10 Best Sewing Chairs for 2021

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The best sewing chair probably isn’t the first thing on your mind when you start a project. There are so many other things to consider, it’s easy to forget about the necessities. You have your sewing machine and your chosen fabric. Your scissors are in easy reach, along with your thread. Even the pattern for your project is ready and waiting. What else is there?

It isn’t until you sit down in an old, plastic garden chair you borrowed from the patio that you think about buying a new, far more comfortable seat. While it serves its purpose for weekend barbeques, it doesn’t quite meet expectations when you’re several hours into your sewing project and your hunched spine is screaming at you.

For the sake of your back and your sewing hobby, it’s time to invest in a proper sewing chair. One that will adequately support you and any future projects you chose to do.

To get you started, we’ve found the 10 best sewing chairs for 2021:

Bowthy Armless Office Chair

Bowthy Armless Chair- one of the best chairs for sewing

Although not specifically made for sewing, the Bowthy office chair is a cheap alternative to the sewing oriented models coming up in this lineup.

With an ergonomic design, a weight capacity of 250lbs, and five caster wheels, it covers all the major features you want in a sewing chair. From long-lasting comfort all the way to ease of movement. 

The adjustable seat ranges from 15.3 inches to 19.3 and even comes in various colors to match your sewing den’s aesthetic.

As the cheapest chair on this list, it’s a great budget option.

Key Features:

  • Adjustable seat: 15.3” to 19.3”
  • 360o swivel
  • 250lbs weight capacity
  • High quality sponge filling, surrounded in upholstery fabric
  • Arched backrest for lumbar support

Pros:

  • Cheap
  • Ergonomic design
  • Several colors available

Cons:

  • The budget option may mean it’s not as hardy as more expensive models

Amazon Basics Office Chair

Amazon Basics Chair

Amazon Basics offers a comfortable and affordable choice for the next option on the list. Like the others, this chair has a 250lb weight capacity and 360o swivel. The contoured seat cushion alleviates pressure on your legs and back, while the durable fabric makes for a long lasting addition to your sewing room.

Finally, the pneumatic seat adjustment (18” to 22”) allows the chair to fit most sewing tables. Although it is delivered disassembled, the easy-to-follow instructions mean assembly is a breeze. You’ll be sat, sewing away, in no time at all. 

Key Features:

  • 250lbs weight capacity
  • Pneumatic seat adjustment: 18” to 22”
  • 360o swivel
  • Contoured seat cushions
  • Easy to assemble

Pros:

  • Budget friendly
  • Durable fabric

Cons:

  • Non-ergonomic design

Sadie Task Desk Chair

Sadie Task Chair- best chair for sewing if on a tight budget

For sewists with a tighter budget, the Sadie Task Desk Chair is a quick and easy fix. Covered in a hard-wearing fabric, designed for intensive use, this chair is great for all those sewing projects you’ve got piling up in the corner.

With five caster wheels, you don’t even have to leave the padded seat to scoot your way from one side of your sewing room to the other.

Key Features:

  • 350o swivel
  • Smooth-rolling caster wheels
  • 3 year warranty
  • Pneumatic seat adjustment: 15.9” to 20.3”
  • 250lbs weight capacity

Pros:

  • Budget friendly
  • Covered with a durable fabric for intensive use

Cons:

  • Non-ergonomic design
  • No lumbar support

HON Network Low-Back Task Chair

HON Network Low-Back Task Chair

Designed for durability, the HON Network Task chair offers a sturdy alternative to specially designed sewing chairs. With an adjustable seat ranging between 16.9” to 21.4”, this chair can fit at a variety of sewing tables with ease. 

The five-point star base and caster wheels grant you easy maneuverability and the 360o swivel makes for an excellent choice whenever you’re short on space. 

Along with the padded seat and backrest to ensure comfort during your sewing-time, this chair also comes with a tilt-lock mechanism to enable a more personalized seating style.

