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Varier Thatsit Balans

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37.00 LBS
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Product Description

The Varier Thatsit Balans is a kneeling chair that’s designed to take stress of your lower back by re-distributing your body weight over your knees and shins. This chair allows you to easily shift your weight from your butt/thigh area over to your knees/shins so that you are getting more even weight distribution over different areas of your body.

Varier Thatsit Balans Kneeling Chair - Options

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  • No Soft Tape - Chair best used on carpeted floors
  • With Soft Tape for Hardwood Floors (+$30.00) - We recommend the use of soft tape for hard floors. This will help protect your chair from hard surfaces which can be abrasive over time.


Varier Thatsit Balans Kneeling Chair Specifications

Product Specs

  • Dimensions: 36.2” length x 22.0 width x 36.6” – 40.6” height (adjustable backrest changes chair height)
  • Weight: 14 pounds
  • Frame: Laminated wood with beech core


Varier Thatsit Balans Kneeling Chair - Features


Varier Thatsit Balans Kneeling Chair - Features

  • Re-distributes weight from your butt/thighs to your shins (and vice-versa) which promotes a healthier spine by alleviating stress on your lower back.
  • Encourages the “open position” where your torso and thighs is opened past 90 degrees. This promotes a natural upright spine position even while seated and allows for better breathing too.
  • Padded Seat and Shin Cushions available in many colors/fabrics.
  • Strong yet light wooden frame harvested only from sustainable forests.
  • Each Varier Thatsit Balans is handcrafted in Norway.



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Editor’s Review

By Jensen Lee

The Varier Thatsit Balans is a “kneeling” chair, which means that it is designed to take stress off the lower back by re-distributing a portion of a person’s body weight from the butt and lower back to the knees and shins. In a culture where many people are spending more and more time sitting in front of computers every day, chronic back pain is a serious concern that has more people than ever populating their offices with ergonomically designed furniture. Varier’s predecessor to the Thatsit is the Varier Variable Balans, a kneeling chair that has been around since 1979. With this updated spin-off, Varier has added back support that isn’t part of the original Balans. The Thatsit model also has a broader, longer frame as well as a wider seat giving it a bit more solid construction.

What you can immediately see when looking at the two chairs side by side, is that the Thatsit Balans has a bigger frame. The frame of the Thatsit Balans measures 36.2” long versus the Variable Balans’ frame which measures 28.3” long. This translates to a seat that is about 20% larger which provides a bigger sitting area for the individual – which is more comfortable during extended sitting periods. The width of the frame is wider too – measuring 22.0” wide on the Thatsit versus 20.5” on the Variable.

Other differences in the Varier Thatsit Balans include adjustability components not found in the Variable Balans. With the Thatsit Balans, the shin rests are adjustable in two ways. First, you can pivot the shin rests so that they are angled in a more vertical or horizontal position than the default setting. Secondly, you can bring the shin rests closer to the seat or more away from the seat (depending how long your legs are) to find a more natural fit.

The backrest is adjustable on the Thatsit Balans as well. You can adjust the distance of the backrest from the back of the seat – bring the backrest closer to you to sit more upright, or push the backrest back if you prefer a position that’s more open. You can also adjust the height of the back rest up or down so it provides the back support you’re looking for.

Like the Variable Balans, the Thatsit Balans encourages an “open position” which is when the angle between your torso and thighs is opened past 90 degrees. This open position gives you a more natural upright spine position which is more similar to standing. The open position also promotes better and deeper breathing, which keeps you concentrating over longer periods of time at work.


The assembly process for the Varier Thatsit is pretty straight forward. In a nutshell – there are two runners which form the bottom of your chair, the seat, the backrest, and two shin rests. Securing the seat on top of the runners, joins the two runners together at the top. There’s also a small brace further down which joins the runners together at the bottom. A total of six bolts puts the frame of this chair together.

Once the frame is assembled, the backrest attaches pretty easily. All you have to do is install the adjustment lever underneath the seat, which is where the backrest anchors to the chair. The adjustment lever is secured with three bolts.

Finally, you’ll want to attach the shin rests to the runners. Each shin rests requires two bolts each. All the bolts on this chair are tightened with an allen wrench, which comes included. In all, a total of 13 bolts are used in the assembly – six for the frame, three for the adjustment lever securing the backrest, and four for the shin rests. I studied the assembly manual for about five minutes, and then the assembly itself took about 15 minutes. Once you start, it’s pretty hard to mess up. Everything was pretty intuitive; it’s pretty obvious where the parts should go.



The adjustable shin rests seemed like a smart idea so different people can adjust it to their particular size whether you have long legs, short legs or in between. I set the shin rests a bit higher at first for a position that gave me a slightly more “traditional” sitting posture. But then I played around with the placement and found that moving the shin rests to a position farther from my body allowed me to sit with my back being supported higher up on the back rest, and my thighs settled into an even greater “open” angle to my torso. One of the fundamental concepts behind kneeling chairs is “movement” through a variety of proper postures that are healthier for our bodies. After all, we are designed for upright positions and open angles at the hips, not slouched down with our backs hunched and our weight focused on numbing our butts. Sitting with your back at a right angle or more acute – the way typical chairs tend to position people – can lead to serious muscular and skeletal problems from the neck and shoulders down throughout the back and to the hips. Back issues are infamous for being chronic problems once they develop, not to mention that they are often difficult to treat effectively. Really, the best way to treat a back problem is to prevent it from developing, and that’s exactly what ergonomic furniture like the Balans kneeling chair is designed to do.



