Years ago, when we worked in offices, there was a certain amount of walking to do. Very few of us just sat there; we had to see people, deliver messages, or physically disperse information – we moved around.
We certainly didn’t need to consider finding the best kneeling chairs…
In fact, IBM did a study in London in the early 70s’ and discovered that systems analysts were walking over a mile a day. Just around their office, down the corridors, or to meetings.
You see, in the past, we got ourselves a little exercise at work. It helped our posture and relieved the pressure on our backs and other parts of our body caused by being seated too long.
But then as is common, technology raised its ugly head. We got email and contact messaging. We didn’t need to go and see anyone anymore, we would just send them a message. Physical movement began to all but cease. We became chair-bound because there was simply no need to move.
Now, if someone sees you walking, they are likely to ask where on earth you’re going…
With less movement and activity, physical problems began to arise. Bad backs being one such problem. There had to be a solution. For some, it is the kneeling chair. It reduces the incidence of lower back pain by moving your weight load to different areas of your body. This reduces stress on your back as it lowers the angle of your thighs from the usual 90% to 60%.
Invented in Norway in 1979, the design of kneeling chairs has remained basically the same…
It opens up an angle between the thighs and the body and realigns the shape of the spine. This gives a stress-free position for those who sit for long periods. Especially for those who work at computer screens.
So, let’s take a look at some of the more popular models on the market today and see if we can find the ideal kneeling chair for you.
- 1 Top 10 Best Kneeling Chairs In 2021 Review
- 1.1 1 Sleekform Kneeling Chair – Best Kneeling Chair for Taller People
- 1.2 2 DRAGONN Ergonomic Kneeling Chair – Best Ergonomic Kneeling Chair
- 1.3 3 Varier Variable Balans Original Kneeling Chair – Best Classic Design Kneeling Chair
- 1.4 4 Sleekform Rocking Kneeling Chair – Best Padded Rocking Kneeling Chair
- 1.5 5 Flash Furniture Mobile Wooden Ergonomic Kneeling Office Chair – Best Budget Kneeling Chair
- 1.6 6 Office Star Ergonomically Designed Knee Chair – Best Fabric Upholstered Kneeling Chair
- 1.7 7 Kneeling Home or Office Chair by Defy Desk – Best Kneeling Chair for Kids and Smaller Adults
- 1.8 8 Sleekform Kneeling Chair – Best Comfortable Kneeling Chair
- 1.9 9 Khalz Kneeling Chair – Best Extra Padded Kneeling Chair
- 1.10 10 Boss Office Products Ergonomic Kneeling Stool – Best Kneeling Chair for Posture Support
- 2 What To Look For In The Best Kneeling Chairs
- 3 Rocking or Stable?
- 4 Before We Select Our Winner
- 5 Which Of The Best Kneeling Chairs Would We Choose?
Top 10 Best Kneeling Chairs In 2021 Review
1 Sleekform Kneeling Chair – Best Kneeling Chair for Taller People
This chair looks, at first sight, to be a strange affair—the lack of a backrest being the most noticeable issue. But there is no need for one. The whole idea is to get you sitting upright and to correct your posture. This opposition will encourage proper positions of neck, shoulders, and hips to relieve or prevent any lower back pain.
It will also actually improve blood circulation…
The knee and seat rests have cushions that are four inches thick to ensure there is enough padding. They are filled with foam that has been recycled. The angle of the seat is adjustable, which allows you to get the most comfortable position. It is angled at a comfortable 90 degrees. Under the seat is an adjuster dial that will extend the height up to 7 inches if required.
It will support up to 220 pounds of weight, and it also has four wheels so the chair can be moved around easily.
Great for taller people…
The Sleekform Kneeling Chair is made with a steel frame, and the cushioning is an imitation mesh leather look. The design makes it especially suitable for taller people. This is not only because of the adjustment range but also because they will naturally put more weight on the knee pad. This is the reason they have extra padding in that area, although it can be a little hard on the knees.
Obviously designed for the office, it can also be used in a variety of situations that involve long periods of sitting. Younger people might see this chair as just for their elders who have back problems. But it would also be perfect for gaming.
