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BUYER'S GUIDE : KNEE CHAIRS

What are knee chairs?

Knee chairs are also commonly referred to as kneeling chairs and have grown in popularity over the last decade with the proliferation of more workers sitting at their desks for long periods of time. Knee chairs promote good posture when sitting for long periods, and keep the spine as straight as possible.

Knee chairs are popular with occupations that require long periods of desk work and computer use.

Knee chairs we offer

Natural Living stocks a wide range of knee chairs. The Putnams knee chairs are hand made in the UK and come with memory foam pads and coccyx cut outs for maximum comfort.

High quality knee chairs are often made with a strong wood, such as beechwood, and include thick foam or memory foam padding for the seat and knee areas.

How do they work?

You will sit and position your knee lower than your hip promoting your pelvis to tilt forward. The chair can reduce the strain on your lower back and get you into a healthy sitting position.

Using a knee chair, also known as a kneeling chair, involves a few simple steps to ensure proper posture and comfort. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to use a knee chair effectively:

1. Adjust the Height: Start by adjusting the height of the knee chair to ensure your feet are flat on the ground and your knees are slightly lower than your hips. Most knee chairs come with adjustable height settings to accommodate different users and preferences. Proper height adjustment is crucial for maintaining good posture and reducing strain on the lower back and knees.

2. Kneel on the Knee Pad: Position yourself in front of the knee chair and gently kneel on the knee pad with your shins resting against the lower portion of the chair. Keep your knees hip-width apart and your spine in a neutral position. The knee pad should provide support and cushioning for your knees, allowing you to maintain a comfortable kneeling position.

3. Engage Your Core Muscles: Once you're in a kneeling position, engage your core muscles to support your spine and maintain stability. Keep your back straight and avoid slouching or leaning forward excessively. Contracting your abdominal muscles can help stabilize your pelvis and maintain proper alignment of the spine while sitting in the knee chair.

4. Adjust the Angle: Some knee chairs come with adjustable angle settings that allow you to tilt the seat forward or backward to find the most comfortable position for your body. Experiment with different angles to determine the optimal tilt that relieves pressure on your lower back and encourages an upright posture. Avoid extreme angles that may cause discomfort or strain on your knees and hips.

5. Use a Footrest (Optional): Depending on your height and comfort preferences, you may find it helpful to use a footrest with your knee chair. A footrest can provide additional support and stability for your feet and legs, especially if the chair's height cannot be adjusted low enough to allow your feet to rest comfortably on the ground.

6. Take Regular Breaks: Like any sitting position, using a knee chair for extended periods can lead to fatigue and discomfort. It's important to take regular breaks to stand up, stretch, and move around to promote circulation and reduce the risk of stiffness or muscle tension. Aim to change your sitting position every 30 minutes to maintain comfort and prevent stiffness.

By following these steps and adjusting the knee chair to fit your body properly, you can enjoy the ergonomic benefits of this unique seating solution while promoting good posture and reducing the risk of musculoskeletal discomfort.

Natural Living knee chairs range from £110 up to £500, to suit all budget types. Delivery can be as soon as next day, please enquire if you require expedited shipping and we will try to accommodate. Delivery is free on all knee chairs over £100 for the UK mainland.

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