are generally less ergonomic and comfortable than office chairs. This can distract you from performing the task at hand, and even work leaves you with back pain and other body aches. The Steelcase Leap drafting stool lets you get the precise settings that match your body and preferences. Users can adjust the seat depth, height, the correct height for the lumbar support, and even the upper and lower back firmness.
Many stools don’t have an adjustable armrest, which can place a huge burden on your neck and shoulder to hold your arms up. The Steelcase Leap has fully adjustable arms so that you adjust the height, pivot the angle, and slide the armrest forward and backward.
The hallmark of an excellent ergonomic chair is encouraging users to move even while sitting. Steelcase Leap has their signature live-back technology feature that moves and adapts to the changing shape of your spine as your shift positions throughout the day. This ensures your back and lumbar are fully supported even as you move and prevent slouching.
- Available in 14 color options
- Footring is height adjustable
- Draft chair ships fully assembled, so no assembly required
- Supports up to 300 lbs
- Unique live back technology mimics micromovements to support the spine
Flash Furniture Mid-Back – Best Drafting Chair for Short People
Unfortunately, when it comes to short people, adjustability should be at the forefront of your mind when selecting a chair. For example, if the chair’s seat pan is positioned too deep, it’ll cause circulation issues since your legs will be dangling, which applies undue pressure towards the soft underside of your thighs.
The Flash Furniture Mid-Back drafting has a convenient pneumatic adjustment level that enables users to adjust the seat height and seat depth. Users can also adjust the chrome footrest to ensure their feet are firmly planted. This provides your body with stability while sitting and also increases circulation in your legs.
Personally, I like how the Flash Furniture chair uses different types of materials for the chair. Typically using only one type of upholstery has its pros and cons. This chair uses a black leather seat with a highly dense foam padding to relieve the pressure in your hips and buttocks. Sometimes mesh upholstery used on your seat can feel wirey and uncomfortable. The seat cushion is also designed with curvature and a waterfall seat edge to increase circulation under your thighs. In contrast, it has an open mesh upholstery on its backrest to allow ventilation and cool air to flow through.
- Footrest helps to relieve pressure and increase circulation in the legs
- Tilt tension customizes the amount of resistance when leaning back
- Flip-up arms let you move closer to the desk to increase productivity
- Mesh back has lumbar support to relieve lower back pain
- Height adjustable seat and foot ring for people of different sizes
Chairman Ergonomic Drafting Chair – Best Drafting Chair for Big and Tall People
For big and tall people, there are several factors that you need to consider before buying a drafting chair. The weight capacity, the durability of its components, and the adjustability of the chair are all things you should be aware of. The Chairman ergonomic drafting chair has purposefully designed its chair to fit users of all sizes.
It has a weight capacity of 295 pounds and uses some of the strongest and most durable materials. This chair uses a large 27.5-inch sturdy nylon and steel base that ensures it’ll be able to last a long time. Big individuals have more weight to carry around, so they can be more prone to back pain, especially if they are sitting with poor posture all day long. The Chairman’s drafting chair uses a highly dense foam with fabric upholstery to limit the pressure when sitting down. We find the seat cushion to be supportive yet also very soft.
Big people tend to sweat more because they have a larger body mass, meaning they generate more heat. This is why leather seats aren’t ideal for big and tall people. However, the Chairman drafting chair has a full-mesh back chair allowing air to pass through and keep you cool all day. The mesh material feels flexible, so you can easily move around. In addition, it’s skin-friendly and comfortable to lean back on.
- Height-adjustable chair to pair with standing or drafting tables
- The seat cushion is foam padded and waterfall edge for comfort
- Fast and easy to assemble
- Mesh material is breathable and skin-friendly
- Supports up to 295 lbs
- It only comes with a 1-year warranty
Bieffe Drafting Chair – Best Drafting Chair for Artists
Best for Artists
If you’re an artist, there are a few things that you’re probably looking for in a chair. Although the Bieffe drafting chair looks very minimalistic, it’s quite suitable for artists. This chair intentionally doesn’t include armrests so that users can freely move their arms. Artists typically like to work on a wide desk meaning their arms can’t be restricted. The lack of armrests also lets you move closer to your set, and its thin design doesn’t take up much space in your art studio.
