Varier Announces The Addition Of A Padded Backrest For Its Balans Kneeling Chair

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Balans Chair With Padded Back

Varier's famous Balans kneeling chair has been available for some time with a sculptured wood backrest option. In normal use there isn't a need for a back support when working in the seat.

However where it very handy is it allows users to lean back and relax when taking a break from working.

The slender shaped wood rest gives great support to the spine. Now to make it more comfortable a padded upholstered cushion has been added providing a softer support when reclining.

And the good news is that it is possible to fit it to an existing Balans wood backrest. This is possible because it comes made up as a sleeve which can be conveniently slid over the backrest.

The backrest pad will be available early March and will cost $85.

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How To Fix That Sinking Office Chair: The Chair Saver Kit


Have you ever had one of those office chairs where the gas lift just keeps sinking? As fast as you adjust it, once you put your weight on the seat you start to fall down and before you know it the seat is at its lowest setting.

It usually happens for a couple of reasons. First, sometimes the lever controlling the gas lift gets out of alignment and ends up pressing the release on the gas lift. And second the gas lift is faulty and can no longer hold its adjusted height.

Either way the result is the same, a chair you can’t work in – until now that is.

Introducing the chair saver kit
This clever gizmo allows a simple and permanent fix to your problem.

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Here's what You Get In The Saver Kit. In the kit you will find four 1” and one 1/2” spacers made in a strong high quality plastic.

To work out how many spacers you need, drop the chair seat to its lowest level, chances are that's where it’s at anyway. Then standing in front of the chair measure the distance from the top of the seat to the middle of your knee.

Next pull the seat back up and with the gas lift exposed snap on the required number of spacers to match as closely as you can the dimension you noted earlier. That's it, now when you sit down the chair will only sink until it reaches the spacers which then hold the seat at your correct sitting height.

Where you chair’s pneumatic lift has plastic covers around it just pull them down first to expose the cylinder so you can fit the spacers.

And that really is all there is to fixing your chair’s faulty gas lift. It’s recommended for anyone over 250lbs to wrap several tight layers of duct tape around the spacers following fitting. This eliminates the possibility of them sliding over each other.

Demonstration video showing how to install it

Overall opinion on this device
This is a very simple way of fixing an office chair that won’t stay up. Once in position the durable plastic rings should last for many years. The only real downside is if you share the chair with others whose working height isn't the same as yours. Also, if your chair has an extended gas lift with more than 4.5 inches of height adjustment you might need two kits.

The ideal solution is to replace the gas strut, however old struts can be very difficult to shift when they been in use for any length of time. All in all the Chair Saver Kit makes a neat and easy fix for chairs that won’t stay up.

Further information
Here’s where you can find more about the chair saver cure for fixing a sinking office chair. And if your chair really is worn out, click here for some ideas on good replacements.

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Aeris Launches Its 3Dee Chair At Orgatec 2012

Germany's Aeris, the makers of the Swopper stool recently launched its new 3Dee chair at Orgatec 2012, Europe's largest furniture exhibition.

3Dee Chair Rear View

It is based on the same technology as the Swopper stool and like the stool allows sitting in 3 dimensions, hence the name 3Dee. Although the Swopper is available with a back option it didn't really convert it into an office chair, it was still a stool with a back fitted to it.

With 3Dee Aeris has taken the principles of Swopper technology and used them to produce an office chair. So the chair base is the more conventional 5 star wheeled base. And the seat and back also now look similar in concept to those found on office task chairs.

It's in use where you will notice the difference. The spring action built into the gas lift allows the chair far greater lateral movement than ordinary office seats. Users are able to lean to each side and the seat and back follow them.

All this makes for a very healthy way of working as body and muscles are kept far more active than they would be if sitting in a desk chair.

You will have to wait some time to get hold of a 3Dee as most of next year's production has already been spoken for with the orders already in the pipeline.

For more on the 3Dee visit the Aeris site.

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Has The Office Chair Been Reinvented? Introducing The Freedman Chair

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Just when you might have thought that everything about office chairs has already been discovered, prepare for a surprise because something really unique in office seating has recently appeared.

And it's called the Freedman chair, named after it's UK based inventor Simon Freedman.

It would be easy to think of it as is simply another funky design.

However as an Osteopath for the past 20 years who could doubt Simon's qualifications to know what is needed in an office chair?

And at The British Invention Show it won International Award of the Year 2011.

So it looks like others feel he's on to something.

Why did he feel the need to invent a new chair?

