Best Garage Seats: Wheely Good Idea

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy

Top 8 Best Creeper Seats

It’s unfortunate the word ‘creeper’ has a different connotation in the Internet era. Anyone saying “Do you want to see my new creeper?” or “I crushed my old creeper and put it in the dumpster,” will likely receive a visit from the gendarmes in short order. At the very least, the FBI will be watching your texts for a couple of weeks.

But we know the difference. These seats are a permutation of the flat creepers that have rolled along garage floors for decades. Ages ago, some bright spark figured a chair on wheels, set just high enough to tackle lug nuts or a set of brakes, would be a good idea. They were right. We’ve selected a few of the things off Amazon and gathered them here.

Just don’t text anyone about them, ok?

Table of Contents

1. Editor's Choice: Craftsman Adjustable Height Rolling Creeper Stool

We've addressed the whole Craftsman/Sears bankruptcy schmozzle in the past but it's worth repeating. No, one can't walk into an old-fashioned stuffy department store and pick up one of these things. Yes, the Craftsman brand still exists and it's fine to go ahead and buy something bearing its name.

This is the most traditional of creeper seats - a simple round padded stool with a tray underneath it for tools and assorted detritus. The seat is adjustable foe height, as you'd expect, along with swiveling around a full 360 degrees (so feel free to pretend you're a kid at a soda counter in the '50s).

Pros

  • Dead simple, has a tray

Cons

  • Ambitious pricing for a basic unit

Bottom Line

  • It is okay to buy Craftsman stuff

2. Torin Red Rolling Creeper Seat

This option bubbles up to the surface of our list thanks to the brand's presence in your author's garage for the better part of a decade. A Torin flat creeper was deployed to fix horrible old vehicles and prepare derby cars until the base got wet and the thing split in half. A metal spine instead of a board would have helped immensely.

Here we find a seat that is square in shape, making good use of the space underneath by providing a segmented tray and keeping your tools within reach. This is a budget choice and its price point likely explains why my own Torin creeper was made of cheaper materials. However, it held its shape until I dunked the thing in a river, so I cannot complain.

Pros

  • Very affordable

Cons

  • Likely built to a price

Bottom Line

  • Cheap way to get yer butt off the floor

3. Maxxhaul Rolling Knee Creeper

Expanding the definition of 'seat' a bit is this rolling creeper designed to be kind on yer knees. Not every DIY repair requires sitting down like Norm on Cheers; sometimes, kneeling makes for better leverage or tool height. This unique creeper aims to give your knees a break.

Essentially a set of rolling knee pads, this little creeper features five 2-inch diameter swivel castors that apparently won't mar the finish on your dirt floor garage's highly polished epoxy garage working surface. A built-in tray and holder stand ready to keep your small tools and parts handy.

Pros

  • Unique solution, doesn't take up much space

Cons

  • Can't truly sit your butt on it

Bottom Line

  • A good supplement to traditional creepers

4. Big Red Rolling Tool Box Creeper Seat

Despite being marketed under the Big Red brand name, this creeper seat is all black. That aberration aside, its seat takes the under-butt storage to a new level, incorporating a small toolbox instead of a simple plastic shelf.

Three drawers stand ready to accept a variety of tools that can measure over a foot in length (translation: your ratchets will fit but not your breaker bar). The whole thing is rated for 350 lbs but it isn’t immediately clear if that includes tools or just the operator alone. A trio of round holders is great for spray cans or, um, beverages.

Pros

  • Three trays of tool storage

Cons

  • Not the cheapest option here

Bottom Line

  • Cuts down on trips to the tool box

5. Traxion ProGear Mobile Rolling Seat

Taking the concept of creeper seats and ratcheting it up several notches is this option from a company called Traxion. It bears a seating perch designed to look like the chairs found in racing cars instead of a simple flat surface on which to park your keester.

Here's a bonus - the large Gear Tray spins so you can easily access tools and parts, which sure beats fumbling around for the right item (though you know the size of a socket by feel, right?). The lack of a fifth caster wheel on a round base gives your author pause in terms of stability.

Pros

  • Looks cool, spinny boi tray

Cons

  • Only four casters

Bottom Line

  • Costly but cool

6. Pro-Lift Foldable Z Creeper

This is a unique solution to a question that few people have asked. In one configuration, this item is a flat creeper that permits the user to roll themselves under a car. In the other, it deploys into a seat like everything else on this list. The trouble with items that purport to perform multiple tasks is that they tend to perform neither one overly well.

The frame is said to be made of steel, though your author wonders about those extra two casters getting in the way when this thing is folded into use as a seat instead of a lie-down unit. Similarly, the risk of pinching one's fingers is a lot better than nil with this thing compared to a standard creeper. However, it can be folded flat for storage, so that's a plus.

Pros

  • Interesting concept, bears a lot of weight

Cons

  • Much heavier than a normal creeper seat

Bottom Line

  • You'll likely be the only person to have one

7. Powerbuilt Roller Seat

Thanks to a square steel frame and durable plastic body, the seller of this creeper seat claims users won't feel flex or sagging when they sit and roll. It's unclear if they're talking about the seat or the user themselves. We suspect the former but ya never know.

