Which easel is best for your art?

Author: Olivia Moull  Date Posted:16 January 2019 

A comprehensive guide - to help artists find the right easel

A comprehensive guide - to help artists find the best easel to buy


There are so many types of easels out on the market these days.

Big, small, with wheels, without wheels, various alphabet-lettered frames and that’s not even touching on the types of wood! It can be a little overwhelming and difficult to decipher which one is best suited to you.

Finding the right easel to buy is like finding a comfortable fitting pair of shoes so let us be your Prince Charming and find your Cinderella fit. With a clear breakdown of each one we promise, it’s easel-y done!

The A-Frame Easel

Let’s begin with the most common A-Frame Easel, also sometimes referred to as a Lyre Easel. This easel is like a classic spaghetti bolognese; simple, practical and it gets the job done.


It gets it's name from its triangle A-shaped frame that consists of 3 legs, two in the front and one in the back. This shape sits comfortably on the floor and its ledge holds canvases of many shapes and sizes up to 160cm high. This isn’t the sturdiest of all the easels, however, its most desirable feature is the way it can be compactly stored away. Its rear leg folds in for flat storage or can be hung flush on the wall. The A-Frame is adjustable so can be modified to suit a range of heights. A great all-rounder for artists of all skill levels.

Mont Marte Floor Easel - Rear Support Display Easel Pine 172cm

  • Approx. dimensions: 156-172cm x 60cm x 102cm
  • Holds canvases up to 122cm in height
  • Adjustable leg for angle adjustment
  • Folds flat for easy storage
  • Pinewood

Mont Marte Floor Easel - Student Easel 122cm Pine Wood

  • Lightweight
  • Holds canvas up to 120cm 
  • Easy to assemble

Mont Marte Artists Tilting A-Frame Easel

  • Made from sturdy beech wood with brass-plated steel fittings
  • Suitable for indoor and outdoor use
  • A built-in ledge for placing brushes and materials
  • 240cm in height. Holds canvas up to 120cm high
  • Can accommodate canvas, boards and panels


The H-Frame Easel

The H-Frame Easel is the strong, reliable workhorse of the easel family. The sturdy H-shaped frame is hard-wearing and stable and will be a longstanding studio companion

Being H-shaped, the backing frame has two support columns on either side and a wide ledge that holds not only your canvas but has ample room for brushes and materials too.

The backing frame also has a central column for added support that can hold canvas up to 120cm high. The whole apparatus sits atop a solid square-shaped frame and can often be fitted with lockable wheels for easy gliding.

The base of this easel can often fold flat, however, it is the bulkier option compared to that of an A-Frame. If you are an artist with a dedicated workspace or studio this easel is well worth the investment.


Mont Marte Large Beechwood Studio Easel w/ Castor Wheels

  • Made from sturdy beech wood with a natural wood look
  • 4 castor wheels that glide smoothly and lock into place
  • A built-in ledge for placing brushes and materials
  • 240cm in height. Holds canvas up to 120cm high
  • Base folds flat for storage
  • The central column is easily adjustable


The French Box Easel

The most sophisticated and charming of them all – The French Box Easel.

This easel is not only ultra-functional but has that certain ‘Je ne sais quoi’ that makes so many go ‘Ooh la la’.


Made from solid but lightweight woods such as bamboo and beech wood, this is the ideal easel for painters who like to take the studio outdoors and is a favourite among many plein air landscape artists.

This easel is a complete studio in one; it acts not only as an easel but also has a spacious drawer built in for holding your art supplies and better yet, all folds up into a handy suitcase size that can be carried from place to place; perfect for the nomadic artist. This stunning piece of French engineering will serve you for many years to come and become your own travelling art companion. So French! So chic!


Mont Marte Floor Easel – French Box Style Black

  • Sleek black colour
  • Built in drawer for holding art supplies
  • Folds down easily into a handy suitcase size for transport
  • 188cm in height. Holds canvas up to 85cm.

The Tripod Easel

The benefits of a Tripod Easel are threefold:

1. They’re super lightweight and easy to carry around

2. They can be set up in three swift movements and

3. They are a streamlined, elegant design that makes them not only great for working on but also displaying works in a retail space, studio viewing or art show.


Granted the Tripod Easel is not the sturdiest of them but what it lacks in strength it makes up for inconvenience.

It can be erected with just a few leg extensions and is lightweight for super easy transport. Its thin frame fits in even the smallest of studios so is great if you’re a little tight on space plus if used for displaying purposes the dainty design is very stylish and doesn’t overwhelm or detract from the artwork itself.

Another added benefit to the Tripod is its price. They are one of the more affordable ones in the easel range so if you’re looking save some cash don’t need anything too hardy definitely give this one a try!


