“ Brand: Argos / Type: Office Chair „
I recently decided it was finally time to buy a new computer chair as my old one had definitely seen much better days. I didn't feel I use my computer enough to justify spending a lot of money on a chair so I went for this Argos Value Gas Lift one. It had everything I required of a computer chair and only cost £18.99 which I thought was very reasonable.
The chair comes flat packed in a rather large rectangular box and contains a useful, easy to understand instruction manual on how to assemble the chair. I'm usually completely hopeless at assembling flat pack furniture, in fact I struggle to put a shelf up, but I managed to get the chair together on my own in about fifteen minutes so assembly is very easy and straight forward with most parts simply slotting into the place, there were very few screws.
Once up the chair looks fairly plain and simple but still quite nice looking. It doesn't look desperately cheap although it's clearly not an overly expensive office chair either. The chair is set on five castors which is an absolute must for me as I change my sitting position so often when on the computer I really need something with wheels to make moving around quick, easy and simple. The actual seat also swivels around completely and the back rest adjusts automatically depending on how much weight you're putting on it which, again, makes changing sitting position really quick and comfortable when sitting on this chair.
The black fabric seat cushion contains a couple of inches of padding and is reasonably comfortable to start off with although I did find myself getting quite a numb bum after about half an hour of sitting on this. If, like me, the first thing you do when you get home is chuck all of your clothes off and sit around in your underwear, you'll probably find the fabric cushion a little scratchy on your backside too. Because of these two things I have added an extra cushion onto my seat and do find it a lot more comfortable if sitting on my computer for a while at a time.
The chair can take up to 110Kg (17st5lb) of human sat on it and the height can be adjusted from 42cm to 54cm. I have found the gas lift aspect on the chair to be in fully working order. Lifting my bum and weight off of the chair and pulling on the little black lever underneath the cushion makes the chair come up at a reasonable speed so it's easy to stop when it's high enough. Similarly, pulling the lever when sat down will make the chair's height decrease at the same careful speed.
The chair apparently weighs 6.2kg according to the Argos website although it feels much lighter. It's extremely easy and move around if needed and most could easily lift it with one hand (although you'll probably need two due to the awkwardness of the size of the chair).
One thing that may be a problem for some is that the chair does not have arm rests. For me personally this isn't an issue at all but I know some people prefer them. You could, if you felt the need, add your own arms onto this chair though as there is plenty of room on both sides under the cushion to do this although it would probably be easier to just buy a chair with arm rests if you really wanted them.
All in all I've found this chair to be pretty decent and good value for money. I would recommend it if you were looking for basic, simple and cheap but would also recommend adding a cushion for a little extra comfort.
I bought this chair from argos as a temporary replacement for my previous desktop chair as I accidentely ruined it by spilling orange juice all over the seat..... it could not heal :-( I needed a chair that could stay comfortable for a long time with being too expensive.
Anyway, I bought this chair from Argos at a very reasonable price of £17.99. A hight adjustable chair that can swivel for £17.99!!! I was think this is the deal of the century.
The chair does not come ready to use as it would take up too much space. However, you do get a very simple guide on how to assemble with step by step instructions. I did not find any problems what so ever in understanding the instructions. It only took me a couple of minutes to put this chair together without the help of any one as it is a 1 person assembly.
After trying the chair my first impression was WOW this chair is 100% worth the money. It is very comfortable for the back as it does not cause any strain as the back support is flexible so a good amount of support is provided. It was so comfortable I decided to keep this chair for longer than I expected to use it for. And to be honest with a being careful with this chair it has lasted me for 2 years without causing any problems what so ever. Added points for durability :-)
The adjust feature is like any other desk chair, apply pressure and push the lever to decrease height and add no pressure and pull the lever to increase height. Very simple and easy.
Overall, I would recommend this chair for anyone who is looking for a no frills chair that will provide a good amount of comfort for a very good price.
When we first moved in to our first home together we had a large bulky PC and as such we needed a new desk and chair to use it with. Because we had limited funds we bought this Argos value gas lift chair and we paid something in the region of £12-£13 however we had a £10 off voucher so we bought a few items that we needed such as this and some bedroom lamps too. This was almost two years ago and I've been prompted to write a review after having a clear out at home and having to send this chair off to the tip! We don't even have a bulky PC any more having two laptops and a tablet instead so we really no longer needed a desk and instead I've now got space to replace it with a dressing table instead. The main reason we chose this chair was because it was cheap and because it was adjustable. If after reading my review you want to purchase this chair, which I doubt, it is now £18.99 on the Argos website and in store.
