DIY Kneeling Chair

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DIY Kneeling Chair
Reuse the cushions from an old office chair for the kneeling chair. (Black office chair isolated on a white background. image by wolandmaster from

Kneeling or balance chairs are an excellent option as an office chair, especially if a lot of time is spent in front of the computer. Users kneel on the bottom part of the chair and place their hind ends on the higher chair pad. There are no arms or back to the chair. This chair is designed to make users sit up straight. The design and construction is fairly easy, so it makes for a good DIY project, especially since the old office chair becomes part of the new one.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Old office chair
  • Wood, 45mm by 45mm by 2m
  • Wood, 45mm by 65mm by 1m
  • Coach bolts
  • Saw
  • Power drill
  • Drill bits
  • Screwdriver head bits for drill
  • Wood screws
  • Glue
  • Felt or casters

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  1. 1

    Cut two 40cm lengths of the 45mm by 65mm by 1m wood. These pieces are used for the feet of the chair.

  2. 2

    Cut two 60cm lengths of the 45mm by 45mm by 2m wood. Cut one 60cm length of 45mm by 65mm wood. Theses pieces are the struts that hold the chair up.

  3. 3

    Build an 'X' shape with the wood cut for the struts. The two thinner pieces sandwich the thicker piece. For most people, the cross of the 'X' is about two-thirds of the way down the wood sections. If the user is much shorter or taller than average, adjust the cross as necessary.

  4. 4

    Use the drill and secure the cross with wood screws. The strut section is now complete.

  5. 5

    Use the drill and screws to attach the feet to the strut assembly. The feet are placed perpendicular to the struts, at the bottom of the 'X'. The 'X' may look odd, as one side is higher than the other. This is the way it is supposed to look.

  6. 6

    Drill a hole at the top of the longer section of the 'X'. The donor seat has a bracket where it was attached to the original chair. Thread the coach bolt through this bracket and the new hole to attach seat to new chair.

  7. 7

    Drill a hole at the end of the shorter section of the 'X'. Using the same method as attaching the seat, attach the old chair back to the strut assembly. This is the kneeling section of the chair.

  8. 8

    Glue felt to bottom of feet to protect the wood. Casters can also be put on, if desired. Casters come with mounting instructions.

Tips and warnings

  • If desired, sand edges smooth for a nice finish. Wood can also be stained, painted or oiled.

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