Mont Marte Tripod Easel – Portable Aluminium Field Easel Telescopic Legs w/ Carry Bag Black

  • Adjustable telescopic tripod legs
  • Includes polyester carry bag with an adjustable strap
  • Collapsible for easy transport and storage
  • 185cm in height. Holds canvas up to 90cm.


Mont Marte Tripod Easel – Lightweight Pine Wood

  • Made from lightweight pine wood with a natural wood colour with brass-plated steel fittings
  • Extendable telescopic legs for easy adjusting and dismantling
  • 180cm in height. Holds canvas up to 70cm.


The Giant Easel

Next up, the Giant Easel, because sometimes bigger is better!

Aptly named, this easel is for the artist who likes to work on a larger scale.

Its large size does, however, make this easel a pretty permanent fixture in your studio space as its slightly bulkier and heavier make up makes for more difficult to transport than others.

If you’re an artist that’s looking to create some vast masterpieces and space is not an issue then this easel is well worth the investment! Its robust frame is hard-wearing and will last you for years to come.


Mabef M04 Studio Easel With Crank & Storage

  • Constructed of oiled, stain-resistant beechwood
  • Ideal for  large canvas
  • Base dimensions: 68 x 70cm
  • Extended easel height: 305cm
  • Maximum canvas height: 235cm
  • Weight: 32kg


The Convertible Easel

For the artist who likes to change it up.

Convertible Easels also referred to as Hybrid Easels, have a tilting mechanism that adjusts to a range of different angles all the way down to a flat tabletop position for horizontal work.

This easel is perfectly suited to artists who work in a range of different media. For example, acrylic and oil works need an upright canvas whilst watercolour and pastel pieces are better done on a horizontal flat surface.

The versatility and flexibility of this easel will make you a total convert!


Mont Marte Convertible Studio Easel – Beech Wood

  • Reclining mechanism that tilts to flat/horizontal
  • Constructed from sturdy beech wood with a natural wood finish
  • Adjustable canvas support with ledge room for brushes
  • 223cm in height. Can hold canvas up to 152cm.


Mont Marte Floor Easel – Tilting Studio Easel w/ Castor Wheels – Beech Wood

  • Ideal for large-scale works
  • Large tilt range that goes all the way down to a flat position
  • Made from sturdy, high-quality beech wood with a natural wood finish
  • Adjustable canvas support with ledge room for brushes
  • 388cm in height. Holds canvas up to 207cm.

The Desk Easel

This convenient easel can convert your dining table to art studio and back all in time for dinner.

These compact easels for perfect for the artist that works on a smaller scale and is short on space. They are easily packed away and transported for on-the-go artwork plus, many include a handy built-in drawer for storing art supplies and materials.

Like their larger counterparts, they come in a range of different designs just made pint-sized, including French Box-Style, Tripod, H-Frame and A-Frame.

These easels make for a transportable studio carried anywhere your creative work may take you. Also, make for stylish display stands for exhibiting work.


Mont Marte Desk Easel – Medium Tabletop Box Style Beech Wood

  • Made from sturdy beech wood with a natural wood finish
  • Spacious underneath storage compartment for holding art supplies and materials
  • Sliding canvas adjuster
  • Complete with handle for easy transport
  • Holds canvas up to 52cm. Collapses down to 36cm
  • French Box-Style design


Mont Marte Artists Display Easel

  • Compact design that’s perfect for displaying artwork or signage
  • Holds a single thick 5cm deep canvas that’s up to 50cm in height


The Creative Station

This baby is the Rolls Royce of workstations.

The deluxe design is not only ultra-stylish but incredibly functional and has the benefits of a variety of easels all rolled into one sleek, matte black package.

Its steel base construction is sturdy and stable and its tempered glass top has a tilt range of 60 degrees that adapts to vertical and horizontal positions for a variety of different works.

Fitted with iron mesh drawers, accessory tray and built-in studio tidy for holding pens, brushes and other materials this station is not short on storage and keeps every tool at your fingertips.

Its wide feet make for great stability and are fitted with rubber bottoms to protect your studio floor. Its glass top enables light to shine through for tracing or drafting work. Suited to a range of different work and artists, this creative station is a professional-grade, high-quality design that’s built to last.


Mont Marte Creative Art Station

Suitable for a range of creative disciplines;

  • from art and craft projects
  • drafting large-scale jobs such as mapping and architectural work

Adapt it to a standing or sitting position


There you have it! A go-to guide for picking the correct easel for you. In the end, there are many great easels and the best easel is the one that suits your budget, style of painting and the space you have to work in.

If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to contact our helpful team or visit us in store.

If you have any topics you’d like to learn more about drop us a line with some blog suggestions. Plus, don’t forget you can watch video tutorials on our YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/artshedonline. Happy creating!


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