Alternative Sitting


In the early days of our becoming involved in this work, we were often asked: “Why Alternative Sitting rather than Alternative Seating?”. The answer is important and a good introduction to this section of our website: seating is about chairs; sitting is about the interaction between people and chairs.

It is fair to say that most people approach us with chairs and furniture in mind. They are thinking about “things” rather than the process of sitting. We have an important saying: “chairs don’t sit – people sit”. Chairs are tools and the point is to choose the right tool and then to use it with understanding.

In this section we discuss the background to sitting. It is worth taking time to read these pages before you proceed to consider chairs and furniture.