Another aspect that artists should look for is the chair’s care and maintenance. When working with paint colors, you don’t want upholstery that easily stains. Fabric upholstery will easily absorb paints, ink colorings, and even food spills. The Bieffe drafting chair uses birch wood and a chrome-plated base, which is resistant to stains. You can easily wipe away stains, and it’s very durable, so the wood doesn’t chip away.
In addition, the seat has a convenient lever that allows you to adjust the height of the chair between 21 and 31 inches. This means you can easily work on any type of desk or an elevated surface for your artwork.
- Birchwood material looks very high-end
- Very durable wood and quality craftsmanship
- The seat is height-adjustable from 21 to 31 inches
- Affordable pricing
- No cushion on the chair
- No lumbar or headrest support
Modway Veer Drafting Chair – Best Drafting Chair With Arms
The Modway Veer drafting chair is an excellent all-around chair for comfort, ergonomics, and productivity. This chair has a tall glass cylinder allowing you to adjust its height. It can be used in many scenarios such as reception areas, office desks, and studios. It features a padded waterfall mesh seat and form-fitted breathable mesh back you are sitting with great posture.
We like how users can adjust the height of the armrest to the perfect position. The armrest helps prevent carpal tunnel syndrome and alleviate the tension placed on your shoulder and neck from having to hold your arms up. You can also flip the armrests up 90 degrees to allow you to draft, paint and draw with ease. The armrest also has a nice soft mesh padding for additional comfort. Even the seats have very dense padding to retain shape and reduce the pressure and pain from sitting for long periods.
- Sleek design to fit any office space
- Breathable mesh back allows air to pass through
- Armrests can rotate up to allow you to paint, draft and draw
- Supports up to 331 lbs
- Waterfall seat edge design helps to improve circulation in legs
- Not able to recline the backrest
Drafting Chair Vs. Office Chair
Drafting chairs and stools have a higher seat range for elevated work surfaces such as a bar or counter. These chairs usually include a foot ring positioned around the cylinder so that users can rest their feet while sitting. Some drafting chairs don’t include armrests, or the armrests can flip upwards, allowing users to freely move their arms. On the other hand, office chairs are typically only designed for a standard working desk.
Choosing the Best Ergonomic Drafting Chair
The durability of your drafting chair usually depends on the build quality of the chair. This includes all components within the chair, such as the base, gas cylinder, armrest, seat cushion padding, and upholstery. When looking for a quality base, we suggest a chair with a heavy-duty 5-star nylon base, steel base, or aluminum base. Your drafting chair should also have a durable metal cylinder with a hydraulic lift to easily adjust your seat height.
For wheel casters, we like soft casters made of a pliable material such as rubber or polyurethane. That’s because it’s less likely to crack, and it won’t scratch or scuff up your hardwood floors. Plastic materials used in wheels tend to break easily and can damage your floors.
One of the biggest advantages of drafting chairs is adjusting the seat higher than office chairs can. Always measure the height of your table to ensure that the drafting chair can accommodate your desk. The seat height range should be around 8 to 12 inches lower than your desk height. For instance, if your desk height is 40 inches, you’ll want a chair with a height range of 28 to 32 inches.
If you’re using a standing desk, drafting chairs can be used to take a break from standing. In this situation, the stool needs to be high enough where you can sit down and get up comfortably. In addition, the drafting chair should have a foot ring to allow users to rest their feet. This reduces fatigue, which can occur when a person’s legs don’t touch the ground. These footings are usually height adjustable to accommodate people of all sizes.
When it comes to back support, personalization is essential. We believe all chairs should have lumbar support since most people are prone to lower back problems when sitting. The spine is shaped in an S shape, meaning; there needs to be a cushion that protrudes outward to support the lumbar area. The most ergonomic chairs allow you to adjust the height and depth of the lumbar support. This ensures you are sitting in a healthy posture at all times.
Another element of back support is its adaptability. Some chairs, such as the Aeron or Harwick Evolve, adjust their support based on your spinal movements to ensure you’re always getting full backrest support. Also, we recommend finding a chair with a backrest recline or a rocking feature. Sitting in a reclined position reduces the amount of load placed on the spine and its supportive musculature. A reclined position also makes it easier to maintain a neutral spine.
Armrests Vs. No Armrests
Some stools include armrests, while others don’t. This depends on the type of tasks you’ll be performing. For example, an artist or an architect tend to work on wide drafting tables where they need to freely move their arms from side to side. In this situation, having an armrest would only inhibit your movement.
