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Ergonomic kneeling chair | the Varier Variable balans

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Still Putting Imitators to Shame

Forty years on, and still a best seller. Not that the Varier Variable balans is more of the same. Whatever you call it—an ergonomic kneeling chair or a kneeling stool—this balans chair strengthens what you have rather than robbing you of what you can’t afford to lose.

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Varier Variable ergonomic kneeling chair Desk Work

Still Putting Imitators to Shame

Forty years on, and still a best seller. Not that the Varier Variable balans is more of the same. Whatever you call it—an ergonomic kneeling chair or a kneeling stool—this balans chair strengthens what you have rather than robbing you of what you can’t afford to lose.

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4 things you won’t miss when you own a Varier Variable balans

Slouching in your old office chair. Many orthopedic seating contraptions claim to prevent lower back pain or another slipped disc, but despite sprouting arms, levers, and headrests, they won’t give you the unseen support you get from a Variable kneeling chair.

Saying to yourself: ‘Sit up straight!’ That doesn’t work. But the Variable balans saves you the trouble. The seat gently tilts the pelvis forward, encouraging correct posture without the need for constant mental (or painful) prompts.

Weak core muscles. Your new posture will strengthen muscles in the abdomen and back, helping to keep your spine upright and the body balanced.

Vegetating at your desk. This is an ergonomic kneeling chair designed to keep you active. Switch from an active to a relaxed posture, stretch your legs in front of you, or put a foot up on a shin pad, and the flexible runners move with you.

Varier Variable Desk Turning

4 things you won’t miss when you own a Varier Variable balans

Slouching in your old office chair. Many orthopedic seating contraptions claim to prevent lower back pain or another slipped disc, but despite sprouting arms, levers, and headrests, they won’t give you the unseen support you get from a Variable kneeling chair.

Saying to yourself: ‘Sit up straight!’ That doesn’t work. But the Variable balans saves you the trouble. The seat gently tilts the pelvis forward, encouraging correct posture without the need for constant mental (or painful) prompts.

Weak core muscles. Your new posture will strengthen muscles in the abdomen and back, helping to keep your spine upright and the body balanced.

Vegetating at your desk. This is an ergonomic kneeling chair designed to keep you active. Switch from an active to a relaxed posture, stretch your legs in front of you, or put a foot up on a shin pad, and the flexible runners move with you.

Straighten Up

Helps natural, upright posture, reducing pressure on discs.

Loosen Up

Natural movement keeps you active, cutting neck and shoulder tension.

Varier Variable balans ergonomic kneeling chair diagram

Firm Up

Strengthen core muscles without leaving your desk.

Waken Up

Improves concentration through increased blood circulation and oxygen supply.

Varier Variable balans ergonomic kneeling chair diagram

Sitting Comfortably in Your Ergonomic Kneeling Chair

If you’re using your Varier kneeling chair the right way, you won’t be uncomfortable. Anyone who tells you that a Variable balans puts pressure on the knees, or requires a fixed leg position, is not using the seat correctly.

Bottom First

Don’t let the term ‘kneeling chair’ misguide you. You shouldn’t “sit” on your knees. Your weight should still rest on your bottom while the knee pads support your shins. So begin by sitting bottom first on the seat, then adopt the kneeling position. Even with your shins on the knee pads, your backside should still take the strain.

Begin Gently

If you’ve been using a traditional office chair before transferring to an ergonomic kneeling chair, your new posture may feel funny at first. Sitting on a basic office seat is a different experience to sitting on a backless kneeling chair. Your body needs time to get used to its improved posture.

Muscles and bones that have sunk into your old seating position need to wake up to their new mission, so you might feel stiff after your first session in your new kneeling chair. If your sitting posture has been poor for a long time, the core muscles in your lower back need to recover. It may even help to try a few exercises to restore their strength.

There’s not just one way to use a balans kneeling chair. When Peter Opsvik designed the original ergonomic kneeling chair, he designed it to move because he saw that sitting forever in one position ruins your posture. That hasn’t changed, so use your Varier rocking kneeling chair to vary your position throughout the day.

You may even find that it suits you best to switch between two types of chair, for example a Variable balans at a standard height desk and a Backapp chair for use with a height adjustable desk.

Sitting Comfortably in Your Ergonomic Kneeling Chair

If you’re using your Varier kneeling chair the right way, you won’t be uncomfortable. Anyone who tells you that a Variable balans puts pressure on the knees, or requires a fixed leg position, is not using the seat correctly.

Bottom First

Don’t let the term ‘kneeling chair’ misguide you. You shouldn’t “sit” on your knees. Your weight should still rest on your bottom while the knee pads support your shins. So begin by sitting bottom first on the seat, then adopt the kneeling position. Even with your shins on the knee pads, your backside should still take the strain.

Begin Gently

If you’ve been using a traditional office chair before transferring to an ergonomic kneeling chair, your new posture may feel funny at first. Sitting on a basic office seat is a different experience to sitting on a backless kneeling chair. Your body needs time to get used to its improved posture.

Muscles and bones that have sunk into your old seating position need to wake up to their new mission, so you might feel stiff after your first session in your new kneeling chair. If your sitting posture has been poor for a long time, the core muscles in your lower back need to recover. It may even help to try a few exercises to restore their strength.

There’s not just one way to use a balans kneeling chair. When Peter Opsvik designed the original ergonomic kneeling chair, he designed it to move because he saw that sitting forever in one position ruins your posture. That hasn’t changed, so use your Varier rocking kneeling chair to vary your position throughout the day.

You may even find that it suits you best to switch between two types of chair, for example a Variable balans at a standard height desk and a Backapp chair for use with a height adjustable desk.

