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The original kneeling chair, Variable Balans by Varier, encourages active sitting by creating a cycle of continous movement. 


The classic Balans® that started a sitting revolution.

In 1979 Varier launched a sitting revolution that spread throughout Europe and the USA, the groundbreaking Variable™ Balans®. The chair reflected the playful spirit of the 1970’s with simple, dynamic, and ergonomic design. The chair is still very popular today.

The Variable Balans encourages movement and supports the body through each movement made. Body and chair, action and reaction, in a cycle of continuous motion that energizes and enlivens the body and mind and helps you focus.

Considered "the Original Kneeling chair", the Variable Balans chair has become the benchmark for all kneeling chair designs.


  • Forward-sloped seats on a curved wooden rocker base support the body in a seated, kneeling position. This allows the angle between the thighs and torso to increase, allowing the body to naturally adopt an upright posture, relieving spinal pressures and facilitating deeper breathing.
  • Kneepads secure your body on the sloped seat and rest your feet toward the back.
  • Polyurethane foam cushions the seat and kneepads.
  • Compact and lightweight.
  • Ash wood frame is strong and durable. Wood is harvested from sustainably farmed sources.
  • Handcrafted by Norwegian artisans.
  • Weight capacity 250 lbs.
  • Assembly required.

Manufacturer's literature


Floor Protection Tape for Balans Variable, Thatsit, Pendulum, Actulum
Wood Backrest for the Variable Balans
Variable Balans Distance Blocks. Special Order


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by Jeff B
on 10/25/2013
My most prized posession
We’ve had a Variable balans chair since ‘87 or ‘88. My father, a college professor, would sit and think and work. He gave the balans to me 6 or 8 years ago. Who would’ve thought that an old, used chair would become one of my most prized possessions, so greatly valued out of pure necessity? Now I am my father’s age at the time he bought the chair and – having endured a lengthy recovery from a bilateral laminectomy back operation three years ago (L4 + L5) – I’m glad to be sitting on it now. And, like my father, I’ve found that the balans is the only chair I’m comfortable in for any length of time (say, anything longer than 5 or 10 minutes!); it helped me return to work through terrible back pain. We’ve reupholstered the chair twice; not bad in all these years! Sadly, the chair was cracked during a move when a refrigerator fell into it, so I’m very careful to move just so . . . . Today is a very special day because I am ordering a new Variable balans chair. You can’t change perfection.
by Fredda S
on 10/25/2013
The most comfortable chair I have EVER sat in!
When I first saw and tried a Variable Balans chair in a store, it was in the mid-1970's. Altho' I've always wanted to own one, it wasn't until recently that I received a Balans chair as a gift. From the first minute it has been the most comfortable chair I have EVER sat in. My job as an operating room nurse requires a lot of standing, or running around [depends on the assignment of the day]; so, when I sit at home, I really need my poor aching back to be as comfortable as it can be. And, using the Variable Balans chair at my computer is perfect. Thank you, thank you for keeping the basic design for the last 30 years!! My question is: would you be able to design a similar chair for commuting? "
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Use | Fit 


  • There are many different ways of sitting in the chair - toes touching the floor or not, one leg out, one leg in, using the kneepads or not, so you can move around quite a bit.
  • One negative is that it doesn't have wheels underneath so it doesn't spin and it's not good for rolling around or fumbling through the office drawers around your desk. But it does rock, which is a health benefit, so it's a trade off.


  • Fits both children and adults from about 5'0" to 5'9".
  • Fits both children and small adults over 4'3" with the optional extension blocks accessory that reduce the distance between the kneepads and the seat.
  • We do not recommend the Variable Balance for those over 5'9", those with very long legs, or those with big feet. For these individuals there may not be enough room for the legs, forcing the knees to bend further than is comfortable.
  • Use of the Variable Balans kneeling chair requires a minimum 130° knee flexion range of motion (bending of the knee). This is well within the normal range of motion for a healthy knee, but those with knee pathology may have lost this freedom of motion. A knee forced to bend beyond its available range of motion could cause harm.
  • Weight capacity 250 lbs.


Cushions Polyurethane foam
Dimensions 20.08" H x 20.47" W x 28.35" D
51 cm H x 52 cm W x 72 cm D
Weight 13 lbs


Variér warranty

Variér Furniture offers an extended warranty to customers who register their products in the Variér product database.

The warranty is limited and covers only manufacturing defects and does not cover misuse, normal wear and tear and defects caused by exposure to sunlight. Registration gives the right to the following guarantee:

  • 7 years guarantee against fabrication faults on wooden parts.
  • 5 years guarantee against fabrication faults on the mechanism.
  • 3 years guarantee on upholstery and foam.

This requires a successfully completed registration of the product in the Variér Extended Warranty database, and that the warranty certificate is submitted together with the original receipt (proof of purchase). Once registration is completed, proof of guarantee will be sent to you via email.

