20 inches - compatible with regular desk height 28-30."
Recommended 4.6" to 6.1" Shorter users may add the Distance Pads. Taller users should consider the Thatsit Balans.
Wood Frame: 7 Years. Upholstery: 5 years
->Check our unboxing and assembly instruction video:
Upholstery Curated Amongst The Best
The Varier upholstery collection is carefully curated in collaboration with creative talents and brought to you by the leading manufacturers in the industry. All fabrics and leathers have been tested for quality, durability, and comfort, following strict sustainability requirements.
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We are updating stock and lead times at least twice a week from the official North American Varier warehouse to make sure you get the most accurate information.
Chair options available in Quick Ship - REVIVE fabric:
Black on Natural or Black Wood
Red on Natural Wood
Dark Grey on Natural or Black Wood
Dark Blue on Natural Wood
Those ship within 3 to 5 business days from our warehouse in Colorado per UPS or FEDEX ground transport, for which you will receive detailed tracking information. Ground transport takes about 3 to 5 business days.
Crafted in Europe at Varier's factory, your custom made chair is delivered to you in about 3 to 4 months
Upon arrival in the US, your chair ships per UPS or FEDEX ground transport, for which you will receive detailed tracking information.
Varier accepts withdrawal right only within 24 hours after you complete your order.
Varier accepts no returns
If your chair gets damaged during transport, we will replace what needs to be replaced. We have a very reactive and efficient team at our warehouse in Colorado that will take care of your situation in just a couple of days. Contact email@example.com if you have any questions/situations.
(We're in the middle of a whole house renovation hence the mess in the photo).
The chair is great, keeps me moving and reminds me to engage my core, I'm not as stiff as normal :)
Two questions though, first, I would love to be about three inches higher for proper keyboard height at my desk. Any suggestions other than finding a new desk? Second, my chair creaks so much. It sounds like old Ikea furniture. Any suggestions how I might fix that? I assume it's an assembly problem...
The chair arrived exactly when it was scheduled to! Easy to assemble, I love it. My back felt better from the moment I tried it.
The chair is great! the back is awful.
The only thing I would suggest to change is that the instructions could be a little more clear. The wooden dowels need to be placed in specific holes and that was not very clear to me and I placed them in the wrong hole and needed to get them back out. Other than that, it was pretty easy!
it's perfect and beautiful! Thank you so much for helping me with this. I really appreciate it.
Game changer, should’ve switched to the Balans chair sooner!
Jenna Anne C.
I've never felt more comfortable working. My back feels so much better. Definitely recommend. The black color does collect a lot of lint but doesn't really bother me.
Marie Julian A.
Love my kneeling chair. Incredibly easy to set up and all the tools are provided for you with a simple instruction sheet. Love the range of colors that were provided, it was hard to choose. I went with the classic black with natural wood. Definitely one of my favorite purchases this year and customer service was fast to respond with any questions I had. I have been using this chair for a few days now and my back has never felt better especially with working from home and being on my desk most of the time. Highly recommend this if you’re thinking of getting it!
My work involves a lot of computer time, and I basically thought that all seating options would be mildly uncomfortable and not conducive to good posture. But I love this chair—my lower back and hip flexors haven't been this happy since before I had a desk job!
Phil Zen here. The Variable Balans is a bestseller, and I wanted to give it a try.
- The woods feel sturdy and have a beautiful smooth sanding.
- The Revive fabric feels nice, too and is not itchy on my skin.
- Assembly is straightforward and took about 5 min (Check out our unboxing video).
- It is lightweight, easy to move around, and has a small footprint.
- The overall chair feels and looks like a durable quality product.
- I am 6'5 - 190lbs, and the chair works for me too. I used it on a regular 30inch desk.
I tend to slouch and have been fighting back pain. The chair helps with keeping a better natural posture with little effort.
- The seating surface and shin rests are a bit firm and provide good stability and comfort. Softer cushions limit your blood flow.
- It took me a few hours to get used to it. I was trying to find the right balance between seating and kneeling. The recommendation is to put 90% of our weight on the seat and use the chin rests to support your legs. Once you find that balance, it is a great experience.
- The wobbling and rocking of the chair are fun and feel great. It offers that unconscious movement of an active chair.
Overall I understand the success of this chair. It is an excellent alternative to a standard task chair, and its slick design, lightweight, and small footprint make it a versatile piece of furniture around the house or an office. I will need to buy another one as my wife already took it from me (I knew it is not unusual to have to buy more than one).