It will hold you in a stable upright position, which will eradicate the possibility of back problems in the future caused by lengthy seated periods. The price point is set quite realistically, which makes it an attractive option.
- Encourages correct posture.
- Made from quality materials.
- Realistic price.
- The knee pads might be a little uncomfortable for some.
2 DRAGONN Ergonomic Kneeling Chair – Best Ergonomic Kneeling Chair
You might consider that all kneeling chairs are the same. You would be right in thinking that they have the same function. But, while they perform the same function, some approach the problem from different positions. And some recognize where the potential issues really are.
Intelligent, ergonomic design…
The Dragonn Ergonomic Kneeling Chair is a design that addresses one of these problems and, in our view, goes a long way to solving it. This makes it one of the best kneeling chairs around.
As the idea of a kneeling chair is to redistribute the weight of your body, there will be a point on the chair that actually takes the load. This is the area where the knees sit.
Excellent cushioning in that area is therefore vital…
This has been achieved on this chair. The cushioning is a fairly standard size of four inches deep but is exceptionally soft. It is helped by the soft faux leather covering. A quick look at the quality of the stitching reassures that this is very well made. That is where the weight will be transferred, but the seat is also important and is itself four inches thick. Being filled with the same comfortable foam, it is not going to cause any seated hardships.
7-inch height adjustability…
The height can be adjusted from 21 to 28 inches. As you raise the height, the gradient on the back seat also changes to go with it. There is a rotating knob on the back of the supporting beam that makes the change. At its lowest height, the angle of the back seat is at its most gentle gradient, increasing as the adjustment is made.
It has four wheels in castor design. Two of the wheels can be locked into position to stop any movement of the chair and ensure its stability while in use.
If there is a weak point on this chair, it is the wheels themselves. They are not the best quality and do not roll smoothly when in the unlocked position. But, it is quite a sturdy chair and will support a weight of 250 pounds. At its price point, it is not the most expensive of the chairs, and therefore we feel it offers excellent value.
- Well made.
- Very comfortable
- Good adjustments.
- Very reasonable price point.
- The wheels are not of the highest quality.
3 Varier Variable Balans Original Kneeling Chair – Best Classic Design Kneeling Chair
If the original chair was still available to buy, then you might at least want to see what started it all back in 1979. Well, here it is, the Varier Variable Balans Original Kneeling Chair. Designed by Peter Opsvik, this was the first of its kind.
“Isn’t it good-Norwegian Wood,” as a famous band from Liverpool once sang…
There is also a very typically minimalist style. It is made of Ash and a polyester, recycled fabric. Although it is designed for office use, this chair is commonly seen in homes because of the design and materials making it so attractive.
With this chair, there are two significant design differences. These variations, people will either like, or not appreciate at all. Firstly, most kneeling chairs have one ample knee rest, but the Varier Variable has two smaller rests. This is no accident in the design.
Having two separate knee-rests ensures that your knees are not together. This makes your hips naturally go to an open stance, which is a better position. Having one knee rest allows you to keep your knees together, and this is not the perfect posture.
The design of the Varier Variable ensures your posture is maintained to reduce pressure on spinal discs…
The second difference is that it has no fixed design shape, in that it will rock gently as you sit. This is also an interesting design feature. It is known as ‘active sitting,’ and this dynamic of constant micro-movements also helps the body not stay in one position for too long.
Because of the way it is designed, there are no adjustments to the seat. However, it seems to accommodate a variety of work positions with no problem. It will work best though with a standard desk with a height of about 30 inches. It will take up to 240 pounds of weight.
Optional purchasable backrest…
As with the original, you do have the option of buying a backrest. Though, in our opinion, it is hardly necessary and rather defeats the objective of the chair.
Sit down before you check out the price. It isn’t cheap. But as a piece of furniture, it has that Scandinavian beauty, and as a kneeling chair, it’s one of the best designs.
Ok, let’s try it out; where were we….”Isn’t it good, Norwegian wood?”
- Great design and styling.
- Creates excellent posture.
- Gentle rocking motion.
- Going to be a bit expensive for some.
4 Sleekform Rocking Kneeling Chair – Best Padded Rocking Kneeling Chair
This chair from Sleekform is similar in style to the Norwegian original we just looked at. Like the Varier, this chair uses the two-piece knee rest principle that produces a more open hipped, seated position. The frame is slightly curved at the rear, which will create a rocking sensation when you lean back.
