- We review 10 of the best recording studio chairs for producers and home studio owners.
- A range of price points — options to suit everyone from the hardcore penny pincher to the recording studio owner who wants it all.
- All picks are with ergonomic health comfort in mind.
Does your back get sore from long sessions in the studio? Do you slouch like a complete moron, all while knowing it’s terrible for you (but it feels so right)?
Me too, and our chair isn’t doing any favors for us either.
A substandard chair can force you to sit/slouch in an unnatural position, putting unnecessary stress on your lower back, and can lead to all sorts of irreversible complications down the line.
In our quest for back health, we set off to try as many ergonomic chairs as we could — here are our findings.
(To help you make the best decision possible, we’ve compiled a handy little guide at the end of the article, to help you make what’s most probably one of the most important home studio investments that you can put your money towards.)
Our Picks: Best Recording Studio Chairs For Music Production
10 Best Ergonomic Chairs For Producers: The Reviews
The Hbada Ergonomic Office Chair is a solid, budget chair that will get the job done. It has a tall, ergonomic back with a removable headrest, and the fabric on the back is light, breathable mesh. The seat is traditional fabric with padding. The height adjuster is made from sturdy metal, and the chair is reclinable.
Although there are no controls to adjust the lumbar support, the lumbar area of the chair does have a nice, curved contour that should be pretty comfortable for most people. It also looks awesome, like something you’d see in a science fiction movie.
On the downside, the armrests on the Hbada Ergonomic Office Chair aren’t removable. There are also some issues with obese users causing the back to break when they recline. Heavier individuals will probably want a sturdier chair.
The Herman Miller Aeron is one of the most popular ergonomic chairs among producers. It’s the most expensive chair we reviewed, and to be honest, the price is warranted. It’s phenomenal.
The back and seat are both made from a breathable mesh, and the frame is made from durable metal. You can get it in polished aluminum, satin aluminum, or a black powder coat. It also comes in three sizes.
This chair is impressively adjustable. You can change how far it will let you lean back, and how much sway there will be between the bottom and back of the chair when you do it. You can adjust the height and depth of the lumbar supports, the default angle of the back, the pitch of the seat, and the height, depth, and angle of the armrests.
The ErgoLab Stealth Studio is a highly ergonomic chair that was designed specifically with producers and live engineers in mind. The adjustable seat gives you plenty of height, making it a prime choice for live sound and lighting engineers.
It’s relatively light, and the coating on the metal is specifically designed to absorb light, so it won’t reflect spotlights if you were to ever use it for live gigs. While it still provides plenty of lumbar support, it’s unfortunately too small to use a SubPac properly.
The seat can be tilted backwards and locked into place. On top of that, you can also slope it downwards/forwards to have your legs in a more natural position, to circumvent pressure on your back. The mesh seating is a joy to sit on, as it distributes pressure evenly across your glutes and hamstrings, which is ideal for improving circulation.
Oh, and you guitarists and bassists can rejoice, as the armrests are easily removable.
The Secret Lab Omega is a reasonably-priced ergonomic chair that was designed for people who know more about chairs than anyone else – gamers. It’s gotten rave reviews in several gaming publications, including the authorities over at PC Gamer (who gave it a solid rating of 90 out of 100).
It has a high, leather back that isn’t very breathable but is incredibly comfortable. Secret Lab includes lumbar and head pillows for extra support. The foam padding is very dense and can feel a bit unforgiving when you first sit down. It conforms to your shape over time, however, and is extremely comfortable for long sessions.
The Omega has a metal height adjuster, armrests that adjust in height and depth, and it also reclines. If you like to lean back a little while you’re in the studio, and you don’t like your chair wobbling, there’s a dial that lets you lock your chair in at any angle.
If you’re wondering what the best recording studio chair that money can buy is, look to the Argomax. Argomax Ergonomic Mesh Chair is the closest you’ll get to the performance of the Aeron in a mid-priced chair. The mesh back is nice and high, with good lumbar support, and features a removable headrest. The seat itself is relatively thin cloth padding, with a plastic bottom. The frame is made of nylon and fiberglass. This makes it lightweight, but also less durable than metal framed chairs.
There’s plenty of adjustability here. You can set the lumbar support’s height and depth with pinpoint accuracy, and there’s a single handle that lets you control both the height of the chair and the angle of the back. One feature that will be attractive to producers is the ability to adjust the width of the armrests. While they’re not completely removable, they’re less obtrusive than most armrests.
The SPACE Air Grid Mid-Back Swivel Chair is perfect for those looking for a budget ergonomic chair. The back is made of breathable mesh and provides plenty of lumbar support, but it isn’t very large. SubPac users might have trouble getting this to work for them, though. A lot of parts are made of plastic, so we’re also a bit concerned about durability.
The castors on this chair are only rated for carpets, not hardwood, so that may be something to consider. If money is tight, the Air Grid will get you up and running at a very low price, and it’s more ergonomic than most standard chairs.
If you’re looking for a highly-adjustable budget chair, the Modway Articulate Ergonomic Mesh Office chair is a great choice. The back is breathable mesh, and the seat is a thick, padded fabric. The lumbar area is very well-supported for the price. A lot of the frame and parts are made from plastic, which may discourage some.
You can adjust the seat height, angle of pitch, and the angle of the back of the chair. You can also adjust the armrests vertically, but there’s not a lot of space between them. That’s fine if you’re strictly doing mixing work, but if you’re going to have musicians sitting in this chair, you’ll want to leave the armrests off when you assemble it. Of all the chairs we reviewed, the Modway offers by far the best value for the money.