Varier Variable balans Video Demonstration and Transcript

The Varier philosophy is based on a very simple situation that when we are standing our body is in the best position and when we are sitting on normal chairs we are sitting in this H posture. So our philosophy, I can show it in this way, starts with this is not the best position, a better position is this position, with the head over the hips. And from here we started to produce a chair which does this-the head over the hips. And in this position we can sit in the best, best way, working on for example a laptop. And in this position you are always moving. You are free to move, and it is easy to stand up and to sit down, no problem at all. So, this is the way to do it. And afterwards we can just hang the chair on the table and walk away.

Varier Variable balans Video Demonstration and Transcript

The Varier philosophy is based on a very simple situation that when we are standing our body is in the best position and when we are sitting on normal chairs we are sitting in this H posture. So our philosophy, I can show it in this way, starts with this is not the best position, a better position is this position, with the head over the hips. And from here we started to produce a chair which does this-the head over the hips. And in this position we can sit in the best, best way, working on for example a laptop. And in this position you are always moving. You are free to move, and it is easy to stand up and to sit down, no problem at all. So, this is the way to do it. And afterwards we can just hang the chair on the table and walk away.

The Designer

Peter Opsvik: Norwegian designer, artist and jazz saxophonist. He also designed the famous Tripp Trapp chair and several Varier and HAG chairs. Watch Opsvik speak about his theory of sitting on our Gravity balans product page.

Peter Opsvik designer of Varier Variable ergonomic kneeling chair

The Designer

Peter Opsvik: Norwegian designer, artist and jazz saxophonist. He also designed the famous Tripp Trapp chair and several Varier and HAG chairs. Watch Opsvik speak about his theory of sitting on our Gravity balans product page.

Variable Balans Assembly Instructions and Technical Information

How can I find out more about Varier fabrics and their composition?

To learn more about Varier’s 2017 fabrics visit our replacement cushions page or download a PDF brochure.

Where can I find assembly instructions?

The Varier Variable has only eight bolts and eight dowels, so you can have it put together in a few minutes. You won’t end up with too many or too few screws like you do after a visit to IKEA. If you’d like advance knowledge of the task, you can download assembly instructions here:

What are the Variable balans dimensions?

Chair: W52 x D72 x H51 cm, SH 50 cm

Chair with backrest: W52 x D80 x H93 cm, SH 50 cm

What desk height is the Variable balans best-suited to?

It’s best suited to a standard desk height of 72-77cm.

Varier Variable balans Black Ash Revive 834
Varier Variable balans Black Ash Revive 834

Variable Balans Assembly Instructions and Technical Information

How can I find out more about Varier fabrics and their composition?

To learn more about Varier’s 2017 fabrics visit our replacement cushions page or download a PDF brochure.

Where can I find assembly instructions?

The Varier Variable has only eight bolts and eight dowels, so you can have it put together in a few minutes. You won’t end up with too many or too few screws like you do after a visit to IKEA. If you’d like advance knowledge of the task, you can download assembly instructions here:

What are the Variable balans dimensions?

Chair: W52 x D72 x H51 cm, SH 50 cm

Chair with backrest: W52 x D80 x H93 cm, SH 50 cm

What desk height is the Variable balans best-suited to?

It’s best suited to a standard desk height of 72-77cm.

What the reviewers think

Read the reviews below to find out what Next Position’s customers think of the Variable balans, and to help you make an informed decision here are a few more.

  • The founder of Work from Home Wisdom, got her Varier kneeling chair at least third hand, but it still means her “office chair has now literally taken a back seat”. Read Judy Heminsley’s review of the Variable balans.
  • Are you the sort of person who takes product research seriously? If so, Rani Lueder’s 44 pages on the Balans seating concept, good posture, and kneeling chairs should keep you occupied.
  • If want to know why you shouldn’t be tempted to consider cheaper alternatives to the Variable balans, read Duncan MacIntyre’s comparison.

5 reviews for Ergonomic kneeling chair | the Varier Variable balans

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Aiden [Verified Purchase, Birmingham]

    I have to say this is the most comfortable chair I have sat on. I don’t know what kind of magic the designer put into it but for such a minimal piece of furniture I feel almost weightless when I’m on it. The design is not only beautiful but it helps to maximise living space. I would strongly recommend purchasing the additional backrest as it enables you to lean back and change seating positions as required. I must also state that the customer service from Philip was absolutely top-notch. I would not hesitate to order again.

  2. Rated 4 out of 5

    Catherine Mackenzie [Verified Purchase, Highland]

    I like sitting on this seat, especially during our staff meetings. i find it comfortable and relaxing and I now have no lower back issues at all. If there is anything i need to point out about it is that you need to break yourself into it gently at first. You also have to pay attention to the instructions on how to sit on it. I didn’t at first and got things wrong. I also reckon many people may need to adjust the height of their desks and adjust other elements of their work area in order for everything to work correctly. But again this is a worthwhile purchase for anyone who has back pain, and even those who don’t – as it will stop it developing in the first place!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lynn [Verified Purchase, London]

    I purchased replacement seat and knee pads from Next Position, for an older Variable Balans and it is now like a completely new chair! NP were one of the only companies I contacted who were able to help with this, and the most responsive and reasonably priced. The chair is fantastic for anyone who suffers back/neck problems from bad posture & too many hours at a desk. It is an investment, but I wouldn’t be without mine now!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Leonie [Verified Purchase, Leeds] (verified owner)

    I love the chair, and the customer service was outstanding. I highly recommend both the furniture and Next Position.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Richard Nichols [Verified Purchase, Cheshire]

    Incredibly comfortable kneeling chair and I’ve not had any lower back pain since! Phil of next position was very helpful and knowledgeable, guiding me to make the correct purchase. A pleasure to do business with and the chair arrived in a very timely manner, exactly as discussed. I highly recommend Next Position and would definitely purchase from them again!

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