Did you like our tattoo table feature? Then you’ll love this one. Tattoo artist stools for yourself can run you a pretty penny, but we quality checked these to ensure you get the best deals in all tiers of business. Whether you run a small shop with just yourself or a business with several other artists, something here fits you perfectly. And, unlike our tattoo tables review, we focus on a few chairs just for tattoo artists! Sitting for hours at a time is momentary for a client, but the norm for you. You need to make sure you feel great while working your job, because let’s face it—sore butts are kind of distracting to work ethic. Prices range from cheap ($) to expensive ($$$). If you’re here searching the best thing to seat your client on, than go check on our 5 Best Tattoo Tables Review.
InkBed Adjustable Ergonomic Tattoo Chair
It’s time. Time for the best tattoo artist chair out there, from my point of view at least! If you manage a pro shop or simply want to treat yourself, this is what you need to get. It’s a stool specifically designed around tattoo artists! The armrests bend and move according to your needs, and that helps keep your inking hand very steady!
The support is movable, allowing you to sit ‘backward’ and relieve the tension in your back while sitting. This is the most versatile tattoo stool I ever came across. It is a bit more expensive, but it actually includes the armrest as well if you sit backward. It’s a heavy duty construction, tested to support up to 300lbs. The fold down “armwings” have 3″ thick foam and adjusts into 15 different angles. The seat is extra wide for maximum comfort and stability even during long-lasting tattoo sessions. The backrest is expandable and removable to further customize your comfort. The back/chest rest can be locked in any desired angle.
The seat fits people of all sizes, and the cushion design works from various angles. You can pick whatever configuration that makes you comfortable! As one might expect of ‘the-best-of-the-best artist chair,’ InkBed manufactures this seat just for tattoo artists.
Dr. Lomilomi Hydraulic Saddle Stool
And now for something different! A saddle stool. Some love them, some hate them. If mother nature has gifted you with male private parts, you might belong to the later. It depends a lot on how you sit on a saddle stool. If you’re used to leaning forward, you might give too much pressure on your crotch region, and therefore, a saddle stool might not be too comfortable for longer sessions. But if you’re used to sitting upright, a saddle stool supports that posture perfectly!
This sturdy chair uses completely waterproof and oil proof PU leather. The wheeled legs help you slide around your client easily as you tattoo them. Memory foam interior gradually adapts to your body shape and the saddle design keeps the strain on your legs rather than your spine—which means you feel less sore at the end of a long session! It has a weight limit of over 250lbs. It’s available in 6 completely different colors and it can match the style of your interior perfectly. You can get it with a backrest too. So it’s fully customizable to your needs! Although the backrest comes with a little bit of a price tag…
Perhaps its greatest feature is its huge color selection. It comes in wild colors like English violet, queen blue, and vanilla! For something as eccentric and unique as a tattoo shop, it makes sense to grab a chair that’s equally unique.
InkBed Super Heavy Duty Tattoo Artist Stool
Another one from InkBed. If you’re looking for something less fancy than the first InkBed I reviewed, but something still classy and stylish, then this one is for you. The stylish cross-hatch stitched PVC leather looks simply stunning. This stool is somehow the middle ground between an ordinary one and those fancy tattoo artist chairs.
The plush 3″ thick seat offers maximum comfort and has a diameter of 18.75″. It’s seriously heavy duty, with it standing up to 400lbs. of weight. Its adjustable high ranges from 18 1/2″ to 23 1/4″. The PVC leather can be easily cleaned and is therefore ideal for sensitive areas like a tattoo parlor. One word of caution here–the cross-hatch stitching looks nice, but the stitching itself offers a perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Be careful when cleaning and give those sections a little extra attention.
A great choice for a standard stool with a cool look. The generous 18.75″ diameter seat with it’s 400lbs weight capacity makes this one perfect if you want to sit a bit comfier or if you need something heavy duty!
Dr. Lomilomi Hydraulic Round Stool
Remember that saddle stool a minute ago? Here we have the regular version of it.
It’s lightweight (only 10lbs) and very compact. And it comes with an optional footrest. The 14″ diameter seat is coated with PU upholstery and is water and oil proof. It’s even abrasion resistant. Cleaning is a very simple process, especially since the surface is smooth. This one is most commonly used in salons and spas. It handles up to 350lbs, which covers 99% of the population (note: that percentage was made up, but you get the point). The seat height can be adjusted from 21″ to 26″.
If you don’t have the space for a large tattoo stool, but you still want something comfy and durable, then this one is great for you. It’s not the best budget deal on this list, but it’s still way cheaper compared to the other ones. You’ll get a good bang for your buck here!
Boss Office Products Spa Stool
Speaking as of bang for your bucks, this is the budget deal! It’s the cheapest one on this list. Most tattoo artist stool run from 100 to 200 bucks, but not this one. This one is way below that. So, is this one the most affordable chair on the list? Absolutely. However, the price comes with a catch.
If you can get your tattoo stool cheap, why should you pay more and not go for this one right away? While the more expensive ones can carry 350lbs to 400lbs, this one only has a weight capacity of 250lbs. Other than that, only minor details make the difference. The Boss Office Stool comes with or without the back cushion, but you should always go for the back cushion. It’s only a few bucks more and if you don’t like it, it can simply be removed. The seat size is 16″ here and the height adjustment is from 20.5″ to 26.5″.