The CLATINA Ergonomic High Swivel Executive Chair is a mid-priced, ergonomic chair with a high mesh back and a thick, padded seat. It provides excellent lumbar support, and the height adjuster, frame and most of the parts are manufactured from powder coated aluminium. This chair has a 3-year manufacturer’s warranty.
The 3D armrests move up or down, forward or backward, and can be angled in or out. You can also adjust the seat height, seat depth, and the angle of the back. The CLATINA reclines, and you can adjust the resistance to control how much support it gives you.
Steelcase’s Leap Fabric Chair is their highest selling ergonomic chair. The back is made from soft, padded fabric and the seat is nice and thick. The frame and parts are made from black powder-coated aluminium, and the fabric is available in 14 different colors. Other than the Aeron, this is one of those chairs that might just break the bank. You get what you pay for, though… and in this case, that’s premium quality and durability.
This chair adjusts similarly to the Aeron, but the armrests are actually better. Because of the way they sit, if you lower them all the way and move them all the way back while moving the seat up and forward, they’ll be so far out of the way that you might as well have an armless chair.
The Gabrylly Office Chair is one of the only chairs online which has continuously maintained fantastic ratings. It’s reasonably priced, and has a tall mesh back with a removable mesh headrest. The seat is also meshed, and the frame is made of two-tone aluminium.
The headrest, seat and armrests are all adjustable, although this chair doesn’t provide as much lumbar support as some of the others on this list.
On the other hand, the armrests swing up and out of the way, so this is a great chair for those of you that want to be able to switch between ‘guitar mode’ or mixing mode.
How To Choose The Best Recording Studio Chair For Your Needs
While gamers, writers, and anyone who sits for a long time will appreciate our list below, we’ve written this guide specifically with producers in mind. Here are a few things you’ll want to look for in a studio chair.
Armrests – Love Them Or Hate Them?
Here’s the thing about playing guitar while you’re sitting in a chair with armrests: they get in the way. Ever tried to pull off an octave bend into a whammy bar dive with two armrests obstructing both of your elbows? Yeah, not fun.
As a guitarist myself, I had a chair with armrests for quite a while and I learnt to just live with it. I figured out that if I hunch and lean a certain way, I could avoid my elbows not being obstructed by the armrests.
I definitely paid the price over time as I’d get up from a long session and my ribs and back were sore from being in such an awkward position.
I’ve since invested in a producer chair that has removable arms, and it’s made a massive improvement in my seating posture and playing ability.
Anyway, this applies to anyone who plays tactile instruments while in a seated position. So, if you fall into that category, definitely consider an option that allows you to move/remove the armrests, or doesn’t include them at all.
Do You Use A SubPac?
If you use a SubPac tactile sound system, you’ll want to make sure your chair is going to accommodate it. While the SubPac M2 and M2x are small enough to work with almost all full backed chairs, the S2 is a bit larger and can be too tall for some shorter chairs.
Depending on the material the chair is made of, it will resonate at different frequencies. Because of this, you’ll probably need to tweak your SubPac’s settings when you get a new chair.
Since this article is designed for producers, we’ve ensured that most of the chairs in our list are SubPac compatible.
Look For Lumbar Support
For everyone in sedentary jobs, particularly us producers, lower back and spinal injuries are no joke. You may feel young and fit today, but over time, those minor sores you quickly recover from today can lead to more serious and complicated problems down the line.
A chair with good lumbar support will prevent you from slouching while you sit. This can go a long way towards improving your spinal health.
RSI (Repetitive Stress Injury) is also commonplace in producers. It occurs when you make a lot of repetitive movements – like clicking a mouse or using a game controller, or when you sit in a position that puts stress on your muscles. If your back hurts every day after being in the studio, or you can’t get out of bed in the morning without wincing, it’s time to take action by equipping yourself with the right chair, and even desk (check out our list of best studio desks for producers here).
Comfort stretches a lot further than simply how ‘plush’ or ‘soft’ a chair feels. Breathability is equally important, and a factor many producers fail to take into consideration when choosing the perfect chair for them.
If you’re more prone to sweating, you may want to consider a chair that uses breathable mesh material.
Leather may look classy, but for long mixing sessions during Summer, you’re not going to have a very comfortable experience.
Is It Height Adjustable?
It’s hard to find a chair that isn’t height-adjustable.
That being said, take a look at the quality of the mechanism. A good height adjuster will be made of metal, preferably thick metal. A plastic paddle on the end of the handle is fine, but if you see plastic gears, consider a higher quality model.
If you’re looking for a chair that ticks all of these boxes, our favorite of the lot is the Argomax Ergonomic Mesh Office Chair.
- ✔ADJUSTABLE LUMBAR SUPPORT. Separate support for back and lumbar can decompose the pelvic and back pressure with full...
- ✔ERGONOMIC ADJUSTABILITY. The ergonomic mesh office chair by Argomax is designed exclusively with all the necessary...
- ✔SMART AUTO ADAPTIVE BASE. Thanks to modern intelligent technology, the smart adaptive base can automatically adjust...
- ✔2 IN 1 LEVER AND S HIGH BACK. Easy to adjust seat height and tilt back with only 1 lever. Simple to adjust tilt...
- ✔HIGH END AND LONG LIFESPAN. Argomax ergonomic mesh office chairs have been certified by BIFMA and SGS. Nylon and...
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