I am struggling to remember exactly when we purchased our Argos Manager's Chair, I believe it was three or four years ago and cost £50. It is sold as leather faced, meaning the seat and back rest are natural leather while the sides and actual back of the chair are man made leather. There is very little difference in the appearance between the two chair coverings but through touch you can tell the real leather sections are the most luxurious.
The chair has a gas lift for ease of control and also tilts. These functions are simple to control, the lift and lowering of the chair is achieved by using a slim responsive level and the tilt is done manually using your weight and body pressure.
Our chair has been in use on a very regular basis yet has remained comfortable to sit in even for long periods of use, the arms are comfortably located and add support when I am seated in the chair but leaning back to watch something. The arms of the chair do not adjust and are lightly padded and covered with man made leather to correspond with the seat and back.
My husband and I are of average stature and our children are young so the lift function is used often, my husband likes his chair set at a low position but I like to be more upright so even between the two of us we change the positioning of the chair regularly. The action of the lift is smooth but the tilt can be slightly erratic in my view and in spite of it being a safe chair there is too often the sensation of tipping up if I lean too far back using the tilt.
The castors are free moving but on carpet they offer enough grip to prevent you sliding away from the desk, whilst if you want to slide in any direction that is easily achieved.
I clean the chair weekly and have always been happy with the time that takes. Debris can gather in the join between the seat and back of the chair but that is no different to any computer or office chair used in a family home, it is always easily removed and never becomes a maligned household chore.
There is a small patch of leather that has become scuffed, the location is irrelevant to the review as it has occurred because of being banged against the edge of the desk. This has taken months and years to reach this point and is still not bad enough that it spoils the look of the chair, it doesn't create an old and loved effect and is obviously damage but it is not enough in my view to replace a good and comfortable office chair.
I was looking for a brand new office chair to use for my business. As my other chair recently just fell apart after two months of use.
I managed to wait a couple of weeks to see if I could get one in the January sales, as some of the office chairs in Argos seemed very expensive (Over £100).
But I checked online around late December / early January and I saw this certain chair on sale for around £40. Unfortunately it was not in stock for store collection, but I managed to get home delivery. I purchased a few other items and got free standard postage.
Delivery took around five working days for the chair to arrive.
--- Putting the chair together ---
The box the chair was in weighed around 15kg, so not too heavy. But if you have trouble lifting things over a certain weight, I would recommend you get some help while carrying this about.
I opened the box and the instructions seemed very easy to follow.
I put it all together within 20 minutes. There were a few awkward bits to it such as certain screws not fully tightening in the hole, etc. But after a few tries it was all sorted. Just follow the instructions very carefully. I had someone help me put it together, as putting the arm rest on can be a bit tricky.
--- How comfy is the chair? --
It is probably the most comfortable office chair I've ever purchased. My previous one cost about £10, but this one is definitely worth the extra £30. Not just for the comfort. For the design too.
It's a leather chair, so if you have a leather sofa in your house. It's pretty much the same sort of thing. I've put a small pillow on mine to give it extra comfort.
--- Overall --
Overall, I'm very pleased I've purchased this office chair and I wish I got one a lot sooner! For £40 the value for money is superb and hopefully this one will last a few years. This chair is in a office in my house and it makes the room a lot more "business" like.
When I moved house I had a bedroom spare that I decided to use as an office, so having purchased a computer desk to fit the space I had I set about looking for a suitable chair. Knowing how long I generally sit at the computer it had to something decent. In the past I've just used dining chairs or kitchen stools, whatever had been available but they always left my back aching from sitting in an uncomfortable position. So, out came the Argos catalog, which was swiftly discarded for the online version which allows you to check out the reviews and up to date pricing.
This chair came out pretty tops in the reviews and was fairly cheap at just under £40. I reserved it to collect in store, whizzed in with minimal fuss and they even loaded it in my car for me.
As with most things the chair was flat packed which meant some assembly was involved, but it wasn't too complex, almost to the stage of not needing the instructions. The seat itself is leather effect with the stand and legs black plastic. I was pretty impressed with the leather effect seat as unlike most items described as such, they look "effect" rather than "leather" and ooze cheapness and plastic. The casters are really handy as this enables the chair to be moved quite easily and even on carpet they move quite fluidly. The seat is really comfy to sit on, and the gas lift means I can alter the height quite easily too.
I've had this chair now 3 years and it is still as good as new, I use it several hours a day and you would never know from looking at it. All in all I can thoroughly recommend it!
I have a P.C. in my living room which is housed in a computer cupboard with doors. The P.C. is on most of the time but on the rare occasions when it's resting it's nice to close the doors so that the living room looks neater. Next to the cupboard I have an office chair.