When this chair was delivered we were very surprised that we needed to build this and I found the thought of this very daunting but my husband set to work and built this with ease within about 15 or 20 minutes. He wasn't stressed and no expletives left his mouth either so it must have been quite simple work although I must admit I just sat there doing some organising of paperwork while he did all the hard work and I occasionally checked it was going fine. The instructions provided were basic but only a cursory glance was needed to ensure the chair was being built successfully and my husband got to work before he even checked the instructions (typical man!). This is quite a small chair that has 5 castors on the bottom and there is a lever for adjusting the chair too.
In all it is fair to say that the chair is very simple. There are fabric pieces, as pictured above, that act as a seat and back rest. The seat height is adjusted from 42cm to 46cm for extra comfort and the maximum user weight recommended for this is 17 stone 5 pounds. I am sure that one or two people have sat on this chair who were heavier but this was just on a very rare occasion and certainly not regularly. The lever is simple to use and allows the chair to be dropped down or lifted up by pulling or pushing. This chair is a swivel chair allowing you to turn around when needed without having to get off your seat and this is a feature that I used quite regularly when my husband came to ask me questions or just to say hello and I turned around to avoid talking to the wall. This can be turned a full 360 degrees but it doesn't feel particularly sturdy so I always used this with my feet firmly by the floor just to be in on the safe side.
In all I am going to rate my usage of this chair 2/5. The chair felt wobbly when I was using the swivel feature and I found that after half an hour or so of sitting on it that my backside become sore and my lower back became uncomfortable. The fabric on the seat pad and back rest was thin and didn't feel supportive or very helpful to my body at all. When using the lever it did work how I wanted it to (e.g it went up or down) however I noticed that the chair moved around and this made me feel uneasy that one day that the back would just snap off and I would end up sprawled on my bedroom floor. This chair isn't comfortable at all and I soon become very restless when sitting on it. My back, neck and bottom quite often ached after using this and truth be told I was incredibly relieved when it came to getting rid of this chair. After almost two years of use this chair was definitely ready for the rubbish tip. Normally when I am replacing something I try and give an item away on freecycle, sell it on Gumtree or even sell it through a local Facebook group but with this item it just wouldn't have felt right to me and I would have been worried. The castors become worn despite this just being used on a wooden floor in the same position all the time (besides the swivelling which doesn't affect the castors of course) and in all it looked old, worn and tattered. Towards the end of this chairs 'life' it felt even more unsturdy and started to wobble despite me being quite a few stone lighter than the maximum user weight, and my husband too! In all I wasn't pleased with this chair and towards the end I had dreams about dropping it out of the window and watching it smash in to a thousand pieces. I would always be drawn in by it and its swivelyness (not a word I know) and then I'd sit on it and before I knew what had hit me this would be making my body ache and it definitely decreased my enjoyment of using the bulky PC for all my PC games that took up a lot of space. My reason for still giving this 2/5 is that it is cheap and the gas lift does work.
When I had my desk I needed a chair to go with it as at the time I didn't have my dining table and so I wanted something cheap but usable for sitting doing various bits and pieces. I came across the Argos value computer chair for just £11.99 however the price has increased dramatically since I bought mine, it was a reduced price but not as much as the £18 or so they are now charging especially when you can get so many more comfortable and grand looking chairs for not much more now-a-days.
I used the reserve service which meant I reserved the stock from my local store and picked it up to avoid a delivery charge. The chair comes in a small square box which is rather daunting to think this has to convert to a proper chair. The chair is obviously flat packed but can be easily put together by one person, it's incredibly simple to get the parts together and i don't think I consulted the instructions once although they were provided. The chair is very basic with a four pronged base with castor wheels a basic pole which attaches to the base of the seat and a plastic part that curves upwards giving a very small back piece. There is also a lever on the underside of the chair to lift and drop the height of the chair.
The chair once assembled is very easy to use you can wheel across the floor incredibly quickly if you try although it doesn't take much effort. The seat swivels 360 degrees which is useful when you need something but a hindrance when your child decides he loves the seat and wants to be spun on it constantly! The lever allows the seat to be lowered if there is pressure on it and it raises ok with no weight but I do find that the seat lifts off the ground quite a lot while performing this action.
The chair is not that comfortable to sit on, it holds weight well and doesn't topple over but I do find that after an hour or so I start to get fidgity and want to move to another location. There is no support for the lower back and when working at my desk for quite a while I found my lower back would ache as there really is no support there. The actual seat base is uncomfortable after a while I find. There just isn't enough padding there to give you any real comfort.
