Varier Variable Balans PLUS Kneeling Chair


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The new Varier Variable™ Balans PLUS kneeling chair is a sleeker, more optimized version of the original 1979 iconic Variable™. The Varier Variable™ Balans PLUS is a kneeling chair with back support. It has a fixed backrest with an upholstered cushion that is slightly larger than the original The backrest provides support when leaning back, while the shin cushions offer support while you lean forward. The curvature of the wooden runners is slightly increased, to encourage a balanced but dynamic position at all times. 

Designed by Peter Opsvik in 1979, the Variable Balans is the original kneeling chair. A Varier classic, the seat gently tilts the pelvis forward and encourages a natural, dynamic, and upright spine. The muscles in your abdomen and back will engage to keep the spine upright and your body balanced, which further strengthens core muscles and prevents back and shoulder tension. The angle between the upper and lower body increases, which greatly improves your circulation. As the body moves from an active to a relaxed posture, the flexible runners respond with a gentle rocking pendular motion. This 'active-sitting' kneeling chair with back support can also be equipped with an optional 'slat' style padded backrest.

  • NEW Varier Variable™ Balans PLUS kneeling chair with back support design from Peter Opsvik
  • Designed in Norway. Made in Europe. Stocked in the U.S.
  • High-quality HR polyurethane foam seat and knee pads
  • High-quality beech and ash veneer
  • All wood is from highly sustainable forests
  • Active sitting improves your circulation and posture
  • Overall dimensions are 28.5"D x 20.5"W x 20"H 
  • Easy to assemble
  • 240 lb. user weight limit
  • This kneeling chair with back support includes FREE Soft Tape to protect the runners, should you use it on a hard floor


Revive Fabric Colors with Natural Wood Finish; Black Wood Finish ONLY available with Black Fabric


Veneer Frame: Black or Natural



Comment: On the fence about buying a Varier chair? We encourage any hesitant customer by telling them this. Try it out. If you don't like it take it apart and return it to us. It's a slim line box that costs little to ship so returns are not costly. We only ask that while you are testing it out, keep it on a carpeted surface so that the bottom runners are not scratched. We take very few of these back and the retention rate is close to 99% which speaks volumes for how happy our customers are with the Variable. We think you might enjoy one as well. It's a high quality product made in Norway but stocked here in the USA. OfficeChairs USA is an authorized Varier retailer.




"The origin and ultimate reason for the brain's existence is not to help us think or feel or create art but to control the movement of the body" - Daniel Wolpert

What we need is movement, and I'm not talking about the frantic Weekend Warrior-ism currently in vogue. No, what we need is a middle ground. Too-little movement leads to tissue stagnancy; muscles shrink and become reflexively tight creating pseudo-stability. Holding bad positions statically for long periods, like sitting hunched over a desk, lead to low-level chronic shear loads across tissues. This creates inflammation and muscle pain; Both of which, you guessed it, aren't awesome. Too-much movement of a very high intensity could potentially damage structures, such as when you break a bone or tear a tendon. Clearly, the path to health is somewhere between the two.

"Motion is lotion"  - A wise man somewhere

Simply using the Varier chairs leads to whole host of benefits over normal chairs,

and your joints will begin to feel a lot better. 





20.5"W x 28.5"D x 20"H
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Basically, Varier Furniture does not offer additional rights over and above the current customer laws. Varier Furniture AS, Håhjem, N-6260 Skodje, Norway offers an extended guarantee to customers who register their products in our Guarantee Database. This can be done by accessing our web site Once registered, a proof of guarantee will be issued and sent by mail. Registration gives the right to the following guarantee: 7 year guarantee against fabrication faults on the wooden parts 5 year guarantee against fabrication faults on the mechanism Consumer rights, according to the current consumer law, are in addition to the guarantee and are not affected by the guarantee. Varier Furniture Extended Guarantee is based on the following conditions: Normal use The product being used for the purpose it is designed for The product only being used indoors The product being properly maintained as described in the maintenance/user guide Production of the original purchase receipt To utilize the extended guarantee, proof of guarantee shall be submitted together with the original purchase receipt Varier Furniture Extended Guarantee does not cover: Any condition due to normal wear of the material (for example, color fading and wear and tear) Any condition due to the natural character of the materials (for example, color 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 Varier Furniture will: Replace or repair the defective part or product Cover normal transportation costs for the replacement part or product from Varier 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 Varier’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 Varier Furniture, together with documentation and necessary photographs. Varier 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 fibers) 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.