“ Brand: Ikea / Type: Armchair „
I had been eying up this chair for a while as my friend had one and I thought it looked really good. Usually when I visit Ikea, I go and check out the bargain corner to see what they have and spotted the black version of this chair there. It was reduced as it had a small reddish coloured stain on the removable cushion. It's really small so you can hardly see it and I really enjoyed the discount I got on it! Although, to be fair, I would have happily paid full price for it!
The chair is big and round and it comes in a range of different fabrics with the patterned fabrics and leathery ones being a little more expensive than the plain ones. Last time I looked, the plain fabric ones were £80 and the more fancy ones were £100.
It swivels and some of them come on wheels, so they make a really good desk chair, but now I no longer have a desk at home, I just have it as an extra chair in my bedroom with a big colourful cushion on to make it look really inviting. It's a really nice design so looks great sat in the corner of the room. You can also change the height of the chair to make it comfortable for yourself.
I've used the chair a lot and have had it for a few years now and it's showing no sign of breaking which is great. It's moved house a few times with me, and the only problem I've had with it is the fact that it's a bit bulky so difficult to transport around.
I've recently given this chair away to someone who had just moved into a house and was short of furniture, as we're getting to a stage now where we're settled in our house and starting to swap some old furniture which we bought when we were strapped for cash. In the early days, our criteria for furniture was that it was the cheapest possible option!
This armchair was bought from Ikea, and the one we had was black. It is available in black, red, or a patterned black and white fabric. I notice the price has gone up since we bought it, although it was several years ago when we paid around £55 for it. It now retails at £80, with the patterned one being slightly more expensive at £100. That's quite a lot for an Ikea armchair!
I can't comment on the assembly of this chair, as our household I'm afraid is a gender stereotype with jobs falling into "blue" or "pink" categories. However, it didn't take long for my husband to put together and there aren't too many components to it, so I imagine I could have managed to do this myself....if I hadn't been in the kitchen making homemade bread or something.
The chair is very simple in design, being almost like a "tub" chair with a removable cushion, and it has a frame with five feet to stabilise the chair. You can buy castors for the feet, but we didn't bother with this as we bought the armchair to use in the living room so we didn't want people sliding all over the floorboards. Not after we went to the trouble of sanding them.
The height of the chair according to the Ikea website is 72cm, although it is height-adjustable so I can only imagine this is at its highest point. It is 66cm wide and 68cm deep, although the actual seat measurements are slightly smaller being 46cm wide and 49cm deep. This can be useful to know although you'd have to be very large to get stuck in this chair as it is quite roomy. Although this only takes into account sitting in a normal position, if you like to curl your feet up like a cat (like I do), this chair isn't quite big enough for that.
We used this chair in our living room, but with the castors it could make a comfy office chair. It has a very firm back but the cushion you sit on is lovely and soft. I wouldn't say it's great for extended periods as the back isn't the comfiest, although my mother in law did like this chair because she has back problems which mean she likes her back to be supported.
There are lots of instructions on the product description regarding cleaning this chair, for example, do not wash, bleach, tumble dry, or iron. It recommends cleaning with upholstery shampoo, although I have to confess that I have only ever vacuumed this chair as I've never felt the need to actually wash the fabric. The fabric stayed in good condition for the years we owned it, although being black it did attract cat hair which I should have pre-empted would be a problem with having a ginger cat!
Overall, this chair is a very useful armchair to use as an overflow for visitors or at Christmas, as it's comfy enough for occasional use but not to spend long periods in. It's also light enough to be moved round the house if you need a spare chair during a family gathering. I do, however, think it's overpriced as I'm sure you could get much more stylish armchairs for the price of £80, so for this reason I'm knocking a star off.
(Review may also appear on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)