I have a race of Half Human, Half Dragons I've aptly called Draconians. The Draconians have a thick lizard like tail which extends down from their tailbone and then slowly curves upwards until it is horizontal to the ground.

This causes issues when they need to sit on a chair, because

A) The chair needs to have a hole in the back, for them to place their tail into

B) Not all human chairs (in particular thrones) have a hole in the back.

C) The Tail extends from the tailbone and sitting on a thick tail would cause it to bend unnaturally.

It doesn't make sense to me, that a race of tailed humanoids would just take a human throne, smash a hole in the back and call it a day. Nor would they be willing to essentially sit on their tail all day.

To that end, I decided they would need to lie down, so their tail would assume a more natural position. However this would cause issues with their Humanoid head because

D) A human head looks forward, so lying down would cause the head to be bent at an uncomfortable angle

So what would the chair look like?

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    $\begingroup$ Just letting you know, Draconian is already a word that refers to excessively harsh, fascist-level laws. $\endgroup$ – Jason Clyde Oct 10 '19 at 23:04
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    $\begingroup$ @JasonClyde Did not know that.... I thought it was familiar. I guess I can give them some very harsh laws which normal humans would find excessively harsh, but would be appropriate for their dragon like bodies. $\endgroup$ – Shadowzee Oct 10 '19 at 23:09
  • $\begingroup$ why are this not acceptable? hole chair $\endgroup$ – Li Jun Oct 10 '19 at 23:49
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    $\begingroup$ I thought at first you were referring to these: [Draconians] (dragonlance.fandom.com/wiki/Draconian) from D&D/Dragonlance. :) $\endgroup$ – WiredPrairie Oct 11 '19 at 17:24
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    $\begingroup$ @Sean Just making sure Shadowzee knows. $\endgroup$ – Jason Clyde Oct 11 '19 at 23:51

As with human design, I imagine in your world, form would follow function. I'm working on the assumption that this race developed their own technology and didn't snap into existence from humans. If so, the first furniture they create would meet their needs first, incorporating the tail into their design rather than retrofitting existing human designs.

Another consideration could be that a race so used to counterbalancing their weight with a muscular tail (from your description, it is self-supporting and not just dragon along the ground - pun intended) may not feel the need for a backrest. A simple stool that ergonomically makes room for the legs and tail may suffice. I've included a quick sketch of what this may look like:

Concept sketch

But variety is the spice of life and we might want a rich, sedentary ruler to have a suitably ornate, relaxing chair from which to hold court. Cue second sketch, where you can include style, armrests, and a backrest, while accounting for the tail.

Lowering oneself in from the top of a high chair or inserting a tail point-first sounds tedious, but swinging into the chair from the side is a natural movement, and I feel the backrest would reflect this in a comfortable chair.

  • $\begingroup$ For your (nice!) throne drawing, the armrest might be connected differently (not at the rear) to widen the tail gap even further. Also, a tail rest at the end might be nice to remove gravity strain. $\endgroup$ – Flater Oct 11 '19 at 10:27
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    $\begingroup$ +1 for the design allowing lots of room to swing a tail into place from the side, without having to thread it through a hole from the end. $\endgroup$ – Peter Cordes Oct 11 '19 at 15:24
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    $\begingroup$ BTW, there are real thrones that look like this. In your case, you might add a "notch" at the back where the tail hangs. (If that isn't enough support, then see Chronocidal's answer or Thucydides' answer.) $\endgroup$ – Matthew Oct 11 '19 at 15:31
  • $\begingroup$ I imagine something like Commander Riker from StarTrek Next Gen where he routinely swung into chairs and onto stools due to his height. Seems very natural. $\endgroup$ – Sean Perry Oct 11 '19 at 16:50

The reason that dinosaurs had large, thick tails had a lot to do with bio-mechanics, and the model of a long, thick tail dragging behind the creature was actually rendered obsolete back in during the major re evaluation of the dinosaurs in the 1980's.

Large Sauropod dinosaurs are now thought to have long, fairly stiff tails which act as counterbalances, with the hips acting as both pivot points, and also as analogues to the towers which support cable stayed and suspension bridges. Long ligaments and tendons radiate from the hips to both the spine and the tail, using the mass of the tail to keep the spine aligned. For theropods like T Rex, the tail balanced the massive head and body, which was held in a more horizontal position.

