Three Things to Consider Before Buying an Easel

How to find the right stand for work, art, or a makeshift sign holder.

Easels are multi-function tools for home, school, or office. In addition to holding or displaying artwork, an easel can support whiteboard and flip charts for presentations, promote specials outside a business, or serve as signage for event directions. Their usefulness ranges from professional messaging to just keeping the kids busy at home with a box of chalk or erasable markers. If you need an easel to display any kind of work or words, here are a few things to think about before buying.

No Slipping

This model folds down for easy storage. T-SIGN

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While classic art easels were traditionally made of wood, a collapsible metal easel is more durable and versatile. But take a close look at the ease of use. While large wooden easels are typically set up once in a permanent location, such as a studio, metal versions usually are portable, which might entail additional assembly steps.

Easy Set-Up

This product includes a pen tray and hook for hanging paper. VIZ-PRO

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Not all easels are meant to hold artwork. A one-piece stand with a built-in whiteboard is perfect for conference settings or the classroom. This type of easel is also great for homeschooling or for remote teaching when a little old-school blackboard instruction is in order.

Lightweight Metal

This product is made with materials that are 30 percent lighter than similar models. ARTIFY

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A multipurpose easel should have an adjustable height. From studio work to painting en plein air (painting outdoors), telescoping legs allow standing work as well as supporting a canvas on the ground or other work surface. A locking easel rest is handy for securing work outdoors in breezy conditions.