If you're in the market for a drafting stool, drafting chair or task stool, you might be surprised at the options and varieties available these days. As is the case with so many consumer goods, the basics have all but given way to "new and improved" features in the name of comfort, convenience and style.
Before you go shopping for drafting and task stools, it's important to answer these 3 questions:
1. Who will be the primary user of the drafting chair or task stool? Is it for occasional use by a variety of people or for daily use by one person? User age, height and weight are all important factors to consider.
2. How will the drafting chair or task stool be used? Will the user be seated for long periods of time or come and go throughout the day? Will it be used behind a desk? In a classroom? At a cash register?
3. How much are you willing to spend? Is it important to have a high-end, ergonomic drafting chair with all the bells and whistles, or would a used drafting chair or discounted drafting stool suit your purpose? Suppliers of drafting and task stools typically have options for every budget.
Identify the primary user(s) of the drafting chair or task stoolNearly all drafting and task stools have height adjustments, which is especially important if different people will be using them. Many drafting stools come with adjustable armrests, backrests and foot rings, too. If the drafting chair is primarily for one person, take his or her age, weight and any health conditions into account, as well.
Determine how a drafting and task stool will be usedA security guard or cafe hostess who sits upright and alert for hours at a time has different needs than an architect or artist who leans over a drafting table in different positions throughout the day. This is an instance where form undoubtedly needs to follow function to ensure both compatibility and comfort.
Know your spending limits for task stoolsWith so many options on the market, it's easy to get carried away. New drafting and task stools range from $50 to more than $1,000; you can get a nice chair that meets basic needs for well under $300. Additional bells, whistles and custom touches are up to you.
- Buying for a whole work group or outfitting an entire office? Check for quantity discounts when shopping online, and ask about them when shopping in person.
- Switching out the old for the new? Consider donating your used drafting chairs and task stools to a local charity, school or other non-profit venture. It's a nice gesture and potentially a nice tax writeoff, too.