While a standing desk chair might sound counterintuitive (the whole purpose of a standing desk is to, well, stand), standing all day isn’t always practical. Experts agree that it’s better for your posture to switch between standing and sitting—and if you can’t sit less, then you should try to sit better.
“Giving workers the opportunity to sit with a standing desk chair will minimize the chance of health and safety concerns,” says Darcie Jaremey, a board-certified professional ergonomist and founder of Ergonomics Help. “[These include] work-related musculoskeletal disorders and fatigue.”
Enter: standing desk chairs. These super adjustable chairs allow you to perch, lean, or sit when your desk is at standing height, and they are designed to keep you comfortable and energized in any position.
To help you navigate your options, we spent hours researching countless styles, considering their size, ergonomic design features, function, and comfort.
Laura Davidson Furniture Soho II Padded Drafting Chair
Stylish, modern design
There was nothing we didn’t like about this chair
Functional and stylish, the Laura Davidson Furniture Soho Soft Drafting Chair reflects a midcentury modern design. Available in both vegan leather and poly-cotton fabric, this drafting chair is available in 10 color options. The soft chair features a tilt back and includes three soft pads for added comfort, and the steel frame supports up to 400 pounds, among the highest in the chairs reviewed. The armrests are easily attached or detached to suit your needs, and we also like the smooth gas lift, which rises to a height of 40.5 inches. The foot ring is adjustable and allows you to rest your feet and legs after standing at your desk.
The entire chair is covered for two years, and any mechanical part is covered for life. The company offers a 60-day trial and free returns and shipping. Reviewers love the luxurious faux leather and the sturdy construction, and assembly is straightforward and quick.
Price at time of publish: $400
Dimensions: 25 x 25 x 40.5 inches | Weight: 50 pounds | Seat height ranges: adjusts from 33 inches to 40.5 inches
Boss Office Products Be Well Medical Spa Drafting Stool with Back
Generous weight capacity
High vertical height range
Doesn’t lower to regular desk height
This medical stool may seem like an unusual choice, but the Boss Office Products Be Well Medical Spa Drafting Stool is designed for productivity and comfort—making it a great fit for the office. The rolling stool is equipped with a 4-inch-thick molded foam seat, and the plush back cushion provides comfortable back support for extended periods of dedicated work time. The easy-to-reach gas lift seat provides a 6-inch vertical height range to adjust to your workspace. The chrome foot ring offers added leg and foot support.
The vinyl upholstery is no-nonsense, but it’s easy to clean. This drafting stool also has a 275-pound weight capacity, which is more generous than most standing desk chairs. Reviewers are pleased with the stool’s ease of assembly and find that the dual wheel casters move smoothly. It’s worth noting that even on the lowest setting, the stool does not go down to regular desk height.
Price at time of publish: $80
Dimensions: 25 x 25 x 47 inches | Weight: 23.8 pounds | Seat height ranges: adjusts from 28 to 34 inches
Best Sit Stand
Vari Active Seat
Engages the core and legs while seated
No assembly required
30-day return policy
The seat could use more cushioning
Not the best for shorter users
The Vari Active Seat is an extremely versatile stool that works well for both sitting and standing. The articulating pedestal means you can move in any direction to keep your lower body engaged. This chair is perfect for sitting and standing, allowing you to rock, stretch, or lean throughout the day. The tilt guard prevents the seat from moving forward more than 20 degrees, and the seat adjusts from 25.5 inches to 32.5 inches via an air-lift piston. While this allows for some degree of customization, it might not be short enough for more petite users.
The seat measures 17 inches wide and can support up to 250 pounds, while the low seat back helps promote better posture. The pedestal sits on a flat base, which keeps the stool stable. According to reviewers, this seat isn’t the most cushioned option, but all in all, it’s a great choice for the occasional sitter.