The Variér Furniture Extended Guarantee is based on the following conditions:

  • Normal use
    • The product is being used for the purpose for which it is designed.
    • The product only being used indoors.
    • The product being properly maintained as described in the maintenance/user guide.
  • Original purchase receipt
    • To utilize the extended guarantee, proof of guarantee shall be submitted together with the original purchase receipt.

The Variér Furniture Extended Guarantee does not cover:

  • Any condition due to normal wear of the material (for example, colour fading and wear and tear).
  • Any condition due to the natural character of the materials (for example, colour differences in wood, leather or fabric).
  • Any condition due to influences from external factors such as sun or light, temperature, dampness or pollution.
  • Other damages (for example, damage made during fitting, damage to the floor, other furniture, etc.).

Under the Extended Guarantee Variér Furniture will:

  • Replace or repair the defective part or product.
  • Cover normal transportation costs for the replacement part or product from Variér to the retailer where the product was purchased. The purchaser is responsible for covering the return costs to the retailer.
  • Reserve the right to replace defective parts in colors that are available at the time of the claim.
  • Reserve the right to deliver a replacement product in instances where the product in question is no longer in production at the time of the claim. This product shall be of the same quality and value.

Process for making a claim under the Extended Guarantee:

  • Any queries relating to the extended guarantee shall normally be directed to the retailer from whom the product was purchased. Queries should be raised as soon as possible after detection of the defect. A proof of purchase must always be submitted.
  • If a claim is made under the Extended Guarantee, the registration receipt (proof of guarantee) must be produced together with the proof of purchase.
  • The product shall normally be transported to the retailer or be available for inspection by the retailer or Variér’s sales representative.
  • Photographs and other documentation that document the defect or damage shall be provided.
  • If the retailer is certain that the damage is due to a fabrication fault he shall send the claim to Variér Furniture, together with documentation and necessary photographs. Variér Furniture shall evaluate repair or replacement of the product or replacement of any part due to fabrication error.

Other conditions that could affect the Extended Guarantee:

  • The cushions will change form following normal use and age. This must not be confused with loss of elasticity which can be attributed to a fabrication fault.
  • The cover (both material and leather) will stretch as a result of normal use. This must not be confused with loss of elasticity which can be attributed to a fabrication fault.
  • Folds and wrinkles may occur and are not grounds for a claim.
  • Lack of cleaning could seriously impact the lifetime of the furniture.
  • Any cover that is a synthetic material (for example, micro fibres) will on movement against the surface of the cushion, generate static electricity. This may prevent the cover reverting back to its original form after rising from the chair. The purchaser may perceive these as wrinkles or folds. However, these are temporary and can be removed by a single stroke of the hand. This must not be confused with loss of elasticity or problems with the shape which can be attributed to a fabrication error.


Revive Polyester Upholstery
Revive is polyester fabric composed of post-consumer recycled bottles and it's available in 25 color options. Environmentally friendly and cleanable. 60,000 double rub abrasion resistance
Dinamica Classica Microfiber Upholstery
Smooth faux suede fabric. Soft to touch, easy to clean and very hard wearing. Fade and pill-resistant. Breathable. 88% Polyester; 12% Polyerethane.
Dinamica Melange Microfiber Upholstery
Smooth faux suede fabric. Soft to touch, easy to clean and very hard wearing. Fade and pill-resistant. Breathable. 88% Polyester; 12% Polyerethane.
Dolce Polyurethane Upholstery
Durable commercial-quality 100% polyurethane upholstery. Cleans easily with soap and water. Disinfectible with bleach. Scratch resistant.
Fame Wool Upholstery
Natural wool fabric is luxuriously soft, exceptionally stretchy, cleanable. 200,000 double rub abrasion resistance surpasses industry standards. Meets California TB 117 flammability requirements.
Hallingdal Wool Upholstery
Hard wearing wool-blend upholstery. Yarn-dyed beautiful and long-lasting color. 70% wool; 30% rayon.
Steelcut Trio 2 Wool Upholstery
Yarn-dyed wool woven with three different colors in strong, clear hues. 90% Wool; 10% Nylon.
Remix 2 Wool Upholstery
Elegant woolen upholstery in inspired colors. 90% new wool worsted; 10% nylon.
Step Polyester Upholstery
Durable, stain-resistant, polyester material designed to meet demanding requirements. Cleanable and disinfectible. 100% Trevira CS polyester.
Prescott Semi-Aniline Leather

Prescott leather is a natural, half-grain semi-aniline leather, manufactured in Italy.  Its soft, well-defined texture result in a top-quality, durable leather products.

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Variable Balans
Brand: Varier
Item #: 7VR-VRB
Our Price: $479.00

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