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
- Form fitted breathable mesh design
- User-friendly seat tilt design
- Pneumatic seat height adjustments
Welcome to the Cadillac of drafting chairs. 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. The design 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
Second Best Drafting Chair
- Built- in lumbar support
- Adjustable footrest
- Strong and durable nylon base
Coming in as our number two is the 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. The Office Star Deluxe Mesh Back Drafting Chair 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
High Quality Chair
Looking for the best of the best? The Harwick Evolve All Mesh Heavy Duty Drafting Chair is perhaps the best choice if you work in a very professional setting. The very strong and rigid design is built for any individual to sit comfortably for long hours perched on their desk for drafting.
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. The Harwick Evolve All Mesh Heavy Duty Drafting Chair is perfect for those looking for a comfortable, high-quality design that is unmatched by lower price ranges.
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 Chair Features
The chair needs to have an adjustable height in order to suit the needs of the worker. A drafting chair will work best when you can perch over the table and work from a higher location – without this feature, you are simply using a traditional desk chair. The added ring around the base of the chair will provide you with an easy and effective way to rest your feet in a higher seat location while still providing the functionality of moving the chair around the room and workspace.
The Right Depth and Width
Since much of your work will be done from a high, perched design (not the most comfortable) it is important for a good drafting chair to have a more slim depth and width. Many of the most comfortable drafting chairs will offer a much more shallow depth, which can allow you to be more comfortable, even when there is less space between the front and back of the chair.
The armrests are completely dependant on the user. Since much of your work will require both of your hands to draw or design, the armrests are not essential. It is important that if you do have armrests on the chair that they are adjustable. Many drafting chairs will feature armrests that can raise and lower, while others let them flip up so that you can tuck the chair in closer to the desk. However, many drafting chairs feature an armrest free design.
Whatever design choice you go with, be sure that it is comfortable and dependable. If you’re the type of artist that really gets into their work and will sit down for hours you want to make sure you have great lumbar support, armrests that are multifunctional and a footrest the helps you to maneuver from workspace to workspace.
Other Great Drafting Stools & Chairs
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.
If you are looking for a comfortable and dependable ergonomic drafting chair the Modway Attainment Drafting Chair is a chair that needs to be on your watchlist. 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.
Looking for a very different yet simple design?
The AmazonBasics Drafting 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.
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 Drafting Stool with Adjustable Footrest 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.