Kneeling Chairs VS Regular Chairs

Kneeling Chairs VS Regular Chairs

Have you heard of kneeling chairs? Kneeling chairs aren’t new, but they’re taking the world by storm. More and more people discover that a good kneeling chair makes a big difference in how they work and feel.

An ergonomic kneeling chair is different from a regular sitting chair (though this may be obvious from the name), but why would you choose one over the other? What is it that makes kneeling chairs stand out from a standard “sitting” chair?

We want to educate you on the difference between these chairs, who they’re for, and when you would use them. Keep reading to learn about whether or not an ergonomic chair is the best choice for you.

What Is a Kneeling Chair?

While they’re called “kneeling” chairs, this isn’t always exactly true. A kneeling chair is a type of posture chair, and many of them allow you to sit in several different positions depending on your comfort levels.

With kneeling chairs, you aren’t only kneeling. There is still an area for you to rest your bottom and some chairs also offer back support that you can use if you need a rest.

Because of the wide variety of kneeling chairs, you can pick one suits your sitting style and body. You can also sit in a variety of ways. Some people rest their stomachs against the backs, some like to sit with their feet on the “kneeling” area, and some prefer the more traditional “kneeling posture with their knees at the front.

Kneeling chairs are modern, aesthetically pleasing, and comfortable. They allow a wide range of motion, and they fit under standard desks and tables.

Are Traditional Chairs Bad?

With this in mind, we don’t mean to say that traditional chairs are “bad” per se. There’s a time and place for traditional chairs, and some “traditional” reclining chairs even have nontraditional qualities that make them suitable for good posture.

For example, we offer several chairs in more traditional styles that can still support your body while allowing you to recline and rest.

There’s a time and place for traditional chairs. If you’re interested in curling up with a good book in a plush rocking chair or recliner, there’s nothing wrong with that. If, however, you’re sitting in a chair all day for work, you may want to consider a posture stool instead.

Traditional chairs without good back support can lead to back pain, stiffness, and poor blood flow. They also don’t allow you to move as much as a kneeling chair will.

What Are The Benefits of Kneeling Chairs?

So why bother with kneeling chairs if traditional chairs aren’t that bad? There are plenty of benefits of kneeling chairs that may help you feel better and work better.

Kneeling chairs promote good posture. They force you to sit up straight to maintain your balance when you’re in a standard kneeling position. If you need to lean over to do something, you can rock forward instead of hunching.

The steeper angle of kneeling chairs also puts less pressure on your lower back.

Our kneeling chairs also allow you to move. You can use gentle rocking motions to keep yourself more active. This movement may also help strengthen your core.

If a kneeling chair is uncomfortable at first, use it for short periods of time and exchange it with your traditional office chair. Try doing core exercises (like pilates) to strengthen your back and abdominals until you’re able to sit comfortably for longer periods of time.

Because you can use kneeling chairs in various ways, you can change your position whenever you feel uncomfortable or need to complete a task where kneeling isn’t appropriate.

You can sit on a kneeling chair sideways to make it similar to a stool; you can rest with your chest against the back, you can set a single foot on the kneeling pad, and more.

Are There Cons of Kneeling Chairs?

While kneeling chairs are helpful, they’re not going to be perfect for everyone. This is one of the reasons that it’s helpful to keep a traditional chair nearby while you’re adapting.

Getting up and sitting down is often difficult for beginners or people with mobility problems. Users find they may rock too far forward or backward. It would be best to adapt to this new position slowly over time.

If you have poor circulation, you may also struggle with kneeling chairs.

Moving back and forth between kneeling chairs, standing, and traditional office chairs will help you reap the most benefits from your chair.

How Does Posture Affect Your Health?

Having a proper sitting posture is great for your overall health.

When you sit the right way in a posture chair, you may improve your ability to breathe, as well as your digestion. You’ll reduce spinal compression and help prevent future back pain.

Good posture makes you look taller, and it puts less pressure on your core. The best posture seat makes this easy.

Who Can Benefit From Kneeling Chairs?

So who are kneeling chairs for?

Kneeling chairs are good for everyone who’s able-bodied that sits for long periods of time. If you’re starting to feel the effects of poor posture, a kneeling chair is right for you.

If you find yourself hunching over your desk while you’re writing, drawing, or typing, a kneeling chair will put you in a more posture-friendly position.

These chairs aren’t for dining rooms or comfortable living rooms. They’re for production environments where you spend too much time sitting.

Improve Your Posture With an Ergonomic Kneeling Chair

A good kneeling chair might be the answer to your back pain and poor posture. Kneeling chairs are the future of office chairs (though they shouldn’t replace them. Rather, they should complement them).

These chairs are great for productivity and comfort. Why settle for less?

Are you interested in buying kneeling chairs for your home or office? We have a variety of chairs so you can choose one that works for you. Shop our kneeling chairs for sale and change the way you sit forever.

