What To Look For When Buying a Drafting Chair

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A drafting chair is, on first sight, a basic tool but, when you consider how long you spend on it every day and the variety of positions you adopt while working, then the requirements become a bit more complex.

What To Look For When Buying a Drafting Chair

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That’s why there are hundreds of designs, some basic and others extremely advanced and, when you throw drafting stools into the mix, choosing the right solution suddenly becomes a bit (actually a lot) more difficult.

Common Confusion Syndrome


I call this problem “Common confusion syndrome”

But, luckily, it doesn’t have to be as big a problem as it may seem. All you have to do is read this article to get some buyers tips so that you know exactly what to look for! Ok, so that sounds pretty vague but let’s work it out step by step.


First off, lets get one thing straight – a drafting chair is usually a better choice than a drafting stool. A drafting stool provides very low (and often no) ergonomic and comfort elements. Your back is left to defend itself against a plethora of sprains and strains so, in my opinion, buying a stool is generally a bad idea, especially if you are going to be spending any substantial amount of time in the hot seat.

Therefore, before you start thinking of stools always keep in mind a chair is by far the better health related decision.

Drafting chairs usually come in one of three forms: basic, intermediate and advanced.

The 3 Grades of Drafting Chair

A basic chair will offer the simplest features such as a supportive back-piece, armrests and footrests.

An intermediate chair will go a little further and possibly throw in features such as swivel mechanisms and adjustable height.

The advanced drafting chair however, is the best choice for most professional, or serious hobby designers. Such a chair will offer great padding in all the right areas, a smooth swivel mechanism, reclining backrest, adjustable back, head and arm rests and even removable cushions. In fact, everything to offer the best, most comfortable experience.

Of course, the ultimate decision usually comes down to a compromise of budget vs features and build quality. But beware, because buying a chair with the basic features might be a decision you will come to regret. Remember the old adage, buy cheap – pay dear! So, my advice is to stretch the budget as far as it will go and try to get as may features and the best quality material that you can, oh, and, of course, remember to read plenty of drafting chair reviews.



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