If you’re like me, you sit in front of a computer for hours. But having the wrong chair can give you some serious back pain. Settling for any substandard chair can make you slouch or sit in unnatural positions, placing unneeded stress on your lower back. And it can lead to all kinds of irreversible conditions. Enough is enough! It’s time to invest in a proper ergonomic home recording studio chair.
If you’ve had it with your old chair, then keep on reading because, In just a few minutes, you will learn how to choose the perfect chair for your home studio, so you can sit longer and mix better. I will also offer my recommendations for chairs and give you a few tips to save some cash while shopping around.
Why a Good Recording Studio Chair Is Important
There are many benefits of having an ergonomic studio chair, including enhanced productivity, and reduced pain. Studies have shown that a good studio chair can boost your productivity and reduce the number of breaks you will need due to being uncomfortable, resulting in longer recording and mixing sessions.
More importantly, a good, supportive studio chair can prevent fatigue and discomfort that can come from sitting in the same position for hours.
Now that you know why an ergonomic chair is essential for studio use, here are some things to consider when shopping around for a recording studio chair.
Nouse: a Recording Studio Chair Should Make Little
When you record, you don’t want any excess noise, so you are going to want to have a quiet chair. However, you will quickly find that not all chairs are quiet. A cheaply made chair can make noises every time you move. Those creaking sounds will slip into your recordings, especially if you are using headphones to record as you wouldn’t even notice until it’s too late.
There’s no way to check if a chair will be noisy unless you try it out. But there are methods around this. If you are shopping online or don’t have access to a store to test out a chair, try reading the reviews to see what others say regarding noise. If you are shopping on Amazon, you should be able to filter reviews by a keyword easily. Just type the words “noise” or “sound” in the search bar, and you should be presented with any reviews that mention how loud the recording studio chair is.
Wheels: Consider a Recording Studio Chair With Wheels
When you are recording and mixing, you might be moving back and forth from instruments to MIDI controllers to your computer. You certainly don’t want to get up every time you want to grab something, so make sure to select a chair with rolling wheels.
Wheels are important in preventing strain and back pain due to reaching across a desk to retrieve any items out of reach items.
Wheels are not absolutely necessary, but it just makes things a little easier around the studio.
Almost all studio chairs have wheels. If your studio has a carpet, consider getting a recording studio chair that is specifically made to work well with carpets.
Swivel Base: The Chair Should Allow You to Swivel
A good chair will swivel freely. Again you don’t want to get up every time you want to reach for something. Make sure that your chair swivels, don’t need to be 360 degrees, but enough, so you are not making and straining when you want to reach something.
Lumbar Support: an Absolute Must in a Recording Studio Chair
For people with sedentary occupations like audio engineers and music producers, spinal injuries and lower back complications can develop with time. You may feel fit and young now, but minor sores can quickly progress to more serious health problems.
Having a chair with outstanding lumbar support prevents you from slouching and prevents back pain. The chair’s backrest should be adjustable and support the curve of your lower back.
If you notice your back hurts after sitting for too long. It’s time to take action and buy yourself a chair with lumbar support.
Back Support: Prevent Slouching Forward With Back Support
Your sitting posture may be a major contributor to back pain. If you are using a chair without back support, you will naturally slouch forward. This is not only a bad habit. But of course, it will, over time, lead to back pain.
A Good studio chair will allow you to lean backward, strengthening your back.
The backrest should come as high as your shoulder blades to provide adequate support. Bit if you find a chair with even higher support, such as a headrest, that’s even better.
Fabric: Consider the Fabric of the Recording Studio Chair
You probably don’t have a fan or air conditioner running while recording, right? It won’t take long for that room to get hot, and you along with it. You will need to think about a chair that utilizes breathable material.
A leather chair may look classy, but during the long summer recording sessions, you’re going to wish you considered something that breathes. The chair’s fabric should be breathable enough to keep the chair from becoming hot and uncomfortable after hours of sitting. Choose a long-lasting material like memory foam to prevent the cousin from wearing out prematurely.
