“ Brand: Worlds Apart / Type: Inflatable armchair for children „
My sister got this Rose Petal Cottage Inflatable Armchair as part of her Xmas present off my aunt, it just shows how many presents she got because this one got put away and forgotten about and my dad only found it last week when he was sorting the big cupboard out upstairs!
My sister hasn't got the actual Rose Petal Cottage because she's already got a Little Tikes house and uses one of my dads old fishing tents in the garden to play in sometimes so it's not worth buying her an overpriced Cottage.
The chair can either be blown up using your mouth or you can use a pump, stuff blowing into the thing for half an hour so I got our pump out of the shed and that got the chair up in about 2 minutes. One thing is that it's important not to overfill the chair because you want it to be soft enough to be comfortable and if you put too much air in you're making a bouncy castle not a chair!!!
The chair is pink and ours looks exactly the same as the one in the photo Dooyoo have got up, there is a pattern of very small flowers on the fabric that you can't see very well on the picture and even though the chair does look nice the flowers give it a bit of a chintzy look that makes the chair look a bit 1970s.
My sister looks comfortable sitting in the chair but we did have a bit of an accident yesterday with it. She was sitting down watching Peppa Pig on the tv and the next thing we knew she was flat on her back with the chair on top of her! It looks like she tried to shuffle herself back in the chair a bit too quick and the chair actually tipped over, it's a good job we've got a thick carpet in the living room because if it had happened in the kitchen she'd have smashed her head on the tiles!
The chair is quite small, my sister is nearly 3 and fits just right in it and looks about the right weight to avoid the chair going flat. Bigger children wouldn't be very comfortable I don't think because there isn't much give in the fabric of the chair even though the little girl on the box looks a LOT older than my sister!
I didn't know the price of this because of it being a present but I'm SHOCKED that it costs nearly £15.00! All for a name, it's got to be because my sister has actually got another inflatable chair and that only cost about £3.00 in town! It hasn't got the fabric cover but she's not bothered about that and I reckon she prefers the cheaper chair anyway because she can put it in her paddling pool!
This inflatable toy armchair is part of a range of quite ingenious, 'wendy house' style products from the 'Rose Petal Cottage' line. The good thing about the Rose Cottage play house (actually a fabric tent with chimney, painted to look like a chocolate-box cottage) itself is that it's in a stowaway-able design, and the accessories - furniture, kitchen surfaces equipment and so on that can be purchased to go with it seem similarly designed to be easily packed away, presumably for the benefit of parents who don't have a huge amount of space.
I bought the inflatable armchair as a standalone item and not to go in the 'Rose Petal Cottage' Cottage Play Tent, partly because we already have a play tent, and also because the 'Rose Petal Cottage' play house itself costs £80. (£80 for what's essentially a play tent! Has the world gone mad?) In addition, I don't really want my daughter to get too into 'Rose Petal Cottage' furniture and accessories - since 'roleplay' be damned - I don't want her playing with toy washing machines, hoovers, kitchen unit sets etc. on principle. (When they bring out the 'Rose Petal Cottage' biomedical research scientist or 'Rose Petal Cottage' merchant banker play kits, perhaps I will reconsider but till then....not too keen, really).
The armchair cost £14.99. I got mine from Tesco Extra but is widely available elsewhere, and online for the same price. In the shop it was packed into an attractively compact cardboard box with carry handle - all boxed up it was not much bigger that the 'box' part of a desktop computer, and quite a lot thinner, and I must admit the fact that the armchair could be deflated and packed away into such a compact package was part of its attraction for me.
Inflated, however the chair continues to be pretty small. I wasn't certain what age range of child this toy was aimed at, but judging from the picture of the delighted little girl shown sitting on it on the packaging, it looked about right for my four year old. She can certainly fit in it, but it's not 100% ideal for longer-term seating, e.g. while watching the telly, and if the child sitting in it changes position, it has a nasty tendency to flip over / tilt backwards (with potentially disastrous results, say, if it spilled a child out backwards so they hit the back of their head on a hard tiled floor), so this really is a novelty item. It says on the product description that the height of the inflated item is 54cms, which turns out in reality to be somewhat smaller than you might think - all done up it still looks more like an armchair for a toy teddy bear. All in all I'd say that the Rose Petal inflatable armchair is exactly what it's sold as - a toy accessory for a play house.
Still, even if it's not really for sitting in, its quite a nice little thing. The patterned fabric on the 'part you see' is a polycotton floral print in cheery pink-on-pink and there is darker pink piping on the edges; the backing and bottom of the armchair is that weird not-quite-cloth, woven synthetic material that they use in inexpensive household furnishing applications - e.g. they make the sides of mattress protectors, and cheap hanging shelves for the wardrobe out of it. This is also coloured pink. The armchair was easy enough to inflate by blowing into it, and seems to hold the air well also. It's quite nice all round as a toy but I still think £15 for this was a wee bit steep.