Key Features:

  • Tilt-lock
  • Pneumatic seat adjustment: 16.9” to 21.4”
  • 350o swivel
  • Padded seat and backrest
  • 250lbs weight capacity

Pros:

  • Five year warranty

Cons:

  • No lumbar support

Reliable SewErgo 100SE Ergonomic Task Chair

Reliable SewErgo sewing chair-best chair for sewing for a long time

An ergonomic sewing chair, the Reliable SewErgo offers a more expensive but environmentally friendly option. Made out of 62% recycled polyester, this chair is GreenGuard certified, comfortable and adjustable between 16 to 21 inches.

The gliders offer a steadier option for sewists who aren’t as fond of the constant movement offered by wheels but it’s not, by any means, a bad selling point. You can switch the gliders out with caster wheels if maneuverability is a must.

With a maximum weight limit of 250lbs and a waterfall seat edge to relieve pressure on your legs, the Reliable SewErgo is a great option for lengthier sewing projects.

Key Features:

  • GreenGuard certified
  • 62% Recycled polyester
  • Waterfall seat edge
  • Cushion is contoured to enhance comfort
  • Adjustable seat: 16” to 21”

Pros:

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Ergonomic design

Cons:

  • Wheels are sold separately

iCoudy Ergonomic Mesh Office Chair

Black iCoudy ergonomic sewing chair

The iCoudy ergonomic chair might be the heaviest option on this list but it also holds the greatest weight capacity at 300 lbs. While it isn’t cheap, the price is a nice mid-range compared to other choices on this list.

With built-in lumbar support and a mesh backrest allowing for breathability, this chair offers a wide range of movement, from a 360o swivel to a rocking mechanism with tilt tension. It even comes with foldable armrests just in case you ever need them for smaller sewing projects.

Last, but not least, the expanded seat size gives you extra space to work and the waterfall seat edge makes this chair perfect for sitting comfortably for hours on end.

Key Features:

  • 300lbs weight capacity
  • High resilience, thick cushion and American-made mesh fabric
  • Built-in lumbar support
  • Foldable armrests
  • Expanded seat size 20.9”W x 19.7”D

Pros:

  • Ergonomic design
  • Breathable mesh backrest
  • Foldable armrests

Cons:

  • Heavy

Ergonomic Office Chair

Black ergonomic chair with wheels for moving around while sewing

If armrests are a must for your new sewing chair, this option has got you covered. Ergonomically designed for maximum comfort, both the seat itself (17.9” to 21.9”) and the armrests (24” to 26.6”) are adjustable. 

The built in lumbar support and padded seat cushion, on top of the 90o to 120o recline ability, make this chair perfect for those moments where you need a break from your project.

With a weight capacity of 285lbs, this is one of the hardier chairs on this list and offers a breathable mesh fabric for those blisteringly warm sewing days.

Key Features:

  • Breathable mesh fabric
  • Adjustable armrests: 24” to 26.6”
  • Adjustable seat: 17.9” to 21.9”
  • Lumbar support
  • Tilt adjustment

Pros:

  • Ergonomic design
  • 285lbs weight capacity

Cons:

  • Armrests may be obtrusive for larger sewing projects

Sewtco Sewing Chair

Sewtco Sewing Chair with adjustable seat and lumbar support

This simplistic chair may be the lightest on the list, but it’s a workhorse all the same. With an ergonomic design, it’ll support even the lengthiest sewing projects at a range of sewing tables. The adjustable seat allows you to set the height anywhere between 18.9 inches to 23.6.

Like the Reliable SewErgo, the Sewtco sewing chair comes with gliders but it’s easy to switch to wheels if you prefer.

Key Features:

  • Hydraulic adjustable seat: 18.9” to 23.6”
  • Waterfall seat edge
  • Lumbar support
  • Thick cushions for maximum comfort
  • Gliders instead of wheels for extra stability

Pros:

  • Ergonomic design
  • Light

Cons:

  • Wheels are sold separately

HON ValuTask Low Back Task Chair

HON ValuTask Low Back Task Chair with doubly padded for maximum comfort when sewing for a long time

At 31lbs, the HON ValuTask is one of the heaviest models on the list but what it gains in weight, it more than makes up for with its five caster wheels and double layered padding. Ergonomically designed for your comfort, the mesh fabric covering the cushions allows for breathability while you work.

