Some Tips on How to Choose a Plein Air Stool

Whenever you go to paint outdoors take along something to sit on.

Of course, it may be an old bucket or a wooden box, but I would advise you to buy a special, compact piece of furniture.

The Perfect Foldable Stool for Outdoor Use

At first sight, almost all collapsible furniture seems light as a feather. Even comfortable camping chairs with padded seats, armrests, and cup holders don’t look heavy. That is, until you have to carry one of them on your back for a few miles…

Avoid any added features, and try to find a minimalistic option.

As for me, I like stools made of metal pipes and 600D Oxford cloth (a sort of woven coarse texture fabric). Their frames are constructed in several ways.

Extremely portable tripods fold to the size of a rolled-up newspaper and weigh about 2 lbs. Unfortunately, there is a little problem with them – they tend to be wobbly.

You can opt for a four-legged stool as well. Four points of support provide much more stability. The same goes for Side-X models. Seats of these two types needn’t be bulkier and heavier than tripods.

I’ve had a Side-X seat that weighed only 1 lb.

The Most Important Characteristics

What to consider when purchasing a plein-air stool:

  • Its seat must be placed on a non-slip base – for example, on rubber feet;
  • If the cloth is removable and washable, that’s very good – nature means not only beauty, but also dirt;
  • Not every piece of foldable furniture is easy to fold, pay attention to the construction features of the stool that you want to order.

Are you a big person? Find out in advance whether the model is capable of holding your weight. Some stools support no more than 200 lbs.

Read both the product description and customer reviews – as a rule, they are helpful.

I hope you will make the right choice!

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Natalia Usanova
I am a poet and an amateur artist. A few years ago, it seemed to me creating works of art is a much more important occupation than reading books, visiting galleries, or listening to music. Now I don't think so. Let me share with you the masterpieces which have changed my life and can change yours. Follow me on Twitter!

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