I found that after around a year of use the chair started lowering of it's own accord and the seat pads were starting to look grubby with no way to remove the pads it's difficult to clean. After a couple of spills there were stains over the seats leaving it looking worse for wear. The chair was still usable but my son was able to climb up and sit on it and he started to use it climb, having castors it just wasn't safe to keep using. As it was looking a little ikky I wouldn't have felt comfortable giving it away and it was destined for the bin. As I say it was still usable but it hadn't been a good purchase from the start. I eventually upgraded to a high backed leather effect chair for £20 from my local Morrisons that lasted so much better, was much more comfortable and felt much safer than this flimsy contraption. I wouldn't recommend this for people who spend a long time at their desk, I found it served less purpose than it was worth. It did do the job intended but for just £2 more you could have a much better chair that will protect your spine, pad your bottom and not go wonky after just a year or so of use. I would recommend spending that little bit extra and getting yourself something much better.
When purchasing a computer desk I didn't think about buying a computer chair too, so ended up using one of my dining room chairs. I spend a few hours every evening at my computer and it wasn't the nicest in comfort experiences with a hard wood chair. I needed something cheap and relatively comfortable, so I turned to trusty Argos and found this chair for £17.99.
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This computer chair comes flat packed but it is easy to assemble and one person is more than adequate to erect it themselves, I did it by myself after all. The chair has four wheels on the base and the actual seat of the chair can swivel 360 degrees, this makes it ultra easy to move and turn wherever you please, on carpet or on hard floors.
The height of the seat is adjustable by a lever on the right side underneath the chair. Simply lift the lever up and the seat will decline, weight on the seat is needed to make it move though, a little push with your hand is enough weight to make it decline. It can then be adjusted higher by pulling the same lever again, but it will only raise if no weight or pressure is on the seat. The adjustable height is between 42cm and 54cm. I personally prefer the height at the highest point as there is then just enough room to get my thunder thighs under the keyboard tray of my computer desk.
When I first purchased this computer chair it was very comfy, although there isn't any support for my lower back, it does keep me sitting in a comfortable position. The actual seat was very padded to start with, but after having this computer chair for around 2 years it isn't as comfortable as it first was and the padding is starting wear away. It's still in a useable condition, but I don't think it will be long before it feels like I'm sitting on hard plastic.
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This computer chair is excellent value for money at only £18. It does everything you would ask from a cheap chair, it moves easily over carpet and hard floors, swivels with ease, and has an adjustable height. It isn't the most comfortable computer chair, but what do you expect for the price?!
I needed a new computer chair as mine had really had its day, so I had a look through argos, I could not afford to spend a lot so i looked at the cheap chairs, and I came across this one for £17.99. I found this a reasonable price for a computer chair, compared to the prices I had seen before.
The chair does come flat packed although I can not say how easy it is to assemble it as my husband at the time set it all up for me, but I assume it is easy as he did it all by him self.
It does say that the maximum weight for the chair is 17st 5ib, although I do not know if it would hold any more as I am only 9st myself so I would not recommend trying anyone over 17st 5ib to sit on this as it may break.
The seat does lower in height or you can make it higher to suit the height you need to suit your needs. To lower it is easy just pull the lever downwards and let it go when you have reached the desired height, you do need to be sat or push on the seat for it to go down. To heighten pull the lever upwards and do not put any pressure on the seat and let the lever go when your at your desired height again. The Seat height is adjustable from 42 to 54cm. Which I always find an ideal height for me, and also my kids when they are on the computer.
The computer chair is on wheels and can be moved around pretty easily even on the carpet. Ideal for if you are always moving about while you are on your computer. Also the chair is a swivel chair so the seat can move around. This is the part I really like as I am always needing to move round while I am on the computer and it saves me straining my back loll.
The chair is really comfortable to sit on, I am on my computer at least 8 hours a day as I work on my computer so I did need one that would be comfortable. This does that job, I will say after a couple of hours of not moving anywhere I may get a numb bum loll, but I used to get that on a computer chair I spent a lot more money on.
I would recommend this for purchase, there is nothing wrong with it at all, for the cheap price of £17.99 you can not go wrong, it is comfortable, moves around easily, and seems to be pretty durable, as I have had it a few months and it is still as good as knew, also the kids love it as a toy and seem to mess around with the height lever a lot loll. If mine ever does get broke or damaged I would buy another one as I think it really is worth the money. It also says in the site that the seat is made from Flame retardent material.although I can not say if this is right as I have never tested that one out and I don't really intend on finding out if it is right either loll.