Price at time of publish: $295
Dimensions: 23 x 17 x 15.75 inches | Weight: 23.84 pounds | Seat height ranges: adjusts from 25.5 inches to 32.5 inches
Learniture Adjustable-Height Learning Stool
The rocking motion of the stool
Easy to assemble
Available in five colors
Firm seat cushion
Need to stabilize ourselves before sitting
Although the Learniture Adjustable-Height Learning Stool was originally designed for classrooms, we’d also recommend this wobbling stool for the office, because sometimes we get fidgety, and stabilizing the movement helps keeps us focused. The non-slip curved base naturally allows a slight rocking motion that can help strengthen your core muscles when you sit, while the backless design encourages proper posture (however, if you suffer from low back pain, this stool may not be for you). The height-adjustable seat is made from easy-to-clean vinyl, and it has a minimum height of 18.5 inches and a maximum height of 28 inches.
This stool is lightweight and easy to assemble, and it’s available in five colors, and it has a weight capacity of 265 pounds. One gripe that reviewers have is that the seat is too firm and not very comfortable after a couple of hours. Because of the active movement, you’ll want to be cautious when you first sit on the stool.
Price at time of publish: $156
Dimensions: 13 x 13 x 28 inches | Weight: 2.20 pounds | Seat height ranges: adjusts from 18.5 inches to 28 inches
Best Adjustable Options
Songmics Standing Desk Chair
Easy seat-height adjustment
Adjustable seating angle
Facilitates active sitting
The pneumatic cylinder bounces up quickly
If you’re looking for the back support of a chair without the arms or a back, the Songmics Standing Desk Chair is a solid option. This active-sitting desk stool has a 3-inch-thick seat upholstered with high-density foam covered in black leather for extra comfort and style. The stool adjusts from 23.6 inches up to 33.3 inches — just press the button under the seat, and it moves up or down via a gas cylinder. There are also two handles to help you adjust the height or to simply use as armrests if needed. The stool swivels and tilts in any direction up to a radius of 8 degrees for active sitting, and it rebounds back to 90 degrees when you stand up. Reviewers appreciate the ability to choose their own sitting angle. The wide base offers plenty of stability and anti-slip pads protect the floor from scratches.
The Songmacs has a maximum weight capacity of 265 pounds, and it’s easy to assemble and clean. One downside is that the pneumatic cylinder springs the seat back up when not in use, which can make it challenging for shorter users to get on and off of the stool. For other users, however, it's a great pick.
Price at time of publish: $160
Dimensions: 16.1 x 16.1 x 33.3 inches | Weight: 20.9 pounds | Seat height ranges: adjusts from 23.6 inches to 33.3 inches
Best for Back Pain
ErgoImpact LeanRight Elite Standing Chair
The ability to lean and perch on the chair
Great customer service
Generous return policy
The seat pad is very firm
The ErgoImpact LeanRight Elite Standing Chair isn’t really a chair; it’s not even a stool. Instead, it offers the best of both worlds with a variety of posture-supporting positions from leaning to sitting and standing. The seat pad has three adjustments—15, 45, and 90 degrees—allowing you to stand and lean against it, perch, or, if you really need to, sit. Reviewers call this a "game changer" for helping with back issues.
The wide base, made of aircraft-grade aluminum and polyurethane, prevents the LeanRight from tipping over, and the anti-fatigue mat reduces fatigue and stress on your lower body. Reviewers ranging in height from 5 feet to over 6 feet reported that they were able to comfortably find the right height for them. At 270 pounds, the recommended weight limit is a little higher than other options, and the chair is relatively easy to assemble. Some reviewers wished the seat had more adjustment options, but that was the only issue we saw.
Price at time of publish: $524
Dimensions: 30 x 18 x 22.5 inches | Weight: 37 pounds | Seat height ranges: adjusts from 22.5 inches to 46.2 inches
Capisco Puls by HÅG
The chair has multiple seating positions
Wide, plush seat
10-year warranty on gas lift
Too tall for standard desk heights
The most expensive of this roundup
If you are looking to invest in an eco-friendly back-saving office chair, this may be the option for you. Inspired by a horseback rider’s posture, the HAG Capisco Adjustable Standing Desk Chair has a unique shape that offers endless ways to sit or half stand, which encourages users to vary their positions, depending on what’s most comfortable. The chair’s soft, wide saddle seat opens your hips for a more active position, and the cushioned plus-shaped chair back gives you ample support when you sit back. The unique back design also allows for comfortable sideways and backward sitting. The backrest adjusts forward for a more supportive seat depth, and the lift offers nearly 10 inches of seat height variation. Other adjustments include tilt tension backward and a three-position tilt lock. There is also an optional foot ring or step up for those who need that.
