Kneeling Chairs

top 5 kneeling chairs

As a writer, I am sitting in an office chair at a desk for the majority of my day. I am prone to bad backaches and sore muscles due to the upright and stiff seating position I always find myself in while using a conventional and standard office chair. Conventional chairs force me to sit in an upright and vertical position which puts extra pressure on my back and gives me little to no support.

After doing some research to find ways of alleviating the nightmare of back pain from my desk work, I found kneeling chairs to be one of the best and affordable solutions. The many benefits of kneeling chairs greatly outweigh the only downside. The one downside I have found is the remarkable difference I will experience when I switch from a standard desk chair to a kneeling chair. There is a period of adjustment I will have to undertake to get used to the proper way of sitting, but the long term health benefits trump this minor short-term inconvenience.

What is a kneeling chair?

A kneeling chair is a type of chair that positions your body to a dropped angle of about sixty to seventy degrees, opposed to the ninety degree angle your body normally sits at with a standard office chair. The kneeling chair aligns your back, neck, and shoulders while your buttocks support the majority of you weight. Your shins rest on the pad and aids in the prevention of being pulled forward due to the position. There should be no weight placed on the knees, so there should be no accommodations needed if you experience any knee pain. The shin pad is there merely to ensure that you stay in position, instead of falling forward due to the angle the chair assists you in obtaining.

While researching different kneeling chairs that I think would best fit my needs, I looked at the following categories a little more closely: the price, the ergonomics of the chair, comfort, adjustability, and durability. Within all five of my searches, I found many similarities in the areas of comfort and ergonomics. The biggest differences that impacted my decision were based on adjustability and the price of each.

Price

Affordability is a huge factor for me when it comes to buying any kind of product, online or in store. Kneeling chairs are an affordable solution to office chairs. They come with many different features such as backs or no backs, handles, high-quality fabric upholstery, and even memory foam padding on the seat and shin rest.

Ergonomic Rating

The ergonomic rating is based on the workplace design you have, along with the compatibilities and limitations of the worker. The ergonomics of a kneeling chair provide increased productivity, better posture, a more focused concentration, and better blood circulation.

Comfort

The design of kneeling chairs can be awkward at first because of the positioning, but if you have padded seats with high-quality fabric, and you can take some time to get used to the new positions, it can be even more comfortable than the regular office chair.

Adjustability

I was looking for a kneeling chair that could be easily adjusted to suit my weight and height. Height adjustment is also important in aiding the find for the most comfortable position for your body type. Adjustability can make your transition from a regular office chair to a kneeling chair, a better experience.

Durability

I wanted to find a lightweight and adjustable chair that was on wheels to provide better movement, and a steel frame design to make it more durable and resistant to wear and tear.

You will also want to take into consideration the height of your desk and adjust your chair accordingly. All of these chairs are manually adjustable. You will be leaning forward slightly, but your torso should be positioned so that it is in front of your hips. Doing this will keep pressure off your shins and alleviate any added pressure you are putting on your knees.

Health Benefits of a Kneeling Chair  

  • Continual and controlled movement versus a vertical and stiff sitting position, at ninety degrees
  • Helps maintain lumbar curvature
  • Receive better blood circulation and increased limb motion
  • Improved concentration. No more slumping over the desk
  • Experience active sitting versus passive sitting
  • Strengthen abdominal and back muscles
  • Promote healthy posture
  • Strengthens your core muscles
  • Chairs are very lightweight and durable

Important Points to Remember before purchasing a kneeling chair

  • You may need to have good upper body balance
  • It could take some time to adapt and adjust to a completely different sitting position. It may be awkward at first, but once you get used to it you will soon reap the benefits of better posture and increased concentration and mobility.
  • Take into consideration how much movement you may need. If you have wheels you are able to move around easily. Another point to consider is whether or not you will need the closed back or open back. The closed back may seem confining and feel like it is trapping you; it might even take a little extra effort to get out the chair. An open back provides increased possibility of movement and a more open and unrestrained experience.

Top 5 Kneeling Chair Options

Professional Cinius Kneeling ergonomic chair, without a back

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Item Weight: 7kg

Dimensions: 67.5×46.5×18.5 cm

Material: Wood

Color: Natural

When I hear the Cinius brand name, my mind immediately goes to high quality. This kneeling chair has resistant upholstery covering and wheels for convenience and ease of use. The only con I have come across is getting used to it. This really shouldn’t be considered a deal breaking con, however, because you will find this to be consistently accurate with all kinds of chairs with these particular angled designs.

  Product Features:

  • Resistant fabric upholstery with a neutral color and sleek design. Fits well into any office setting. The solid wooden frame provides better durability, and the thick foam and fabric quality add to the comfort level you can achieve with this particular chair.
  • Easy Assembly: It comes with all of the tools needed to assemble the chair yourself in just a few minutes.
  • Wheels for convenience and easy movement. You can choose to put the wheels on or remove them as you please.
  • Shin rests can be adjusted, which automatically adjusts the height.
  • Can be folded by lifting the wooden notch located underneath the chair. It quickly and easily folds for easier transport and storage. Perfect for back and forth use between your home and office.

