“ Brand: Argos / Swivel chair / Type: Office chair „
It's taken us a while to furnish my daughter's bedroom, we've bought the white items that mainly fill it bit by bit as funds have allowed. Having completed the room with a very nice desk, she needed a chair to go with it, and rather than have an overkill of white we decided to source a pink chair to match her soft furnishings. Though pink is a popular colour for girls' rooms, a desk chair proved surprisingly hard to find, which is how we ended up finding this chair from Argos, for £34.99. The design of this chair would definitely suggest it is aimed at the girl market, but apparently the maximum weight it can take is 17 stone, and it's a full sized item so I suppose it would be suitable for anyone who likes pink.
Having bought this chair from Argos, we weren't able to inspect it prior to purchase, but were reassured by the pages and pages of 4 and 5 star reviews on the Argos site. When we picked it up we found that we had to assemble the chair, as the reviews had suggested this was very easy, involving adding the castors and slotting on the back and the gas- lift part to the seat. The seat can be raised and lowered a good amount but the back is fixed.
My daughter loved this item on sight, due I think to it's pinkness, however I was, (and remain) less impressed. Maybe I just am more demanding than the Argos customers who took the time to say what they thought of this item, but for me this chair is quite highly priced, given the fact that the quality of it is actually pretty poor. The gas lift part is fine, and works well (though at age 7 my daughter is too light to make it sink, it's no problem for me). The rest of the chair, however, is of very poor in my opinion, the build quality is really not very good. The flowers are printed on with a white transfer, and the fabric of the chair is a rough and cheap looking hessian, the finish is not very good and the seams at the back look as if they have been stuck down - it's a bit messy. The worst part, however, is the corrugated plastic part covering the bit that attaches the seat to the back, this is the thinnest most rubbish plastic you can imagine - objectively supermarket vegetables come packaged in better, thicker plastic. If you inadvertently touch part of it, it dents, permanently. The seat isn't very well padded either and the whole thing just looks and feels cheap - but isn't.
Further investigation on the argos site lead me to find the "argos value" chair for £27.99 - with, as far as I can see, identical specs and description - call me cynical but I think you might well be paying an extra £7 here for pinkness and a few poorly printed flowers. How the other argos customers could describe the flower chair as "robust" and having "good build quality" really escapes me, I can see this chair having a very short life, we've had it for a little while and already it's starting to show wear. I also have to wonder if the chair would really support the maximum weight that the manufacturer claims, it really doesn't feel as if this chair is that solid.
Of course none of this matters to my daughter, who is the one who uses the chair at her desk, and the only reason I didn't take this straight back to the shop. As well as loving the chair's colour, she likes the fact that you can spin round on it easily, that it has rollers, can be adjusted to a good height for her desk, and she is even happy to overlook the dented bit at the back due to it's overall pinkness. She claims it is comfortable - I can't see it myself but then I am not a 7 year old girl. I wouldn't, in good faith recommend this chair as I think it is overpriced and of dubious build quality, but then, if you have a little girl who loves pink, she may just be blinded by its colour and love it. Overall this chair looks better in the photo than it does in real life, and just doesn't feel like money well spent - and that's a real shame.
Specs from Argos site:
Item number 617/0927
Made from fabric/plywood and foam.
Size (H)79 to 91, (W)43, (D)51.5cm.
Flower design on seat and back.
Gas lift seat height adjustable from 41 to 53cm.
Mounted on castors.
Recommended maximum weight 110kg (17.3 stone).
Self assembly 1 person recommended.