Humanscale Freedom Saddle Seat

Humanscale Freedom Saddle Seats come in a wide variety of color options

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Give yourself a seating option that assists your body into its most comfortable postures, putting the spine into its natural lordotic curve with the help of the Humanscale Freedom Saddle Seat.

The Freedom Saddle Seat's uniquely-contoured triangular cushion disperses pressure on your legs and encourages you to take a load off, lowering the thighs and rotating the spine simultaneously, bringing you closer to ideal sitting comfort.

Without arms or a backrest, you're able to move much closer to your workstation and your neutral reach zone, making it a perfect chair for clinical applications, short duration computer work, or a side seat.

The Humanscale Freedom Saddle Seat is highly mobile, which means it's a great ergonomic tool for workshop settings and collaborative meetings, letting you move when you need to.


  • Comes in 3 heights
  • Available with a 18" or 21" foot ring
  • Made in USA

The Design Story

Desiring to design a functional and comfortable home and office stool which would naturally promote proper ergonomic postures, the Saddle and Pony Saddle seats were designed by Neils Diffrient to become a part of an award-winning Freedom seating line. The Freedom stools were built to meet short term sitting needs.


Seat Width 22"
Optional foot ring diameter select 18" or 22"
Foot ring height adjustment (from floor) 6" to 11"
Saddle seat weight limit 300 lbs
Warranty 15 years




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Frame Color

The Freedom Saddle Seat comes standard with a highly durable composite base with a graphite finish, or upgrade to a powder-coated or polished aluminum base finish. Trim color denotes the plastic seat housing and adjustment levers.

Humanscale Freedom Saddle Seat Frame Color


Corde 4 - Grade 1

Constructed from cotton, Corde 4 includes a four-way stretch and a small, modular weave. The result is a dimensionally ribbed surface on the face of the fabric that remains soft to the touch.

Fourtis - Grade 1

Inspired by the Latin word fortis, meaning strong, this fabric is the ultimate ratio of durability and flexibility thanks to a unique weave of two-blended colors, and offering a four-way stretch.

Lotus - Grade 1

This four-way stretch textile is water repellant and easy to clean, making it an ideal textile for healthcare and hospitality environments. Its polyurethane finish with nylon backing boasts a soft texture while offering exceptional durability. It exceeds all standards for contract upholstery and healthcare tests.

Sensuede - Grade 3

Sensuede was developed to be the best and most luxurious engineered suede available. The faux suede's soft touch comes from the use of breathable and wrinkle resistant recycled microfibers that are finer than a human hair but are extra-strong, resulting in a very resilient fabric. This material also was selected because of its environmentally sensitive content and manufacturing process.

Bizon Leather - Grade 1

Bizon is a durable, water-resistant leather suitable for a wide range of applications. The combination of a special retannage and technically-advanced finishing process results in a leather that is not only water-resistant but also practical for applications that require a durable finish.

Cervo Leather - Grade 3

Cervo is chromium tanned and aniline dyed. The unique tannage approximates the rich luxurious suppleness of deer skin. The clarity and depth of the aniline dyes provide a distinct beauty enhancing all the natural characteristics. Cervo is thicker than the other naked leathers in our collection. Specialized milling adds additional character providing a soft pebble grain texture unmatched by any other leather in its class.


Seat Height

The Humanscale Saddle Seat is available in a number of seat height configurations. Images and a height table are included below to make your decision easier.

Standard 17.3'' - 22.1'' H
Low 16.7'' - 20.2'' H
Tall 18.2'' - 23.2'' H
High 19.9'' - 27.5'' H
High with 18'' foot ring 19.9'' - 27.5'' H
High with 21'' foot ring 19.9'' - 27.5'' H
Extra high with 18'' foot ring 22.4'' - 32.5'' H
Extra high with 21'' foot ring 22.4'' - 32.5'' H
Humanscale Cylinder height


The Freedom Saddle seat is available with number of caster options:

Standard Hard Casters 2 1/2'' double-wheeled for carpeted floors
Soft Casters 2 1/2'' soft double-wheeled for hard floors
Glides Non-rolling glides for fixed location use
Locking Casters Lock into position when you sit on the chair

Please Note: The Extra High seat height requires the use of either non-rolling glides or locking casters.

Humanscale Casters

Humanscale Terms and Conditions

Due to manufacturer policy, this item cannot be returned once received nor canceled once ordered.
Please contact us if you have any questions about the Humanscale products we offer, or about the no return policy on Humanscale items.

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  • 5
    Love the chair, love the LiveChat support

    Posted by Beth on Oct 3rd 2017

    I had several questions about this chair before I ordered it, and all were diligently answered through LiveChat. Got the chair in a timely manner and it was exactly to specs. Loving the saddle seat. Thanks so much!

  • 2
    sending it back

    Posted by Unknown on May 11th 2017

    i hated this saddle stool. it is too big and not comfortable. I plan to return right away!

  • 5
    I've tried them all...this one is a winner!

    Posted by Sarah on Dec 30th 2013

    Over 10 years I have had every kind of chair for my computer desk job ranging from $1000 chairs to ones that claim to be ergonomic at lower prices. I have been dis-satisfied until now. This saddle stool allows the firmness needed to sit upright without a back support all day long. I would recommend it to anyone!

  • 5
    Human Scale Freedom Saddle Seat

    Posted by J B on Oct 15th 2013

    For Musicians, it is the best I have found. Great in the Studio for playing (lower positions) or singing (up high). Great seat.

  • 3
    great seat - questionable footrest

    Posted by ann marie on Sep 30th 2013

    Love the seat - no complaints.

    Would definitely NEVER get another footrest because while it is very sturdy, it is attached to the chair WITH PLASTIC!!! Time will tell whether it will hold or not, but I am skeptical. I need to step on the footrest to get up on the chair.

    Also I probably would not get a chair with wheels for use on a hard floor, because I tend to roll too much, making the chair more hazardous than it should be. I am worried that the kids (or ME!) will hurt themselves if the chair rolls from under while getting on.

  • 4
    Humanscale's saddle seat is the best!

    Posted by Jason W Theis on Feb 15th 2012

    I have owned my saddle seat (extra high, 22" foot ring, hard casters, wave fabric) for over five years now, and it is fantastic! I use it at a standing workstation for those times when I am stationary for long periods. It has held up impressively well over the years, with only very slight wear visible on the wave fabric at the ends of the saddle "horns."

    My only complaint about this item is the inability for the foot ring to hold position. It appears, based on photos, that Humanscale has redesigned the foot ring to be, perhaps, more robust on new models. I'm considering just welding my ring in place so I don't have to deal with re-positioning it every day.

    Aside from that, the chair is comfortable for sitting reasonable periods, simple to mount/dismount, stable, and moves effortlessly out of the way (tucking discreetly under the desk surface).

  • 5
    love my chair

    Posted by Sheila Doyle on Apr 6th 2010

    I purchased my saddle seat for my loom but it is so absolutely comfortable that I have removed my desk chair and now I roll the saddle seat between my desk and my loom. It is comfortable and my back feels great--I can sit much longer periods of time.

  • 3
    colors not as specified online

    Posted by California on Dec 16th 2009

    If you order looks like greenwood

  • 5
    The Best

    Posted by on Dec 9th 2009

    Amazingly stable for such a light physical weight. Well balanced and extremely well designed. Features an up and down lever on all 3 corners.
    Nice touch!

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