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T Rex

To me, the use of a large tail suggests that the humanoid creatures are descended from a dinosaur like ancestor, and will also have the largely horizontal body posture of their ancestors. Like T Rex, the head will be forward facing and angled so the creature is looking ahead, and not "down"

"Darren Naish has argued that a large-brained, highly intelligent troodontid would retain a more standard theropod body plan, with a horizontal posture and long tail, and would probably manipulate objects with the snout and feet in the manner of a bird, rather than with human-like "hands"


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Hypothetical sapient dinosaur

So given the tail reorders the body plan, then furniture like chairs and so on will also need to be different. Rather than sitting down like we would, the creature would perhaps lower the body to rest on a horizontal surface where the weight is taken from the legs, but the hands/manipulating organs are free and the tail points out the back. This would resemble a bench, except the short end would be pointed at the (low) table or work surface and the long end sticking out like the tail of the letter "T"

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Bench seat for a tailed being. The trunk can rest on the padded surface so the table or work bench would be on the right as you look at the picture

While not the answer you were expecting, thinking about the evolutionary reasons for body plans can come up with all kinds of unexpected things, which can add interest and a true sense of how alien the setting actually is.


It's called a "kneeling chair". They already exist, for people with injuries to their coccyx (tailbone) - see here, for example:

Image of a "coccyx relief kneeling chair"

Your knees go on the lower pads, your thighs/butt go on the upper pad. The gouge (to prevent pressure on the tailbone) could be deepened into a full cutaway. You mount get onto it like Commander Riker.

Commander Riker steps over a chair to sit on it

They could also have a diagonally slanted 'bed' to lie on (on their fronts), with the head over the top, and the arm around the sides.

  • $\begingroup$ I had the same thought about these kind of chairs. I would even add a third level on which to rest the torso, if the creatures tent to lean forward. $\endgroup$ – Backup Plan Oct 11 '19 at 10:39
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    $\begingroup$ Yet another entry on the list of what Riker has mounted... $\endgroup$ – Graham Oct 11 '19 at 14:04
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    $\begingroup$ @BackupPlan So, basically a massage chair with headrest optional? $\endgroup$ – eshier Oct 12 '19 at 17:26
  • $\begingroup$ @eshier Well, that was funny and unexpected. Yes! $\endgroup$ – Backup Plan Oct 14 '19 at 8:01

iam not sure can this design work or not but i want to share, it actually base from Dragon ball Chair design for the saiyan race.

finally found it

i dont know the original artist name though found it on pinterest

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so in the design it have a slit in the middle back and i suggest add a combination of a reverse toilet hole too (basically extend the slit to become toilet hole, to accomodate different tail angle to be able to just sit straightly or not sit awkwardly or without contort the tail or ass first while not hindering or hurt their tail when sitting.

for visual image of the reverse toilet hole dont take it literal (better image example) but combine it with the slit design basically extend the slit to there, or you can just use this instead.

from:https://www.indiamart.com/proddetail/hospital-toilet-chair-15480843597.html enter image description here


Something like this:

Basic office chair

This common design seen in offices everywhere would only need a few minor design changes to accommodate a tail:

  • Increase the gap between the seat and the back depending on the thickness of the tail.
  • Possibly off-center the spine and/or make it skinnier. If the spine is off-centered, it would be usable only from one side for your lizard folk. As is, it can work either way with it centered, but the tail would have to slip in on one side or the other.
  • Armrests? Attach them to the bottom of the seat and not to the back, and leave a sufficient gap between the back of the armrest and the seat back for the tail to slip in.

Incidentally, there's no reason for this to be a rolling chair or height-adjustable (that's just the most common type of chair on Earth that has this back design), this type of seat back would work equally well on a regular four-legged chair.

  • $\begingroup$ And here we have the king holding council in his elaborately carved... office throne? $\endgroup$ – X-27 is done with the network Oct 13 '19 at 0:43
  • $\begingroup$ @X-27 I don't think the OP was only looking for a throne per se, but just general seating for regular lizard folks as well. $\endgroup$ – Darrel Hoffman Oct 13 '19 at 19:33

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