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Saddle Seating - posture guide

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Discover a better way to sit... our innovative saddle stools are ergonomically designed to give the ideal sitting position. The unique saddle shape helps maintain posture and supports the seated operator...

Benefits of saddle seating

•  As upper body stays more relaxed, muscle tension is reduced.

•  Can help reduce pain in lower back.

•  Helps relieve posture issues e.g. slouching & rounding of back.

•  Helps alleviate neck & shoulder pain from muscular tension.

•  Promotes good arm-hand control.

•  Helps reduce work related upper limb disorders e.g pain/aching in wrists, arms & shoulders.

•  Improves circulation to extremities.

•  Provides for greater mobility - easy to move and reach.

Useful Tips

Can adapt to all types of work including standing height work.

There can be a short transition period to adapt to a totally different way of sitting on a shaped seat. We suggest to allow a period of two weeks for your body to adjust.
Users tend to find posture and other problems can be helped after only a few weeks of use.

Special Note: On a saddle style of seat tight skirts are not possible due to the wide stance required. 

Improving your seated posture  

• Shaped seat distributes bodyweight more evenly, providing a natural anatomical balance to promote healthy seated posture.

• Saddle Seat positions and stabilises the pelvis to relieve stress on the lumbar discs and spine.

• Saddle shape maintains natural spine curve by keeping the pelvis rotated forward and the back hollow so when leaning forward to work, the lean is from the hips and not waist.

• Widening the angle between trunk and thighs in a seated position improves shape of the spine, making it more like the natural S-shape in a standing posture.

• Thighs are naturally positioned apart and pointing down keeping body balanced and pelvis rotated forward.

• Knees are naturally positioned lower than hips with feet at the side, allowing lower back and upper body to find a relaxed posture.

Saddle Seating maintains natural inward curvature of spine for optimum balanced posture.

Features to consider

The Beautelle Saddle Seat provides a wide range of adjustments to help the individual find the most natural, comfortable sitting position.

Seat Height


Seat Tilt

Height adjustable seating adapts to different work positions and ensures correct seated posture, with alternative height ranges available.

Ideally your feet should be planted squarely on the floor without compressing the back of your thighs. Incorrect seat height can restrict blood supply to lower legs and feet.

Our saddle seats offer a backrest option shaped to support the lower and middle back. Our backrests are adjustable and tilt to ensure you can adopt different positions and postures.

Dynamic sitting - our backrests feature a pivot hinge to provide free float tilting for maximum lumbar comfort. 

The right chair for proper sitting posture will give you maximum spinal support. A tilting top can additionally help you find your most comfortable position and allow you to change the angle to address particular health issues.

Our tilting saddle stool models provide multi angle pelvic positioning.

Coverings & padding

Seat padding

Padding should be firm enough to support and cushioned enough for comfort. Our supportive foam system provides a durable and shape retentive foam padding, maximising benefit from the saddle shape seat.

On our seating you can opt for an additional anatomic memory foam layer. The temperature sensitive foam layer (used in conjunction with a high grade foam base layer) moulds to the body's shape and provides excellent weight distribution while offering support, comfort and pressure relief.

Articles & Advice

Research Documents

We welcome enquiries and are happy to give expert advice about our saddle stools please call 0121 332 1850 or email us.

Disclaimer: Opinions expressed in this guide are that of Beautelle and intended to be used purely as a reference guide only. All statements are our own interpretation of available research documents and through consultation with qualified practitioners & medical professionals. Information given is in good faith and every care is taken to uphold accuracy, however this may be subject to error or omission.

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