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Post by Lady Jayde on Mon Sep 21, 2009 2:35 pm

I went looking for a tall stool that can be used for my FP this weekend. I'm 5'9 and sitting down has become such a pain for me that I now know I NEED to stand in order to paint comfortable.

I priced the director's chairs, but I just can't afford the hefty price tag at the moment. I came across 2 stools like this while in New York and I fell in love with them instantly. They were $15 each (but I got 2 for $25!) and they're sturdy as heck. I know they don't have the side arms but I think I can make them work. I'm even researching the feasibility of attaching a seat-belt type mechanism to it for the squirmy kids. I have some non-skid cushions to sit in the seat, so there won't be any sore bottoms to contend with. Is it secure enough having a back and stepdown? Or should I just keep saving my pennies?

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Post by smitty225 on Mon Sep 21, 2009 4:19 pm

I'd save my pennies. At 5'9" you'll need a taller chair. Standing slightly hunched over repeatedly for a few hours will have you spending mega-dollars at the chiropractor....and that chair looks heavy. I can imagine having to drag that thing from gig to gig, knowing that I was going to be killing my back using it.
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Post by Froggy Faces on Mon Sep 21, 2009 4:33 pm

I have been using that very chair for 3 years now. The seat is nice and wide. The height is good for me, yet easy enough for the kids to get on it. And yes, the price was right.
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Post by AngieAnders on Mon Sep 21, 2009 4:46 pm

It looks perfect for sitting on a stool to paint, but maybe a bit low for standing. What is the height? Even my tall director's chair is sometimes too low for me, and I'm 5'5". Great price though! If you have them already, try them out and see what you think! Smile
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Post by Lady Jayde on Mon Sep 21, 2009 5:15 pm

I didn't measure the height, but when my 5 year old sits in it, it puts her face at upper chest height. I'm nowhere near what one would call a "delicate" flower so I was able to carry 2 of these chairs on one arm, 2 blocks (no closer parking) without breaking a sweat...I'm not worried about the weight and they really don't weigh much more than one of those metal short folding chairs. I guess I should've added that the table that it's next to is a craft table that's much taller than your standard dining room table or even a kitchen counter.

I figure that if I have to sit someone really tall, I'll just switch to my shorter stool, but it's so much better than leaning over AND bending over to get at a fidgety little face. How tall are you Froggy? (why do I feel rediculous typing that?)

I'm primarily concerned with the wooden lacquered seat and slippery bottoms sliding off of it.
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Post by Criss on Mon Sep 21, 2009 6:49 pm

You could always get some of that anti slip mat material to put on the seat of the chair. It's some kind of rubber, so it would clean up well. People use it for under their mats at home so they won't slip??? know what I mean? lol
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Post by AngieAnders on Mon Sep 21, 2009 7:31 pm

I wouldn't think slipping out of it would be too big of a problem. You could ask the child to put their hands around the edge of the seat to hold on. If it's a very young child, I ask the parent to sit with the child in their lap. You may want a step stool so kids can climb in and out of the chair safely.
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Post by Debi's Doodles on Mon Sep 21, 2009 8:56 pm

I did a gig a few weeks ago and the vendor next door to me had this exact chair and she let me test it out on a few kids and I love it!!! I just haven't made it around to the store yet to buy one. The kids didn't seem to slide around. It felt pretty light to me too. Oh and I'm 5'2" so it was a perfect height to me.
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Post by smitty225 on Mon Sep 21, 2009 11:09 pm

Well...if its that good, I'll have to find one for myself!!!!
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Post by Froggy Faces on Tue Sep 22, 2009 7:34 pm

I haven't had any problems with kids sliding. I'm 5'3" (kinda tall for a frog). It might not be as light as an aluminum director's chair, but it doesn't seem heavy to me. I hope you enjoy it.
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Post by Ashley Pickin on Tue Sep 22, 2009 9:28 pm

too low for standing, I would save up the money from the next couple of gigs and just get a directors chair.
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Re: My new chair...a good idea or not?