However, if you are working at an office desk, then having an armrest will act as strong support to alleviate the tension in your shoulders and neck. They help to guide your hands and arms in a relaxed position, which eases muscle tension. Without the armrest, it can be difficult to maintain a healthy posture while working on a desk.
Seat comfort is a big factor to consider if you plan on sitting down for long hours. The seat cushion should have enough padding to support your body weight. Most paddings contain high-density foam that helps to maintain its shape and also relieve pressure in your hips and buttocks while sitting.
If you can feel the chair’s frame when sitting, it means you’ll likely feel uncomfortable. Without a proper cushion, too much pressure on your tailbone can lead to spine and joint issues over time. The cushion helps to redistribute the overall compressive force and safeguard your body from the normal wear and tear from sitting.
Since stools typically have a slimmer design, they may not always have the weight capacity for big and tall people. It’s important to check the weight capacity to ensure it can accommodate your weight.
Drafting chairs that hold 300 pounds or more typically have more durable components such as steel or aluminum base. They have larger-sized wheels and a wider seat as well.
Before making an investment, you should consider your budget and how much you’re willing to spend on a drafting chair. Drafting chairs are generally less expensive than office chairs. However, they vary drastically in price depending on their ergonomic features, build quality, and brand.
You’ll find inexpensive stools such as the Boss Office drafting stool on the low-end of the spectrum. It has a minimalistic design with very few features. This chair doesn’t have any armrests, very few ergonomic features, and no lumbar support.
If you want something more comfortable without breaking the bank, the Neuhaus ErgoDraft or Harwick Evolve chairs are great options. They have a mesh back, reclining back, and adjustable armrests. Lastly, premium chairs can shock you when you see it’s the price tag. However, the price is justified. For example, Herman Miller puts a whopping 12-year warranty on their chairs. Their stool also uses a premium mesh material that customizes its support based on your movement and specific spinal alignment.
Recap of the Best Drafting Chairs and Stools
What is a Drafting Chair?
A drafting chair can be thought of as a hybrid between an office chair and stool. These chairs are designed to work on drafting tables or elevated surfaces above the normal height of office desks. Drafting chairs usually have a few modifications that differentiate them from standard office chairs.
The two primary differences are extended height capabilities and a foot ring or footrest included on these chairs. For example, if you have a standing desk, you can raise the height to meet the height of the table. This is great if you wanted to take a rest from standing and sit down while working.
Since you’ll be sitting at an elevated position, it’s not feasible to have your feet firmly planted on the ground. The footrest gives you the stability to feel comfortable while sitting and also allows you to lean forward. Many of these chairs also have flip-up armrests allowing artists, architects, and engineers to freely move their arms while drawing or drafting. Many draft tables have a wide board, which means you’ll need to extend your arms out at times.
Are drafting chairs comfortable?
Drafting chairs are designed to help users be more efficient in doing work while working on elevated surfaces. Most people won’t confuse a drafting chair with being as comfortable as a sofa chair. However, it is comfortable to sit on for long hours.
A lot of drafting chairs still have a seat cushion and backrest to support your entire body. Some may even have lumbar support to encourage a healthy posture. But there is a case to be made that office chairs can be slightly more comfortable.
Office chairs tend to have more padding, especially because many use high-density foam padding or memory foam seating options. Also, since standard chairs are lower to the ground, they can recline further back, allowing users to nap if they want to.
Are drafting chairs ergonomic?
Drafting chairs are designed ergonomically to allow users to work on an elevated platform while also preventing potential health problems productively. Many of the drafting chairs we’ve reviewed include a curved backrest that conforms to the shape of your spine.
These chairs also have plenty of adjustable features such as adjustable armrests, footrests, backrest recliner, tilt tension mechanism, and 360-degree swivel. The adjustments allow the user to customize the seating experience to the optimal position. You’ll find that the manufacturers are maniacal about ergonomics and ensure that even the smallest details matter. For example, you’ll find that some of these chairs have a waterfall seat edge to improve blood circulation and relieve pressure under the thighs.
