While the best standing desks can be great for your health and stylish in the modern, flexible office, there will always be some times when you want – or need – to sit down. But not all standing desks are adjustable, nor should they be adjusted if your teammate is standing up next to you: it’s time for a standing desk chair.
While you could just order a tall bar stool from the nearest store, we suggest you check out office chairs meant to be used with standing desks. Here’s what the best standing desk chairs have to offer.
A drafting chair is designed for plenty of extra support for long hours over a drafting table. These office chairs tend to have large, sturdy seats and fully developed backs with extra support. The Office Star model is one of the best around, including lightweight, breathable mesh supports, a sturdy footrest, and adjustable height options. The casters are carpet-ready, but the chair may be a little too movable on hard surfaces unless the casters are locked.
This plastic mesh stool comes with a descending chair lip for more comfortable sitting and a lot of ventilation both above and below. That smooth plastic design may not be the most comfortable in the world, but it’s good for short bouts of sitting and won’t get nearly as dirty as fabric. The Balt also available for around 50% off at the moment, making it a good option if you’re looking for a deal.
It’s not the closest we’ve seen to a deluxe bar stool, but it’s still pretty close: This VariChair has a very slight backrest and rounded pleather seating, with a pneumatic life to adjust height – and no assembly required. It’s ideal for maximum mobility and keeps your clothes from bunching up…but you can’t really lean back much while working. This is typically sold as encouraging good posture, but that’s really up to you: You can still slouch on a stool, but it’s going to be pretty bad for your back (and may be a sign that you should switch to standing for a while).
The “traditional” option, the Metro is designed to look like the average upholstered office chair, except with an extra-height support system and additional footrest. The pros and cons of the typical office chair apply here – it provides durable support and comfort, has back tilt and seat height adjustments, and generally won’t be too weird to look at. However, that upholstery will also get hotter than mesh and dirtier than pleather, so there are some downsides to consider. Additionally, you may not want to make it too easy to stay in the stay all day, and this chair is certainly easy to sit on.
If you want a far more modern look for your adjustable standing desk, you may prefer the Swopper, a springy stool that can tilt in all directions and gently bounce in response to your position. It’s designed to help keep you moving even when you need to sit down for a little bit (ideal for adjustable standing desks where you still want the benefit while resting). Of course, what you see is what you get – there’s no footrest (although there are height adjustments), and no back support. That modern design also comes at a price not everyone may be willing to pay.
There are a lot of great stools in the Active Collection: The Mobus is representative of the line, a tilted stool designs to sort of let you sit down while working at a standing desk. This model is ideal for people who want to stay standing as long as possible, and only sit down for brief periods when talking or choosing a short break.