Do Chiropractors Recommend Kneeling Chairs?

Do Chiropractors Recommend Kneeling Chairs?

Back pain is extremely prevalent with more than 80% of people experiencing it during their lives. There are a variety of circumstances that lead to back pain, from sports injuries to psychological stress. One common cause of back pain is poor posture from sitting for extended periods of time.

You may not realize it, but your chair may be the culprit of your poor posture. A lot of chairs don’t allow your body to sit in a good ergonomic position. Kneeling chairs allow your body to have better spinal alignment so you avoid straining your lower back.

This guide will go over why do chiropractors recommend kneeling chairs to help reduce any discomfort you experience throughout the day and enable you to sit with proper posture.

What’s a Kneeling Chair?

At first glance, a kneeling chair doesn’t quite look like a chair. They present you with a completely new way to sit. Their design is intended to ease any pains or aches that you experience from sitting in one position for multiple hours in a row.

The kneeling chair positions your body to have an open hip angle. Your thighs and bottom are supported by one of the pads. Your shins and knees are supported by another pad.

By sitting in a kneeling position, your hips are eased forward. That position encourages your body to align in an upright position. As a result, your shoulders, neck, and back are in better alignment.

Are They Good for You?

Adding a kneeling chair as a different seating option into your office or workspace is a great way to encourage additional movement. Regularly moving throughout the day is good for your body. It forces you to move out of static positions that will slow your body down.

Additionally, these static positions put pressure on your neck, shoulders, and lower back. When you sit for long periods of time, it can slow down your metabolism. When your metabolism slows down, it decreases your body’s natural ability to:

  • Regulate blood pressure
  • Break down body fat
  • Regulate blood sugar

A kneeling chair helps promote active sitting. Since the chair doesn’t have back support, your core muscles are needed to keep your body upright.

When Should I Use an Ergonomic Kneeling Chair?

You should sit in a posture chair when you have short tasks that require you to lean forward, like drawing, sewing, or typing at a computer. The reason why short lengths of time are recommended is that the chair confines your legs to a single position. This can increase the pressure under your kneecaps and slow the circulation to your legs.

If you’re tall, then a kneeling chair might be uncomfortable for longer lengths of time. You can alternate between your regular office chair and kneeling chair to maximize the benefits of a kneeling chair.

You might feel awkward or stiff the first time you sit in your kneeling chair. Your bones and muscles are used to sitting in one seating position. It’ll take time for them to acclimate to a different position.

If you’ve been sitting in a poor position for a long time, your body has to build up its core muscles in the lower back. You can do different exercises to build back up their strength.

What’s the Right Way to Sit In a Kneeling Chair?

How to sit on kneeling chairThe bulk of your weight should be carried by your bottom. The knee pad is solely there to support your shins and knees.

As you first sit down in the kneeling chair, start by sitting on the kneeling seat. Then, move your body into a kneeling position, keeping your weight on the bottom.

It’s vital that you change up your seating position throughout the day. One way to sit is to put both of your feet directly on the floor, keeping your legs outstretched.

Another way is to keep your right knee on the pad but put your left foot onto the floor with the leg extended. Alternate the movement between both legs.

What Type of Kneeling Chair Should I Get?

There are many different types of kneeling chairs available for you to purchase. Each one is designed to help promote better body alignment and ease any discomfort you experience throughout the day.

Kneeling Chair/Stools

Varier Variable Kneeling Chair at deskThe classic design functionality of the Variable™ balans® kneeling chair allows you to easily vary your position throughout the day. You can shift between different positions to find your body’s perfect balance point. The chair comes equipped with curved runners, which lets you gently rock as needed.

With this chair, it’s vital to keep most of your body’s weight on your hips and 10 to 15% on your knees and shins. Your kneecaps shouldn’t touch the padding of the knee pads. Keeping them off the pads will help your body be more aligned.

Kneeling Chair With Backrest

Thatsit kneeling chair with BackrestWhat sets the Thatsit™ balans® kneeling chair apart from other kneeling chairs is the backrest. You can transition between using the backrest as support for your back or flipping the chair around to lean forward.

You don’t even need to use the backrest if you don’t want to. It functions as a kneeling chair whenever you don’t want to lean back.

This comfortable posture chair lets you switch up your positions throughout the day which is vital to promoting whole-body health. You won’t have to worry about navigating multiple chairs throughout your office or workspace.

No matter what type of kneeling chair you select, you’re guaranteed to start feeling better in no time. Allow your body time to adjust to the proper sitting posture. Any aches and pains you’ve been feeling due to bad posture will start to diminish as you get used to your new chair.