The Best Drafting Chairs for Long Hours of Work
When you’re getting up close and personal with your tabletop art, a drafting chair is essential. It will allow you to reach the perfect height, with varied backs, armrests, ergonomic seating, and more to choose from. Some adjust with more precision than others, while many prioritize comfort over changeability. As you know, an artist might spend countless hours at a time in that drafting chair, and a wooden schoolroom style is just not going to cut it. From high-tech splurges to affordable and simple solutions, find the five drafting chairs most beloved by ARTnews below.
1. Flash Furniture Ergonomic Drafting Chair
This drafting chair is designed much like a classic desk chair but with some ergonomic tweaks that make it perfect for a drafter and artist. Included are both a six-wheel base and a foot ring, to allow for 360-degree resting spots for your tired toes. And with padded armrests, your elbows won’t have anything to complain about either. Not a fan? They flip up with the utmost of ease to allow for more arm mobility, if you so choose. The high back of the chair is designed with built-in lumbar support, and the entire chair (back and set, both!) not only tilts backward and forward but rotates 360 degrees, to ensure that there’s nowhere you won’t be able to reach or see while you’re sitting.
2. Office Star Deluxe Drafting Chair
This drafting chair has all the benefits of other ergonomic styles, while allowing for a little more physical and artistic movement, due to its lack of arms and higher seat adjustability (helpful if, say, you’re working on a canvas or drafting table that’s slightly higher than a traditional desk). The seat itself rises from a low 24.25 inches to a high 33.75 inches, with little fuss or effort. The back is also adjustable, as is the footrest, to make sure that all the essential puzzle pieces fit in to make Goldilocks’ perfect chair for you.
3. Boss Office Products Ergonomic Drafting Chair
This drafting chair rings in at less than $100 and is the perfect happy medium between a totally adjustable and comfortable office chair and a more classic drafting stool. The chair rises from a base 24.5-inch position to a high 31-inch position. The only downside is that the footrest is not adjustable, so you may use the ability to rest your feet on it only when the chair is at maximum height. There are three separate armrest options, whether you want none, adjustable, or loop style. And, lastly, the back of the chair can be adjusted with basic movements, to suit your every size and reclining need.
4. Boss Office Products Drafting Stool
Though this drafting chair comes complete with a back for support, it’s more like a stool than a chair. The solid, round seat provides comfort with a weight capacity of 275 pounds. The back is adjustable, at an angle as well as forward and back, and the seat, which rises and lowers up to six inches, includes a 360-degree spin and chrome foot ring for additional support.
5. Humanscale Diffrient World Office Desk Chair
This drafting chair is a splurge, to be sure, but it includes all of the bells and whistles that you might come to expect from a professional-quality chair that you, quite frankly, might never want to leave. In a variety of eight different colors, this mesh chair is comfortable as well as fully adjustable. It includes weight-sensitive reclining and a form-sensing mesh technology, to ensure that the chair actually customizes to your needs without requiring self-adjustment. For the manual settings, however, you can adjust the seat depth as well as the seat height, which can be easily done with the flick of a lever.
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My 17 Favorite Ergonomic Drafting Chairs & Stools
I can’t tell you how many drafting chairs I went through when working as an architect.
Actually I don’t really know…. but I ran into every issue with them.
They became uncomfortable, were too rigid, stopped adjusting properly, or outright broke!
So if I have one piece of advice when buying a drafting chair- get a good one!
Fortunately there seems to be quite a few quality options today.
So if you need to buy a drafting chair, here is my recommended list of the best options on the market.
Our Favorite Drafting Chair
Eurotech Seating Apollo Drafting Stool
The Apollo drafting stool is solidly built, incredibly comfortable, and highly adjustable.
It was designed for people who regularly alternate between sitting and standing and it pairs perfectly with a standing desk.
The stool has an amazing waterfall seat design that reduces pressure on your legs and provides added comfort with improved blood circulation.
The seat is 20.5’’ wide and comes with a breathable mesh upholstery that keeps your body cool while you work. It has a minimum height of 26.5’’ and a maximum height of 36.5’’.
Additionally, the Apollo drafting stool’s backrest is height-adjustable and the moving arms can be adjusted for width and height.
The company behind the product has been in business since 1979. They offer a lifetime warranty on the frame and hardware and a 5-year warranty on the upholstery.
What customers are saying
The overall feel customers have when purchasing the Apollo is that they’re getting real value for money.
The only downside some people mentioned is that the adjustable backrest has a tendency to slide down on its own.