How did the Freedman chair come into being?
As an Osteopath it's hardly surprising that Simon sees more than his fair share of people with back problems. Many of them spend long hours each day in the office sitting. He was convinced that what they were sitting on was a significant part of their problem.

It wasn't just down to them having a poor chair, he felt it went further than this. It was the way their body was positioned when sitting.

Simon felt he could do better and so began the seed of an idea that ultimately became the Freedman chair.

What makes the Freedman chair different to other office chairs?
Nearly everything is different. First it doesn't have a gas lift height adjuster, it does of course adjust in height using a method common in office seats from a long time ago. It uses a screw mechanism so you spin the chair around to change the height. It may be old fashioned nonetheless it's effective.

Second, it is made almost entirely from aluminum so there is no seat padding, upholstery or hard plastics. This all helps to keep the overall chair weight down to an incredibly low 5kgs about a quarter of the weight of the usual office chair.

Third, there is no conventional chair back. Instead it has 6 back balls designed to keep the user's trunk moving and maintaining blood circulation and a healthy body.

Fourth, it's carefully shaped seat pan is split into two pads. It's designed to make it easy for users to sit on their sit bones. By doing so it places the whole body in a natural posture making sure muscles aren't overworked and function as nature intended.

It also places the body at what Simon refers to as the Golden Angle, a downward angle of 27° and by doing so holds your natural lumbar shape correctly.

Forward tilting seats can often be difficult to use as it's easy to slide forwards in them. The seat pads of the Freedman chair are drilled with a pattern of holes to increase grip to get round this problem.

It all sounds great, are there any disadvantages?

What does it cost?
Currently orders are being taken for the chair to enable the initial batch of seats to be made. And at £1500 ($2400) it certainly isn't cheap, however developing a new product like this from scratch always costs a lot of money. Simon has been working on it for over 8 years developing prototypes and fine tuning the design. It's probably fair to say that if the product takes off and volumes increase it would be possible to reduce unit costs. Right now it's a bespoke product and so this is reflected in the price.

Even so anyone with a chronic back problem will likely be able to justify spending this kind of money to get relief.

Further information
Here's where you can find out more about the Freedman chair and how it's design will help you to sit more comfortably.

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Muvman Stool Now Available In North America: Perfect Seat For Higher Work Surfaces


Muvman Stool In Use At High Work Surface

The award winning Muvman stool manufactured in Germany by Aeris is now available in the US from Ergo Depot.

The stool is particularly useful for anyone who works at a raised work surface.

This makes it the perfect choice of seat for adjustable height desk use.

Let's take a quick look at what the Muvman is all about.

The first thing that catches the eye is the seat leans slightly forwards and this is a key feature of its design.

The forward angle of 4 degrees is intended to allow you to sit in a healthy natural posture. Because it encourages you to use your legs actively when sitting in a forward angle making it ideal for sitting like this.

The body is placed in a much more open posture which helps keep muscles active as well as promoting good blood circulation. Unlike some stools it doesn't have wheels and is intended to be with a fixed base.

However this doesn't mean that it restricts movement because it has a springing mechanism built into the base. This helps users to lean forwards and side to side safely when reaching around their work area. The seat also swivels 360 degrees as well which adds to its flexibility.

Sitting in the Muvman provides a much more active way of sitting. As you move it moves with you so you don't end up fixed in the same position for hours at a time.

All in all the Muvman makes a great seating choice for those working at a higher than normal work surface. You can find out more about it our full review here.


How Do You Know You Are Sitting Unhealthily In Your Desk Chair? The ErgoSensor Detector

ErgoSensor Technology by Philips

Most people probably begin the day by sitting properly in their desk chair. However what happens is that as the day progresses and we get wrapped up in our work we let things slip.

Gradually we start to slump in our chair and before long our posture suffers as a result.

After doing this for a few hours our bodies get fed up and start protesting by sending signals in the form of pain.

Wouldn't it be great if instead of letting things go badly downhill we could instead receive gentle reminders that we need to sit more healthily?

Well Philips recently launched monitors with what it calls ErgoSensor technology which it believes will help address the problem.

What is ErgoSensor Technology?
ErgoSensor is an inbuilt piece of technology within the monitor and it's designed to track the following:

  • How long you have been in front of your screen, advising when to take a break
  • The position of your head and neck angle, picking up on when you start slouching
  • Sensing that you are the correct distance from your screen to avoid eye strain and slouching
  • Saving 80% of the power the monitor consumes when you're away from your desk

Another useful function for certain users is its SmartErgoBase. Unlike most monitors this allows users to set the bottom of the screen almost level with your desk top.

