Every home studio has some foundational pieces to it. A desk, a computer, some instruments, you get the idea. What about the one thing you’ll spend the most time on in general? I’m talking about a studio chair. I mean, a great home music studio wouldn’t be anything worth having without the best studio chair.
It seems like a pretty simple piece of the studio puzzle to figure out right? You might be thinking that you can just go out and get any old office chair and call it good. Well, it’s actually a little bit more complicated than that.
So, to help you make an informed decision about this vital part of your home recording studio, I’ve compiled a list of the best studio chairs. On top of that, I’ve broken down the biggest factors to consider while doing your research. Let’s get into it.
Ergonomics Is Key
As I said before, choosing the best studio chair is more complicated than it might seem. The main reason for that is because you need to make sure that you get a chair that’s ergonomic and allows you to sit with good posture organically.
You’re going to spend many, many hours sitting down and doing your thing in the studio. The last thing you want is your chair causing irreversible damage to your body. That might sound a little dramatic, but it’s true. An improper workstation setup can wreak havoc on your health over an extended period of time.
Click here for an in-depth look at the effects of prolonged, improper static seating.
That being said, let’s break down what exactly you should look for in a recording studio chair to ensure proper ergonomics.
The number one thing to look for when it comes to ergonomics in an office chair. The backrest should follow the natural curvature of your spine and provide plenty of support.
The whole idea here is to allow you to relax naturally without slouching or hyper-extending your spine. By all means, pay close attention to a good backrest on the chair you’re interested in.
Another thing to look out for is a chair that’s adjustable. Not only does this give you the ability to make the chair as comfortable as possible for your specific build, but it just makes sense in a studio environment.
You need to be at a proper height to play keyboards ergonomically and you need to be able to position your chair to find the “sweet spot” for your studio monitors. It’s an all-around important feature.
In conjunction with good lumbar support, a headrest provides ample neck support. This will help you avoid slouching as well as make things more comfortable overall. Make sure that the chair you’re looking at has a headrest, or at least has a backrest that sits high enough to rest your neck on.
Most chairs of this type will have a headrest and this obviously doesn’t apply to stools used for playing guitar.
Comfortable Seat Pan
The lower half of your body can’t be excluded from ergonomic chair requirements. Keeping your spine happy starts at your legs. Now, what you should look for here is a seat pan that is wide enough for your body, approximately one-inch of give on either side.
On top of that, look for a chair that has a “waterfall” front. Some chairs have too much foam padding in the area that supports the backside of your knees. Instead, find one that sort of rolls off the end.
Armrests are a bit of a double-edged sword. While they are necessary for proper support, they can be a problem as well. Most ergonomic chairs of this type will have armrests equipped, but you should make sure that they feature soft foam and that they sit at the right height. Therefore, they should be adjustable.
Armrests become a problem when you rely on them too much. You can utilize them for proper shoulder alignment, but try not to use them to slouch closer to your computer screen too much.
Many chair options on this list will have perforated breathable mesh backrests and seat pans. This design is great for keeping you cool and comfortable.
For instance, leather chairs tend to get hot over long hours of sitting. Being hot means that you’re going to make a lot of body adjustments and it just ruins your studio production time.
Good Overall Build Quality
It goes without saying that a chair that’s built right will be better for your spine. In most cases, a poor quality chair will start to loosen up over time. You might get to the point where you don’t care that your chair is starting to lose it’s capability to properly support you, and this is a dangerous place to be.
You’re going to need a chair that’ll last you a long time so that this scenario never happens in the first place.
More Factors To Consider
Ergonomics in a studio chair is by far the most important factor here, but there are a few more things to keep in mind:
- Warranty – a good ergonomic adjustable office chair isn’t cheap. A general rule of thumb is that if a product is good, the warranty will be pretty generous. This ensures that the manufacturer believes in their product.
- Noise Factor – nobody likes a chair that’s squeaky and loud. This goes hand in hand with choosing a chair with a good overall build quality. I’ve done my best to include chairs on my list that don’t introduce noise.
- Aesthetics – needless you’re probably looking for a chair that won’t tarnish the vibe of your home studio. I will say that good ergonomics and function are far more important, but most chairs on this list have some good aesthetics too.