Sleekform specializes in effective padding, but…
The cushions are typical Sleekform and are four inches thick with more than adequate padding. They are faux leather with good quality stitching. They are also straightforward to keep clean, just use a damp cloth. Sleekform certainly provides some of the best cushioning for their kneeling chairs though some find them a little hard on the knees.
It has a steel construction with three crossbar reinforcements, which give it a very sturdy feel. It can support a weight of up to 220 pounds.
No adjustments, though…
As per the Norwegian chair, this does not have any height adjustment options. It is set at 22 inches. You may find that if you are using a laptop, a riser for the computer will help to get a proper sight angle.
Once again, a well-built and practical chair that is designed to deliver good posture for its use. It will be delivered unassembled but is easy to put together. It comes with stick-on pads to protect wooden floors if required.
Overall, a good option at a very competitive price.
- Well-made, strong build.
- Good padding.
- Dual knee rest position.
- Rocking motion.
- Some may feel the knee pad is a little hard.
5 Flash Furniture Mobile Wooden Ergonomic Kneeling Office Chair – Best Budget Kneeling Chair
This is a budget range chair but one that has a lot of positives in its design. Its wood construction makes it an attractive chair that is suitable for either office or home.
Suitable for home or office…
Kneeling chairs might find their fullest use in a commercial environment, but they are also useful for the home. They are very suitable for gaming or even watching TV if you have back problems. The natural wood finish also makes it suitable for either home or office.
The padding isn’t the thickest or the most comfortable you will find. It is only 2½ half inches thick. Therefore it isn’t probably going to give you as long a use time without some fatigue, like some others. You will also notice the quality of the materials used in the construction. The fabric and the stitching may not be quite as good as some chairs.
This is only to be expected from a chair that costs quite a bit less than some others…
The chair is height adjustable using a ring on the central post. The ability to alter the height means it is usable by both tall and smaller people. It is fitted with dial castors so the chair can be moved around. The castors are made from heavy-duty plastic. It will accommodate people up to 200 pounds in weight.
Its low price makes it a good testing option…
If you’re wondering whether a kneeling chair is going to be good for your back, and of course, whether you can get used to sitting in one, this chair is a good place to start. Being at a very cost-effective price, it is not such a significant outlay. And it will provide a solid support for your back, and you can decide whether maybe you should upgrade at a later date.
- Attractive chair.
- Encourages good posture.
- Height adjustable.
- Very cost-effective price.
- Some of the materials used are quite cheap.
6 Office Star Ergonomically Designed Knee Chair – Best Fabric Upholstered Kneeling Chair
This kneeling chair from Office Star is another product that offers good value. It has a metal frame that has a sturdy design with four dual caster wheels. The wheels can be used on hard floors or carpeted. They are made of plastic but are quite strong. There is a manual height adjuster so you can regulate the height to suit your environment. It will rise to a height of 25 inches.
That will help you to get the optimum position to ensure comfort…
The seat and knee pads have a fabric finish and a memory foam interior. It is not the softest you will find but quite adequate and thick enough to allow a reasonable comfort level. The weight capacity is about 200 pounds.
The build quality is quite decent…
Not at a level with more expensive chairs, but then you shouldn’t be expecting that. The fabrics and the stitching are a little on the cheap side, and the padding possibly not so soft.
Being covered in fabric cloth and not a faux, imitation leather, it will not be so easy to clean, which could be a problem for some…
But, if the reason for these chairs is to relieve pressure and thus relieve back pain, then it does its job well. It is not going to be a chair that you could sit on all day. But then realistically, no one does. We all have breaks where we get up, and in that situation, the comfort level is likely to be fine. Set at a very attractive price point too.
- A sturdy chair.
- Adjustable height.
- Reasonable price tag.
- It might not be the most comfortable of all chairs.
7 Kneeling Home or Office Chair by Defy Desk – Best Kneeling Chair for Kids and Smaller Adults
This kneeling chair has a good height range, which makes it suitable for use by adults and children. Having said that, it appears that it might not be so suitable for taller adults.
