Best Chairs & Stools for Standing Desks

Last Updated May 10, 2017

Movement variability is important, and it makes sense for most people to take breaks from standing at their standing desks. Your seating options have really increased over the past few years. Now there are kneeling chairs, leaning chairs and stools, as well as ergonomic chairs.

If you need more general information, check out our buyer’s guide to chairs and stools if you haven’t already.

Our team spent many hours across several weeks cutting through the noise to provide unbiased reviews so that you can figure out what chair or stool will work best for you. Below you can find the seating options that reviewed highest in quality along with a summary of each.

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Varichair by Varidesk

Our Winner and Best value
  • Comes preassembled
  • Solid construction
  • Beautiful design
  • Works great for sitting and leaning
  • Varidesk is one of the top standing desk companies with a stellar reputation

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Swopper

Highest Quality, but Expensive
  • 4.6 stars
  • The chair bounces as you move with an adjustable spring, encouraging movement which will engage your quads and core
  • Subtle bounce can be good for vertebrae
  • You can reach to the sides of your desk without getting up
  • Very comfortable
  • Also available in black, blue, grey, and orange
  • Doesn’t work as well as a leaning chair

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Focal Mobile Leaning Seat with Foot Rest Platform

Combines footrest platform with leaning seat
  • Highly rated leaning stool
  • High quality construction
  • Has rollers underneath so you can move the unit easily
  • Beautiful design
  • Takes up more space than most standing desk chairs and stools

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Muvman Stool

Received multiple design awards
  • 3.7 star rating
  • Comes fully assembled
  • Comes in microfiber or textured vinyl
  • Has non-slip rubber base that’s good for all floor types
  • Some claim that the chair digs into the back of their legs when used for leaning as the seat pan doesn’t tilt (although seat leans at 4 degrees)

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Pivot Seat by Focal

Great value for sitting and leaning
  • Rubber “Octogrip” base for control
  • Seat pan is angled for comfortable leaning
  • Doesn’t come preassembled-you can pay for assembly

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Varier Move Stool

Concave base for easy tilting
  • The base is available in 3 different colors: natural, mocha, & black-stained wood
  • Optional rubber sole to prevent slipping
  • Seat available in black, green, blue, red, and grey

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Focal Mobis

Beautiful design
  • 4.4 stars
  • High quality design and materials
  • Some users claim that the seat isn’t comfortable
  • Several reviewers claim that it isn’t great for leaning

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Wobble Stool by Uncaged Ergonomics

One of the Least expensive sitting and leaning chairs
  • 3.4 stars
  • Rounded base for a wide range of movement
  • Rubber bottom so it doesn’t slip
  • Easy 5 minute assembly
  • The cushion compresses to the point that you can feel the ridge on the edges of the seat

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Mogo by Focal

One of the few super lightweight and mobile stools
  • A great option if you need to move your stool to different areas, or to use at sporting events or other venues
  • Chair won’t stay upright unless you sit on it
  • Many say that surface of seat is uncomfortable
  • Not much cushion for comfort

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Learning Stool by Learniture

Great low cost option for ergonomic sitting
  • 4.2 stars
  • Easily assembled
  • Available in grey or red
  • Maximum height is only 27 inches, not high enough for most people to use for leaning

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Kneeling Chair by Flash Furniture

Best Hand Crank Option
  • 3.7 stars
  • 2.5 inches of padding for comfortable kneeling
  • Easy assembly
  • Available in black and grey
  • Some complain that casters can damage a wooden floor
  • Cannot be used for leaning
  • Not to be used for long periods of time-some users report tighter hamstrings and calves

If you have any questions, concerns or see something missing from our list of best chairs and stools, please leave us an email or drop a comment below. We usually respond within 24 hours.

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Comments

  1. Which chair would you recommend for switching all the way between fully upright to fully sitting on an adjustable standing desk? Preferabely I would like it to be the highest value for the money rather than a premium option.

    1. For the money, I would take a look at the Varichair. If you don’t think that fits your needs, you would probably want to take a look at the options that Focal is providing. One final and sound alternative is to explore drafting chairs as an option.

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