The chair is made from 50% recycled material and is 90% recyclable, and it’s customizable with eight fabric options and three base color options to fit in your space. The sturdy five-point base is equipped with castors that are suitable for both hardwood floors and low-pile carpets. The easy-to-assemble chair holds a maximum weight of 250 pounds. One minor issue for some reviewers is that this chair is too high for standard-height desks.
Price at time of publish: $1,088
Dimensions: 19.5 x 22.8 x 51 inches | Weight: 30.5 pounds | Seat height ranges: adjusts from 22.4 inches to 31.9 inches
Hylone Drafting Chair
Wide, comfortable seat
Comfortable at normal desk level and standing desk level
No tilt adjustment
Drafting chairs make good options for standing desks, since they’re taller than the typical office chair and generally include flip-up armrests and tilt adjustments. This Hylone Drafting Chair fits that bill. This high-back drafting chair has a height-adjustable footrest, which is designed to remove pressure on the back of your legs, and the foot ring also helps enhance posture by keeping your feet flat. The contoured padded armrests flip up, allowing you to keep your elbows neutral and arms close to your side. The wide back and ample seat are covered with a breathable high-quality mesh, and the ergonomic backrest offers curved contours to keep your back supported and your body properly aligned. This chair has a 285-pound capacity, and it swivels 360 degrees, making it easier to reach the things around you without straining your body.
The heavy-duty base offers plenty of stability, and the commercial-grade gas lift assures that the chair moves up and down smoothly. Reviewers love this chair because it works great at a normal desk level but is also comfortable at a standing desk height. They also found it to be easy to assemble. However, some users complained that the footrest doesn’t extend out enough to be helpful, and a few others wished there were a tilt function on the seat.
Price at time of publish: $190
Dimensions: 21.4 x 17.7 x 51.4 inches | Weight: 39.4 pounds | Seat height ranges: adjusts from 22.4 inches to 30.3 inches
OCOMMO Standing Desk Chair
Can use hand or foot lever to adjust the height
Adjusts so users can lean
Comfortable for users of all heights
No warranty information
Whether you’re on the computer, gaming, or drafting, the OCOMMO Standing Desk Chair is a versatile choice for sit-to-stand desks. This modern stool promotes support while standing or leaning. It’s easy to adjust this backless chair—using the hand or foot lever, simply raise or lower the seat to stand, lean, or sit. There are three height options to choose from: 23.8 inches, 35.4 inches, and 46.5 inches, and users from 5 feet tall to 6 feet 4 inches tall all find it equally comfortable.
The base is 22 inches wide and 30.7 inches long for a wide, stable platform, so there’s no need to worry about wobble or tipping. Two wheels in the back of the base move the chair around easily. The attached anti-fatigue mat is designed to reduce strain on your feet and legs. Reviewers love the chair, but some wish the seat pad were a little less firm. Some users also complain that the base is slippery, and recommend not standing on it without shoes.
Price at time of publish: $322
Dimensions: 30.7 x 22 x 46.5 inches | Weight: 30.9 pounds | Seat height ranges: adjusts from 23.8 inches to 46.5 inches
Flash Furniture Kelista Mid-Back Mesh Ergonomic Drafting Chair
Ergonomic seat pad
Gets noisy after a while
The Flash Furniture Kelista Mid-Back Mesh Drafting Chair has a plethora of ergonomic features at an affordable price point. The ventilated curved seat back provides lumbar support and breathability. The waterfall edge on the front of the seat is designed to relieve pressure on the back of the thighs and offers added support to alleviate stress behind the knees, and the height-adjustable foot ring keeps your legs from hanging uncomfortably. The padded armrests flip up and out of the way so you can get closer to the desk, promoting better posture.
The pneumatic adjustment level allows you to easily adjust the seat to your desired height, and the tilt lock mechanism rocks and tilts the chair and also locks it in an upright position. There’s also a tilt tension adjustable knob to adjust the backward tilt resistance. The main issue we found is the mixed reviews over ease of assembly. Another minor issue we encountered is that the chair gets a little squeaky over time, though that’s nothing a little WD-40 can’t solve.
