Ergonomic kneeling chairs are a wonderful investment for those of you who spend a great deal of time in front of your computer like I do. If you are thinking about purchasing one of the many models available, it is important to think about the range of materials that they are built with. The guide below will weigh out some of the pros and cons of the various materials, and hopefully help you choose the new posture enhancing chair that is right for you.
Choosing the Best Materials
The most affordable option when it comes to padding, is either a nylon or polyester weave. This material is by far the most durable of the options, and holds up well to almost all types of injury, including puncture. The biggest con for this option is comfort. Very often you will see reviews that the nylon / polyester weave is itchy or sticks to the skin, especially at the point of contact at the shin area.
The mid-range price option is cloth or canvas. This material, while not as durable as a nylon / polyester weave material, holds up well over time. It’s main positive over the more affordable option is that it feels nice on the skin. One important thing to remember is that the pads are not removable and cloth stains easily, so be sure to pick an appropriate color to hide any nastiness that can accrue.
The top of the line price option for padding materials is soft leather. This material is by far the most comfortable and tends to have the best grip to keep you from sliding down due to the sloped seat and angled shin rest. This grip can also cause a sticky feeling when in direct contact with the skin, but in my opinion, all of these models will be more comfortable when wearing long pants. Leather also is much easier to clean than the cloth or canvas model, and a quick wipe down once a month with a cheap leather cleaner should be enough to keep this chair looking like new. Perhaps the best bonus for this option, especially if you are in an office environment, leather has a nice professional look and blends well with the other furniture in the room.
When it comes to frame materials, you really have three choices: wood, metal, and plastic. The best advice for you to remember is to avoid buying a plastic kneeling chair…at all costs. When it comes to durability, plastic just does not have what it takes to hold the body’s weight at angles for a long period of time. Wood frames are both lightweight and durable, screws tend to hold in the wood well, and they are often the most affordable option. Metal frames, largely iron or steel, are extremely durable but tend to weigh more, which makes them hard to transport to and from the home and work office, but they have a more professional and polished look than wood options.
Knowing all of this, I chose as my own personal chair, the “Ergonomic Kneeling Chair with Handles” from Amazon. It has a brushed steel frame that professional in appearance, and durable yet it is still lightweight enough for me to transport to and from work. It has cloth padding, making it extremely comfortable and a great look. I highly recommend this ergonomic kneeling chair if you are in the market.