- 4 of the best recording studio chairs for producers
- A range of price points
- All picks are with ergonomic health and 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.)
4 Best Ergonomic Chairs For Producers: The Reviews
1. Argomax Ergonomic Mesh Chair
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.
2. Ergolab Stealth Studio
- The patented ZenWave motion technology allows you to float forward and backward without harmful pressure.
- The Active Tilt seat plate pivots smoothly forward and backward to promote proper body alignment.
- The "Free-Float" backrest stays with you as you lean forward, giving you continuous support.
- Customize your seat and backrest position simply with three lever adjustments.
- The convex shape of the "Free-Float" backrest massages and improves blood flow to your lower back.
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.
3. Modway Articulate Mesh Chair
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.
4. Space Air Grid Swivel Chair
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.
Considerations When Buying A Studio Chair
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 more hot tips and guides to build the home recording studio of your dreams, visit our Home Studio Design category.
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