What We Like
- It provides great value for the money
- It has a lifetime warranty
What We Don’t Like
- The backrest doesn’t stay in place
Second Best Drafting Chair
Modway Veer Drafting Stool-Chair
This ergonomic Modway Veer Drafting Stool-Chair features many of the needed uses for artists, architects and drafting professionals.
The design is simple and beautiful yet it features many customizable height adjustments and will allow you to best work effectively and efficiently in your workspace.
It comes in four unique colours that feature a soft cushion bottom and a mesh backing that provide good lumbar support and a soft enough seat for full-day use.
The easy-glide wheels and chrome footplate make moving from one workspace to the next a breeze on any surface. You can also take advantage of the adjustable seat height to ensure being in the perfect drafting position.
What we like
Easy-glide wheels roll on virtually any surface with ease
Waterfall mesh back design fits ergonomic needs and is comfortable
Adjustable arm and seat height make working simple
Choose from four colours to suit your office and workspace easily
What we don’t like:
Durability and build quality could be better for heavier users
May not be suitable for those over 6 feet
The Modway Veer Drafting Stool-Chair is a chair you will definitely want to keep on your radar for work and ergonomic drafting
Highest Quality Chair
Harwick Evolve All Mesh Heavy Duty Drafting Chair
The Harwick Evolve is perhaps the best choice if you work in a very professional setting and are looking for the best quality.
The very strong and rigid design is built for any individual to sit comfortably for long hours perched on their desk.
The heavy-duty design features a weight allotment of 325 pounds and an adjustable seat and armrests that will allow for even the tallest individuals.
The armrests even feature a flip-up design so that the chair can be tucked into the desk for perched work.
Bottom line: It is perfect for those looking for a high quality, comfortable, elegantly designed chair.
Most Comfortable Chair
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If you’re working long hours at the office and need the absolute best in terms of comfort, quality, and design, check out the Alvin Art Director drafting chair.
With a 20’’ wide seat with a 3’’ thick cushion, this model is definitely the most comfortable on our list. Its height can be adjusted from 24.5’’ to 28.5’’ with the help of an extension seat.
The extension seat exists because although this chair was originally built for a regular desk, the manufacturers wanted those with standing desks to also enjoy the comfort the chair provides.
The backrest is also height adjustable and can be lifted up to 20’’ above the seat.
This model is stationary and doesn’t tilt backward but its upholstery and arms were made out of Buffalo leather to give it an amazing high-end look with increased comfort.
What We Like
- Great looking office chair
- Very comfortable
- Genuine leather upholstery
What We Don’t Like
Most Adjustable Chair
Flash Furniture Drafting Chair
If you’re looking for a comfortable drafting chair that will support you during long stints of work, Flash Furniture has the perfect chair for you.
Just like the Apollo chair, this one offers all sorts of adjustable components with a breathable mesh to sit on.
The height of the seat can be adjusted from 24’’ to 32’’ and the seat can be tilted backward for added comfort.
There’s a lever on the left side that you can pull up for free movement and push down to lock the chair in place. The base is made of heavy-duty nylon which is a hard plastic that feels very sturdy.
The foot ring is adjustable as well and the arms can be flipped out of the way, however, unlike the Apollo chair, the arms are not height adjustable.
Assembling this chair is pretty straightforward but the instructions might need some improvement as most customers end up placing the seat the wrong way.
What We Like
- Supportive seat and backrest
- Breathable mesh upholstery
- Smooth controls
What We Don’t Like
- Poor assembly instructions
Ideal Chair For Standing Desks
Modway Ergonomic Charge Drafting Chair
If you’re looking for a drafting chair that offers increased comfort, the Modway Charge model comes with a generously padded foam seat.
The seat adjusts well to the height of a standing desk and can be raised from 22’’ to 29.5’’ off the ground. It can also be tilted or swiveled a full 360 degrees by pulling the lever out.
The Charge chair was made with ergonomics in mind and offers improved lumbar support that should keep you comfy all day.
It pairs perfectly with a standing desk, and although the arms can’t be adjusted for height, they can be flipped up to an angle of 90 degrees and they have a padded vinyl that provides added comfort.
This chair is easy to put together and comes with clear instructions.