Invest in Quality Kneeling Chairs Today

You shouldn’t have to suffer through daily aches and pains as a result of bad posture throughout your day. Chiropractors recommend kneeling chairs as they help your body maintain its natural curvature of the spin and ease discomfort in the lower back. We hear a lot of customers saying that their own chiropractor recommends kneeling chairs through varier.  We are sure your chiropractor will also highly recommend and endorse our ergonomic active sitting products.

To pursue our full line of kneeling chairs and other posture-related furniture, visit our online store.

Reap the Benefits of Moving Your Body More Every Day.

Reap the Benefits of Moving Your Body More Every Day.

Let’s Get Moving.

Many people make a living being sedentary. It’s not something we should be ashamed of, just something that has become ingrained in our culture. Activity, in the past, was built into a typical workday. As our society has changed, the activity that was once a part of daily life has been replaced with sedentary jobs requiring little to no physical activity.

What we know about the daily benefits of activity.

In a recent Annals of Medicine post, it is suggested that being sedentary is detrimental to our health. Not good news for the average adult who is sedentary 12.3 hours every day during waking hours! Our health depends on us spending a large part of our day moving! 8 hours a day at a desk-bound job can harm our health. The good news is there are simple solutions! At Varier we believe homes and offices should consider a rethink of their antiquated seating with some active sitting solutions.

Add Activity to Your Work Day

Proactive solutions.


Popular culture may be trying to make things easier, so make the real goal of taking little steps toward making your health a priority.  Incorporate a minute of walking time when you need to retrieve copies. Say “walk with me” when a coworker wants to discuss something. Take a lap around the office or the block while you talk.


A great start is shifting the way we spend our days at the office and modify how we design our workspaces.  Office equipment and furniture should have the goal of limiting the total time you are sedentary, which is crucial to improving our health.  Furniture that allows and encourages you to move throughout the day is called active sitting and has substantial health benefits.


There are also tools to incorporate more movement into your day, like wearable technology to track caloric burn and steps, as well as alarms that remind you to get up and move.  It’s an easy fix if you are sitting at your computer to set a little alarm as a reminder!

Great news.

Making small changes with significant health benefits has never been easier.  You can easily make improvements to your health. Just increase your active time by 2-4 hours a day with just a few of the solutions above.

For more information about incorporating movement into your workday, contact Varier.


Explosive Brilliance in the Billions

Explosive Brilliance in the Billions

Taylor is a brilliant chief investment officer at Axe Capital. She is usually the smartest person in the room. So when the Variable™ balans® kneeling chair appears in the Axe Capital mediation room with Taylor  – you know it’s a smart move.

The Kneeling Stool that is Stealing the Show

The Variable balans kneeling chair has made several appearances in Season 3.  The iconic chair will continue to be seen through the series, so keep an eye out and see if you spot it. Dealing with the stress of managing billions of investor dollars and the SEC, it is easy to see why the original kneeling chair, Varier’s Variable™ balans® is such a good choice for Axe Capital. But really, you don’t need to have that much stress in your life to appreciate the benefits of the ergonomically awesome Variable kneeling stool.

Once you’ve sat on a Variable balans, you’ll never want to go back to your old way antiquated form of sitting.
The iconic design gently tilts the pelvis forward and encourages a natural, dynamic, and upright spine. The muscles in the abdomen and back engage to keep the spine straight and the body balanced.  Strengthening core muscles and preventing back and shoulder tension. It also improves circulation, boosts energy levels, and helps increase concentration.

Ergonomic & Sustainable

Ready to add the Variable balans to your meditation room, office, or home? Created well over 35 years ago, it’s as timeless as it is stylish and ergonomically precise. Varier has committed to a healthy lifestyle for our customers and our planet. Revive, one of our newest fabrics, is responsibly manufactured from post-consumer recycled polyester(PET) and is specially created with a focus on reducing the environmental impact both in production and natural resources.

Yoga Journal

Yoga Journal

Varier’s Move Sit-Stand Stool is Featured in the Yoga Journal

Yoga Journal

Yoga Journal

Yoga Journal Live Well Must List

Yoga Journal >> The Must List

Be sure to check out the  3/20/18 issue of the Yoga Journal’s yoga essentials list.  Check out the Move Sit-Stand Stool on their “Must List.”  In short, we’ve known for some time how well the Varier products complement a yoga practice.  Similarly, there are very few seating options that extend the principles of core strength and balance, outside of a yoga studio like the Move sit/stand stool and the Variable kneeling chair.  It’s exciting to see leaders in the yoga world agree!

Our Active Past vs. Our Passive Present

Our Active Past vs. Our Passive Present

Our Active Past vs. Our Passive Present

It is no secret that we live much different lives today than our ancestors did just a few generations ago. Thanks to our modern amenities like Netflix, smartphones, automobiles, and computers, much of our day is spent in a seated position, pushing buttons as opposed to moving around or even active sitting.

We recently stumbled on this video which provided a pretty fun visual of exactly this issue. Check it out.

Now get out there and move more!