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What Are You Looking for in A Drafting Stool

Boss Office Drafting Stool



If you’re in the market for a drafting stool or drafting chair, it’s more than likely that your work puts you in front of an elevated or angled work area, like a table or counter. If this is the case, then it’s mandatory to find a drafting chair stool, otherwise your work and health could be affected.


The terms drafting stool and drafting chair are often considered to be the same thing, even though there are some small differences. A drafting chair implies a back support and arm rests, while a drafting stool usually offers only a seat. For the purpose of this article, we’ll refer to them both as drafting stools.


Drafting Stool Height


The main advantage that drafting stools have over regular office chairs is height. They are designed for those sitting at an elevated workspace, and the extra inches gained with a drafting stool provides a better level of comfort. The first thing you should do before starting the buying process is to measure out the height of the table or counter that you’ll be sitting at.


It’s a general consensus that the height of your drafting stool should be adjusted so that your elbow is level with the lowest edge of the table you’re sitting at. Depending on how many people are sharing the stool, it’s advisable that you look for an adjustable drafting stool so that people of all shapes and sizes can use it. If you’re sitting on a stool that is too high or too low, it won’t take long for some discomfort and back pain to creep in, so make sure that find a sitting height that keeps you comfortable. An adjustable drafting stool is perfect for someone who likes to constantly tinker.


Do You Want Your Drafting Stool to Swivel?

adjustable stool with backrest


Depending on your needs and what makes you feel the most comfortable, you might want to consider a drafting stool with a seat that swivels. If you’re at a job that requires you to be looking in a million different directions during the day, a swivel seat is a must. On the other hand, a drafting stool with a set position offers more stability and will feel sturdier. In the end, this is a personal choice and you should choose what makes you feel the most comfortable.


What Type of Seat?

safco sit star red stool


Another decision you’ll have to make is what kind of fabric you want your drafting stool seat to be made of. If you’re looking for something on the comfort/style side of things, then a leather or fabric seat makes sense. But leather and fabric are much more susceptible to regular wear and tear as well as stains. On the other hand you could go with a much more durable and easy-to-clean material like vinyl or plastic. Once again this decision depends on what your job requires of you and what your personal preference is.


These are some of the major considerations you’ll face when buying a drafting stool, but it’s an absolute necessity for anyone who is working at job that puts them at a workstation that is higher than a regular desk or table. Your back will thank you for taking the time to find the perfect drafting stool.

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