The trend ergonomics has seen the popularity of kneeling chairs increase year over year. This is the direct result of our pursuit for a more healthy, ergonomic office space, where office related disability have skyrocketed in modern times.
Many people have never even heard of a kneeling chair, let alone its pros and cons as an office chair alternative. In this article, let’s take a look at just what they are, and whether you should consider getting one for your office.
What’s the big fuss?
A kneeling chair is an unconventional looking stool-cum-chair with knee rests, where the weight of your body is evenly distributed between your knees and butt. It comes with no back side, forcing your body to sit in an upright position.
Here are the main pros and cons of a kneeling chair:
- Nobody wants to be fiddling around with knobs, levers and buttons to get a chair going, and with the kneeling chair you use it as-is. It’s a time-saving, anti-frustration chair. Having said that, there are some models with simple adjustments.
- The purpose of a kneeling chair is to make it easier for you to reach forward with the forward sloping seat. The forward sloping seat allows the angle between the trunk and thighs to be increased. There is minimal pressure on the lumbar intervertebral discs and proper spinal alignment. This reduces back pain with correct posture.
- With research, you can find businesses who are specialized in making kneeling chairs to suit individual users. Customised individually for each customers, posture is improved so that you can sit for extended periods without suffering from backache, neck- or lower back pain. These kneeling chairs are designed specifically to minimize knee pressure, to allow for leg movement, their height adjustable and they’re suitable for used at standard height desks.
- You can vary your sitting positions on these chairs and find the perfect balance point for your body.
- Kneeling chairs come with- or without backrests. There are some with adjustable seats, adjustable back support and kneeling pads. If you tire, you can simply lean back.
- Back pain sufferers appreciate kneeling chairs as they encourage correct posture, removing the pressure off the discs and muscles in the back which cause that lower back pain.
- The kneeling stools come with a number of attractive color options to match any office- or room décor. Some seat have padding made from memory foam and this keeps its shape, molding to suit the user’s shape.
- Kneeling chairs are made from different materials such as wood and metal, making them lightweight enough for anyone to easily move them around. Some of them are foldable for easy storage too.
- Kneeling chairs prevent you from using your feet to glide around your work space. Then again, some kneeling chairs come with casters, allowing one to move around the office space without the need to get off your chair each time.
- Yes, a kneeling chair does encourages correct sitting, but some people find it difficult to maintain that correct posture and after a while they find themselves slumping. Certainly, don’t discard your conventional office chair as the idea is to alternate between the two.
The kneeling chair isn’t quite as featureless as it once was, but the idea behind the traditional- and more modern kneeling chairs is to always promote better spine alignment.
Because the shape of people varies so much, height adjustment is one of the most important features with these chairs as they need to cope for people between 4’8’’ to 6’4. Look for one that has good shin rests and thick cushions as well, such as these highly rated kneeling chairs.
There are different views on whether these chairs are a good choice or not. They’re certainly not meant to replace your regular ergonomic office chair, but to simply provide an alternative sitting stance, breaking you away from a particular sitting position. They are therefore perfect for short-term tasks, particularly those that require forward reach.