I’ve had back issues since working from home. My desk set up was not very ergonomic. This chair is helping with my back and neck issues and improving my posture!
Spent good amount of time researching and I’m glad I choose the quality product. Very well made and great quality. Has some flex which is normal and no concerns over ability of product to hold my weight. The chair does take some getting use to but I can sit for a couple of hours at a time. It is definitely helping my posture which is one of the reasons I purchased.
Had a shipping hiccup but it was much appreciated that when you call you get straight through to Phil who resolves the matter. I wish contacting other companies was as easy
Thanks for great product
Great product at a great price with fast shipping. Thanks Phil!
super easy to get put together and already using it!
I like it, and I’ve tightened all the screws, it just feels a bit wobbly (side-to-side). If I’d known that, I would have spent more for a more stable-feeling chair.
The chair shipped SUPER QUICKLY (in 2 DAYS!!) and was in immaculate condition. Assembly was very straight forward and the chair is exactly what we wanted!
I waited toooooo long to get one of these chairs—so happy to have it now! It makes for a nice pairing with a more traditional setting and makes my work less taxing—by a lot! Also, a special shout out to Phil Zen for getting this to me so quickly!
Easy to put together. Seems very well made. I am getting used to sitting on it but I do like it! Very happy with my purchase.
Purchase experience was simple. We had a snag but Phil was very responsive. Chair took only a week to arrive. Putting it together was straightforward. I appreciate the natural look of wood and how it wiggles. I needed something for my poor leg circulation and allowed me to figgit and adjust without thinking. Puts less pressure on my tailbone than the typical desk chair too, though can't get away from the soreness altogether. Getting old is not fun.
Chair is as promised. I have only had it for one day, but so far it is working out good.
Although shipping took a long time I love my new chair
Great alternative to a regular chair. I don’t mind being at my desk for hours with this chair.
Comfortable and stylish
My posture has been transformed after 1 week. It’s bananas!
Probably should have bought the back.
Difficult for me to sit in this for more than an hour, but it's a core work out.
It would be nice if the kneeling pads were slightly concave in the middle somehow.
Otherwise, pretty great.
My first kneeling chair was not of this quality and was a little bit of a turnoff.
The Balans chair is the real deal and I am so grateful to have invested in it - no more neck/back pain while sitting for extended periods. I purchased the backrest along with the chair and it is a great addition.
Money well spent!
PS. It looks cool.
Fast service, great communication and excellent product and price.
Love the quality of the varier chair
Love the quality of the varier chair, so easy to put together. The chair is very comfortable and I love it’s clever design.
Seamless purchase, excellent customer service!
Phil Zen Design was having a sale on the Variable Balans kneeling chair I wanted. I ordered it online, and noticed that the website stated shipping could be anywhere from up to 20 days. When I did a live a live chat, the owner himself responded. He checked the inventory, verified it was in stock, and told me it would ship that week. Total time from ordering to receiving the chair was 10 days. Very pleased with the whole process, and recommended both the chair and Phil Zen Design to a friend who would order from them today.
I love the chair!
The chair came in fast and in perfect condition. I especially love how easy it was to put together. Thanks, I love the chair!
A stellar choice
After the Wing, it is the second-best kneeling chair on the market today. It’s high-quality and although a little on the pricey side, it’s still well within the realm of possibility for a broad swath of the market.
If you’ve found yourself disappointed by office chairs you’ve owned in the past and are looking for the ultimate expression of ergonomic excellence and comfort, it may be time to consider venturing off the beaten path and looking for something a little on the unconventional side. Kneeling chairs are a fantastic option, and we recommend this one without reservation.
Worth every penny
I bought this after much review and after reading terrible reviews of the many knockoffs of this design on the market. As a musician in my 50's I have some some long running back issues and have wanted a kneeling chair for quite a while.
I am also a big fan of European designs as I own a number of music related instruments built by small European companies. So I went into this sale confident about the quality I expected for this price point. Now a month or so later, I am very happy with the quality and my back is much happier as a result. This chair can work your core if you balance the sitting position so that your weight is not focused on the shins/calves or you can alternate your weight in different ways and keep the movement flowing. I sometimes find myself putting my feet on the floor and rock gently back and forth. It's great. Very happy with this purchase. I may purchase the backrest at some point.