8 Best Studio Chairs For Musicians (Home Recording in Comfort)
Save your bad back, prevent a sore neck & get perfect posture by getting the perfect chair for your music studio or office space
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Back and neck pain is no laughing matter.
In fact, it's downright frustrating. Having the correct chair in your studio or office can not only reduce existing aches and pains but eliminate potential future damage too.
So if you're looking for the best way to relieve back pain, you can't put it off any longer - you need to invest in a good quality ergonomic studio chair.
Sitting is the new smoking
You know how it goes; by nature, we musicians, producers and engineers tend to lose track of time when working on a project in the studio.
Before you know it, you've been sitting down in a chair for hours on end at a time. This slowly and steadily leads to poor posture and nagging aches & pains.
On top of that, there are the long hours spent sitting in a car or van travelling between gigs. This creates the perfect storm for making back and neck pain.
To help you become pain-free and more productive at work and play, We've found some of the best ergonomic and lumbar support chairs for you to look at.
Don't scrimp on this one. Remember - buy cheap, buy twice. Once you invest in a good quality studio chair, you'll wonder why you waited so long.
No matter how good the chair...
Before we dive into the list of the best ergonomic chairs for studio use, I feel I need to share this with you:
As a sufferer of chronic intermittent back pain caused by a horse-riding accident many years ago, I'm no stranger to the frustration of back, neck and derriere pain.
So, whilst getting a good quality studio chair is one crucial step you have to take to help you start to beat back pain and posture issues, there are some other top tips I want you to know that have helped me personally (and trust me, I've tried the lot!):
(Disclaimer - I am not a health or medical professional, tips given from extensive research & own personal opinion & experience only. Always seek professional medical advice for serious pain.)
5 Tips To Reduce Back Pain (Sitting) At Work
1. Take regular breaks from sitting - stand and stretch to release muscle tension at least every 30 minutes.
2. Be mindful of your posture - don't slouch, have both feet flat on the floor, don't hunch your neck down or up - look straight at your screen.
4. Find the right exercises & stretches - we're all individual. What stretch works for one person may not be so effective for you. Consider seeing a physio, osteopath, or massage therapist for professional guidance.
5. Keep a positive attitude - chronic aches and pains caused by poor posture and sitting at your desk all day can get you down. I feel you. Keep positive and proactive by following the above steps, and you'll soon be feeling a difference!
1. NOUHAUS Ergo3D Ergonomic Office Chair
This Ergo3D is a comfortable ergonomic office chair with 3D Adjustable Armrest, 3D lumbar support and rollerblade wheels. If your job requires you to sit for hours in front of a computer, this chair will please your back and rear-end no end.
No more sitting hunched at your computer with this guy thanks to the high back design and which can recline up to 135°. If your old studio chair is starting to give you backache, make the smart choice and check out this strong contender.
2. Office Hippo Ergonomic Chair
The Office Hippo Ergonomic Chair comes fully loaded with the usual ergonomic chair suspects; headrest, height adjustable arms, sliding seat.
Because during most of your studio time you'll be sitting in front of a computer screen either writing, recording or mixing, you'll love the all-important lumbar support this chair offers.
The swivel Hippo Executive Chair comes with a breathable back mesh finish and with its contemporary frame design, will look cool in any home or pro music studio setup.
Users of the chair have reported that their aches and pains dwindled dramatically after a few days of use. Rockin'.
3. Flash Furniture Mesh Green Multifunction Swivel Ergonomic Office Chair
If you're sick of your bad back or aching butt and crave a chair that keeps you supported but also looks good in your workspace, the adjustable executive Flash Furniture chair is worth your attention.
This studio chair is an excellent choice for those of you who aren't a fan of headrests; this studio chair is functional and beautifully simple. The ventilated curved back provides lumbar support, and the height and angle are fully adjustable.
The chair comes in many snazzy colour options, including purple, orange, red and blue mesh with a white frame. Perfect for gaming, studio sessions, computer work, the whole caboodle.
4. Noblechairs EPIC Lumbar Support Desk Chair
Because the right ergonomic studio chair can help you get rid of back pain without the need for popping strong pain killers day and night, there's no price you should put on your comfort and health.
With that in mind, whilst the Noblechairs EPIC office chair is fairly pricey, the luxury PU Faux leather upholstered seat is sure to make long sessions sat at the computer a pleasure instead of a chore.
Colour choices include black, black/pink, black/green, and black/red. Whilst the leather material adds that touch of class if you live in a particularly hot part of the world, you may want to opt for a chair made from mesh that is more breathable (see the following chair recommendation).
You can adjust the position of the cushions on the EPIC without you having to get up, and the height-adjustable armrest and smooth rocking mechanism make this quality studio chair worth every penny.
5. SIHOO Ergonomic Office Chair
Recommended by the Ergonomics Application Association, the clever ergonomic design of this slick and modern looking office chair from SIHOO is designed to release spinal pressure. That's good news for your back.
The smooth-rolling casters make moving around your monitors easy so that you can listen to your mix from different perspectives. And as you'd expect from a chair made to protect your neck and spine, the height, arms, back, waist support, and headrest are all adjustable.
Users have reported that the chair is easy and quick to assemble, with clear, concise English instructions making the SHIOO office chair hit the spot when it comes to both price and comfort.
6. Best For Guitarists: SONGMICS Office Chair with Flip-Up Armrest
Perfect for guitar players, this affordable studio chair from SONGMICS not only has an adjustable headrest but flip-up armrests too.
At last - guitar players and bassists can finally sit down and play without having to perch on the end of a chair, getting your guitar knocked about by jutting out arms.
With its premium look and comfy padding, this ergonomic studio chair from SONGMICS is ideal for long periods of sitting. The main thing you'll have to worry about now is not an achy back but remembering to stand up and take regular breaks.
7. Italian Leather Lounge Chair With Ottoman Armchair Recliner
This classic 1956 design Lounge chair is the ultimate 'chill-out and take 5' chair every studio needs. Every bit as comfortable as it is stylish, if you've got the cash to spend and want a conversation piece in your studio, look no further.
Picture yourself kicking back listening to your mix at the back of your studio, the feel of the soft padded seat on your work-weary body, your back relaxing into the comfortable curvature of the backrest.
Undoubtedly the most pricey studio chair on our list, but that's the price you pay for quintessential chic. All you have to do now is decide which finish to go for.
8. Ergonomic Kneeling Chair Back Support
Ever tried a kneeling chair? You'd be surprised if you haven't at how much they can help you improve your posture and ease chronic back pain, all thanks to the angled seat.
Unlike other kneeling chairs this orthopaedic kneeling chair from DRAGONN features a handy backrest. The seat and backrest are made with thick padded cushions making it comfier than you'd expect.
Fair warning, this chair isn't for everyone. If you're prone to knee pain, give it a miss. Some users have reported the pressure on their knees was uncomfortable, whilst others gushed that the chair fixed their poor posture, hip and back pain.
It's worth a try. You may just discover the ultimate chair you've been waiting your whole life for. Dramatic I know, but just give it a look yeah?