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How to Select a Kneeling Chair

Use this interactive kneeling chair comparison chart below as a resource for choosing the chair that is suitable for your unique office environment.

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With the number of office jobs rising and many men and women working from home these days, the need for an ergonomic chair for your desk is on the rise. Over the past decade, several manufacturers have strived to provide high quality, affordable workplace seating that can reduce stress, prevent tension and therefore promote productivity in the work place. Our goal here at kneelingchairratings.com is to introduce you to a healthier way of sitting at your job. Many of the chairs we review can prevent poor posture, relieve back pain and pressure, and enhance blood flow and circulation.

Start with the basics

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Don’t let your current office chair contribute to poor posture.

In order to decide which type of chair will best fit your needs, we’ll start with the basic characteristics of the chair. It’s very important that your chair be as comfortable as possible – presumably you will be spending at least 40 hours a week in your seat so an ergonomic design will keep you comfortable and focused. Adjustability is another major factor to take into consideration. Do you work on multiple surface areas where you need to raise or lower your chair throughout the day? Some chairs are adjustable and have many height settings, while others cannot be adjusted. Keep this in mind when identifying the best seating option for you. The quality of the chair is also a major factor in making your decision and this falls hand in hand with price point. The type of frame can be an indicator on the quality of the chair and usually justifies the price. It is important to invest in a good quality office chair that is covered under warranty, fits your office movement needs, is comfortable, and is a color and design preference that is suited to your taste.

Comfort and accessibility at your desk

Office chairs come in many different designs and styles and there are comfort options that include extra cushioning, arm rests, rolling casters, back rests and reclining options. It’s important to determine what type of office environment you are in so that you know which features you will use on a daily or weekly basis. For example, if you have an L-shaped or U-shaped office desk, you presumably would need casters on your chair so that you can easily move from one side of your desk to another. If you find yourself on multiple conference calls or long phone calls during your week, you may want to consider arms rests or even a back rest to give you some temporary relief from those drawn out corporate meetings. If you are like me and work mostly stationary in front of a computer screen for most of your week, you may want to look into chair options that promote healthy posture and the ability to navigate your desk well – open your desk drawers, reach for your printer, put your coffee in its proper place away from your keyboard, and answer your phone.

Rollers or no rollers? Identify your special needs

roll or not to rollLet’s get even more specific about your office space – how much movement do you actually do in an hour? A day? Several ergonomic knee chairs come with casters so that you can easily move from one side of your desk to the other – or even one side of your cubicle to the other. The real question is do you actually do that or do you just need to move a bit so you can reach your bottom filing drawer of your desk? The reason I ask is because several styles of chairs are “rocking”. Yes, it’s great to have the soothing rocking chair movement while you are working, but it actually gives you the opportunity to move ever so slightly to pick up the paper you just dropped on the floor, or open that filing cabinet on the bottom drawer of your desk so that it doesn’t bruise your knee during mid-reach. So the question is, are you actually going to be moving often enough that you do actually need the casters or will the rocking characteristic be enough to get you through your work day?

Lifetime of the chair

Most manufacturers offer anywhere from 1 to 3 year limited lifetime warranties on their product to cover any damage or mishaps that occur during the first year or so of use. The warranties are nice, also pretty standard, but more importantly you want to make sure you will be getting good use out of the chair and want it to last as long as possible. The chairs we are reviewing are made from materials varying from plastic bases, to wood, to various types of metals such as aluminum and steel. Everyone has their own preference for the structure and look of their chair, so be sure to keep the frame base material in the back of your mind when making your chair decision. There will always be one that is more durable, lighter in weight, and more attractive. These all have direct impacts on the lifetime of the office chair.

Value for the Price

It’s hard to suggest that the more you pay, the better quality, designer looking and comfortable product you will get. Yes, the more expensive kneeling chair brands are very attractive and modern looking, but it’s really up to you to decide if you can justify the price for all the designer characteristics. We will try to give you our honest opinion on each brand and style as we work through individual products. Just by looking through the comparison chart styles, it is easy to identify that there are affordable styles that offer the basics of function and comfort. If you have a little extra budget on this office chair however, you may want to spend a bit more in order to meet your design and aesthetic needs.

Q & A

Below are some common questions about the chair styles. If you can think of any further questions, please always feel free to send us a message and we’ll be happy to respond at our earliest convenience.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will my back problems be cured?
Will the chair prevent future back pain?
Can I get a workout from this chair?
What is the difference between a regular office swivel chair and a kneeling chair?
How long should I expect the chair to last?
I’m very mobile at the office, which chair is best for me?
I stay put at my desk for most of the day, which design should I choose?
My knees hurt after I used the chair for a day, is this common?
Will I have more energy during the day?
Is there assembly required?
Will this make me more productive at work?
Can my insurance pay for this ergonomic chair?
Is there any maintenance on the chair I should know about before I buy?
What does ergonomic mean?
Will I feel gradual back pain relief from this chair?
I’m a fairly tall person; will these chairs accommodate my long legs?
I am short and petite in stature; can I adjust the chair so it is height-appropriate?
Is this chair safe?
Should I buy kneeling chairs for my entire office staff?
Can my child have a knee chair?
Are these chairs safe for children to use?
How heavy are these chairs?

Will my back problems be cured?
There is no guarantee that your back pain will be cured, however all signs point to the reduction of back pain. These chairs in general promote good posture so any strains that you would have from your normal swivel office chair would disappear due to the natural spinal curve that you will have from sitting upright and straight in these chairs.