The last chair broke after a few years of use and so, not long before last Christmas, I had to invest in a new chair. The last one was pretty basic and didn't really look right with the newish decor. I felt it would be more useful to purchase something that could be used for sitting at the computer but also could be moved around to other parts of the room, especially when we had guests at times like Christmas. We had bought a new suite not that long before and as two of my offspring were no longer living at home hubby and I had decided to buy a large three seater and an armchair. This meant less seats than before, most of the time ample, but, when the family visited there weren't enough seats.
I looked around on various internet sites for substantial office chairs, thinking of a director type chair. I discovered most to be beyond the budget I had in mind (up to about £70) so I went to good old Argos. I searched in my usual way, low price ascending. My living room colour scheme is charcoal grey, brightened with a maroon type colour. I thought black or grey would be best for the chair.
There were several that looked suitable but I decided that the High Backed Leather Faced Manager's Chair (black in colour) seemed to offer what I wanted at a good price. Also, this item could be reserved and collected. I didn't wish to wait for delivery.
I reserved the item online (www.argos.co.uk) and went with my husband to collect it later that day at a nearby store. I chose a store that we could park very close to, thinking of the package weight, rather than the nearest store.
Reserving online is simple and can be done by phone or internet. The item will be held for a couple of days and one can turn up with the reservation number and pay, either at a cash desk, or by machine with debit or credit card and then collect the item in the usual way.
My husband managed, without too much of a struggle, to carry and place the package into the car and then, shortly, into our home.
The box was opened and the parts checked. It took hubby about fifteen minutes to assemble the chair. He found it quite easy but we did have the usual drama, as he always moans that something is missing, and usually, as in this case, it's there, pretty much under his nose.
Once erected, the chair looked good and I tried it out. Yes, much better than the old one. It's swivel and should move easily on it's castors, except that my carpet is deep pile which hinders it's movement a little. It's easy enough to move though by pulling or pushing.
As for comfort, it's good and feels sturdy. Just the right amount of cushioning for a chair of this type. I did find at first that I liked to put a cushion on the back of the seat but that was really because I was used to sitting further forward. I'm well used to it now and so don't bother with a cushion anymore.
The armrests are good and a nice feature. I do use them. It's nice to sit back sometimes and use these.
The seat size is generous, although we aren't overly large in this household.
It's easy to lower or higher the seat, owing to the gas lift facility.
I'm not sure of the exact price that I paid for this chair but it would have been close to the current selling price of, £39.99. Up to now I would say that that is a reasonable price for this chair.
This chair is mainly to be found next to the P.C. with myself seated upon it but, as I said, I wanted an extra sat for guests and it fits the room well. I'm pleased that it does serve the purpose of providing an extra seat, and looks quite good, I believe.
Details as taken from the Argos website:
Made from leather/plywood and foam.
Size (H)103 to 113, (W)62.5, (D)65.5cm.
Leather seat and back rest, leather effect sides and back.
Gas lift seat height adjustable from 42.5 to 52.5cm.
Mounted on castors.
Recommended maximum weight 110kg (17.3 stone).
Seat size 50 x 50cm.
Total weight 15.05kg.
Self assembly 1 person recommended.
Home delivery from 2 days
Can be reserved, subject to stock
The Argos High Back Leather Faced Manager's Chair is a real bargain buy at only £44.99. I chose this one as a replacement for my last chair, because it struck me as being a good compromise between being affordable and being comfortable, and I haven't been disappointed at all.
When I received this chair, it came flat-packed as most of Argos's items do. So I had to set to work assembling it before anything else. The pieces were all quite simple to get together, though there was an element of brute force involved in slotting the back and seat together before adding the screws to tighten. The instructions were clear enough to follow without having to think too hard (which I don't like having to do), and the tools I needed that weren't provided only included a simple screwdriver.
Once assembled, this chair was ready to go straight away. The gas-lift mechanism surprised me by being extremely effective, despite coming as part of a fairly cheap flat-pack kit! It was good to use from the moment I had the chair assembled, and it didn't require an actual assembly to be operable - it came complete and just needed to be slotted into place.
What I like the most about this chair over the £20 swivel chairs you can buy, is that it's got nice comfy arm rests. It's brilliant for when you're surfing the net using just your mouse, and want somewhere comfortable to stash your spare arm! The back is very comfortable too, and provides me with good support. The only thing that I think could be improved here comfort-wise is the seat. It's a little bit too thin to be really comfortable for anything more than half an hour at a time for me, so I often put a cushion on the seat to improve this.
Finally what I like about this is the appearance. It looks like it costs a good £20 more than it actually does. The leather is polished and smooth, with a soft, shiny feel to it. The arm rests are sleek and well designed, and the whole chair looks smart pushed up against the computer desk in our living area.
For £45 I think I'd have been hard pushed to get a nicer looking and more comfortable office chair. I do think the thickness of the seat padding could be thicker and more comfortable, but I don't think it's particularly bad - just a minor point that could be improved on. This has to get four stars from me.