Features to consider when choosing a drafting chair
Here we’ll explore the features to consider to help you narrow down your options for a drafting chair that can meet your specific needs.
This is possibly the single most important factor in choosing any type of drafting chair. Many users need a chair like this to perform detailed work at a drafting table, tall desk or workbench for prolonged periods of time. It’s important to be comfortable and the ideal chair should support the back and lower limbs. The best drafting chairs promote a healthy posture and help to improve circulation in the thighs and legs. Many modern drafting chairs such as the Flash Furniture Mid-Back Ergonomic Drafting Chair use a waterfall edge design on the seat edge to make the chair healthier to use.
Some users don’t need armrests and others simply could not manage without them. So, when you need to choose a drafting chair it’s important to consider your needs and the types of tasks you will be performing. If you need to use a keyboard for long periods, armrests are a great way to support your upper limbs properly as you use the mouse or type. But, for more dedicated drafting work and manipulating physical objects armrests may not be the best option and the Safco 3406BV Task Chair may be a better fit.
In recent years many people have experimented with a backless drafting chair to promote a healthier upright posture. But many professionals prefer to use a drafting chair with a backrest because the spine can tire quickly during longer working periods.
The Harwick Ergonomic Adjustable Drafting Chair
If you need a backrest, look for one that’s countered to support the spine and choose a chair with tilt adjustment if you like to lean back.
is a perfect example of this type of chair with plenty of lumbar support available.
Using a taller drafting chair will make many users lift their feet from the ground during work. Taller users may be able to place their feet on the floor when they sit down, but some users may need a chair like the Poly and Bark Correna Drafting Chair that has an effective foot rest. This is also a good way to reduce the excess pressure on the inner thighs and legs when seated for working.
Many cheaper drafting chairs look great but they quickly fail after they have been used for a short period of time. The materials used in the construction of the chair are important but it’s also essential to get a high quality gas cylinder. The drafting chair needs to be raised and lowered and this is where the hydraulic lift is needed. The gas cylinder that powers this lift will wear out eventually and it can be replaced easily. But it should last for at least a year under regular use and a new cylinder should be readily available. Another key feature is the quality of the casters, they need to be robust and if they are going to be used on different surfaces they should be able to handle them safely without slipping. Look for a chair like the Flash Furniture Mid-Back Ergonomic Drafting Chair that’s made from ultra-tough nylon materials.
In an average workplace environment it’s likely that you would have workers with a wide variety of shapes, sizes and body types.
So, choosing a draft chair that meets all of these needs will require a drafting chair that has plenty of adjustability options.
When users can adjust the height, depth, backrest height, tilt and other characteristics they will be more comfortable as they work. The Smugdesk Drafting Chair
is a budget option with plenty of adjustability options to keep a larger workforce happy without breaking the bank.
Most office chairs are built for people with a weight up to 250 lbs. but if you need a larger weight capacity it’s important to get the right chair. An overloaded chair can fail and cause an accident for the user and there are chairs available to meet this need. At the very least a chair that is not rated for the correct weight may have a hydraulic system that fails quickly leading to frustration when trying to set a consistent seating height. The OFM Core Collection Ergonomic Task Chair has a comfortable weight capacity of up to 250 lbs.
Many modern ergonomic office and drafting chairs have swivels and wheels to help the chair rotate into the ideal orientation for working. The wheel action needs to be smooth to avoid unnecessary strain to the user when they stand, sit down or move the chair. Many standing chairs do not have a wheel because they are top heavy and they could become unstable. When you choose a taller drafting chair or stool it’s more important to lookout for a sturdier chair that has a smooth swiveling action and a foot rest. The Harwick Ergonomic Adjustable Drafting Chair is an excellent compromise because the chair is heavy enough to work well in either role.