Recently, I decided that many of the playing jobs I am getting allowed for sitting rather than standing during performance (restaurants, coffeehouses and such), and I am all for being relaxed as I play. So I went looking for a good, folding, portable stool that was high enough to have me nearly at standing height as I play. Here are some of the stools I found:
These stools all seemed interesting and a few of them actually acted as a guitar stand to boot. What I was looking for was a high bar stool (seat at approximately 30" off the floor), that was relatively lightweight to carry, would fold up and would be inexpensive (I needed to purchase 4 of them).
Most of the above were under $100 each, however only the first one reached 30" or higher for the seat. Also, it was questionable as to how flat some of the above would fold. The all wood model was well out of my price range!
So after some more research, I found this:
These are made by IKEA. The seat is at 29.125" (high enough). It weighs just under 13 lbs. The seat and back are painted, bent plywood while the frame is steel.
I weigh 200 lbs and am 6 feet tall. It seems pretty sturdy to me. Shifting my weight around while sitting does not cause much movement of the chair. The seat locks down when fully open. Best of all, they are about $40 each and from the construction, they look to be easily repairable if anything were to break (loss of a screw or loosening of the back/seat…etc).
The foot rest is lower than is usable if you like to have your foot up high enough to keep your leg/thigh at parallel to the floor (to rest the guitar on). But the foot rest does work nicely to help keep you on the seat comfortably with your guitar/instrument hung from your shoulder with a strap.
I probably lose a few inches in height when compared to my standing height of 6 feet (I am probably closer to 5" 9" on the stool), but for the shorter members of our group, the stool makes them slightly taller. Certainly, when playing for a room of folks sitting at the standard chair height of about 16", we are easy to see and hear while sitting on these stools.
Does anyone else sit while playing and what do you use?