So, if you’re looking for the best deal, then this is your choice. Being on a budget and in need of new equipment can be a nightmare, but this one will cover you for sure. It might not last as long as some of the more expensive chairs, but it’s still great value for your money.
Choosing the Best Tattoo Artist Chair
I picked out the best tattoo artist chairs based on comfort, features, designer reputation, and affordability. Specialty design tattoo artist chairs work great, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are ideal for your shop, especially with their price tag. Great brands like InkBed chairs and Dr. Lomilomi live up to their name and sell various levels of chairs and stools for you and your clients. On the other hand, not all shops have that much money to spare on upgrading their furniture, so I included affordable brands and designs as well. What’s important is that you look into finding a professional tattoo chair for your shop.
Why Get a Tattoo Artist Stool?
Every shop requires tattoo stools, even if that means using a barber chair for tattoo work. If yours doesn’t have them, I’m sorry about that. Going in every day just to sit in the same old plastic chair wears on you. You should look forward to sitting down and working a job you love, but if your seat isn’t cozy, you can’t do that. Adjusting yourself constantly, in addition to moving your customer into the correct angle after that, detracts from your focus and the quality of the tattoo. It’s even worse if you have nowhere to sit at all.
Planned properly, a combo of nice stools for yourself and good tattoo tables for your clients makes the experience more enjoyable for everyone involved. Some tattoo chair and table designs incorporate elements to keep your hands steady, keep the customer cozy but movable, and allow you both freedom of movement for especially large designs. If your shop creates a good experience for your clients, they will return and keep your shop in business. Every little feature of your shop counts, and comfortable chairs go a long way towards a good impression.
What to Look for in a Tattoo Artist Stool
Shops need chairs and tables from the very beginning if they intend to carry a professional image, but what sort of stool should you purchase? That depends on what sort of needs you have as an artist. A tattoo artist that frequents cons doesn’t need a fancy getup if they can’t move it anywhere. For people like that, portable tattoo chairs work perfectly! A small shop just needs one chair and one stool, and you can get stand-ins for the other furniture required. On the other hand, a big shop absolutely needs hydraulic chairs and stools made for tattoo artists in order to offer the best experience to their clients and artists.
The list of different types of features goes on, but I focused on the most obvious ones to help you get started. If you need mobility, you need an adjustable chair. Small shop? Then you need affordable and comfortable seats. Large shop or large budget? Go for the expensive ones, because they have lock-in adjustable chairs, stools, and tables that help you with work. You always want to chase after the most affordable chair within your means.
Combine it with Hydraulic Tattoo Client Chair
Hydraulics help move clients and artists without putting stress on their muscles. Pressurized air or water moves the chair for you. The relief helps your future health—especially when it comes to your back—and makes clients of all sizes easy to move. The hiss and pop of the hydraulic system also gives it a sci-fi flair. Barbers have similar chairs, and they serve the same purpose—making sure you can focus on work while keeping the client cozy. They make it easy to apply a stencil from your tattoo printer without smearing it. These reclining chairs also feel the most comfortable out of any type of tattoo parlor chair.
Tattoo Artist Chair
Let’s ignore the clients for a little bit. What about you? Moving around with a fold-out chair proves difficult when you’re trying to stretch your client’s skin at the same time. Keeping your knees, legs, and torso steady while kneeling or standing next to a client takes away from the attention and focus your inking hand needs. A seat designated just for you—and specialized for the tattoo world—ensures that you can deliver your best effort and highest quality tattoo to your client.
Picking The Best Tattoo Chair
No matter who you are or what you need, you’ll find something on this list that you need as a tattoo artist. If your wallet is empty, perhaps it’s better not to look…lest you be too tempted! This time, I wrote them in the order I found them. Use the features, pros, and cons to select which one you want. Of course, affordability is always a pro! Use this guide to make an educated decision before you buy a chair.
Do you like what you see? Did you find what tattoo shop chairs you need? If you answered yes to either of those, I’ve done my job. Improving your tattoo shop by purchasing new furniture helps improve your brand image and client experience. Returning clients will be excited to see your shop improving, and new clients will be dazzled by the comfort of the seats and ease of the procedure. When they go home raving about your awesome tattoo shop and recommend it to their friends, you’ll know you did yourself a huge favor by improving their time in your shop. And if you get a better stool for yourself…your butt will thank you, too!
What do you need besides a good chair to get your work done? A ton of equipment, actually. We have dedicated articles for your client tattoo beds, tattoo guns, power supplies, and yes, even for thermal tattoo printers.
However, that’s probably not on your mind right now. We’re focusing on seating, after all. When you’re thinking about your own stool, you mostly need to combine it with an instrument tray, a good light, and finally an armrest. I might write a market review for those items to in the future but for now, here are the 3 picks I would recommend for your workspace.
If you enjoyed this article, check out the rest of InkDoneRight! For tattoo guns that make things equally easy on your arm’s muscles as these chairs do for your butt, then check out this in-depth article on the best tattoo guns for professionals and beginners alike.
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