Post by creative lady on Fri Oct 01, 2010 6:37 pm

I brought two director chairs the tall one made of wood and don't really like them. I prefer my stool and folding bar stool.
If I could find some wide leg stance captain chairs, I'd give them a try if the price is right.
In the meantime, my two are for sale.

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Post by MichelleLA on Fri Oct 01, 2010 7:15 pm

Is there a link to a photo of the stool discussed here or am I missing something Question
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Post by creative lady on Fri Oct 01, 2010 7:35 pm

I will take photos this weekend..

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Re: My new chair...a good idea or not?

Post by ChangingFaceDesigns on Fri Oct 01, 2010 8:02 pm

I am 6ft tall and my tall aluminum directors chair was the best thing I could have done to save my back. I prefer to paint standing. It has got the step up bars on each side so kids can get up and down very easily and is light weight and very sturdy...can support up to 350lbs.
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Re: My new chair...a good idea or not?

Post by Gisrus on Mon Oct 04, 2010 4:30 pm

I was talking to another face painter who has been painting for around 20 years and only ever used a tall directors chair. She advised against it as after years of standing at long gigs she now has serious problems with her legs. She's around 5'.

I always sit on a normal director's chair and get the child to stand. That way I don't have to bend forward. If they're a bit taller, I stand and if it's an adult I get them to sit. Basically, I get to move around a bit instead of sitting in one position for hours.

The only problem I've had is at night club gigs. If I'm only painting seated adults for a prolonged period of time, my back hurts. As I don't do many night club gigs I haven't done anything about it.


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Post by Mirandas on Mon Oct 04, 2010 5:04 pm

On Longer events I switch, I have a set of folding stools, with a cool comfy padding. I position the kids to put their legs right next mine,so I don't have to lean forward. My chair got broken a couple of weeks a go , so now I'm using a folding stool with backrest from ikea...HORRIBLE, Its heavy and I have problems with kids trying to get on it, It's not so tall. I'm 5'2..
I can't wait to get my new directors chair..
I'm also planning to buy a booster seat and those interlocking mats...the booster can give a rest to my back and the mats a rest to my feet..Looking forward!


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Re: My new chair...a good idea or not?

Post by Lady Jayde on Mon Oct 04, 2010 11:36 pm

I think that height is a huge factor to consider. I'm up there with Changingface so sitting is a no no for me and my back. I wear pretty comfy shoes and when I do sit down, it's to take a breather, not to paint. My back problems have virtually disappeared. I spent 10 years in the military and quite a bit of time standing in different stances for sometimes hours...so for me, it's not bad at all and unlike the military, I get the added comfort of being able to actually walk around and keep my knees and legs limbered up..
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Post by Guest on Mon Oct 04, 2010 11:51 pm

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Post by JBax on Tue Oct 05, 2010 10:39 pm

I discovered that sitting on my Fatmax puts me at the perfect height to paint kids in my director's chair! (I wasn't working out of the max that day) I stood for the adults. I painted a full day and my feet and back felt okay. cheers
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Post by Lady Jayde on Wed Oct 06, 2010 2:30 am

Shannon Fennell wrote:And you don't need to salute!! Cool

Ahh another plus...though I do catch myself saluting any old idiot in the hallway at work... Embarassed
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Post by FunFacesbyLori on Wed Oct 06, 2010 1:51 pm

I have a tall director's chair - am 5'2" and find that i vacillate from seated painting to standing depending on the height of the subject in the chair. This is awkward but better on my poor back than painting sitting down for 8 hours. I always used to dread straightening up and standing after a long event. This way I feel more limber and comfortable.
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Post by TheGildedCat on Wed Oct 06, 2010 2:03 pm

ChangingFaces, do you have a link to the chair you described? I'm 5'11" so I think a regular directors chair would be too short for me.
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