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~~~ The Back Story~~
Our daughter is now three and a half years old, toilet trained and finally sleeping through the night on a regular basis. I am now in a better position to reflect on which toddler-related items I recommend as near necessities, those that would be "nice to have", and those that one could really do without.
This chair was a planned purchase from our nearby Ikea in San Diego three years ago. It was bought for our daughter's playroom and in advance of my father in-law's visit so that he had somewhere to sit, rather than the floor as we had been doing.
~~~ This Product ~~~
The Ikea Pello armchair is made from birch veneer. The seat and back are manufactured from cotton and are a creamy-beige colour. The head area has extra cushioning. This item, like many from Ikea, required assembly. I cannot comment on this as my husband did this while I was out of the house.
The assembled size is detailed on the Ikea website as being:
Width: 67 cm Depth: 85 cm Height: 96 cm Seat width: 55 cm Seat depth: 50 cm Seat height: 37 cm
~~~ My Experience ~~~
We paid $49.99 for this chair. (I see they are listed at £35 on Ikea's UK website.) We bought it with a view as to how comfortable it might be for up to an hour and how easily an elderly person could get into and out of it. My father-in-law had no concerns in using this chair in the manner we had hoped. My elderly mother had a similar experience, in that it was suitable for sitting in while watching Millie for up to an hour. She felt that after that length of time it was not particularly comfortable and nor could she sit in it to read a book for a long time.
My husband and I used the chair in the playroom for short bursts of time - up to ten minutes. I found it to be comfortable and to have a small bounce to it. It the seat felt spacious, the back was firm but comfortable and the arms thin and hard.
As both of Millie's grandparents visit infrequently - once or twice a year and with Millie's playroom quickly becoming filled, we decided the best place for the Pello armchair would be in our bedroom where it quickly became a clothes' horse. It has held this position in our home with one exception.
After having the chair for two years, my husband decided that it was time to get rid of our large nursing rocking armchair in Millie's room and replace it with this minimalist Pello. Unfortunately neither of us were able to get comfortable enough in the chair while our daughter was in our laps for bedtime reading; we hadn't appreciated the importance of a chairs large padded arms for this. The nursing armchair was retrieved from the garage and the Pello returned to our bedroom.
This chair remains in excellent condition despite our three years of ownership; this is obviously related to its underuse. We have never had the need to wash it or spot clean, so I cannot comment on the ease of this.
I believe this chair does what it sets out to. However its minimalist design means that it is not a "big old comfortable arm chair" which is my preference. I could take it or leave it.
Nowadays I am less of a fan of Ikea furniture but when you are a student it is great; everything is cheap and modern so you can personalise your student digs for not very much money. This chair survived the house parties, the random people crashing on it amongst other activities and made it to my new house where it lives in the back bedroom; mainly as a chair for the cat to cuddle up on. The chair needed a new cover before it came to the new house, but this made it look as good as new.
==Price and availability==
The chair costs £35 from Ikea which is very cheap and I had to buy a new seat cover which I managed to buy on Ebay for £10.
The frame of the chair is wooden and it is a soft beech colour. The frame has a lot of bounce into so the wood gives a lot when you sit on it. The dimensions of the chair are: Width: 26 3/8 " Depth: 33 1/2 " Height: 37 3/4 " Seat width: 21 5/8 " Seat depth: 19 5/8 " Seat height: 14 5/8 ".
The frame is interestingly constructed and it looks very modern in design. It is slightly oversized and you feel like you have a lot of room when sat down in it. For all its unusualness and quirky design I actually consider it quite comfortable to sit on. The cushion is thin though, with a larger section for the head and a thicker bit for the seat. It can not be washed and you have to sponge it down to clean it. This is not good when the cover is cream! It is a nightmare to clean, hence me having to replace the cover after all the marks and stains it had accrued over the years.
I think £35 is a good price to pay for an arm chair and it does have a certain presence in the room. I would not have it in my front room now; but that is because I look after my things now and I want nicer looking furniture but as a student this was perfect. It is well constructed, it has survived being jumped on and knocked over and for these reasons I will be awarding it four stars.
You pay for what you get.
When I moved into the flat I'm now living in I had a lovely leather sofa already however coming out of the flatshare I was in my mate took her chair that kind of matched it with her and so I was left with no extra seating.
I went to Ikea on a budget looking for some sort of chair when I spotted this one in a beach finish and with a light natural coloured cover on it which not only went with my existing furniture that I was keeping but the cover was similar in colour to my leather sofa and only costing £34.99 usually (but it was on offer for £15.00 when I bought it!) and looking nice and modern sealed the deal for me!
Well as far as I am aware this only comes in a light wood finish which to me appears beach. It comes flat packed but with all the bits and pieces within it you need to put it together. What you make up is an s shaped wooden frame, sturdy and very easy to put together (it took my mate 10 minutes in total) and the simple instructions come within the packaging. The chair base you sit on it L shaped, high backed and a frame that you simply slip on a natural coloured fabric over and then you get a 4 piece long and separately pieced cushion which is thin and like a foam with a white hairy kind of fabric over that and you get another cover, which is natural coloured once again and looks like a thick cotton and you get each cushion, slide it into the underside pockets on the cover, zip them up and thats basically that really!
The wood is shiny and very strong indeed and the arms are wide enough to be comfortable. However the cushions on this are a real pain! When you wash the cover you really do need to make sure that you put the cushions in some sort of order so you can remember what fits where or its like a really hard puzzle! The zips break all too easily though you can't see that because they are hidden.
The cover is fully machine washable as well as tumble dry safe but I found that once I had washed the cover that never again did my armchair look or feel as comfortable as it once had done.
All in all I like the look of this chair though the cushions are not thick enough and so it isn't all that comfortable to sit on for any length of time sadly. It does slightly rock which is nice and like I stated earlier it does appear modern, doesn't take up too much room however it really isn't all that comfy at all sadly.
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