Price at time of publish: $180
Dimensions: 24.5 x 25.5 x 50.75 inches | Weight: 33 pounds | Seat height ranges: adjusts from 24 inches to 30 inches
Best with Padded Seat
Living Essentials Forte Home Office Work Stool
Simple four-step assembly
Limited color options
The seat lacks enough padding
This wobble stool is designed to rock, swivel, and move to help you engage your core and reduce the overall stress on your body. The Forte Home Office Work Stool has an ergonomic saddle-shaped seat, which is designed to allow your spine to rest in its natural curve, and the plush padded seat waterfalls over the frameless seat to enhance comfort and provide support. The seat also has a 360-degree swivel that allows you to shift freely so you won’t sit in one position too long. The chair also tilts in all directions in the range of 9 to 15 degrees, which brings you closer to your workspace. The stool, which can hold up to 300 pounds of weight, adjusts to fit a variety of users with a height range of 27.56 to 37.79 inches, which is a little taller than some chairs. The enlarged anti-slip base is stable and the bottom protects your floor from scratches, which means you can use this on carpet, wood, and tile floors.
The color range is limited (it’s only available in black or gray), and some reviewers feel that the seat isn’t padded enough, but are still fans of its easy, four-step assembly. All in all, this is a good option for the low pricepoint.
Price at time of publish: $100
Dimensions: 11.25 x 15 x 32 inches | Weight: 15.65 pounds | Seat height ranges: adjusts from 27.56 to 37.79 inches
What to Look For in a Standing Desk Chair
The most important element is seat-height adjustment. Consider the maximum seat height. “It should allow the worker to use a neutral elbow height when using the workstation,” Jaremey recommends. “Your feet should always be securely in contact with the ground or footrest,” she continues. It may also be meaningful to know whether it lowers enough to store under your desk. Maximum weight capacity is an essential metric to know.
Ergonomic sit-to-stand chairs provide support for your back and shoulders, help you maintain proper posture, and have adjustable armrests that allow you to position your arms and wrists to avoid pain. Backless chairs require you to engage your core muscles, and task chairs supply lumbar support. “Sufficient leg clearance is another aspect to consider,” says Jaremey. “It should allow the stool to be pulled close to the work surface so everything is in comfortable reach.”
Movement during sitting is an important part of preventing and reducing fatigue, says Jaremey. “Chairs should allow and encourage users to make adjustments and promote movement,” she continues. Seats that wobble, tilt and rotate engage your body in active sitting, allowing your body to stay dynamic while seated. Functions to look for include tilt and seat angle, 360-degree rotation, and casters.
Whether you’re sitting, standing, or leaning, a comfortable chair is essential. The seats on most standing desk chairs are much different from those on regular office chairs. Many are smaller and have minimal padding. You don’t want to sink into the cushion, but you don’t want to sit on a board either. Your seat should conform slightly to pressure while providing support for your back, wrists, and shoulders.
How long should you stand up at a standing desk?
“A good habit is to keep standing or seated postures limited to less than an hour at a time before taking a break,” says Jaremey. Research shows that interrupting prolonged periods of sedentary behaviors, even with light-intensity bouts of physical activity, can result in improved health outcomes and reduces discomfort, she states.
What are the benefits of using a standing desk chair?
An analysis of 53 studies published in the Applied Ergonomics Journal show that having a standing desk encouraged workers to spend more time on their feet, making workers feel more productive and energized. Micro movements are a great way to keep your body active and your mind focused, and the strain off of your legs and joints.
What size should a standing desk chair be?
Sizing will be individual for everyone, but there a few considerations. “The top of the screen, not the monitor, should always be slightly lower than the natural eye height,” says Jaremey. “Elbows should be positioned in a comfortable manner, without strain on the shoulders.” Finally, she recommends making sure that you feet are always positioned securely on either the ground or the footrest. Look for a chair that allows you to meet these requirements.
Why Trust The Spruce?
Maureen Farrar is a contributing writer who covers home design for The Spruce. She researched the products in this roundup, including style options, and carefully considered size, ergonomic design features, function, and comfort while also aiming to include a wide range of prices. For insight, she interviewed Darcie Jaremey, MSc, CPE, a board-certified professional ergonomist, and founder of Ergonomics Help.