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PLEASE NOTE THE TANGO 600S HAS NOW REPLACED THE TANGO 100S
The Vela Tango 100S is a modern activity task inclusion chair specifically designed for small children (3+) up to teenagers. The chair is most commonly used in schools and at home. At schools it is popular for children who need a stable work chair. At home it is commonly used in the bedroom as a desk chair or gaming chair, and in the dining room and kitchen as a dining table chair.
The chair can easily fit beneath a work surface and its discreet design takes up very little space in smaller areas like bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens. The extra large, motion controlled wheels are also ideal for children who want to use their legs to walk their chair small distances unassisted.
PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOU NEED THE CHAIR TO ASSIST WITH WORKING AT HIGHER DESK LEVELS MOST CHILDREN WILL USE THE ELECTRIC VERSION OF THE CHAIR CALLED THE VELA TANGO 100ES.
Activity: With an easy to use hand brake and accessible adjustment levers, the Vela Tango 100s is designed to empower the user to adjust the chair themselves. For children who find it hard to reach our manual brake lever, we can extend the lever, add a t-bar or even offer a foot brake or electric brake option.
Look and space: Most children want to have chairs like their friends and so Vela chairs are deliberately designed to look like standard school and college chairs. In addition, the base has been made deliberately small so that they can be used in smaller more constrained environments like kitchens, bedrooms and crowded classrooms.
Safety: To maximise the child's safety, Vela developed the chair with an extra low stable base. The hand brake can also be applied to stabilise the chair for standing, sitting and transferring. The armrests can be lowered for super secure chair transfers whilst the in-built anti slip device means the child can always rely on the arms when they need them the most.
Flexibility: The Vela 100S is a totally modular chair, which means beyond the standard template of the chair, we can totally customise it to the child’s needs. The most common adaptations that we use include: strolling bars, 4 wheel brakes, electric brakes, thigh supports, pommels trunk supports etc.
A chair that keeps growing: The chairs have been designed so that they can be made bigger as the child grows and once the child has grown out of the seat pad and backrest, we can move them to larger pads at a fraction of the cost of replacing the whole chair.
Frequently asked questionsWhere are the chairs made? All Vela chairs are made in Norway by a team of highly skilled craftsmen and designers. Vela have been operating as a family business since 1958.
I have a number of children who may benefit from the chair. What is the best way to organise multiple assessments? Sometimes OTs and therapists will ask us to see each child on a different day, which we can do. Alternatively, we can combine multiple assessments on one day.
How do you clean the upholstery? You can clean with a standard upholstery cleaner (please ask us if you are unsure) or wipe the chair with a cloth rinsed in water.
Is the chair recyclable? Yes a number of the parts are recyclable. For more information on how to get your chair recycled locally please contact us.
Is the footplate adjustable? The foot plate can be folded out when ready to use and can be adjusted in length by loosening the hand screw in the centre of the rod on the footrest. When adjusting the height of the footplate, it is important to have the chair height in the lowest position to avoid damage to the chair.
Can I control the chair with a separate control box? Yes, if you would like the option of using a separate control box for operating the chair height we can supply this.
Is it easy to adjust the armrest width? Yes, Adjusting the armrest width is very simple. You need to turn a dial under the seat, adjust the width and then tighten the dial.
Is it possible to unplug the electric height adjustment? Yes if there are times in the day that you want the seat not to be moved it is possible to disable this.
Is it possible to get a foot brake instead of a hand brake? Yes, there is the option to have a foot brake if preferred.
What is active sitting? Active sitting is a generic term that has become increasingly popular in the world of specialist seating in the last 10 years. It simply means that we are trying to promote more active movement in sitting. It is believed by an increasing number of researchers that increasing activity in sitting will not only have a preventative effect on conditions associated with inactivity but will also promote muscle strength, confidence and inclusion.
Height Adjustment (Sitting Height)
100mm Gas Stem
150mm Gas Stem
200mm Gas Stem
E2 Seat: 32 x 35cm
E3 Seat: 36 x 43cm
E4 Seat: 40 x 47cm
Seat Depth Adjustment:
E2 Seat: 30-35cm
E3 Seat: 35-43cm
E4 Seat: 39-47cm
E2 Back: 26 x 26 cm
E3 Back: 28 x 35 cm
Armrest Pad Size
8 x 26cm
Distance between Armrests
E2 Seat: 26-35cm
E3 Seat: 31-40cm
E4 Seat: 34-40cm
Our Vela Tango chairs are modular and can be fully adapted to each child’s needs. We have listed a range of the adaptations that are available under four categories below. If you require an adaptation that is not shown below please contact us.