Will the chair prevent future back pain?
Sitting in a knee chair will naturally prevent tension that may form in your upper back, neck and shoulder areas. Since you will no longer slouch in your chair, the natural upright spinal position will not lead to back pain. Of course, there are many other instances outside of work that you could perform that would cause back pain. As for the chair, it will not be the cause of back pain in your future.

Can I get a workout from this chair?
You won’t get a six pack from using one of these chairs – sorry, everyone! However the straight upright position that your body shape will create will indeed strengthen your core muscles in your abdomen.

What is the difference between a regular office swivel chair and a kneeling chair?
There are thousands of office swivel chair designs out on the market so this is a very broad question to answer. However the main difference between your standard caster office chair and a kneeling chair is the natural upright posture alignment that it creates. The comfortable knee rests keep your body properly aligned and promote increased circulation. We all know the uncomfortable moments during the day when your leg or foot falls asleep and gives you the “pins and needles” feeling – how awful is that! The kneeling chairs prevent you from cutting off the circulation to your legs and feet, thus decreasing the chance of your legs falling asleep. The chair also prevents you from the awful habit of crossing your legs – ladies, keep those legs varicose vein-free!

How long should I expect the chair to last?
Most chairs, like any other type of office chair, should last up to 10 years at a minimum. At the very least, they will last for 5 years because most manufacturers guarantee fabric distress or mechanical malfunctions up to that time period.

I’m very mobile at the office, which chair is best for me?
If you are very active at your desk and are always moving around throughout your day, it’s probably wise to invest in a chair that has casters. The casters will enable you to move around your desk area and come and go as you please in an easy manner. There are several options available with casters so the next step is deciding what type of material you prefer the base to be made of and whether or not you would get use of a seat back.

I stay put at my desk for most of the day, which design should I choose?
If you are in a stationary position in front of your desk for most of the day, it might be best to invest in a chair that has a subtle rock to it. You may want to stay away from a kneeling chair on casters because they may ultimately disturb you during the day and you will find yourself rolling away from your desk instead of staying put. A chair without casters gives you the ability to gently rock or recline backwards to stretch your arms and realign your back during your down time. There are many chair options that rock and even edgy modern ones that rock backwards into a laying position. Assess your office space needs to find the best chair for you.

My knees hurt after I used the chair for a day, is this common?
Be sure that when you are sitting in your chair, you are sitting back relaxed instead of leaning forward and straining your knees. You may have to break in the chair for a few days in order for your body to get used to the cushion and the straight alignment of your spine. But like a new pair of shoes, you will break in the new chair in no time!

Will I have more energy during the day?
You will develop good posture habits in these chairs due to the upright position your body will naturally sit in from the chair design. This positively impacts your blood flow and decreases tension and stress. If your body isn’t focused on back pain, poor circulation, or uncomfortable seating, then you will have more energy to focus on work or the task at hand.

Is there assembly required?
Yes, most chairs come with minor assembly required. Assemblies can range from securing 4-6 screws or pins to more in-depth assembly that requires space and a user’s manual with step by step instructions. I can assure you that the manufacturers’ manuals are very clear and you should have no problem securing your chair in the proper position.

Will this make me more productive at work?
This question goes hand in hand with the one above regarding having more energy. When your body is properly aligned due to the natural position of your spine from the knee chair, you will experience increased blood flow. This increased blood flow decreases tension and should ultimately impact productivity at the workplace.

Can my insurance pay for this ergonomic chair?
This question will be answered soon! Please check back.

Is there any maintenance on the chair I should know about before I buy?
This question will be answered soon! Please check back.

What does ergonomic mean?
An ergonomically designed chair simply means that it is designed to provide maximum comfort and movement.

Will I feel gradual back pain relief from this chair?
The natural curve that your spine will take from the chair will actually reduce any pressure your spine may be experiencing.

I’m a fairly tall person; will these chairs accommodate my long legs?
There are several chair options that offer adjustable settings. Many of these chairs can dramatically range in height and others offer just a few inches of adjustability. The rocking knee chairs may not be the best pick for you since they do not have height adjusting features.

I am short and petite in stature; can I adjust the chair so it is height-appropriate?
Like my answer to a similar question, there are several chair styles that are adjustable in height. They can accommodate adjustments ranging from an inch to several inches in height.

Is this chair safe?
These chairs are safe for corporate or home office use. Just be aware of the occasional caster catching your jacket or article clothing every now and then!

Should I buy kneeling chairs for my entire office staff?
Buying knee chairs for your office would be a great gift to your team. There would be so many benefits that include but are not limited to great posture, increased blood flow and healthy breathing, active sitting, muscle strengthening, reduced tension, increased overall productivity, and the general well-being and happiness of an employee with a beautifully designed ergonomic chair.

Can my child have a knee chair?
Chairs are designed for adults and children of all heights and statures. Choose the style that best fits their needs and body type.

Are these chairs safe for children to use?
The chairs are designed for the use of children and are safe. Just remember to remind your children about casters – it’s possible for their small feet to get caught underneath and tug a sock, pair of jeans, or toe – yikes! If you purchase a rocking style chair, just remind the child that they should be aware of the placement of their feet, as they could accidentally roll over their tiny toes or feet easily. It’s just as easy for an adult to do that also, so beware!

How heavy are these chairs?
The weight of the different chair styles can vary, but most are considerably light-weight ranging anywhere from 10-20 pounds.