Guitarists, like all instrumental musicians, are at risk of various kinds of long-term health damage. Using a chair can help mitigate the damage to your spine and lower back. It’s important to note that the quality of your music isn’t affected by whether you play standing or sitting down.
So, all you need to do is to find the right chair or stool to sit on. There is a wide selection of chairs designed with guitar players in mind. But how do you decide which model to go for?
I’ve picked out some of the best guitar stools and chairs that you can use on stage or in the practice room. These are all designed to improve your posture and help you maintain your balance.
Best Guitar Chairs and Stools for a Comfortable Performance
This is my selection of high-quality stools and chairs for guitarists. While they come in a variety of designs, any of these chairs can be a good choice.
Table of Contents
- Best Guitar Chairs and Stools for a Comfortable Performance
- 1. Gator Frameworks Performance Seat and Stand
- 2. Gibraltar 6608 Heavy Drum Throne
- 3. Fender 30" Custom Shop Pinstripe Bar Stool
- 4. K&M Performance Stool
- 4. ADJUSTRITE Musician's Chair by Vivo USA
- 5. Quik Lok DX749
- 7. Wee’s Beyond Cushioned Folding Guitar Stool
- 8. Performance Tool W85011
- 9. Pyle PKST70
- 10. Yamaha Pkbb1 Keyboard X-Style Bench
- 11. Seville Classics UltraHD Pneumatic Work Stool
- Why Do You Need a Guitar Stool (or Chair)?
- What Makes a Good Guitar Chair?
- How to Maintain Mobility
- Don’t Get Caught up in Labels
Here is a comfortable chair with a removable ergonomic backrest. It’s got a load-bearing capacity of 300 pounds, but it might not be wide or deep enough for taller guitarists.
If you’re looking for a foldable model, this is a good option for you. It has a quick-release pin, and it is also compact enough for easy storage. The chair weighs around 17 pounds, but removing the backrest can make it more portable.
Additionally, the chair has non-slip feet, so you can trust it to stay in place on any surface. There are also removable safety rings you can put on the feet of your chair. This will keep your audience from tripping into you if you’re performing in a dimly-lit room.
But this seat has another function as well.
When you’re not using your guitar, you can place it on the guitar stand near the bottom of your chair. The guitar stand is designed not to damage the finish on your guitar. You can simply fold the stand out of the way when you don’t need it.
This guitar stool has a motorcycle-style seat. It’s sturdy vinyl, so you don’t have to worry about damaging the surface. The seat’s padded with high-quality foam.
Although some might struggle with the lack of a backrest, the chair is fairly comfortable overall. The adjustable height option is very important. You can lock the swiveling seat into place between 18 and 24 inches from the ground.
The stability is another important aspect. This drum throne has a double-braced design.
It’s very portable, weighing only around ten pounds.
If you’re looking for a more traditional look, you might enjoy using this bar stool. It’s made from heavy steel tubing with a chrome finish. The seat is covered with stylish vinyl and adorned with the Fender Custom Shop logo, giving this stool an attractive retro look.
The seat swivels, and it is padded enough for comfort. However, this stool has a significant downside. It only comes in fixed heights of 24’’ or 30’’.
If you’re looking for an attractive, sturdy and portable stool for stage performance, this one is a very good choice. But it might not be comfortable enough for daily use.
Here’s an exceptionally durable steel seat designed for extensive use. The seat is high-quality imitation leather.
You can adjust this stool to your preferred height, between 23 and 36 inches. You then rely on the pneumatic spring to lock it into place. Adjusting the height is very easy and you won’t need any additional tools.
Although there’s no backrest, this stool has a comfortable ergonomic design. You can adjust the angle of your seat as well as the angle of the footrest. If you like performing outside, this is the best guitar stool for you, as you can use it on uneven terrain.
This traditional-looking chair was designed by a cellist. It is surprisingly versatile and it can be a good fit for children as well as adults. You can adjust the height in one-inch increments, from 15 to 20 inches above the ground.
Both the seat and the backrest are cushioned. For additional comfort, you can change the angle of the seat.
You can fold the chair up for easier storage. Unfortunately, it doesn’t stay folded up unless you find a way to secure it. The chair is sturdy but the feet lack padding, so they can damage your floor if you’re not careful.
If you’re looking for an impressive futuristic design, this could be the chair for you. Though it’s made of steel, there is an elegant black enamel finish.
It comes with an adjustable backrest and footrest. You can change the angle of the backrest, which means the depth of this chair can be altered to fit smaller and larger body types. The footrest is made from a non-slip material.
You can also adjust the height to match your needs, and there are nine different height positions to choose from. The lowest setting is 22.5’’ while the tallest this seat gets is 31.5’’.
The Wee’s Beyond guitar stool can be your anchor if you’re under 220lbs. That’s the maximum weight limit that this 18” high stool can support.
Since it has a metal frame, this stool offers very good stability and is also resistant to hits it may take during transport. The fact that it features a folding design means that you can use it for practice and during gigs, as long as you’re not going on foot.
Its padding is made of a soft polyester filling. It’s soft enough to reduce muscle strain but also firm enough to stop you from sinking in even after sitting on it for hours. It has a rather excellent combination of comfort, portability, and durability.
The one thing you may miss is an adjustable backrest.
Fine, so this is not necessarily a guitar stool. That said, I see no reason why the W85011 can’t be used as one, especially if you’re not aching for a tall backrest.
