“ Brand: Argos / Type: Chair „
Argos is a catalogue company which tend to do items which can either be poor and expensive or cheap and pretty good. I have brought this chair in the last few months and I found it to begin with pretty tough to set up.
You are given a box with all the necessary items to attach together with instructions but I just found the entire process of actually putting it together tough. You do need more than one person as the actual connections are not even and accurate enough to fit into the slots they are aimed to be secured for.
Once the set up is done the seat is actually pretty hard. The leather is the sort which is comfortable but at times it feels as if it could be softer. The arms are made with the wood which looks very clean and crisp and they are very easy to sit back and rest your arms however if you apply to much pressure to the arms they tend to bend and you worry they might snap and cause damage to the rest of the chair.
The pressure you apply to the seat can be good as well because if you want to be high up in the chair you can do that and if you wish to be lower down the lever lets you do that as well so it does give you plenty of options.
You can lean back on the chair and have the pull system which can lock the position as well so it saves you going back and forth with the motions you sometimes do. The feet have got wheels which are pretty good and easy to attach. I found the seat comfortable and quite hard but it shows how much quality there is. The arms are perhaps the weak point as I feel they could easily come apart and I think the overall price that I paid which was £70 to be slightly over the top.
The colour works well with the chair as this is a chocolate brown colour which seems to work quite well with the colours of the arms.
A few weeks ago I decided that I was fed up of sitting on an old, uncomfortable office chair whilst sat at my desktop PC and decided to have a look around for a new one. It has been a few years since I bought a new chair, my old one was a freebie from my last job and whilst it was functional it certainly wasn't comfortable and given the amount of time I am sat at my desk at home I wanted to splash out on something which looked more stylish and would offer me a greater level of comfort. Looking online I was surprised at the limited choice on offer, I had up to £100.00 to spend so figured I would be spoilt for choice however I was decidedly underwhelmed at was actually available. Checking the usual places like Tesco Direct, Argos and Viking Direct I eventually settled for the chair I am reviewing here; the "Leather Effect Managers Chair" in chocolate brown with contrasting light-coloured wooden armrests and base which cost £79.99 from Argos.
I collected the chair in store at Argos rather than paying for home delivery and it came as no surprise to discover that the chair was flat-packed in a single, large, cardboard box. Normally when it comes to flat pack furniture I run a mile as I have little coordination or patience and usually tie myself up in knots trying to assemble each individual component, however I have in the past assembled other chairs that I have bought so felt confident in my abilities to be able to put this together.
At this point I had better mention the weight of the chair in its flat-pack state: 17.5kgs so do bear this in mind if you are thinking of buying one yourself, whilst not too heavy it does come in quite a large box which is awkward to manoeuvre around especially when trying to fit in the boot of a car. I had to lie my back seats down to fit this in mine (a 2 door Vauxhall Corsa) but once it was in it was easy enough to move around and transport back home.
Once home it was just a case of unpacking each part and putting it all together following the instructions provided. The instructions themselves were clearly illustrated with pictures of each part shown and the step-by-step method of assembly was easy to follow although to be fair there is a certain logicality to putting together a chair (start from the bottom and work up!) and to be honest even with my limited capabilities I managed to assemble mine with only having to refer to the instructions on a couple of occasions. The worst thing about putting this together for me was having to individually unwrap each and every component, each piece including all six castors had a thick layer of protective covering encasing them and had to be prized off with the aid of scissors, this did mean though that the every part was in pristine condition and had no marks or scratches on any visible surface so although a fiddly and awkward task the end result was rather impressive.
Visually the chair looks great when assembled in 'real life', the light wooden arms and base are a lovely contrast to the chocolate brown leather-like fabric and have a luxurious look and feel. The seat and back are cool to the touch and although are not real leather you would be hard pressed to tell a difference in appearance or to the touch to the real thing. There is plenty of room on this chair, with the seat measuring 51cm from arm to arm and 52cm from front to back, the cushion is 8.5cm deep so provides a comfortable and thick surface for sitting on and with the chair having a tilt feature you can easily push back on the chair if you want to take a second or two to lean back. The back itself measures 67cm from bottom to top so provides enough space to support your back and provides something to lean back onto. The chair also features an adjustable height setting aided by the gas canister lift mechanism so you can sit as high or as low as you want (from 45cm to 55cm that is) and being on a swivel you can easily move to the left or right instead of being in a fixed, frontal position.
The chair is mounted on metal castors so moving it around is easy as it simply glides along either a carpeted or laminated floor surface and with it having 5 castors feels strong and can easily hold a good deal of weight.
I've had this chair for around 3 weeks now and spend a good deal of time at my computer, as far as comfort goes the chair is nicely cushioned and does exactly what I want it to do. I particularly like being able to tilt back if I want to stretch or take my eyes off my computer screen and can happily spend hours at a time sitting on this chair whilst browsing online. If I was having to find fault with the chair then the only minor thing I would say is that being leather effect the fabric does tend to stick to bare skin so if I'm sat on my chair in just my dressing gown so standing up quickly can be quite painful, however this is clearly not the chairs fault and teaches me to be more careful in what I wear whilst sat at my computer!
Overall then, for the price I paid and ease of assembly plus the comfort it provides I would have no hesitation in awarding a perfect 5/5 dooyoo star rating for this chair. It is still available at Argos at the price I paid (£79.99) and can be purchased in either brown or cream.
This review also appears on ciao under my username