 

Variabe Balans Original Kneeling Chair

Variabe Balans Original Kneeling Chair

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Item Weight: 6 kg

Dimensions: 72.2×52.4×9.2cm

Material: Fabric and Wood

Color: Black

This is one of the higher priced kneeling chairs I found. The old adage of, you get what you pay for, however, is prevalent here when going through the research on this particular chair. I believe this is one of the higher priced chairs due to the quality of the fabric and materials used, along with the option of being able to add to it later as described below.

Product Features:

  • Ergonomics: Strengthens core muscles, helps spine alignment, and improves circulation. You can adjust the shin rests to achieve the best ergonomic comfort level. You can position it to fit your body type and height. You can also remove one, or both, of the shin rests, which allows you to be able to place one foot on the floor for maximum movement and comfort. This also makes it easier to shift your position from time to time.
  • Comfort: High-quality fabric, no back which makes it more open and not as confining. Also, enables a rocking motion to increase mobility.
  • Adjustability: While you can adjust the shin rests, you cannot adjust the height.
  • Durability: Easy assembly, laminated wood design, a back rest can be added on later if you want. It does not have wheels, but it has wooden gliders.

 

Kneeling Chair (Charcoal Gray Fabric)

KNEELING Chair Charcoal Grey Fabric

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Material: Fabric and Wood

Color: Charcoal Gray

Dimensions: Seat is 39×29.5 cm/ Seat Height: 54-63.5 cm

This is one of the more affordable options I found while looking for a dependable and sturdy kneeling chair. It is not as comfortable as other options, however, for longer periods of usage. But as with any kneeling chair, there is a period of adjustment you need to go through to adapt to a new sitting position.

Product Features:

  • Price: Extremely affordable for the product you are receiving. Like the previous chairs, it also comes with all the necessary tools for quick assembly.
  • Ergonomics: Maintain a healthy posture by sitting in the correct position, while helping to eliminate back pain.
  • Adjustability: Provides angle and height adjustment, this is important because not all kneeling chairs come with the option to adjust the height of the chair.
  • Durability: Castor wheels provide greater movement. This chair does not fold for easy storage but is lightweight.   Its stylish design fits in with most office décor.

This chair offered a lot of what I was looking for, especially concerning affordability and adjustability, but there is a weight limit of 90 kg specified for this chair. It was something I needed to consider while comparing the different products. However, the ability to adjust the angle and the height put it in my top five list.

Wooden Posture Kneeling Fabric Chair

Wooden Posture Kneeling Fabric Chair Green

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Material: Fabric and Wood

Color: Green

Dimensions: Seat Width: 390mm/Seat Depth: 290mm/Seat Height: 540-630mm

Product features:

  • Affordability: This chair is on the lower price point range, making it an economically smart contender.
  • Ergonomics: This chair helps prevent slouching, and improves posture.
  • Comfort: Padded seat with a polyacrylic fabric and thick pads on the shin rests.
  • Adjustability: Distributes weight more evenly and provides angle and height adjustment.
  • Durability: It has relatively simple assembly and is prone to only minor wear and tear. Its lightweight design allows for easier transport.
  • This chair offers a classic design with a sturdy wooden frame which increases its life and durability.

 

Kneeling Chair in Lime Green

Kneeling Chair in Lime Green

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Material: Fabric and Wood

Color: Lime Green

Product features:

  • Affordability: Listed at a good price, for a high-quality product. A very affordable alternative to the standard office chair.
  • Ergonomics: Aids in proper posture
  • Comfort: Padded seating for extra comfort, fabric is high quality and stands up to wear and tear.
  • Adjustability: Easily adjustable, including seat to shin rest flexibility. You want to be sure you adjust to the proper level according to your body type. By adjusting the height and shin rests, you can achieve a maximum level of comfort and mobility. You want to position yourself so that the majority of your weight is on the seat, not on the shin rests.
  • Durability: Sturdy build and includes castor wheels

Wrap-Up

All of the chairs I have researched have given me almost similar results. My deciding factor came down to the affordability, adjustability, and durability factors. I wanted a chair that I would find comfortable for the amount of hours I had to use it. I also kept in mind that I was able to get up and take a break when I needed, in case it was getting too uncomfortable or confining.

I wanted a higher quality build and fabric for extra comfort, and it needed to be lightweight with wheels for easier movement. Being the claustrophobic person I am, I opted out of choosing a chair with the back, and decided on an open back so I wouldn’t feel restrained sitting at my desk all day.

My Recommendation

My research led me back to the first product listed. The Professional Cinius Kneeling Ergonomic Chair, without a back. It is one of the higher priced chairs listed, but not the most expensive. It offers resistant fabric upholstery, easy assembly with wheels for added convenience and movement, it is easily adjustable, and can be quickly folded up for transport and storage between work and home. Its design offers a fashionable complement to my workplace setting.

The ergonomic rating I give for this chair is high. After just a few uses, you will notice a marked difference in your posture and the ability to stay focused and on task throughout the course of the work day. The open angled position relieves pressure on my back, mainly the sciatic nerve, and it improves the blood circulation to my lower limbs.

My improved posture keeps me more alert and focused on my work, instead of feeling tired and sluggish. Since I am no longer having to think about my back pain and focus on how many hours I am trapped in a desk chair, I can finally focus on work instead of the pain associated with work. My decision was well thought out in hopes of improving my health and happiness. My informed decision will lead to long term positive results.