The W85011 stool features a pneumatic swivel design. That means that you can adjust it between 26” to 32”, and it will fit a wide range of individuals in terms of size. It also features heavy-duty steel tubing for the frame, which provides plenty of stability.
Its weight limit is 300lbs, which is great if you are of a larger build. Last but not least, the 14” padded seat is rounded to prevent your legs from going numb, and wide enough to fit larger individuals.
It may not be the coolest looking stool to bring on stage, but it’s as sturdy and comfortable as they come.
9. Pyle PKST70
Also known as Pyle’s Musician Performer Stool, the Pyle PKST70 is a folding chair, and keyboard players, guitar players, bass players, and even some drummers might find it useful. Depending on their style and technique, of course.
As a versatile performer chair, it’s no wonder that it’s fully-loaded with features. It has a padded seat, padded backrest, a footrest, and you can also adjust the height. You can pull the seat up to 22.8” and the backrest up to 38.2”.
Even the footrest is adjustable. Another thing I like is the slim frame. Bulky chairs and stools are not easy to lug around, even if they are foldable, which the PKST70 also is.
Although the seat has impressive dimensions, 16.4” x 12.3”, I can’t say that this rectangular design will be equally comfortable to all even though it has a roughly 2.4” thick padding.
You can’t call the Yamaha Pkbb1 a proper bench since it’s not much wider than some drum throne seats. Because of this, I find it an interesting choice for guitarists as well.
It’s one of the more durable stools/benches you’ll ever get to sit on while on stage or at home. The three-position adjustment system for height makes it versatile and accommodating for players of different heights.
The maximum height is 19.5”, which may not be enough to accommodate the tallest guitarists among you. However, if you’re not looking to maintain an optimal back pose, I still suggest you try this out. The stability and sense of security you get from the steel frame is going to be hard to match, let alone beat.
Here’s another guitar stool that wasn’t designed specifically for guitar players yet still works wonders. The Seville Classics UltraHD is a pneumatic work stool on wheels.
It offers an impressive degree of comfort with its seat cushion, as well as some much-needed height adjustability. The latter goes between 24” and 28.25”. The tubular steel backrest is not the most comfortable but does provide more security when you lean back into it.
And, although the swiveling casters may not be the go-to choice for everyone, I find them to be an interesting choice if you can’t stop fidgeting on stage, even when sitting down. Plus, when playing on a smooth stage, going back and forth between your X and the effects rack for quick changes is going to be a breeze.
Why Do You Need a Guitar Stool (or Chair)?
Any chair is useful as long as you can avoid standing when you practice and perform. But research shows that ergonomic design is particularly helpful to musicians. It can keep you safe from various musculoskeletal disorders.
Hence, it’s a good idea to choose a chair that was designed with musicians in mind. You can go for a guitar chair specifically, but other kinds of chairs and stools can work just as well.
What Makes a Good Guitar Chair?
Here are some factors that you need to keep in mind when you’re shopping:
This is one of the main reasons why traditional wooden stools aren’t the best stools for guitarists. You want a chair you can sit on for an extended amount of time without having to worry about pressure points. Comfort is one of the most important qualities in a guitar stool or chair.
Your chair needs to be built using long-lasting materials. At the same time, you want to be able to move around comfortably on the surface. Vinyl and leather are both good options.
Backrests Are Useful But Optional
Models that come with backrests are great if you won’t be playing continuously. While you probably won’t be using the backrest too much when you’re playing, it’s good to be able to lean back when you’re not playing.
Find the Right Height
You want your feet to touch the floor, with your thighs running parallel to the ground. Models with adjustable seat height are the best chairs for guitarists. You can also go for models that come with adjustable footrests.
Stability is one of the most crucial traits a guitar stool can have. You want a stool or chair that will stay in place as you move around while you play. It the chair is foldable, the locking system needs to be very secure.
While stability is the more important consideration, some artists need guitar chairs with a lightweight design. If you perform in public often, you want a chair that you can easily take with you.
If you plan to keep your guitar stool in your practice space, it doesn’t really matter if it looks impressive. But if you’re going to be using it on stage, it needs to match the visuals of your performance. Some performers prefer a particular style, but many like to go for an unobtrusive design.
How to Maintain Mobility
Say you want to or need to sit down during a show. What happens if you can’t afford a sound guy to make all the necessary mid-show adjustments for you?
You can always go for a mobile stool, preferably one with durable swiveling casters and roll your way to wherever you need to go.
You might even be surprised at how stable these stools can be. Especially if you keep one foot down and one on the footrest or if you lock the casters in place.
Just don’t forget to release the casters if you plan on moving, to avoid an embarrassing moment or an accident. You might hurt yourself or damage your guitar.
Don’t Get Caught up in Labels
There’s no rule against not using a stool or a chair that’s sold strictly as a guitar stool or a musician’s or a performer's stool. As you’ve noticed in this article, I’ve included a few work stools as well.
Why? Because the ultimate goal when choosing any musician’s chair or stool is to feel comfortable and secure.
In all honesty, work stools are often more rugged than your average guitar stool. Therefore, they’re worth paying a few extra bucks.
Besides, you’re more likely to find adjustable pneumatic work stools rather than adjustable guitar stools, without compromising on build quality and stability.
A Final Thought
It is worth taking the time to select a comfortable guitar chair that matches your height.
In addition to the long-term health benefits, a good chair or stool can keep you from feeling exhausted. You will experience less back pain too. When you have all the comfort and stability of a good guitar chair, you can focus wholly on your music.