The 10 Best Drafting Chairs

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For this post, I have put together a collection of the best drafting chairs currently available.

UPDATED: December 9th, 2017.

A quality drafting chair needs to be comfortable even after sitting for long periods. This comfort is achieved through the use of quality materials and a range of adjustments to make sure your drafting chair is the perfect fit. The following chairs use the latest innovative components to meet your needs and help to ensure you do your best work.

So here is my list of The 10 Best Drafting Chairs.

Enjoy!


1. Eurotech Seating Apollo DFT9800 Drafting Chair

Designed for comfort, style, and convenience, this drafting chair is an outstanding value.

  • Features include pneumatic height control with an adjustment range from 26 inches to 36 inches.
  • Waterfall fabric seat cushion.
  • Width adjustable arms.
  • Padded armrests that are height adjustable.
  • Ratchet backrest with height adjustment.
  • Movable footrest for custom height. 

2. Modway Veer Drafting Chair

STUDIO CHAIR

  • Practice your guitar, architecture drafting, painting or sewing with a tall chair that pairs nicely with drafting tables. Attainment has flip-up arms that make it easy to practice.

STANDING DESK COMPANION

  • The Veer Drafting Stool is the adjustable office chair of choice if you stand at work but also appreciate being able to sit down from time to time.

ERGONOMIC

  • Veer features lower back lumbar support, a padded waterfall mesh seat to keep your back and thighs posture perfect, full 360 degree swivel, and seat tilt plus tension control knob.

QUALITY DRAFTING CHAIR 

  • Veer supports up to 330 pounds and features a breathable mesh back, generously foam padded mesh seat, extra tall gas cylinder, and stylish modern design

3. HON Volt Mesh Back Drafting Chair

COMFORT, STYLE AND VALUE

  • This task stool features a breathable mesh-back and a sharp-looking geometric design all at a surprisingly affordable price

SIT TO STAND

  • Avoid the hassle of raising and lowering your sit to stand desk--instead sit comfortably at any height with this task chair's extended height adjustment

ERGONOMIC ADJUSTMENTS

  • Let this comfortable office chair take care of your body while you work pneumatic height adjustment with optional height-adjustable arms for extra upper body support.

ON THE MOVE

  • Pull up to your computer desk, swivel around to collaborate with your teammate, or wheel over to the snack area for a quick break with this five-star base and durable wheels.

DURABLE MESH BACK CHAIR

  • Uses only high-quality materials to keep your chair rolling for years but keep you covered with the Basyx by HON Full Lifetime Warranty just in case something goes wrong.


Must-have accessory:

For all drafting chairs I recommend upgrading the included casters. These rollerblade style wheels prevent flooring damage and offer a much smoother, quieter rolling experience.


4. Alvin 90DH Leather Drafting Chair

Extra thick seat cushion with adjustable high backrest.


5. Modway Edge Drafting Chair

  • STUDIO CHAIR - Practice your guitar, architecture drafting, painting or sewing with a tall chair that pairs nicely with drafting tables. Attainment has flip-up arms that make it easy to practice.
  • RECEPTION DESK CHAIR - Greet guests while comfortably seated in a drafting stool. This counter height high office chair has a hydraulic seat adjustment range of 20.5” - 29" from the ground.
  • STANDING DESK COMPANION - The Edge Drafting Stool is the adjustable office chair of choice if you stand at work but also appreciate being able to sit down from time to time.
  • ERGONOMIC - Edge comes with lower back lumbar support, a padded waterfall mesh seat to keep your back and thighs posture perfect, full 360 degree swivel, and seat tilt plus tension control knob.
  • A QUALITY DRAFTING STOOL - Edge features a breathable mesh back, generously foam padded mesh seat, extra tall gas cylinder, and stylish modern design.

6. Boss Office B1617-BK Drafting Chair

  • Contoured back and seat help to relieve back-strain
  • Adjustable arms and a removable footrest make this chair comfortable for long periods of work. 
  • Pneumatic gas lift seat height adjustment
  • Features of the chair include a weight capacity of 250 pounds and easy smooth seat height adjustment with its pneumatic gas lift handle.
  • Large nylon base ]
  • The large 27” nylon base offers increased stability and the hooded double wheel casters makes moving from one part of your office to another easy.
  • Available in four fabric colors
  • The seat is upholstered in tweed, making the chair both functional and aesthetically appealing.

7. Boss Office Products B16245-BK Drafting Chair

  • Ergonomic design emulates the natural shape of the spine to increase comfort and productivity
  • Upholstered in durable materials
  • Its versatility, combined with a durable black Caressoft vinyl covering that is easy to maintain, makes this product suitable for a range of settings from a doctor's surgery to a home studio.
  • Adjustable seat height with a 6" vertical height range
  • The stool has a compact design measuring 25"W X 25"D X 41"-47" H, a quiet pneumatic lift function to adjust the seat height and a removable chrome foot ring.
  • Attractive chrome finish on the base, foot ring and gas lift
  • The ergonomic back design emulates the shape of the spine, and the five-star base has sturdy dual-caster wheels for smooth gliding, improving comfort and promoting productivity.

8. Safco 3394BL Vue Heavy Duty Drafting Chair

  • Vue 24/7 big & tall heavy-duty office extended-height chair stool with weight capacity up to 350 lbs
  • Breathable mesh back with ample support and ergonomic shaping, fabric upholstered seat cushion
  • Features pneumatic seat height adjustment 23-32.5", 360 degree swivel, tilt adjust with tilt tension and tilt lock, back height adjustment
  • Adjustable chrome footring on steel frame with durable powder coat finish, mobile on five swivel wheel casters

Optional adjustable T-Pad arms Model 3399BL available, sold separately:


9. Office Star Deluxe Mesh Back Drafting Chair

  • Breathable Screen Back and Mesh Seat with Built-in Lumbar Support
  • Breathable, durable mesh and built in lumbar support cradles your back, while the adjustable height feature makes it easy to switch between tasks throughout the work day.
  • Durable & Comfortable
  • The deluxe mesh back with built in lumbar support along with a thick padded seat offer comfort during long work days. One touch pneumatic seat height adjustment.
  • Functional
  • An adjustable footring makes it easy to keep your footing while working at higher desk top surfaces.

10. Thornton's Mid-Back Mesh Back Drafting Chair

  • Seat cushion contours reduce pressure points to provide support exactly where needed.
  • The breathable mesh back is curved to assist back and shoulder posture, while the lower frame provides support.
  • Five-star base with casters for easy mobility.
  • Height adjustable arms.
  • Ergonomic, height-adjustable seat that may help prevent fatigue.

I hope this list has been helpful, if I left out a drafting chair you think is important, let me know in the comments below.

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Good luck!

Brandon Hubbard, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C

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