The story of OneLeg
It all started on a summer day when founder of OneLeg, Susanne Schmidt, was working in her garden at her home in Fredensborg, Denmark.
A keen gardener, Susanne was beginning to experience pain in her knees and back while kneeling in the garden. To relieve the burden on her back and knees she started to use a traditional paving stool to sit on which made a real difference. However, there were several disadvantages to the paving stool. First and foremost, it was made from solid wood and was therefore heavy and difficult to move around in the garden. The foot was too narrow which made it sink into the soil and the paving stool could not be used indoors or on tiles. Finally, yet most importantly Susanne found it difficult to keep her balance while sitting on the stool and it would tip over as soon as she stood up.
Susanne realised that many people like her suffered with discomfort when working in an awkward position and she decided to take action. Taking the idea of the traditional paving stool Susanne and her friend Jens Andersen developed the OneLeg stool in 2011. The goal was, and still is, to enable gardeners, and anyone working on low level tasks, to protect their body when working in awkward positions and to increase their pleasure in the workplace.
The OneLeg stool is now being used for a huge number of other tasks and uses other than just gardening. For use both indoors and out, for both adults and children the stool can be found in healthcare, offices, institutions, schools and in the home.
Oneleg.co.uk launched by Gopak
Knowing of our reputation as a British furniture manufacturer and supplier to the educational sector, Gopak was approached by Susanne to see if we would be interested in marketing the stool in the UK. We started by introducing the stool to schools and other places of learning and have had much success in the educational market with this product. We have now been given the opportunity to marketing the stool into the garden and home sector in the UK. This has led to the launch of www.oneleg.co.uk a site dedicated to this fantastic, ergonomic and dynamic product.
What people think of the OneLeg stool
"Used my great ‘garden/greenhouse’ Oneleg indoors today. Found it great while painting bedroom skirting boards. Wouldn’t be without it. I have replacement knees (both) and find it a great ‘mate”
Selling this new concept to the UK has been an enlightening experience. We rapidly discovered that anyone wanting to use a OneLeg does need to have a certain amount of mobility to both sit down on the stool and then stand. The individual’s height also determines which size of stool is more suitable.
The product has received amazing reviews and the response has been extremely positive, with customers commenting on how they ever coped without a OneLeg. It has also been and has also been included in a number of blogs which makes great reading. From a heavily pregnant Model Mummy who was excited to be able to put her socks on unaided when sitting on the stool, to a keen gardener who also found the stool invaluable when cleaning hard to reach corners in her home, the good news stories keep rolling in.