Best Studio Easels For Professional Painting Use
Love art? So do we! If you’re looking for a new studio easel to take your art more seriously, you’ve come to the right place. There’s a number of things that go into a good quality easel that’s going to be the centerpoint of your work.
See that beauty in the picture below? That is my own easel I have had for a long time (As you can see, it’s seen its fair share of work done on it!)
It’s never let me down-and as you can see, it’s well made. It is the A-frame style which is pretty popular, but so is the H-frame which we’ll take a look at in a moment.
It stands about 80″ tall at it’s highest point – yep, pretty big, but keep in mind it had to be assembled upon receipt. It was made with standing in mind (sometimes we need to stand more often than we sit) and to support all types of canvases.
It has an adjustable knob with which to lower the base part where your project or canvas rests, or raise it, depending on its size, and hold it securely. I just do “lefty-loosey” to lower it and move it down, and “righty-tighty” when I’ve got my canvas situated well, and it holds like gangbusters.
Now we’re going to take a look at a few of some of the best studio easels on the market, that possess these characteristics as well as others!
Tall Adjustable Classic H-Frame Studio Easel
This beauty has a “h” shaped construction; most easels that are designed this way are very supportive and reliable!
This layout will support the girth of your canvas very well. It’s constructed from seasoned beechwood and polished well to have a nice finish. You can adjust the height via the front and side knob to support whatever size canvas you’re using ( it can handle a four footer)
It adjusts within a threshold of 70″ to a max height of 96″ (at this apex, you may want to be sure it doesn’t graze your ceiling!) It will require some assembly on your part (and this is something that stumps most of us – interpreting those darn assembly sheets!) At some point, if you ever need or want to dismantle it for a later date, you can fold it down for storage.
I love the wheels for room-to-room mobility; this is definitely worth considering. The wheels can be locked and unlocked for the utmost in security when moving. I found myself envious as I wish mine did that!
Quad Base Lyptus Wood Studio Easel
This well designed easel is constructed from lyptus wood, which grows in South America and is tougher than oak -the end result? A beautiful easel with a rich looking finish.
It does not have wheels, but the underside castors move smoothly along the floor.
It’s also made to hold the big canvases. If you’re using one of the smaller-midrange sized ones, like a 16″ by 20″ (which was always one of my favorite sizes) the help of the top and bottom knob should be enough to keep it secure as the width of the base (24″) may extend out a tad. It stands at a full height of 58″.
Extra Large H-Frame Studio Easel With Tilt
The tilt feature will allow you to paint at a 45 degree angle or sideways.
Looking for an easel that can move with you – and not just to another room? This is it! This baby can move forward or back at a 45 degree angle, or extend down all the way parallel to the floor with the help of four adjustable knobs.
If you work in a variety of mediums, some that include the need to prevent the paint from running downward, one adjustment makes that possible.
At a width of 26″ it can support the biggest canvases without a drag, all you mural painters know what I’m talking about. Adjustable knobs on the sides and top make this a breeze. I’d definitely encourage you to check this one out if you have a studio with higher ceilings.
It’s 80″ in its most compact state, but can be adjusted to a full max height of 139″ ( I just did a quick calculation as I’m not a math whiz, but I think it’s close to 11 feet. ) So it’s no small potatoes.
You will have plenty of room to get the job done, and the rolling castor wheels can be locked and unlocked for ease of transit and placement.
I hope this guide has been informative for you if you’re looking for the most professional and best studio easels to go the distance with! Best of luck to you in selecting a quality product.