Cushion: a Comfortable Cushion Is a Must-have
A recording studio chair should be super comfortable. This generally means getting one wilt a lot of cushions. The chair should have enough cushion to support you sitting on it without feeling the base of the chair through the cushion. If the chair you like has a thin cushion. You might want to consider purchasing a seat cushion as well.
Standard chair cushions generally consist of non-supportive foam or pressure-inducing spring cushioning. Think about getting a gel chair cushion instead. Gel cushions were originally developed to help patients recover from injuries. These cushions distribute weight evenly. A honey-comb like structure and advanced gel-like material cause the cushion to buckle in heavier areas so the surrounding cells can absorb the weight pressure, which can reduce the less stress on your joints and promote proper posture for your lower back.
Adjustability Height: Prevents Shoulder Strain
I’m sure you have run into a posture issue due to a desk that was either too high or too low. And while it’s not very easy to adjust the height of a desk, it is easy to adjust the height of your chair.
Look for a chair that has height adjustability. Fortunately, almost all recording studio chairs are height-adjustable, so the search should be an easy one.
The chair’s arm height should also be adjustable. The height chair should match the height of the desk. While seated, the center of the computer screen should be directly in front of you.
Your feet should be able to rest flat on the floor. If they do not, adjust the height of the chair as needed, or use a footrest.
Note: Exploding chairs are a thing. Don’t abuse a chair with gas cylinders. There was a news story not too long ago about a 14-year old boy in China that was killed by his chair exploding. Chairs that are height adjustable typically use gas cylinders to regulate the height of the chair. The canister compresses when you adjust the height. When abused, these canisters could burst.
From what I found online, this incident was one in a million. And the canisters have to be in very bad shape for something like this to happen. The videos I have seen were of people jumping on them deliberately to make them explode, not casually sitting mixing music. It’s not likely ever going to happen but worth noting.
Removable Arms: a Must for Instrumentalists
If you are recording a guitar or bass, a chair with armrests could be an annoying obstruction. You will likely find yourself leaning and hunching to play. The same applies to anyone who prefers playing their instrument in a seated position. You don’t need to learn to live with a chair that isn’t suited for instrumental use.
Instead of a chair with armrests, consider one with removable arms or one that doesn’t have them at all. You will notice a significant improvement in your playing ability and posture.
If you prefer using armrests, make sure they promote proper posture. Your arms should be close to the body while allowing the shoulder to rest in their natural position. You do not want to be shrugging as you sit.
Reclinable: a Reclining Studio Chairs Can Help You Relax
There really is nothing like listening to your mix with your eyes closed while reclining on your chair. If you are a little on the heavier side, you might need to be a little more careful when reclining back, for obvious reasons.
Not all chairs reline alike, consider the advertisement angle of the recline. You might not need a Pewdiepie level recline. 170 degree reclinable chairs are great for taking a nap, but is that what you are in the studio for? I don’t think so.
How Much Should You Spend on a Recording Studio Chair?
We all know that you get what you pay for. The same goes for studio chairs. However, price is not the definitive factor. We have already seen that there are many other things to consider. It’s all about finding what you need. And then choose the best price for those options.
But how much should you spend? Well, that really depends on what you’re comfortable spending. If you have a steady income stream from mixing and recording, making it rain on a top of the line studio chair then go for it. If money is tight, just stick to something inexpensive until you have the money to upgrade. (if you even need to upgrade). The point is, you don’t have to break the bank to get a top-quality studio chair.
As people who sit for long hours, it’s important that we find something comfortable and quiet. Yes, you can sit on just about anything and start mixing and recording. But it will take a toll on your body over time.
Hopefully, now you are armed with a little more knowledge to choose the best home studio chair for you.
Key Takeaways: When buying a recording studio chair, consider:
- The amount of noise it makes when in use
- Wheels, and whether they are for hard floors or carps
- A chair that swivels
- Good lumbar support
- A large backrest
- Breathable fabric that doesn’t get too hot
- Thick Comfortable cushions
- Adjustable height
- Removable arms
- Recline angle
- Cost and budget
What chair do you use? And which factors were most important for you? Let us know in the comments below. Want more tips for your home recording studio? Click here to see all of our blog posts. Thanks for reading, and never stop making music.