Varier Thatsit Balans Active Kneeling Chair w/ Back

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Thatsit is a statement piece; it consists of bold, contrasting shapes that exude movement. It’s classic, artful design supports your body like no other chair. From the concave backrest to the rounded runners, the Thatsit creates balance in all postures. Its dynamic positioning offers a seamless transition that makes constant motion basically undetectable. It defines any space with modern elegance and fits brilliantly in a work environment.

Thatsit is made from top quality beech plywood from European forests. The plywood is treated through an iterative molding process where several veneer layers are combined and glued. Through the application of combined heat and pressure, the layers are given their characteristic shape, making our Thatsit stand out from the crowd. All wooden parts are flexible and strong, ensuring a sitting experience that is never static. For a beautiful finish, our plywood is covered with ash top veneer, manually sanded and coated with water-based, non-toxic lacquers.

Varier Variable™ balans® Resources:


  • Seat Size: 18.5”W x 16”D

  • Knee Pad Size: 11”L x 6”W

  • Height from Front of Seat: 18.5”H

  • Height from Back of Seat: 19.5”H

  • Overall Dimensions: 34″D x 19.75″W x 36.5-39.75″H

  • Weight Capacity: 250 lbs.

  • Chair Weight: 28 lbs.

  • Shipping Weight: 30 lbs.

  • Shipping Box Dimensions: 32″ x 21.5″ x 7.5″



Padded Backrest

The Thatsit™ Balans® kneeling chair includes a backrest in its design. The backrest is a “t” shape and features the same foam padding and fabric as the seat and knee pads. The backrest is both depth and height adjustable. It does a lot of the work for you, in terms of sitting up straight. The backrest can also be used as armrests if you lean back. This makes it easier to take a break from your work and relax for a few minutes. Having a backrest is pretty unique for a kneeling chair and it helps quite a bit to help you stay in an upright posture. Mix up your seating position by straddling the chair backwards and using the backrest as a chest support.

Optional Soft Tape

Avoid scratches on your hard floors by using soft tape. Protect your chair and floor surfaces with this soft tape that applies to the runners of the Thatsit™ Balans®. The color of the soft tape is a beige, similar to that of the wooden frame. To apply, you just attach the tape to the bottom of the runners to protect the base and your floor.



Padded Back Rest

Build Quality

Build Quality

The Thatsit™ Balans® kneeling chair is very well built. It is not only composed of the highest quality components, but it also has the most functionality and adjustability compared to other kneeling chairs. The build is very similar to the Variable™ Balans®. The frame is a sled-based design and is made from multiple layers of beech plywood. This gives the wood more durability while also being lightweight. It is flexible and strong enough to deal with the frame being in motion all the time. The beech plywood has a layer of ash veneer that is hand sanded and sealed with a lacquer. All the padding is made from good quality polyurethane foam. The fabric is also a good quality recycled polyester.


The Thatsit™ Balans® comes with a few ways to adjust the chair, which is uncommon with most other kneeling chairs. The first adjustment is adjustable knee pads. There is a hand screw on the back of the knee pad. You can loosen the screw to move the knee pad up or down. The adjustment zone is on the front curve of the base so changing the height of the pad also changes the angle too. When you find the position you like, re-tighten the hand screw.

The next adjustment is the depth of the backrest. There is a lever underneath the seat. You can pull the lever which will allow the backrest to move forward or backward. The last adjustment is the height of the backrest. There is a hand screw behind the backrest. Loosening the hand screw will let you move it up or down. You can then lock it in the new position by tightening the hand screw. You have a few inches of height adjustment to help position the backrest in the most comfortable position.





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Warranty and Shipping

The wood frame is covered for seven years. The foam, fabric, labor and shipping are covered for five years. Normal wear and tear are not covered.

