The 8 Best Kneeling Chairs of 2020
Don't let your desk job cause you pain
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Lucky you — you have a desk job. You get to sit most of the day, no standing on your feet until your ankles swell and your heels throb. But as many office workers know, remaining seated most of the day isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. Sitting for long periods of time can cause its own hardships, such as back and neck pain.
Peter Opsvik and Hans Christian Mengshoel came to the rescue in 1979 when they invented the first kneeling chair. The concept of ergonomics was refined sometime later. When you combine the two, it spells relief. But kneeling chairs are by no means all alike. What works for one person might not work for the next, and there are plenty of options to choose from to meet your own unique needs. Keep reading to see our picks for the best kneeling chairs.
Best Overall: Mallboo Original Variable Balans Chair
It used to be that the Varier Variable Balans was the only kneeling chair modeled after that first one created by Mengshoel and Opsvik back in 1979. Now Mallboo has come up with one. It features the same Scandinavian look that’s a cut above more utilitarian chairs, so it will fit in nicely in any home or office space with its natural birch frame. In fact, it looks a little like a rocking chair.
The Malboo isn’t on wheels, but it does indeed rock. Its height isn’t adjustable, but you can rotate the seat up to 180 degrees to achieve a different sitting/style that’s most comfortable for you. You have a choice of four colors and the chair can safely hold up to 300 pounds.
Best Padding: DRAGONN Ergonomic Kneeling Chair
The whole idea behind an ergonomic chair is to adjust the angle of your lower body to ease the weight placed on your lower back in a conventional chair. DRAGONN’s 90-degree seating angle achieves this with a little help from the kneepads to keep you from tilting too far forward while you’re working away in ergonomic comfort.
But the best part is that all the padding is three inches thick — really far superior to most other chairs that are available. And the fabric is mesh, so it’s cool. The base is heavy duty metal and can hold up to 250 pounds. It’s adjustable from 21 inches up to 28 inches, so it comfortably supports taller bodies as well, and two of the caster wheels lock, meaning you won’t move if you don’t want to.
Best for Tall People: The SLEEKFORM Kneeling Chair
The SLEEKFORM kneeling chair has an easy-to-reach dial under the seat to adjust for up to an additional 7 inches in height, from 21 to 28 inches. The SLEEKFORM comfortably holds body weights of up to 50 more pounds than some of its competitors.
The frame is steel, the upholstery is black faux mesh leather and the padding is double thick. This also makes it a good choice for taller folks who will, by necessity, put a bit more weight on their knees when using a kneeling chair. The seat cushion is angled at a comfortable 90 degrees. And that padding is recycled material so you’ll be doing your part for the environment as well.
Best for Short People: Defy Desk Ergonomic Adjustable Kneeling Chair
Defy Desk’s kneeling chair allows for multiple height adjustments to ensure the correct sitting position even for those of smaller statures. It adjusts between 21 to 28 inches, making it suitable for everyone from children to adults. While some kneeling chairs don't angle their seats, this chair has an ideal angle that allows users to distribute weight evenly throughout their body while they sit. It also comes with three-inch foam pads which aid in keeping your back straight and your knees, shins, and bottom aligned.
The thick cushion also proves helpful for those who are shorter as it provides extra comfort and height when you’re sitting and trying to match your computer at eye level. The apparatus is sturdy, holding up to 250 pounds with a strong metal base. Moving it around isn't difficult either, as it comes with four caster rolling wheels and brakes that you can enable when you've positioned it where ou want.
Best for Comfort: The Flash Furniture Mobile Kneeling Chair With Reclining Back
Flash Furniture is a pretty well-known name when it comes to kneeling chairs. The company makes a few different chairs and stools and you really can’t go wrong with any of them, but this one deserves its own review.
The Mobile Kneeling Chair features something that Flash Furniture’s Wooden Kneeling Posture Office Chair doesn’t — that added touch of a backrest. But this isn’t just any backrest. It reclines for utmost comfort when you need it. It’s designed to support the lower back when it’s upright and in use. And the padding is more than two inches thick, so that makes this chair suitable for longer sitting/kneeling sessions, too. This chair is billed more as a home model because its back even lets you work — or game or watch television — lying down. It, too, offers a single, 17.75-inch long knee rest.
Best for Durability: The B248 by Boss
The B428 has a reputation for holding up long after other chairs give out, which is notable because this chair has some features that you might expect to break down or wear out after a while. One of them is the pneumatic airlift that lets you adjust for your height and comfort zone with the push of a button.
The frame is steel, about 26 inches high, and designed to be durable. The fabric is black, and yes, the B248 is ergonomic, urging your hips forward to promote better posture. It’s also one of the less expensive kneeling chairs out there, which is great considering all you get for your money.
Best for Storability: The Flash Furniture Wooden Kneeling Posture Office Chair
One of the neatest things about the Wooden Posture chair is the way it easily folds down flat for compact storage when you’re not using it or if you want to transport it between home and office. And it still offers all the things most other kneeling chairs do.
It’s adjustable, ergonomic and it has dual wheel casters for fluid mobility. It features a single kneepad rather than two separate ones, which is a nice touch, and it’s almost 18 inches long, giving you a lot of options for finding your most comfortable position. Its wooden frame looks nice, too. If you don’t care too much about folding the chair down so you can put it aside once in a while, the Flash Furniture Wooden Kneeling Stool is similar and costs less.
Best Design: Varier Variable Original Kneeling Chair
Designed in Oslo, the original kneeling chair by Varier Variable is our top choice for style as it combines aesthetics with function and durability. The chair embodies Scandinavian simplicity, with a lightweight design free of extraneous adjustable parts. This kneeling chair isn’t quite as affordable as our top choice, but its premium craftsmanship, comfortable design, and attractive aesthetics make it worthwhile. The wood supporting the tilted seat is gently curved so the chair follows your body’s natural upright posture; your back and shoulders thus relax, putting minimal pressure on your spinal discs. The rocker legs also stimulate muscle movement so you’re not in a constant static position that minimizes blood circulation.
In addition to ergonomics, the kneeling chair’s construction is sustainable, as well. The polyester seat is not only comfortable, but also made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastics. You can choose between a black or dark blue seat with an ash wood base.