This chair comes with a 5-year limited warranty too, the longest of all of the chairs on this list.

Key Features:

  • Contoured seat cushion
  • Adjustable recline and pneumatic seat adjustment
  • 250lbs weight capacity
  • 350o swivel
  • Breathable material

Pros:

  • Ergonomic design
  • Breathable mesh fabric
  • 5 year limited warranty

Cons:

  • Sewists with delicate skin may find the mesh irritating

Flash Furniture Ergonomic Task Chair

Black Flash Furniture Ergonomic Chair with contoured seat

Sleek and pristine, the Flash Furniture Ergonomic Task Chair offers a fully customizable option for your sewing room. With seat, back and tilt adjustment, you can find your perfect sitting position and settle into your sewing project with ease.

The pillow-top cushioning, contoured seat and waterfall seat edge allow for greater comfort while you stitch away the hours at your sewing machine. 

This is one of the smaller designs on this list so taller sewists may find this one uncomfortable.

Key Features:

  • Seat, backrest and tilt adjustment
  • 360o swivel
  • Contoured seat for greater comfort
  • Waterfall seat edge
  • Pillow-top cushioning

Pros:

  • Ergonomic design
  • Adjustable in three ways to allow for personalization
  • Sleek, modern design

Cons:

  • Heavy: 35lbs
  • Taller sewists may find it uncomfortable

Arrow 7000B Wood Sewing and Craft Chair

Colorful Arrow 7000B Wooden chair, with special storage space under the seat for storing sewing accessories

Our first bonus option for this list is the Arrow 7000B. Designed solely with the sewist in mind, this chair features an under-the-seat storage caddy for your sewing knickknacks and has a cute sewing themed cover. With a range of wood types to choose from, you’re bound to find one that fits your unique aesthetic.

Unlike the previous chairs on the list, this one requires little to no assembly but it has the downside of no adjustable seat so you’ll have to be doubly sure it fits your sewing table.

Key Features:

  • Under seat storage
  • No assembly required
  • Wooden base comes in various colors
  • 250lbs weight capacity
  • Designed for sewists

Pros:

  • Extra storage space
  • Caster wheels for easy maneuverability

Cons:

  • The seat isn’t adjustable
  • No lumbar support
  • Expensive

SEW Now SEW Wow Hydraulic Sewing Chair

SEW Now SEW Wow Hydraulic Sewing Chair- Best sewing chair overall

Our second bonus choice, and for those who loved the last option but it didn’t quite tick all the boxes, is the sewist’s dream chair. Available in a range of colors and designs, the SEW Now SEW Wow sewing chair will fit any sewing room. It’s a little more expensive than the Arrow 7000B but you get a lot more personalizable features for your money.

Although it’s also one of the heavier seats, it offers a sizable storage caddy underneath the cushion for your sewing notions. Along with an adjustable seat for heights between 18.5 and 22.5 inches, to fit all kinds of users.

While not specifically designed with ergonomics in mind, the backrest offers a substantial amount of lumbar support and is even adjustable (between 28.5 to 32.5 inches) if you happen to be shorter or taller than average.

Key Features:

  • Storage space under the seat
  • Sewing decal pattern
  • Adjustable seat: 18.5” to 22.5”
  • Adjustable backrest: 28.5” to 32.5”
  • 250lbs weight capacity

Pros:

  • Extra storage space
  • Adjustable seat and backrest
  • Multiple fabric patterns available

Cons:

  • Expensive

Features to look for:

Now we’ve looked at the options available, you’re probably feeling more than a little daunted. With so many chairs out there, how do you know which is the best for you?

Apart from being in good working order, your sewing chair should also tick the following boxes: 

Ergonomic

There’s nothing worse than getting halfway through a sewing project and having to quit because your back hurts or your legs have gone to sleep. Ergonomic chairs are specially designed for comfort and prolonged use. They hold you in the best position to put the least amount of strain on your body, giving you the ability to focus solely on your latest pattern..