Left/right side fitting levers: You can choose to have the lever based control levers on either side of the chair depending on the child’s needs.
T-Bar brake system: As the name suggests the T-Bar is an extension that sits on top of the brake lever to make the handle more accessible.
Hand brake extension bar: The extension lever is add on feature that extends the height of the hand brake for children who have more limited reaching.
Strolling bracket: the ergonomically designed strolling bracket provides a safe manual handling handle for the chair that can be used by the child or the support worker to move the chair around.
Table tray: Vela table trays are foldable and made from a strong acrylic to provide a supportive, and compact surface that can be folded out of the way when not in use.
The Footbrake: The footbrake is a simple to use plantar pressure operated system that can be used as an alternative to a handbrake.
The Electric brake: The electric brake is a push button operated, highly engineered braking system that enables children who have more limited foot and hand control to have more control over their braking system.
4 Wheel brake system: Some tiled and wooden floors can be slightly slippery for chairs and for these environments we can use a 4 wheel extra stable braking system.
Support & Posture
Lateral supports for the trunk: Using a highly engineered smart positioning system, lateral trunk supports can be strategically placed in a wide range of positions to provide extra support or guidance for the child. The supports can also be adjusted in depth and width to truly personalise the level of support given.
Soft Pommel: The soft pommel can be used in conjunction with the seat pan to help optimise hip and leg position.
Armrests with gutter support: the gutter armrest provides all the benefits of a standard armrest with the facility to provide an extra layer of forearm support for those who need it.
Backrest with lumbar support: If a child needs extra lumbar support, it can be useful to get a backrest with a inflatable lumbar support that can be pressurised to exactly the right support level during the day.
Seat belt: Our standard seat belt has a 4 point mounting mechanism designed to ergonomically support the thighs and hips and reduce sacral sitting.
Footring: An alternative to a footrest is the footring. The footring does not offer the same level of support as a foot rest, but is more compact and discreet.
Footrest: The footrest is our most popular foot support for children. It offers a large stable surface for feet when sitting at a higher level and can be folded out of the way when not being used.
Leg Rest: The leg rest works as a foot support and is ideal for children when you don’t want to use a footplate or footring. Similar to the leg rests used on a wheelchair, they can be swung out of the way when not being used. It is also possible to get the leg rest with a calf support if required.
Headrest: The head rest can be used to offer an extra layer of support for the head and neck during sitting. The support has a 3 point pivot for extra positional flexibility and offers a soft but supportive padding.
Trunk Harness: The trunk support can provide extra trunk support if required.
Ankle Huggers: The ankle huggers can be used to provide extra support around the ankles to help improve ankle and foot alignment.
Thigh guides: Thigh guides offer an extra lateral support that can be positioned at different parts of the upper leg to help maintain optimal lower limb alignment.
Abduction block: An abduction block provides medial thigh support for correct alignment of the femur.
Covers for seat pans and backrests: These covers are fluid resistant and washable.
Speak to an Expert
Ergoability is owned and run by Chartered Physiotherapists and Clinical Scientists. We have a combination of expertise in physiotherapy, rehabilitation, posture and ergonomics. We also have an in depth knowledge of Vela Tango Chairs and other Vela-Chairs. To learn more about our background and medical credentials please read about us.
We have never had and still don’t employ salesmen, so you can be assured that you will only ever speak to a Vela chair expert with a wealth of experience in assistive chair prescription. To speak to a physiotherapist right now please contact us or call us on 0203 051 0157 or email email@example.com
Get a Vela Chair Assessment
We use a Vela Chair Assessment as a way of evaluating how a Vela Tango Chair can help a child and determining the size and specification of the chair required. The Vela Tango Chair Assessment Service is free and is completed by a Chartered Physiotherapist with specialist Vela chair training and expertise in Paediatric seating.
Our team is mobile and so can bring the chairs to the location that is most convenient to you and the child. Many clinicians will request that we either visit the child`s home, school or even the children’s development centre to ensure that the chair will work in the environment where it will be used the most. Equally, if you prefer to come to us we have several clinics in London, South London and Kent where a Physiotherapist can take you through all the options. For more information on our clinic locations please click on Find Us.
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