- Wheels – a chair with good mobility is a must for a home music studio. You need to be able to quickly access all of your gear, even if it’s spread across your studio. Obviously, this only applies to those of you who don’t have a carpeted studio.
A Few Questions To Ask Yourself
Here’s a series of questions to ask yourself when looking at a new chair for your studio:
- What’s my build and body type?
- What’s my budget?
- What areas of my body are already prone to aches and pains?
- Do I need to maneuver a lot to access my gear?
- What is the height and ergonomic nature of my studio desk?
Once you answer these questions and take ergonomics into consideration, you should be more than ready to find that perfect chair for your home recording studio.
Best Studio Chair List
Now that we’ve tackled the big stuff, it’s time to dive into my list of the best studio chairs out there today. Here we go.
Herman Miller Aeron
“The Herman Miller Aeron is supremely well-made and is likely to last you a long, long time.”
Widely regarded as one of the best recording studio chairs ever created, the Herman Miller Aeron is easily my top pick. Even if you haven’t noticed it, this chair is used by many of the top producers and sound engineers out there. It’s easy to see why.
The Herman Miller Aeron has become particularly popular for it’s unmatched comfort. The breathable mesh “Pellicle” material that makes up the whole chair is very supportive and breathable. Not only that, but this chair is adjustable to a plethora of degrees, even in the armrests.
The chair reclines, adjusts in height, and encourages proper posture in a clever way. I mean, this chair has earned itself a spot at the Museum of Modern Art for it’s top-notch design.
Overall, we’re talking about one of the best chairs for recording studios ever made. The Herman Miller Aeron is supremely well-made and is likely to last you a long, long time. It also comes in three different sizes and 16 different designs.
All of this does come at a very hefty price point though. Herman Miller furniture is more than worth the investment though, and this studio chair hits all the marks.
Gabrylly Ergonomic Mesh Office Chair
“It’s the perfect high-mid tier chair that won’t break the bank. It’s simply a great value for what you get.”
Next up is a great chair for studio use from Gabrylly. This option bridges the gap between the Herman Miller Aeron and cheaper options. It’s the perfect high-mid tier chair that won’t break the bank. It’s simply a great value for what you get.
This chair offers decent support and a more than adequate amount of adjustability. The armrests adjust and the backrest can be positioned to a number of different degrees. Another note for the armrests; they actually can swing up and out of the way, which is a plus for functionality.
One huge plus for this chair is the headrest. It can be adjusted to your preference and it provides very good support for your neck. There’s not a whole lot of recording studio chairs out there that offer a headrest that’s this great.
The only downside to this chair is the seat pan. It measures at about 20 inches wide, which might be a little too narrow for some users. Other than that, this chair is quite sturdy, it’s super functional and it’s a great alternative to the Aeron.
“The Space AirGrid is probably the best value you’ll find on this list.”
The Space AirGrid is probably the best value you’ll find on this list. At first glance, it might look like an average, run-of-the-mill office-style chair. The truth is, there are a few hidden features that make this chair great for home studio use.
There are two features in particular that make this chair great outside of the breathable mesh design. First is the synchronized tilt feature, which means the backrest will move with you as you maneuver.
Second is the wheel casters, which are actually designed for carpeted floors. That’s a huge plus, especially for those of you who have a carpeted studio.
Now this isn’t the biggest, or most durable chair on this list. It’s an excellent budget option that offers better ergonomics than other chairs at this price point.
Duramont Ergonomic Office Chair
“The Duramont Ergonomic Adjustable Office Chair comes with all the necessary adjustment points in the seat pan, lumbar support, armrests and the headrest!”
Next up is another good alternative to the Aeron. Also, it’s yet another chair that comes with a great headrest.
The Duramont Ergonomic Adjustable Office Chair comes with all the necessary adjustment points in the seat pan, lumbar support, armrests and the headrest! On that note, the support is great too.
The overall build-quality of this chair is good as well. Some users have reported that certain components have shipped damaged though, but that’s the unfortunate nature of buying studio furniture online. Also, the back recline lock has a tendency to get stuck, but there are a few users that have a fix for this in the Amazon reviews.
At the end of the day, this is a chair that won’t break the bank but still comes with some necessary features. There are thousands of reviews praising this chair for it’s comfort and functionality, and that makes it good enough for a home music studio in my eyes.
