Kneeling chair


Kneeling chair

A kneeling chair is a type of chair for sitting in a position with the thighs dropped to an angle of about 60 to 70 degrees from vertical (as opposed to 90 degrees when sitting in a normal chair), with some of the body's weight supported by the shins.

Kneeling chairs were invented in Norway in the 1970s, starting with Hans Christian Mengshoel's experiments on sitting devices with support under the shins. Furniture designers Peter Opsvik, Oddvin Rykken, and Svein Gusrud each developed chairs based on this principle. These designs took as their starting point the strain the designers thought was placed on the spine by conventional right-angled chairs.Fact|date=July 2008

Despite the name, the posture of a person in a kneeling chair is not the same as kneeling on the ground. It is sometimes assumed that the knees bear most of the body's weight when sitting in a kneeling chair, but this is incorrect – the shins bear some weight for stability, but the body is still sitting, not kneeling.

The kneeling chair is known by several names:
* YogaChair (a trademark)
* "Balans chair" (a trademark)
* Various versions of "balance chair", "knee chair" or Scandinavian/Swedish/Norwegian chair
* "Kneelsit chair" (a trademark) - incorporates an adjustable backrest for lumbar support and mounts the seat and kneeler on swivel bearings for movement

Mass produced kneeling chairs are readily available; the best are adjustable with high-density padding instead of cheaper types of foam.

External links

* [http://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/ergonomics/sitting/sitting_alternative.html Working in a Sitting Position - Alternative Chairs] - Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety
* [http://www.varierfurniture.com/default.aspx?menu=693 The Original Variable Balans by Peter Opsvik ] - The original kneeling chair continues to be produced today under the name Variér, (formerly Stokke) and is again available in the US and Canada as of spring 2008.


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • kneeling chair — noun A type of chair for sitting in a position with the thighs dropped to an angle of about 60 to 70 degrees from vertical (as opposed to 90 degrees when sitting in a normal chair), with some of the bodys weight supported by the shins …   Wiktionary

  • Kneeling — is a human position in which the weight is distributed on the knees and feet on a surface close to horizontal.The position of kneeling may be assumed for practical reasons and for reasons of social or religious custom. Practical reasons Kneeling… …   Wikipedia

  • Chair — This article is about furniture. For other uses, see Chair (disambiguation). Vincent s Chair by Vincent van Gogh …   Wikipedia

  • Sitting — Sit redirects here. For uses of the acronym, see SIT. For the Russian river, see Sit River. This article is about sitting in its general sense. For information about Zen sitting meditation, see Zazen. Sitzender Junge ( Sitting boy ) by Werner… …   Wikipedia

  • Ergonomics — Ergonomics: the science of designing user interaction with equipment and workplaces to fit the user. Ergonomics is the study of designing equipment and devices that fit the human body, its movements, and its cognitive abilities. The International …   Wikipedia

  • List of chairs — The following is a partial list of chair types, with internal or external cross references about most of the chairs.0 9The 10 Downing Street Guard Chairs are two antique chairs used by guards in the early 1800s.AThe Aalto armchair 406 was… …   Wikipedia

  • Kneeler (disambiguation) — A kneeler is a piece of furniture used for resting in a kneeling position.Kneeler may also refer to:*Kneeling chair, recommended for certain diseases or injuries of the backbone. *Garden kneeler, a kneeler for use during gardening *Kneeling bus,… …   Wikipedia

  • Low-floor bus — Kneeling bus and buggy bus redirect here A low floor bus is a bus that has no steps between one or more entrances and part or all of the passenger cabin. Being low floor improves the accessibility of the tram for the public, particularly the… …   Wikipedia

  • Professional wrestling throws — Body Slam redirects here. For the Bootsy Collins song, see Body Slam (song). Professional wrestling throws are the application of techniques that involve lifting the opponent up and throwing or slamming him down, which makes up most of the action …   Wikipedia

  • List of sex positions — This list of sex positions includes descriptions of various forms of sexual intercourse and other sexual acts between people. Sexual acts are generally described by the positions the participants take in order to perform those acts. Alfred Kinsey …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.