Decent Backrest

Perhaps you can’t quite stretch your budget to an ergonomic chair but there are plenty of cheaper options you can choose from. Make sure your cheap alternative has a decent backrest. Even if it isn’t ergonomic, it’ll support your posture as you work, negating the need for uncomfortable slouching while you sew.

Height adjustable

If you don’t have a dedicated sewing space, or perhaps a friend wants you to teach them to sew, an adjustable chair is essential. Moving your sewing machine from one table to another is great in theory but you might find your trusty chair is too tall or far too short. As for your friend, if they happen to be a different height than you, they may find it hard to fit at your sewing machine without adjusting the chair.

Padded Seat

Wooden chairs are great. Sleek and polished, they make perfect additions to the dining room for family meals. There is, however, a reason why office chairs always have padded seats. If you’ve ever sat in a wooden chair for an extended period – say, long enough to complete your latest sewing project – you’ll understand. A perfect addition to your decor or not, they really aren’t agreeable for your delicate derriere.

Armrests

Depending on your chosen pattern, the amount of fabric you need can vary. For small pieces, having a chair with arms is fine. But, for the fanatic who sews all manner of creations on their beloved machine, armless is the way to go. If you’re not pinned in place by the armrests, you have far more room to wrestle with reams of fabric.

Wheels

We can all agree wheels are essential. Not only do they allow you to roll the chair around the room instead of carrying it, you don’t have to leave your seat to retrieve something from another cabinet. Make sure, however, the wheels of your chosen chair are a good design. The best kind works well on both wooden and carpeted floors.

FAQ

Are sewing chairs and office chairs interchangeable?

While sewing chairs are designed specifically to match the requirements of sewists, they also tend to be more expensive. Office chairs can offer a much cheaper alternative and, provided you keep in mind the key features you require from your sewing chair, can be just as comfortable as seats designed for sewing.

Remember too, that office chairs are also designed for long periods spent sitting at a desk. If you’re looking for a durable, cheap option, an ergonomic office chair is the way to go.

Should a sewing chair have armrests?

There’s a debate about armrests. Some sewists think they get in the way, others like the support they offer. In the end, whether or not your chair has armrests is personal preference. While armrests can be useful, they can also block the movement of your arms as you maneuver fabric through your sewing machine. Particularly with the larger projects.

If you’re really not sure about whether armrests are right for you, buy a chair model that comes with foldable rests. Some brands even offer removable armrests so, if you find they don’t fit your sewing table, you can always remove them later.

Are sewing chairs difficult to assemble?

Buying chairs online means you lose out on some of the convenience of purchasing an already assembled chair from a physical store. Fear not though, despite the chairs you buy online coming in bits and pieces, they also arrive with detailed instructions to allow you to build your own chair in no time.

Do you need specialized tools to assemble sewing chairs?

Along with the detailed instructions, the chairs are delivered with the tools and fastenings to enable you to assemble it without difficulty.

If the tools aren’t there, they usually require a simple hex-key. 

What’s the best way to sit at a sewing machine?

If you can only afford one of the cheaper desk chairs, there are ways to avoid the issues plaguing long-term sewists.

  1. Take regular breaks. Sure, it’s irritating to stop and start, especially when you get to a tricky bit in your sewing project and you’re excited to see the finished product. Your back, however, will thank you for the break. Plus, with frequent fresh starts, you might find the hassles your having with your sewing machine seem a little less bothersome.
  1. Adjust your chair so you sit with both feet flat on the floor and so the backrest is at 90o to the seat. Your forearms should also rest comfortably on the sewing machine as you work to alleviate stress on your shoulders and back.

Remember as well that buying an ergonomic chair with built-in lumbar support and contoured seat cushions is all well and good, but even the most expensive chairs will feel uncomfortable if they’re not used correctly. 

Building healthy working habits, especially for the longer sewing projects, is essential for your comfort.

Conclusion

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of chairs available for purchase for all manner of jobs and hobbies. For sewing, in particular, you can’t beat an ergonomic backrest and adjustable seat, along with space to move around. 

If you keep in mind the six key features your new sewing chair must include and check out this list of five best sewing chairs, your new chair will support you and your future projects with ease.

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