The Best Folding Meditation Bench (Plus Learn How to Make a DIY Bench)

If you are constantly on-the-go and have a life that involves lots of traveling, you will not want to neglect your meditation practice.

That’s because meditation helps to keep you calm and manage the stress that comes with having to change locations frequently along with the hectic pace that comes with airports as well as other forms of travel.

Fortunately, folding meditation benches are really portable. You can easily store them inside of a tote bag, backpack, or suitcase, and then unfold them to use in public parks or hotel parks.

Even if you don’t do a lot of traveling, folding meditation benches are also good to meditate in nature or take with you to your yoga class.

Carry it inside your backpack while riding on the bus or throw it into your car and you can also meditate in the woods, on the beach, in the park, or anywhere else you want to enjoy nature. Allow the peaceful sounds of nature to fully enhance your meditation sessions.

Also, folding meditation benches are good for smaller homes and cramped apartments where you don’t have enough room to set up a dedicated meditation area.

Once you are finished meditating, you can just easily fold the bench up and store it underneath the bed, in a closet or a drawer without it taking up a lot of space. (Check out the seiza meditation benches if you normally meditate at home and space is not a big issue.)

If you are searching for a portable meditation bench, the following are some of the best ones to help you continue with your meditation practice wherever you happen to be.

Our Top 5 (Recommended) Folding Meditation Benches

1. Pi to Go Folding Meditation Bench

The Pi to Go folding meditation bench is a seiza bench that has a unique design; it’s shaped like a pi symbol.

The bench is made out of hardwood with a beautiful poly coat finish. Its legs fold flat along the seat to make it easy to store and transport.

You can throw it into your bag and you will be able to meditate no matter where you are.

The bench has rounded legs, which allows your sitting meditation to occur from any angle. The bench legs are in the center of the bench, which gives your legs more room, making it the ideal bench for tall people practicing meditation.

2. IKUKO (Travel Version) Wooden Portable Bench

The IKUKO meditation bench by Bluecony Original comes with a curved seat in a unique ergonomic design.

The bench’s design helps you straighten your back and spin more naturally for the ideal alignment while meditating.

The bench curves to fit your backside and it’s so comfortable that most people won’t even need a cushion. It has removable feet, so after meditating all of the pieces fit inside a cotton bag that’s included for easy travel or storage.

The bench is made out of Canadian wild cherry wood and is available in a stained dark walnut or natural wood color.

3. Pro Force Portable Bench with Folding Legs

This folding meditation bench from Pro Force is very convenient. The legs are hinged so that they fold flat along the seat, which makes it easy to transport in one piece.

The bench is handcrafted out of solid wood and comes with a natural finish. The stool legs are round on the bottom which makes it easy to adjust the bench.

This allows you to get the proper sitting angle in order to achieve a comfortable alignment of your head, back, and spine.

It is ideal for people who do a lot of traveling and want to meditate on-the-go or for those people that want to use their bench at home and store it away easily.

Don’t forget to purchase a tote bag to store or transport your meditation bench easily.

4. Folding Meditation Bench (Angled Legs) by Ananda Woodworking

This is a folding meditation bench by Ananda Woodworking that comes with hinged folding legs for easy storage and portability. Plus the feet bottoms are flat, which only allows the bench to be at one angle.

The bench also has a padded top cushion which makes it a very comfortable seat so you don’t need to purchase a bench pillow.

The bench is very durable and we believe it has been built to last. It has thick padding with front door hinges and sturdy upholstered fabric. This ensures that you can enjoy many years of meditation and comfortable use.

The bench’s design is intended to take pressure away from your ankles. That way you can meditate while you are in a kneeling position for a longer period of time without a lot of discomfort.

Five different colors are available, so it shouldn’t be hard to find the ideal bench to match the meditation area decor that you have or you can just choose your favorite color if you want. Ananda Woodworking also makes a perfectly sized canvas tote bag that makes it very convenient to carry around your meditation bench while you are traveling, going to class or to the office.

5. Still Sitting Nomad Crisscross Bench

This meditation bench has a very nice, unique design. The modern and sleek style was created by Asmund Skard, a Norwegian architect.

It has a fabric seat and two crisscrossing legs for supporting your body in the seiza sitting position. The fabric can be adjusted (upward or downward) by using the velcro that is on the bottom for a lower or higher seat.

When you are ready to go, this bench folds up quickly and lays flat. It is easy to store since you can easily fit it in a drawer or on a shelf. If you travel a lot, it takes up a minimum amount of space inside of a carry-on bag.

There are two different sizes that are available. Review the item description for the sizing recommendations that are based on your sitting preferences, weight, and height. The product is made in the US and available in two colors: natural and black.

6. Needs Portable Seiza Chair 

If you travel frequently and have a limited amount of storage space inside of your luggage, then this is a great portable meditation bench for you. Note that this folding bench.

This folding bench is imported from Japan and is one of the best portable benches we’ve reviewed. The bench is basically a loop of fabric that has two boards inside of it that forms supportive “legs.”

It forms into a trapezoid from the front. The seat is very soft, supports your backside (“bottom”) and includes a smaller flat side which rests onto the floor.

This “chair” is very lightweight and folds up flat. The chair can be put into a small bag and carried on-board the airplane for travelers.

One drawback to this meditation bench is it is only available in one size. Individuals who are heavier or over 6 feet tall may find that the chair is too small for them to use. If you are average size and height, then this chair should work perfectly to meet your portable meditation needs.

7. Ronin Portable, Folding Walnut Portable Bench

The Ronin bench is a beautiful portable meditation bench that is handmade out of gorgeous walnut wood, with a lavender-beeswax natural coating that is hand finished.

It is a biomechanically correct design that allows you to sit on your knees using the proper posture that aligns with your spine. It’s also one of the best meditation benches for bad knees

Its leg folds into the bench to make it flat for traveling, when it is open there are hidden magnets that hold the legs into place for added stability.

For extra comfort, the seat is wrapped using rope. For optimal portability, the light is comfortable and light, however, the solid wood gives you full support while you are meditating.

Jurre Mattheeuwse’s DIY Meditation Bench

I found Jurre Mattheeuwse’s story incredibly interesting as his mom does yoga and asked her son for a meditation bench, so he made her one. This video details the process that he used to make a DIY meditation bench.

He used an old table from his grandfather (his mom’s dad), which made the entire experience and final product much more special.

Note that I also included another easy DIY tutorial for making a meditation bench from three pieces of wood. This bench doesn’t have the same outstanding storyline of the first bench, but it’s a very good tutorial that we highly recommend.

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