A warranty is only included on chairs purchased from an authorized dealer



Upholstery & Frame

The frame on the Thatsit™ Balans® is a natural ash finish with a clear lacquer. The fabric is recycled polyester and is available in black only. The fabric is recycle polyester, called Revive, and is only available in black for the Thatsit chair. Revive is a vibrant upholstery textile made from post-consumer recycled polyester (PET). Its main focus is to reduce environmental impact, both in production and natural resources. The efficient production of creating fabric from recycled water bottles uses less energy while dramatically decreasing CO2 emissions. Revive is inspired by the textures, colors and materials of harbours and fishing boats. It features subtle chevron-like shapes, but appears to be solid when viewed from a distance.

Seat Comfort

There are a few reasons why the Thatsit™ Balans® has a very comfortable seat. The first is that it features a large seat and it is a normal rectangle. There are no awkward cutouts, so you have a large sitting surface. It is the closest in size to a normal office chair compared to most kneeling chairs. It also has a good amount of padding. The padding is high quality polyurethane. It holds its shape well and doesn’t bottom out. The recycled polyester fabric is also comfortable to the touch. The seat on the Thatsit™ Balans® has a slight forward slope. It is not as angled as the Variable™ Balans®. The angle is closer to a normal office chair. The seat gives plenty of space and offers supportive padding.

Seat Comfort

Knee Pad Comfort

Knee Pad Comfort

The Thatsit™ Balans® has adjustable knee pads. It is one of the only kneeling chairs with this functionality. There is a hand screw behind each knee pad that allows you to move it up or down, which also changes the angle slightly. The adjustable knee pads are a great compliment to the flat seat design. The flexible wood frame also helps get your shins into a comfortable position.

The knee pads themselves are good quality. They have high-end foam and fabric, like the seat. They provide good support for multiple hours at a time. They are not overly padded. The knee pads are comfortable and the ability to adjust them ensures they are in the correct position on your shins.

Range of Motion

The The range of motion on a kneeling chair is largely dependent on the base style chosen. The sled base design on the Thatsit™ Balans® ensures that it has a good range of motion. Like the Variable™ Balans®, there is a kink in the base that gives you a couple different regions to rock in. Being able to rock back and forth makes a huge difference in staying comfortable while sitting. The nature of the leg positioning can be restrictive so being able to move helps to make you feel less restricted.

Another unique feature about the range of motion on the Thatsit™ Balans® is that the frame is flexible. The frame is designed to bend and wiggle. This allows you to move around in the chair more than just rocking because you have so many directions to move while in the chair.



Range of Motion



The idea behind the Normal ergonomic office chairs aim to get you in a position where almost everything is at a 90°. They put your ankles, knees, hips and elbows all at 90° angles. You are meant to get into the optimal position and stay there. The philosophy behind the Thatsit™ Balans® is much different than a normal ergonomic office chair. Instead of 90° angles, your legs and hips are at a more open angle and you are meant to move. The sled base allows you to rock back and forth and the flexibility in the frame gives you lateral and twisting motions.

Being able to move while you work helps to engage your core and use more of your muscles. This means you are using more energy and burning more calories. The ability to always be moving and fidgeting really helps to make the chair more comfortable. Kneeling chairs are also sometimes a preferred type of chair for people with lower back or tailbone pain. For some people, the seat design helps to alleviate pressure and make sitting more comfortably.


For the Thatsit™ Balans®, the wood frame is covered for seven years. The foam, fabric, labor and shipping are covered for five years. Normal wear and tear are not covered. A warranty is only included on chairs purchased from an authorized dealer.



5/7 Year Warranty

About Varier

About Varier

Varier is a modern Scandinavian brand inspired by movement. Known for superior quality and effortless design, their products embody activity, freedom, and innovation. They strive to design furniture that is both aesthetically pleasing and good for you. Since 1979, their chairs have offered a uniquely uncompromising experience. They have been meticulously designed in close collaboration with some of the most iconic Scandinavian designers, including Opsvik, Øie, Ekstrøm, Salto and Sigsgaard, and have been widely recognized for their positive effects on health.