Customize your Variable Balans
Quick-ship chairs ship within 1-2 business days. Below we have included swatches for upholsteries that qualify as quick ship.
Custom order chairs need to be manufactured in Norway and will carry an extended lead time of 10 to 14 weeks. Please feel free to call or email the Varier experts at Ergo Depot if we can help with any questions.
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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. Not only does it make you comfortable, it makes you feel good. After 30 years, the Peter Opsvik balans concept has become a classic. Considered "the Original Kneeling chair", the Varier Variable Balans chair has become the benchmark for all kneeling chair designs. The Variable Balans was originally manufactured by Stokke and was known as the Stokke Variable Balans chair. Several years ago the Stokke company decided to divide its brand and the Balans concept and designs were transferred to the Varier name.
As versatile in design as in concept, the Variable Balans is the perfect instrument for the ever-changing demands of today's work places and lifestyles. Work becomes a breeze as the upright, "alert" posture promotes concentration and activity.
The benefits are not just for adults, as the posture, breathing, and energy enhancements of active sitting have been directly correlated with improved homework performance in adolescents.
Humans were created to move, not to sit still.
"I believe that the spine is happiest when it can adopt the natural curvature that it has when we stand upright" -Peter Opsvik
Recent studies show that the human body operates to its fullest potential when allowed to remain fluid and open. Actually, there has never been any scientific evidence that can support the Western upright seating style is "correct". The angle of the knees and pelvis should be opened, allowing freedom of movement and circulation.
The Varier Variable Balans helps to achieve just that. Forward-sloped seats on curved runners 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 the same spine curvature as when standing, relieving pressure from the vertebrae and letting you breathe more deeply and freely.
The Variable Balans promotes constant natural movement, keeping the back and abdominal muscles active at all times. While sitting, the user is actually strengthening the core muscles of the abdomen and back while preventing tension in the neck and shoulders.
Some seating options also incorporate a backrest that is ideal for extended periods of tasking that requires the user to be seated. Tilt forward for labor-intensive activities, and rock back for relaxation breaks. Regardless of the position, the spine will always be supported perfectly.
This "active sitting" improves circulation and oxygen levels, boosting energy, concentration, and overall well-being.
Variable Balans Features
Original Balans chair design by Peter Opsvik
Handcrafted in Norway by skilled artisans
Seven-year guarantee on wooden parts
Five-year guarantee on mechanisms
Three-year guarantee on foams and upholstery
Available in a large range of fabrics, colors, and finishes
Many colors and options available for quick ship
Optional back for extended seated periods
Optional extension block reduces the distance between seat and leg cushions
Polyurethane foam cushion
Previously known as the Stokke Variable Balans chair
All wood is harvested from highly sustainable forests
Oak and beech woods are native to Europe and all walnut is harvested in the USA
Overall dimensions: 28.35"D, 20.47"W, 20"H
Shipping dimensions: 20" x 28" x 4" 13lbs
Shipping dimensions for back: 37" x 6" x 4" 5lbs
Upholstery and Finish Options
Please note that monitor settings can vary greatly and we encourage all clients to request free upholstery samples to insure the correct upholstery and color are ordered.
Many more upholstery options are available for Varier seating.
Click here to visit our Varier upholstery page.
Variable Back (Optional)
The optional Variable Balans back is ideal for users that will be spending extended periods of time in their chair. The back is easily removed and installed and is available in all four finish options.
Extension Block (Optional)
The optional extension block is a small, non-upholstered insert that reduces the distance between the seat and knee pads. This option is ideal for children or shorter adult users. The extension block is easily installed and is available for quick ship.
Soft Tape (Optional)
Soft tape is recommended for chairs that will be used on wood floors or other hard surfaces. The tape easily attaches to the bottom of the chair and helps to protect both the chair and the floor during use. Soft tape is in stock and available for quick-ship orders.