Most people are pretty confident they know what a chair looks like: four legs, a flat seat and a straight back. Maybe a four or five star base instead of four legs if you’ve got an office chair with castors and wheels so you can roll from your desk over to the printer. But the Varier Thatsit Balans takes the generic humdrum idea of what a chair is supposed to look like and takes the legs out from under it, so to speak. You can tell by perusing the pictures that it could pass as a piece of art, like some modernist sculpture. And in-person, it looks even more futuristic. With such a modern, sleek look, the Thatsit Balans is simply a great piece of furniture to have in your office or home if you are into a more modern aesthetic. Of course, once I sat in it, I realized it is as comfortable as it is cool.

The chair has a sturdy wooden frame that comes in two colors: black or natural, which is similar in color to a lighter wood finish. The chair I have has the black frame as well as black fabric on the shin rests, seat and back support, but if you’re into a more colorful look you can also choose green, red, blue or latte (cream-colored) for the fabric.

Like the original Varier Balans kneeling chair, the Thatsit has two parallel curved runners anchoring the base of the frame. Measuring 22” wide and 36” from front to back, Thatsit is larger and therefore a bit sturdier than the original Balans. The curve of the runners allows you to rock in the chair in a controlled manner, which is a great way to stretch your legs while sitting when you put your feet on the floor out of the shin rests when you need a stretch.

The back support is one of the best features of the Varier Thatsit Balans. The back support, like the knee/shin rests, can be adjusted to fit your size and personal comfort. It provides focused lumbar support with the back rest rising centrally where the spine gets the focus of the support. The back support also has horizontal supports flaring out so that your elbows can rest on it when sitting in a leaned back position.

Probably the most important part of design are the knee/shin rests. Being able to lean your weight on these is what allows the chair to relieve stress from back. I can lean far forward with my elbows on my desk when reading on my monitor for a position that is like being on my knees but without the strain of my knees being on the floor. Being able to distribute my weight comfortably through my shins on the padded rests immediately feels less stressful when compared to sitting on a traditional chair. I can also lean my weight far back resting my forearms on the unobtrusive arm rest. For such a specifically designed chair, there are a surprising number of positions you can find with it. This plays right into the idea of “movement” while sitting that goes along with the basic idea of ergonomics.


What I like/What I don't Like

What I like: I love the look of this chair, just very unique. I also love all of the positions I’ve found because of the adjustable knee/shin rest and adjustable back rest positions, something that surprised me about the chair. The curved runners let me rock forward and backward, but the seat is designed so it naturally finds the right positions that keep you in an “open” position.

What I don’t like: Getting into and out of the Thatsit can be a little awkward when you’re first getting used to it. Since you are getting into the chair rather than just sitting on it, you can’t really push out of it or move the base of it the way you can with a traditional chair. But I have gotten used to it, and besides, the chair is designed for engaged sitting and not getting up and down from it constantly.


As I’ve said, the Varier Thatsit Balans is a very modern and unique-looking chair that will make for an attractive addition to any home or office. But beyond its hip looks, this is a chair that will alleviate the back and leg aches that come from extended periods of sitting, so it is perfect for anyone who works sitting at a computer most of the day. Though not as agile as some traditional chairs that swivel or roll, the shin/knee rests and lumbar support in this kneeling chair make the Thatsit Balans a great piece for anyone interested in ameliorating the aches and fatigue that come from sitting for extended periods of time.

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Warranty Information

Product Warranty

• Seven year warranty on wooden parts
• Five year warranty on mechanisms
• Three year warranty on foams and upholstery

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  1. Comfy and adjustable 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st Feb 2018

    I've been thinking about buying this chair for years, and I finally convinced myself that it's worth the investment. And oooh I'm glad I did.

    The first thing to point out about it is how adjustable it is. It fits a great range of heights and body types b/c of this. I'm a tall (6'3''), skinny guy, and I use the knee supports in the setting before the longest. Meaning a taller dude could still use this and be perfectly comfortable.

    The other thing I love is it keeps my back straight and in an alert type of posture. I've never had back pain, so I don't necessarily know much about the benefits of this posture, but if you have back pain and are looking for a chair to keep you sitting up straight, this chair will definitely do that.

  2. Varier Thatsit 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th Mar 2016

    This is a fantastic, and dare I say futuristic chair even though I know it's been out for several years now. Such a different concept than sitting on your butt all day. I do find myself leaning forward a bit when sitting in my Thatsit, putting more weight over my shins so the re-distribution of body weight is real which feels different, but very comfortable at the same time. Being able to rock periodically is a big plus too. I only wish I had gotten one sooner!

  3. Feels great getting in this chair 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 22nd Nov 2013

    I use two chairs at work - my "regular" chair and my Thatsit and I alternate between the two during the day. The Thatsit is a really nice change of position from my regular chair, and I often think "Ah... that feels so good" when I get in it. It's just a different way of sitting with my weight shifted a bit more forward and the slight rocking you get with the Thatsit. The other thing I like about it is 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 I can move around quite a bit which I enjoy. The only negative is that it doesn't have wheels underneath and it doesn't spin so it's not good for rolling around or fumbling thru office drawers around your desk. But I do like the rocking action a lot so that's a good trade off for me. Overall I really like the Thatsit and it provides a nice break from my regular chair which is often needed.