What We Like
- Perfect for standing desks
- Excellent lumbar support
- Clear assembly instructions
What We Don’t Like
- The arms are not height adjustable
Best For Reception Desk
Modway Edge Reception Desk Drafting Chair
This model is extremely similar to the Charge model in terms of ergonomics and comfort with the biggest difference being its shorter backrest.
This one was made specifically for the people that work at counters and tend to stand most of the time but still want something comfortable enough to fall back on when needed.
The padded vinyl seat is incredibly comfortable and can be tilted or swiveled to 360 degrees, it is also height adjustable and can go from 20.5’’ and 29’ high.
You get to control the tension of the chair so you’ll be able to lean back if you choose to and the backrest will do a good job of providing lumbar support for your back.
The arms of the Edge chair are padded and can be flipped back for your convenience. The only downside we could find is the seat cushion that tends to go flat after 6 to 12 months of use.
What We Like
- Very comfortable
- Easy assembly
What We Don’t Like
- The seat cushion doesn’t last long
Best Value Drafting Chair
Best Office Tall Office Drafting Chair
The Best Office Tall Office drafting chair definitely has room for improvement in regards to durability and customer service, but it still provides great value for its price.
This chair includes features similar to other products on our list such as a nice thick cushion, flip-up armrests, lumbar support, and an adjustable seat height that can go from 22’’ to 29.5’’.
However, unlike the others, this model comes with only 3 months of warranty and some people have reported a loss of functionality on the gas cylinder which happens 3-6 months into the purchase.
The chair may not be as good as others on the list but it would work for people on a budget, and if the manufacturers added some functional customer care support there would be many more happy customers.
What We Like
- Budget price
- Great lumbar support
What We Don’t Like
- Won’t last a long time
- Customer service issues
Other Recommended Drafting Chairs
HON Leather Volt Task Stool
Simple, comfortable and relatively inexpensive, the HON Leather Volt Task Stool features a design that is made to last.
The leather design adds a home-comfort feeling while the adjustable sit-to-stand design and an array of colours will help to brighten and fit into your workspace perfectly.
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The SmugDesk office chair is extremely well built and is often considered to be a workhorse of a chair.
It has a comfortable padded seat with an adjustable height range of 25.2’’ to 33.9’’. It also has a foot ring and armrests that can be adjusted for height.
Just like most of the chairs on our list this one also comes with great lumbar support which is much needed for long working hours.
This model comes with a 12-month warranty and the only complaint reported is the seat is short and might be a problem for people with longer legs.
Kaleurrier Adjustable Stools Drafting Chair
The Kaleurrier drafting chair is a lightweight everyday model that comes with a sponge padded seat and faux leather upholstery.
It is easy to clean and would be suitable for spa’s, salons, schools, or therapist offices.
The seat can be raised from 19.7’’ to 27.6’’ which would not be ideal for a standing desk, but most of the other purposes are pretty much covered.
The major difference between this model and the rest on our list is the lack of armrests and a backrest that can be tilted so you can lounge.
Poly and Bark Tremaine Drafting Chair
This chair looks and feels luxurious. It is made from vegan leather which is softer to touch than faux leather or vinyl and everything on it has padding, including the seat, backrest, and arms.
The backrest is slightly curved in the lumbar region to give you extra support and most people say this little feature is a life-saver.
The seat can be raised from 22.5’’ up to 30’’ and you’ll also be able to adjust the tension of the chair so you can lean back a bit.
This chair has a truly upscale design and most customers are extremely happy with their purchase.
Modway Thrive Drafting Chair
The Modway Thrive model is perfect for people that want a modern looking chair.
Part of the backrest is omitted in the design so it looks like it’s free-floating and the armrests are made a bit different from other models as well.
Some people like the unique armrests and say that they don’t get in the way, while others say they lack proper support.
The seat can be lifted from 20.5’’ to 28’’ and is 18’’ wide which is the most popular width for the majority of adults.
Modway Attainment Drafting Chair
If you are looking for a comfortable and dependable ergonomic drafting chair the Modway Attainment Chair needs to be seriously considered.
This design features a leather cushion and a mesh backing for a great combination of comfort and ergonomic design.
Perfectly matched with your standing desk. Adjustments can be made to the height, armrests and the foot ring has a strong and sturdy design that helps you to feel comfortable all day long.
AmazonBasics Drafting Stool
Looking for a very different yet simple design?
