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  Thatsit Balans w/ back by Varier
Thatsit Balans w/ back by Varier

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Our Price: $1,295.00


Wood finish

Soft tape for wood floors


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Listen to your body.

Quick-ship chairs ship within 1-2 business days. Below we have included swatches for upholsteries that qualify as quick-ship.

If you are interested in an upholstery not listed as quick-ship, please visit our special order Thatsit Balans page. Options not noted as a quick ship will require shipment from Norway and will carry an extended lead time. Please call for more information.

The human body is built for movement yet, in today's world, the body remains in the same static position a large percentage of the day. This lack of movement can lead to a variety of aches and pains. Varier's Thasit Balans allows the body the movement it craves - it's the chair your body has been asking for.

Based on the original Balans seating ideals of Peter Opsvik, the Thatsit Balans opens the angle between the thighs and upper body. The spine is free to find its natural curve and the body easily glides into an alert posture - improving blood flow and aiding concentration. When the spine is positioned in its natural curvature, breathing is enhanced and pressure is relieved from the vertebrae.

The adjustable backrest makes relaxation just a tilt away. Lean back and place the elbows on the "wings" of the backrest, stretching the torso and allowing for deep, free breathing. The backrest is an ideal option for those that may spend extended periods at a work table or desk.

As versatile in design as in concept, the Thatsit 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. With adjustable knee pads, the Thatsit Balans easily adjusts for users of varying heights.

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

No scientific evidence supports the notion that the "correct" sitting posture is upright, at a right angle. In fact, studies are now revealing that the body operates best when its form is allowed to remain open and fluid.

The Varier Thatsit 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 Thatsit 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.


  • Based on the original Balans chair design by Peter Opsvik
  • Height adjustable leg/knee cushions
  • Handcrafted in Norway by skilled artisans
  • Seven-year guarantee on wooden parts
  • Five-year guarantee on mechanisms
  • Three-year guarantee on foams and upholster
  • Available in a large range of fabrics, colors, and finishes
  • Quick ship options available
  • Adjustable backrest for those that may use the chair for longer periods of time
  • Polyurethane foam cushion
  • Previously known as the Stokke Thatsit 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
  • Assembly required
  • Shipping dimensions: 21" x 32" x 8" 29lbs
  • Overall dimensions: 32.7"D, 19.7"W, 20.1"H
  • Upholstery and Finish Options

    Ergo Depot stocks the largest selection of Thatsit Balans chairs in North America. Below we have included a list of upholsteries that qualify as quick-ship. 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.

    If you are interested in an upholstery not listed as quick-ship please visit our special order Thatsit page.

    Quick-ship frame colors:

  • Natural
  • Black
  • Mocha
  • Thatsit Back

    The Thatsit Balans back is ideal for users that will be spending extended periods of time in their chair. The back angle can be adjusted with a lever under the seat and the back height is easily adjusted with a knob on the back. The back is easily removed and installed and can be purchased separately and retro-fitted to an existing chair.

    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.

    Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 | Total Reviews: 3 Write a review.

      0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
    Best Chair Ever September 9, 2014
    Reviewer: Partha Mohanram from Toronto, ON  
    I got this back after I was diagnosed with a herniated disc. The impact of the "dynamic seating" on my well being was immediate. It is so comfortable that you dont even know that you are sitting - its almost like floating. My Herman Miller Aeron sits idly now - I use this all the time

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      0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
    Possibly the perfect chair? July 11, 2013
    Reviewer: Ken Gordon from Portland Oregon  
    I've never met a chair quite like this one.  I had one of the shorter-framed Balans chairs in the 80's and absolutely loved it.

    When I was back in the market for a new chair this spring, Justin in the Ergo Depot sales department convinced me that the That Sit was actually more appropriate for me since I am 6'2".  And boy was he right!  The longer frame and amplified distance between the knee and seat pads fit my body beautifully.  The controls can even extend a little farther if you're taller, and of course they collapse quite a bit for shorter people.

    Feels great, and I'm using this for my all day chair now since it keeps my back nice and limber.

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      0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
    Excellent chair: really good for my back October 19, 2011
    Reviewer: Robert Beatty from Portland Oregon  
    I have had this chair for a month.  I got it to replace a chair I have sat in for years. My work requires me to spend hours a day facing a client and attending carefully.  

    The change was immediate.  I became aware of some ways that I was holding my neck and back that contributed  to a chronic discomfort.  

    The idea that the human body is designed to move really makes a lot more sense to me now. Even though I still spend frequent periods of an hour being present with counseling clients, the chair allows and encourages me to move and shift position frequently.

    Best thing I have done for my body in a long time.

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