They have a point, as the frame of this thing is solid on two sides, a design decision that surely makes for a more robust unit. Its wheels are made of rubber which is unique in this arena. Also contained in the seat is a pair of pull-out trays that feature molded-in cupholders.

Pros

  • Strong design, rubber wheels

Cons

  • Don't drink n' fix

Bottom Line

  • Attention to detail makes the difference

8. Lisle Low Profile Plastic Creeper

Yeah, we know - it isn't technically a seat. But it is a variation on the creeper theme - so in that vein, it fits. Not all of us are working on the family SUV or that shameful brodozer. Some of us need a low-profile creeper in order to wend our way underneath a race car or something road-going but sporty. In other words, there isn't always an abundance of clearance under the car on which you are working.

That's where low-profile creepers come in handy. They still provide almost an inch of clearance off the ground, making sure they'll clear an air hose or scattered bit of detritus, but they also keep the user close enough to the ground that they can scootch under a Mazda MX-5 with a busted suspension.

Pros

  • Helps you move around under low profile cars

Cons

  • May ship with odd wheels

Bottom Line

  • Get one of the bright colors

Creeper Seats FAQs

How are these different than normal creepers?

They permit DIYers to keep their butt up off the ground more than with a traditional creeper, of course. Bolting on a wheel or polishing the fog out of a car's headlamp generally takes place somewhere between floor and eye level, making a creeper seat a good alternative to simply crouching on your haunches for hours on end.

Is there any difference between these eight?

Some people have varying priorities: price, quality, or flexibility being just three of the ones that most immediately spring to mind. As with most things in life, you'll get what you pay for with these things - the el-cheapo versions can sometimes have poorly constructed seat bottoms which can crack in half, rendering the unit useless. Look for ones made of high-grade materials instead of cheap pressboard.

Come on - these are just for lazy people.

No way. They're the perfect representation of working smarter, not harder. Being able to quickly carry out a task without killing yer back is totally worth it. Popping for one of the creeper seats on this list with plenty of tool storage will also save you from wasting time walking back and forth to your toolbox because you forgot that the brake calipers have an 11mm bolt, not a 10mm.

Can't I just use an old milk crate?

That's it - get outta here.

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[Main Photo Credit: Travis Birdsall/Shutterstock.com. Product images provided by the manufacturer.]

Matthew Guy
Matthew Guy

Matthew buys, sells, fixes, & races cars. As a human index of auto & auction knowledge, he is fond of making money and offering loud opinions.

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  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Sep 11, 2020

    A seat like this is incredibly handy when doing paint correction or detailing on a vehicle, but you probably will need it to sit lower than you may think at first - so think something like #2, #3, #5 or #7 instead of something like #1. (Keep the fasteners tight on the casters - the geometry is always working against you.) Be aware that if you are doing brake or suspension work, you're probably going to end up sitting down at ground level anyway. Life tip: An exposed aggregate concrete driveway may look great, but is terrible for jacks [very unpleasant noise with with a steel-wheeled floor jack], seats and creepers. Now-obvious life tip: If you fill your garage with woodworking tools (seemed like a good idea at the time), you will forever be working on cars out in the weather. [Still on the bucket list: Smooth-finish garage floor with a two-post lift.] Got myself a nice all-steel floor creeper (with tilting headrest) years ago and have hardly ever used it. Throw a moving blanket under the vehicle, use a good worklight (and wear eye protection), get your parts changed out and get out of there (the vehicle is heavy and your skull is thin). A knit cap like the "Carhartt Men's Acrylic Watch Hat A18" can also be helpful in cushioning your head on the driveway/garage floor (or if you bump it against the bottom of the car, but maybe that's just me).

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    • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Apr 06, 2021

      @ToolGuy Good to see that when Tim Healey's TTAC reposts content from six months ago, the typos still don't get edited out. https://youtu.be/79rvSJTVMPI?t=4

  • Kosmo Kosmo on Sep 11, 2020

    Good one. How about an article on garage storage cabinets, ranging from budget to dream? Outfitting a new garage in the near future. Thanks!@

  • Golden2husky Have to say he did an excellent job on the C7, especially considering the limited budget he was given. I am very happy with my purchase.
  • Marty The problem isn't range; it's lack of electricity in multi-unit building parking. All you need is level 1 - a standard 120v wall socket - and if you're plugged in 10 hours overnight you get 280 miles per week or more. That's enough for most folks but you can use public charging to supplement when needed. Installing conduit circuits and outlets is simple and cheap; no charge stations needed.
  • 2manyvettes Tadge was at the Corvette Corral at the Rolex 24 hour sports car race at the end of January 2023. During the Q&A after his remarks someone stood up and told him "I will never buy an electric Corvette." His response? "I will never sell you an electric Corvette." Take that Fwiw.
  • Socrates77 They're pinching pennies for the investors like always, greed has turned GM into a joke of an old corporate American greed.
  • Analoggrotto looking at this takes me right back to the year when “CD-ROM” first entered public lexicon
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