Can anyone recommend a work/utility stool where you can
regulate height (since my bench changes)
I think you’ll find a tall stool to be surprisingly tiring. It may
be the right height for a particular workbench, but it’s not a good
ergonomic height for your legs. Ideally, you should be able to sit
with your thighs parallel to the floor, knees bent 90 degrees, and
the soles of your shoes resting flat on the floor.
Tall stools don’t allow your feet to rest on the floor. You can prop
your feet up on the crossbars, but that’s neither full-foot support
nor restful. If you let your legs dangle from the knee down, it
puts pressure on your thighs, especially at the edge of the seat
cushion. (That’s one reason why kids are so squirmy at
mealtime–their legs dangle off the ground and it’s just not
I’ve seen stools with built-in footrests, but they were just foot
bars, not a flat area supporting the entire foot. Also, the
height of the footbar was not adjustable, even if the seat was.
It is better to keep the chair at the correct height for your legs,
and adjust the work surface so it is the correct height for your
arms and the type of tasks performed. You’ll be amazed at how much
these two factors contribute to comfort and productivity.