Mar 252013

drafting chairDrafting stools are designed specifically for architects, engineers, laboratory workers, draftsmen, and others who need durable chairs, resistant to wear and staining. They are also designed to allow people to perch and lean forward by offering convenient foot supports. These qualities, along with the adjustable height, allow these chairs to perform well in virtually any office setting. These types of chairs make working at a higher height, such as at counters and drafting tables, just as comfortable as at a standard desk. If you are thinking of buying top rated office chairs or drafting stools, then you need to make sure that you check out the quality and the durability of the stool as well as a few other features.

Adjustable Seat Height

A good drafting stool should have an adjustable seat height. Most high-end office chairs come with pneumatic or hydraulic adjustments so that users may modify the height according to their needs and preferences. When adjustments are made, it is necessary that the user’s feet should rest on the floor or on the foot rests, and the user’s arm should easily reach the table. If the feet are left dangling, pressure builds in the upper leg, and it may be difficult to balance or move in the chair.

Adequate Depth and Width

Having a stool that has adequate seat depth and width is necessary to feel comfortable even when you are sitting for a long stretch of time. The standard office chair measures about 17 by 20 inches, enabling users to sit comfortably without experiencing back pain. Some drafting chairs may be shallower (have less distance from the front to the back of the chair) or narrower, so if you have a particular preference, be sure to try out or measure the chair you are considering.

Armrest Preferences

For drafting chairs especially, there are many varieties that come with optional, adjustable, or no arm rests. Before settling on a chair, decide which style you would like to have. Some people prefer the freedom of no arm rests. Others prefer to have the support that arm rests offer their body posture.

Lumbar or Posture Support

If you sit for long periods of time, you should have a chair that supports the lumbar region of your back, or at least good posture. Drafting chairs and stools with a seat back should offer lumber support. Otherwise, backless stools should not encourage poor posture, which could cause strain to the muscles of the back and the neck. The seats of some stools are contoured in a saddle shape to place the user’s hips in a better, more ergonomic position. For those who just need a breather or something to lean against, sit/stand stools may be the way to go.