It definitely seems to fit the smaller sizes better…
It has a metal construction with four caster wheels with brakes. The casters are quite small, and not a regular size, and are made of plastic. It is height adjustable from 21 to 28 inches. The cushions are an imitation leather-look, which is easy to wipe down and keep clean. It will support weights up to 250 pounds.
The foam cushions are perhaps not the best you will find at only three inches thick. They have got reasonable padding, though. The design of the chair allows you to retract your shins a bit further than some chairs. This can sometimes cause problems with sliding forward if the chair is not set in the right position.
We’d place it well with kids and smaller adults…
It has a decent design and, being adjustable, allows you to get a good sitting position. Just being in the correct position is going to reduce back and neck problems already. The real question is how long you can retain that posture. With the expensive chairs, this period of time is definitely longer.
That is what you pay for. This chair is quite a budget range model, so the length of sitting time will probably be shorter. It will depend, of course, on your seated position and if your back needs a lot of support.
It is a decent buy at a reasonable price and might be considered a good chair to start with.
- Sturdy metal build.
- Seating adjustments.
- Cost-effective price.
- Not as comfortable as some.
8 Sleekform Kneeling Chair – Best Comfortable Kneeling Chair
Another chair form Sleekform, this model boasting many of the features of their other models. The difference with this chair is that it encourages more of an open hip seated stance. This is thought to be a better body position for your back by some commentators.
Suits all ages…
It is made with a strong steel frame which is nevertheless quite lightweight. There are plenty of seat adjustments available to get your posture exactly right. The seat itself will move between angles of 97 and 127 degrees, and it has a height adjuster of 21 to 28 inches. This makes it very suitable for users of all ages. It is also usable for people from just over five feet up to about six and a half feet.
There is an easy to use dial under the seat for the height adjustments, and it will handle a weight of up to 220 pounds. Comfort is high on the priority list with all Sleekform chairs.
Which makes them a candidate for the most comfortable kneeling chairs award…
With this chair, the cushions are four inches thick with foam padding that is recycled. The upholstery is a black, faux leather-look that is easy to keep clean. They are also very durable, and the quality of the stitching is outstanding and going to last. That is always one of the positives with Sleekform chairs.
They are well-made and comfortable, but they are also going to last…
The body position is naturally in an upright ‘S’ position for your spine and aligns your back, shoulders, and neck. As with all Sleekform kneeling chairs, the knee support rest has a harder feel to the cushioning. The reason for this is to prevent you from slipping into it. Some find it uncomfortable at first until you get used to it. But, it is actually a useful design feature.
Not the cheapest seat you will find but certainly one of the better ones.
- Very good adjustments.
- Good padding and support.
- Some will think the knee rest’s a little hard.
9 Khalz Kneeling Chair – Best Extra Padded Kneeling Chair
Khalz is a very new company, only having been founded in Australia in 2015. They have joined a select group of manufacturers producing kneeling chairs. What they have tried to do with this chair is to take the basic design and add a little to it. But it must be said that, in doing that, they have produced a product at a very effective and at an attractive price point.
Wide range of height adjustability…
It has a strong steel frame that will carry up to about 240 pounds in weight. It has four standard size, two-inch casters. This will allow easy replacement if necessary. The chair can be adjusted to suit the height of the user. This will extend from 20.5 inches up to 30 inches. That will usually accommodate users up to about six feet two inches in height.
At first glance, it doesn’t look dissimilar to many other chairs we have looked at, but there is one difference. The padding on these chairs is a little more than you get on most. The idea is that you will be able to sit for longer. This is a valid point, provided you are able to get the basic posture correct. The adjustments should allow you to achieve that. If you get that right, then this chair should allow you to sit for a reasonable amount of time.
Certainly, the angle of the seat encourages the correct posture…
This chair will certainly be considered as one of the best kneeling chairs, not only because of the quality of the build but also when you consider the build quality with the price, which is very attractive. If there is a downside, it is just that the assembly instructions could do with a little more detail. A very good product, this chair is made in China.
- Strong and stable build.
- Very comfortable design.
- Extra padding.
- Attractive price point.
- It will need assembly, which is not the easiest.
