Locus Leaning Seat Review
The Gold Standard of Leaning Seats
The Locus Leaning Seat is the most expensive and the highest quality leaning chair on the market. The chair was designed by Martin Keen, an industrial engineer who had previously designed a sandal that was very successful. His company, Focal Upright Furniture, designs ergonomic standing desks, leaning seats, and other accessories for people to stand and lean at their desks.
We have tested this extensively, and this chair has withstood the test of time. The seat can be locked into a position where you're comfortable, or it freely swivel as you shift while leaning.
What separates this design from other leaning seats is the base. Normally when you use a leaning seat, your feet are flexed away from your body when they push into the floor. This can become a little uncomfortable after a while. The base take care of this problem by giving you something to lean against without flexing your feet. A nice touch is the anti-fatigue mat on top of the seat.
The cushion is available in several colors: chili pepper, citrus, black, and nubuck. The base is available in glacier white laminate, or matte black laminate. Below is a quick presentation from ergoprise demonstrating the focal locus seat.
- Quality of materials, including a multi-layer of plywood making up the base
- Ergonomic design where your torso is at 135° to your legs, which is better for your back and engages your legs slightly as well as your core
- Very stable, especially in comparison to the traditional leaning seat which isn't secured at the base
- Anti-fatigue mat on top of base
- Solid warranty: 10 years on the base, 5 years on the seat cushion, wheels, piston, and mat
- Shipping: will ship out within a couple days of your order and should arrive in less than a week
- Easy assembly
- Folds in half for storage
- Nice range of motion
- Accommodates different heights by making a simple adjustment with an allen wrench where the platform meets the base
- Seat height adjusts easily via the lever on the side of the seat
- Seat could be a little more comfortable by using a softer material for the padding
- Takes up a lot of space
- Difficult to move
We rate this leaning seat as our favorite leaning seat. It's more expensive than other leaning seats, but it's heads and shoulders above its competition. If you're looking for a cheaper option, take a look at the Varidesk Varichair.
One of the cons of this chair is that it could be more comfortable, but a side note is that you're not supposed to be sitting in any one position for a long period of time. After a few years of not sitting all day at my desk, I've developed a mix of sitting, standing and leaning. If I'm tired, I'll sit for a while. If I stood for a while and I don't want to sit, I lean. So for me leaning is in between standing and sitting in terms of energy expenditure, but with leaning you still avoid the dangers of long periods of sitting.