Gaming Chair Option
RESPAWN 110 Racing Style Gaming Chair
“The foam padding on the backrest and seat pan are surprisingly ergonomic and really, really comfortable.”
By nature, gaming chairs are made for prolonged periods of sitting. Generally, gaming chairs are more than adequate for home studio use. The only downside to them is their lack of lumbar support (compared to other chair options) and the fact that they’re typically made of leather.
This gaming chair from RESPAWN is actually a racing style chair, which offers some different features. For one, there’s a detachable foam pad for lumbar, which is better than most gaming chairs have to offer.
Secondly, there are padded armrests, an adjustable headrest pad, and an extendable footrest. On top of all of that, the foam padding on the backrest and seat pan are surprisingly ergonomic and really, really comfortable.
Getting a gaming chair for home recording studio use isn’t a bad idea. They do run hot, and don’t excel at ergonomics, but they’re still worth considering. Also, chair options like this one aren’t going to put a hole in your pocket.
Office Factor Executive
“The adjustability of the Executive chair is also noteworthy, and certain variations offer different types of adjustment.“
Here we have a studio-use chair option from Office Factor that gives you a ton of choice. There are a total of 7 different variations of this chair to choose from. Some come with alternative casters, some with upgraded seat pan height adjustments, etc.
The adjustability of the Executive chair is also noteworthy, and certain variations offer different types of adjustment. On every variation there is the option for foldable armrests, which is perfect for those of you who play guitar or bass.
The only thing about this chair that’s a bit of an oversight is the seat pan, which is a little small for some users. It’s a bit of a catch-22 because the seat pan does have a waterfall design that’s great for ergonomics. Just make sure that you can fit comfortably in this chair before buying it.
All in all, this is a unique chair option for studio use. Office Factor has given you a lot to choose from here, and that’s always a good thing.
Hbada Ergonomic Office Chair
“This chair prides itself on it’s ergonomic design with adjustable lumbar support, an adjustable headrest, and adjustable armrests.”
The last two chair options on this list come from Hbada. As you can tell, their chairs simply look awesome, almost like something out of a sci-fi movie.
There are two main recording studio chairs from Hbada worth mentioning, and this first one is their full-sized ergonomic office chair. It features a headrest (always nice) and a super comfortable seat pan.
This chair prides itself on it’s ergonomic design with adjustable lumbar support, an adjustable headrest, and adjustable armrests. The chair also reclines to 155°, it’s just all-around great for ergonomics.
The only thing about this chair from Hbada, and the next one for that matter, is the quality of the products used. Many users have complained about parts coming damaged, and components falling apart over time.
The good reviews for this chair far outweigh the bad, but it’s still worth mentioning.
Overall, this is an attractive chair that exceeds expectations in terms of ergonomics. If this chair lasts you a long time, it’ll be wonderful for your studio.
Hbada Office Task Desk Chair
“This is a chair that has a very small footprint which is only suitable for those of you with a small studio.”
Here is the second music-making chair option from Hbada: The Office Task. Yet again, this chair just looks awesome. This is the more compact alternative to the last chair I reviewed, and yet it still is very popular for use in a home studio.
Now, the Office Task isn’t nearly as adjustable as the last chair, but it still does a great job of providing ergonomic comfort. Also, the armrests are foldable which is always a plus.
This is a chair that has a very small footprint which is only suitable for those of you with a small studio. The backrest is short and the seat pan is small by design. That being said, it comes at a very affordable price and still provides excellent ergonomic support.
Just like the last Hbada chair, the longevity is questionable. Many users say they love this chair, while others say that it has issues. These two chairs are widely popular though, so they’re worth checking out at least.
So there you have it guys! My roundup list of the best studio chairs on the market. There’s something here for everyone. All you have to do is figure out what chair is right for you and your studio based on what we went over at the beginning.
The Herman Miller Aeron is the obvious top choice for studio use. It’s supremely comfortable and exceptionally ergonomic. There’s a reason why it’s loved so much by producers everywhere. If you can get past the high price, then you’ll see for yourself why that is.
With that, I’ve included chair options that can suit anyone on this list because not everyone is alike. My only hope is that this article has provided you with great information as you do your research.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have, as usual.