The AmazonBasics Stool is perhaps the most basic design on our list today. It features a very simple round leather design that is adjustable to most desks.
You can use this chair to draft, bring it to the kitchen to cook, and you can also use this as a chair to play music in.
Although the lack of armrests and back support could be strange for some the minimal design could be the best option for those that are always standing up and just need a comfortable seat for limited use.
AmazonBasics Drafting Stool with Adjustable Foot Rest
Those who are keen on a simple design but still want the functionality of traditional chairs can find the best of both in the AmazonBasics chair.
This chair comes with a compact design, round chair, and minimal back design while the footrest acts as a perfect addition to your workspace to allow for manoeuvrability.
Office Star Deluxe Mesh Back Drafting Chair
This chair features many of the traditional benefits of a complete drafting chair like adjustable height options and a lean-over design but takes a minimal approach.
It comes with no armrests and a shorter mesh backing to provide easier working with less bumping into the table on drafting work.
The chair also features a powerful pneumatic seat adjustment that is perfect for the average person and a taller individual.
Comfortable ring design around the mid-base provides an easy way to rest your feet and perch yourself over the desk for extended hours of work.
Some buyers even report that this chair is perfect for kitchen use, as the ergonomic drafting design allows for a high perch over the countertop for cutting and cooking while seated.
What we like
Lack of arms provide a sense of freedom in drafting work
The strong and durable design feels like it will last
Can be paired perfectly with a standing desk
Breathable and durable back support features great lumbar support
What we don’t like
Some buyers warn of a difficult to assemble the product
Shorter seat and back support may favour a smaller individual
Who Needs A Drafting Chair?
A drafting chair is unique to the buyer and their workspace. This may have you thinking, “do I need an ergonomic drafting chair?” These chairs are specifically designed to help the user perch up over the desk and allow for a more concentrated workspace.
The right design will help you to feel more comfortable and happy, working for longer hours and more efficient workspaces.
Drafting Chairs & Standing Desks
Should you use a drafting chair for a standing desk?
As soon as standing desks were brought to the market it was clear that drafting chairs would be sought after.
Getting a drafting chair for your standing desk makes perfect sense, since you are able to adjust both heights to give you the best ergonomic experience.
Compared to standard office chairs that are usually 20’’ tall the drafting chair can be adjusted to over 30’’ in height to match the height of the standing desk.
Since you are sitting higher, expect a foot ring to accompany the drafting chair so your feet can comfortably lean on something, which is also good for ergonomics.
Features To Consider
When you choose the right drafting chair you will reap its ergonomic benefits on a daily basis and have a much more pleasant experience at your workplace.
However, in order to choose the right one, you’ll need to fully understand the concept behind the drafting chairs.
Unlike regular office chairs that have a deeper seat, drafting chairs have a shallower seat and place your spine in a perching position.
This follows the S-shaped spine alignment and improves your posture. The foot ring also plays a big role in improving posture as it allows you to maintain your ergonomic position while sitting.
Let’s take look at the most important features to consider when you’re purchasing a drafting chair.
If you already have a tall desk, or you’re considering getting one with your drafting table, make sure you get the correct seat height to match it.
The rule of thumb here is simple:
Measure your desk height at the tallest point, and then minus 8-12 inches to get to the recommended height range of your chair.
For example, if your desk is 40’’ tall, you’ll need a 28’’ to 32’’ height range on your drafting chair.
The correct seat width is very important for the comfort of the user. Drafting chairs usually have a 20’’ seat width which is standard for most adults.
Most customers truly value the ability to customize their drafting chair experience, this is why adjustability is an extremely important feature, different chairs serve different purposes.
Some have armrests that flip up, others will have a tilted seat, some will have both. The best adjustability features for you will depend on what you need and what you find comfortable.
The most important thing is that you live daily with ergonomics in mind, knowing you are doing something good for your body.
The footrest is a crucial part of the drafting chair since it keeps your feet from dangling and pulling on your nerves.
The footrest is usually ring-shaped and does a good job of allowing you to rest your feet while you work.
Most people that tried the mesh upholstery say they like it because it doesn’t make them sweat.
The Vinyl upholstery was made for laboratories, schools, or places where you need a fast and effective way to keep everything sparkly clean.
Leather upholstery is also available, and some people seem to appreciate it more. It doesn’t do anything extra for your body, but some say it looks the most professional in an office.
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