This will be useful for people who wear bifocals and other forms of progressive lenses. It could also be handy for short built people.

Further details
Here's a video explaining more about Philips' new ErgoSensor technology as well as further technical information.


Steelcase Launches The Leap Plus Chair For Users Weighing Up To 500lbs

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Leap Plus 500lbs Rated

Steelcase has recently added a new model to its highly successful Leap office chair range.

The Leap Plus is designed to safely support users weighing up to 500lbs. This represents a significant increase on the capacity of the standard models where the limit is 300lbs.

It's a welcome addition to the range as the vast majority of office chairs don't go above the 300lbs limit which often means heavier built users end up having to find a custom solution.

What's different about the Leap Plus?
In appearance it looks pretty much the same as the standard Leap models, in reality there are some relatively minor dimensional changes.

Here's what's different

  • The overall chair and seat width are 3.75 inches wider
  • The lumbar support goes slightly higher
  • The chair back is 2 inches wider
  • It doesn't recline quite as far as the regular model
  • The gas lift is uprated to carry up to 500lbs

With the changes and uprating it means that the Leap Plus starts at over a $1000, so it's by no means cheap. Nonetheless it is a quality build and with a 10 year warranty on mechanism and gas lift it will last many years.

You can find out more about the Leap Plus here.


Thanksgiving Office Chair Sale Offers From Herman Miller, Steelcase And Humanscale

What deals are available?
Herman Miller, Steelcase & Humanscale are all running Thanksgiving Sale Specials with a chance to grab up to an extra 15% off all their office chairs. Miller and Humanscale are offering a 15% saving with Steelcase giving 10%.

This is a great chance to get a top deal on a wide range of high quality ergonomic office chairs

How long do they last?
Each manufacturer’s sale has slightly different dates.

Herman Miller starts their sale today finishing on Monday 12 December 2011
Steelcase starts Thursday 24 November and runs for 1 week until Wednesday 30 November 2011.
Humanscale’s sale starts on Friday 25 November and ends on Monday 12 December 2011

Where can I find the details?
You can find a quick summary of the key points about some of the best chairs on offer using the links below:

Herman Miller Chairs
Aeron chair
Embody chair
Sayl chair
Mirra chair

Steelcase Chairs
Think chair
Amia chair
Leap chair

Humanscale Chairs
Freedom chair
Liberty Chair
Freedom Saddle Seat

So, if you are ready for a new chair this is an excellent opportunity to lock in a great price. Don't leave it too long because the special pricing will soon be finished.


Steelcase, Knoll & Humanscale Office Chair Fall Sale Extra 15% Until 02 October 2011.

What's the deal?
Knoll, Steelcase & Humanscale are running their Fall Sale Special with a chance to grab an extra 15% off all their office chair ranges. The offer covers their office seating ranges offering a great opportunity to get outstanding prices on some quality ergonomic office seats.

How long does the offer last?
Steelcase and Knoll are running their offers until Sunday 2 October 2011, leaving you 10 days days to take advantage of these special prices. Humanscale’s sale runs a day longer finishing on Monday 3 October 2011.

Where can I find the details?
You can find a quick summary of the key points about the chairs on offer together with where to buy them using the links below:

Steelcase Chairs
Think chair
Amia chair
Leap chair

Knoll Seating
Generation chair
Life chair
Barcelona classic seating

Humanscale Chairs
Freedom chair
Liberty Chair
Freedom Saddle Seat

So, if you looking for a new office chair this is an excellent opportunity to lock in a great price. Don't wait too long though because there’s only 10 days left.


Steelcase Amia Office Chair Summer Sale: Extra $100 Off Until 28 August 2011

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Steelcase Amia Chair

What is on offer?
Steelcase is running a summer sale special with an extra $100 off all its Amia office chair options. So no matter whether you go for the entry level model or a top range leather version it’s a great opportunity to grab an outstanding price on this quality ergonomic office chair.

How long does the offer last?
The summer sale started on Monday 15 August and runs until Sunday 28 August 2011, so as of today that leaves just 11 days to take advantage of this special pricing.

Where can I find the details?
You can find a detailed review on the Amia chair here, including details of where to buy. And here's a link to a participating Steelcase online store.

So, if you have been thinking about replacing you old chair now is a good time to lock in a great price with a chair like the Amia. It’s a quality built ergonomic office chair with lifetime warranty on structural components, 10 years on mechanism and gas lift and 5 years on upholstery.

Don't leave it too long though because it all finishes on Sunday 28 August.

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