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9 of the Best Chairs to Buy for Standing Desks

From a backless wobble chair to one with extra padding, these seats will help you take a load off.

two standing desk chairs with faux leather
Laura Davidson Furniture Store

Standing desks are one of the best office-related inventions to date. They allow you to break the uncomfortable and unhealthy task of sitting at a desk for hours on end. But standing for too long isn’t ideal either. With a standing desk, it’s essential to have an office chair that you can take time to rest on. Whether you need a chair with both back and arm support or want a stool with the ability to tilt, there are tons of options to choose from. Ahead, we’ve laid out some of the best to consider. No matter which one you choose, they’ll all set you up with a height-adjustable, ergonomic seating situation in no time. The best part? They're all currently available to shop for online.

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1
Best Overall
Standing Stool

This sleek swivel stool practically has it all. It features an 8-degree tilt with an auto-return design. The upholstered seat made of high-density reflex foam has handles on the sides for balance support. The seat height ranges from about 23 to 33 inches. Not to mention, you don't need any tools for assembly!

2
Best for Back Support
Pierrepont Mesh Drafting Chair
Ebern Designs

If you need back and arm support, consider this mesh drafting chair that's ideal for high desks. Available in four colors, it has a curved mesh back for breathability and built-in lumbar support. The waterfall edge seat relieves pressure, and the arms flip up for when you don't want to use them.

3
Best Saddle Seat
Tilting Saddle Stool
Varier

Bikers and horseback riders might especially take a liking to this stool, which features a saddle-shaped seat. The fabric seat has soft edges and a rounded base to allow you to easily shift positions on the tilting chair.

4
Best Budget-Friendly
Drafting Stool With Adjustable Foot Rest
walmart
Homfa

At under $75, this budget-friendly stool allows you to adjust both the height of the seat and the footrest. The removable backrest comes with the ability to adjust the recline. Plus, the faux leather chair has a 360-degree swivel to encourage movement.

5
Best Luxury
Locus Chair
focal
Focal

For a chair that truly relieves pressure and encourages dynamic movement, consider this sizeable one. Unlike typical tilting chairs, it comes with a mat to relieve stress on your feet and lower body as you lean. Bonuses: The wheels make it easily portable, and the post folds for stress-free storage.

6
Best Padding
Soho Soft Pad Drafting Chair
soho
Laura Davidson Furniture

If you want something stylish with a bit more padding, try this chair that comes with three soft pads. Available in multiple colorways, the chair has faux leather upholstery, a strong aluminum base, and removable arms.

7 Balance Ball Stool
Gaiam

Love sitting on an exercise ball? Well, you don't have to give that up with a tall, standing desk. This stool features a half-dome stability ball as the seat, which can adjust up to 33 inches high. The 360-degree swivel base further promotes free movement.

8
Best Classic Stool
Active Balance Desk Stool
Seville Classics
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If you want a chair with a simple, classic look, this one fits the bill. It has a round base and seat, which would work with practically any design style. The lack of a back means it's less intrusive and easy to tuck underneath the desk.

9
Best Tractor Seat
Tractor Seat Stool
Diwhy

This industrial-style stool comes with a tractor seat to provide even weight distribution. Made of cast iron and steel, the swivel chair comes with an anti-rust coating. Not only is it great for workspaces (both traditional and creative), but also works well as a kitchen bar stool.

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