Vintage Drafting Stools



2015-06-26 10:31:47

Vintage Drafting Stools are a form of chair designed to be used alongside a drafting table, and vintage variations were traditionally suited to usage by craftsman and artisans.

Brief history and description

The stools are generally higher than most chair forms, and include a bar for positioning of the user’s feet. The stools can be found in a variety of materials, and can also sometimes include cushioned seating, though this is less common in older models.

Modern drafting stools are considered particularly desirable for those whose work requires them to spend several hours in front of a computer, as they are very comfortable and incredibly adjustable in terms of height and positioning.

Guide for collectors

Drafting stools appear not only at mainstream and specialist auctioneers, but also at online auctioneers such as eBay, where rare finds and great bargains may be obtained. As ever when purchasing a vintage or antique piece online, collectors are advised to carefully check the condition of a particular piece before purchasing so as to avoid disappointment.


Amongst the highest prices paid for a vintage drafting stool at auction is $1,800, for a drafting stool by Wendell Castle, dated from 1977. The stool auctioned from Rago Arts and Auction Center on 25th April 2010.

The chairs generally sell for prices in the region of $60-100 if in good condition, as evidenced by the sale of an oak drafting stool from Santa Margarita Auction Barn for $70 on 7th August 2011, and an adjustable drafting stool for $90 from Thomas Hirchak Company on 1st March 2012.

Amongst the lowest prices paid for a vintage drafting stool at auction is $30, for an oak drafting stool which sold from Ivy Auctions, Inc. on 20th November 2010.

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