10 Boss Office Products Ergonomic Kneeling Stool – Best Kneeling Chair for Posture Support
As we go through our list of kneeling chairs, many of them have been very similar. We suppose that is to be expected given that they are for a specialist market. And that market is driven by getting their posture right. This chair from Boss, though, has something different.
The build is very sturdy with a black tubular steel frame that is designed to last. There are four dual-wheel castors located in the corners of the base unit. They have a plastic build but are quite strong and move smoothly. As is usual, the design pushes the hips forward and creates a good posture for the back and shoulders.
There is an adjustable knee height, which makes it suitable for both smaller and larger adults…
The seats and rest are made of a fabric material which is not particularly appealing to look at. It also doesn’t look particularly strong; however, it is wipe-clean material. It is also quite well-padded, though again not as well as some. Perhaps we are being a little unfair as this is a very cheap, cost-effective chair and so; therefore, you cannot expect too much.
So, where is that slight difference?
We have looked at chairs with basic adjustments for height and some with no adjustments at all. But we have not seen one with a hydraulic seat lift, just as you would get on a standard office chair. That is what this chair has got that others don’t, and, for us, it’s quite an interesting feature.
Possible to gain perfect posture with this…
Adjusting the height is, therefore, very easy and straightforward and affords you a good option for getting your posture precisely right. The only thing that concerns us is that, in our experience of seats with hydraulic lifts, they tend to break. If it holds out, it is a good feature.
This is very much a budget range chair but well-built with some good features. There are better chairs out there if you are willing to invest more money. But for occasional use, it will do the job.
- Pneumatic height lift.
- Strong tubular steel construction.
- Build quality might be a bit cheap.
What To Look For In The Best Kneeling Chairs
The purpose of this chair is to get you to adopt the correct, or at least a better posture, while seated. To distribute the weight of your body away solely from the spine and balance it all more evenly. Seated in a chair with back support tends to put this balance out of sync and places strain on your back, which is not a good idea. There are, therefore, some important considerations when choosing a kneeling chair.
It can be beneficial to be able to adjust the height and/or the seat to get a good seated position. This will ensure you get the right chair when considering your own height. If it is to be used just by yourself, it is not so important. If it is to be used by several people, then adjusting the height of the seat or knee rest could be more critical.
It is what this chair is all about. You need to be able to ensure the weight of your body is well distributed, mainly by transferring the weight away from your lower back and spine. In doing so, you will put pressure on other parts of your body that may not be used to it. That in itself can cause its own problems at times, especially with the knee and ankles.
Rocking or Stable?
The original chair back in 1979 was a rocker.
Aren’t we all…
There was a reason for that. It just gives that extra bit of movement and allows you to gently change what is otherwise a very static, if safe, position. There are huge benefits to having that little bit of movement that works with you when you move. It won’t suit everyone, of course, and some will prefer the stability the alternative brings.
It is an interesting choice, and some may prefer to commence with a cheaper chair to test the waters. These rocking chairs aren’t for everyone and take a bit of getting used to. However, persevere with it. The benefits are enormous, and your back will thank you with some extra years of pain-free activity.
Before We Select Our Winner
It is not just our chairs that give us aches and pains but the fact that we’re continually sitting! Ergonomic Computer Desks offer height adjustability for your workspace, and the Best Standing Desks Reviews will show you why standing up to work may be all the support your back needs.
Then, if you already have severe back pain, we recommend you see our Best Back Supports for Office Chair Reviews, the Most Comfortable Office Chairs, the Best Big and Tall Office Chairs Review, the Best Ergonomic Office Chairs Reviews, and the Best Ergonomic Office Chairs for Back Pain Reviews.
Finally, if your knees tend to give you trouble, may we also suggest you take a look at the Best Balance Ball Chairs Review, which may be a better option for you.
Right, back to kneeling chairs…
Which Of The Best Kneeling Chairs Would We Choose?
Very difficult choice. There are a lot of good chairs and a lot of very cost-effective chairs as well. All of them well made and doing what they are supposed to do.
We have, though, decided that with its looks and its rocking action, the Norwegians have got it all together.
Our choice for the best kneeling chair is, therefore, the…Varier Variable Balans Original Kneeling Chair
“Isn’t it good, Norwegian Wood.”