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~*~ Ikea POÄNG Armchair ~*~
I have owned two of these chairs in the past, I bought the first one from Ikea about 8/9 years ago and gave it to my neighbour when we moved house and the other I bought from eBay the same time as I bought my Ikea Klippan Sofas. I bought this from the same seller where I got two leather Klippan sofas, a nest of tables, this POÄNG Armchair and the matching footstool. I paid £100 for the lot but it easily cost at least £1000 when the lot was bought new so I got a great bargain.
I didn't bid on the items for the armchair but for the sofas and wasn't sure where the armchair and footstool would fit but it actually fits quite nicely in the corner of the living room and is the chair that gets fought over by the kids on a daily basis!
The frame on mine is in a dark brown/black but it is the same bent wood shape as the image shown, the cushion/seating part is different looking to the one shown though and I think this is because Ciao are using an older photo. The seat cushion is very similar but there is a removable top cushion that just slots on the top rather than over the chair. Mine is also in an easy to clean soft black leather. The footstool is the same with the matching bentwood frame and black leather top.
I like this chair and find it really comfortable, it has a slight rock to it too if you so wish to use it as a rocking chair, the high back makes it comfy too and really supportive, the only bad thing I could say is that it lacks padding, but I have two cushions on it and these add that extra bit of padding it requires.
These retail for £175 in Ikea stores but I have seen them for sale on eBay and the like quite often. They are good value for money though as they are really hard wearing and seem like they will last a lifetime!
Cleaning instructions couldn't be easier ... Just wipe it over with a soft damp cloth and that is it.
Thanks for reading x
We purchased this chair just a month after our first POANG. It is considerably smaller and strictly for children, but looks very nice in our lounge next to the adult POANG. Its frame is almost identical, just smaller, but the material and cushion design are different.
I have searched the IKEA online store for this product and can not seem to find it. I cant believe they would discontinue it as it is just brilliant. It sits at a height just a few inches above my knee (I'm 6ft tall) and is suitable for young children, up to age 12 (in my opinion). This chair is available with nine different types of cover/ cushion:
- Alme Black
- Alme Medium Red
- Alme Natural
- Finnsta Grey
- Finnsta White
- Issunda Grey
- Issunda Beige
- Issunda Brown
- Simmarp Green
+ The cover can be removed and shoved straight into the washing machine! This chair also comes with a 10 year guarantee.
With the option of three different frames:
- Oak Veneer
- Birch Veneer
The fact this chair is still fully functional after 6 years of use should tell you all you need to know. Like our other POANG, it has had constant use and could still pass for a brand new chair. It has never broken, the wood is still in great condition and the material has no wearing or tears. Unfortunately, as this chair is designed for children, it is not meant to support someone of my size and weight. Therefore, it was probably not the smartest idea of mine, to sit in this chair on occasion. The result of this, it that a few of the stables that hold a layer of material (the bum part of the chair) to the wood have come off. Only a few staples, not compromising the effectiveness of the chair at all, but it has stopped me from attempting to sit it in any more, for fear of falling through! Other than that..user error...there has been absolutely no issues with this brilliant little chair's durability.
The material cover/ cushion of this small armchair is not as thick, high-quality or as comfortable as the large armchair, but I still cannot give it any less than 5 stars. This chair was fought over by my sisters, as it was considered the comfiest, best seat in the lounge on movie night! On the odd occasion I personally sat in this chair, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It offers great support and the material is very soft. Honestly can't complain about the comfort.
As I can't seem to find this chair on the Ikea website, I can't confidently confirm its price. If my memory serves me correctly, it cost around £35, which is exceptional value for money for a chair that has lasted 6 years and shows no signs of giving in yet! I would happily pay a lot more for this little chair...just don't let Ikea know that!
Having recently moved house I have been busy moving things round and trying to work out what goes where. I had more or less got everything in place but I realised that I needed a chair in the kitchen/diner as I spend a lot of time in this room and although there are the dining room chairs I wanted a nice neat chair to sit and read comfortably. A friend has got two of these chairs and I have always liked the so I had been on the Ikea website and was considering buying one although at £55 it was a bit too expensive at the present time.
So I had a look on Ebay and found someone selling one about ten miles away from me so I started to watch it. I say watch as I never bid straight away but will place my bid within a few seconds of it finishing, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't, as if there are a few people doing this then you don't have time to put another bid in if theirs is higher than yours. However this time it worked and I won it for just £10.50 which I was very pleased with as I had bid up to £20.
The one I bought is different to the one shown in the picture, as mine is light beech wood with a black fabric seat but you can also get them in different coloured wood and different coloured fabric options. The covers are fully detachable and are machine washable but as it is black and I will be the person using it the most I don't think I will have to do this very often but it is good to know that I can do it if needed. There is a cushion built into the seat and the back is quite high with it all being padded for comfort.
It doesn't have traditional legs but it has a square frame on the floor which extends up the front and then curves back into the arms so it is slightly bouncy to sit on which makes it very comfortable. There is a piece of wood across the front and underneat the cushion for support. I find that the chair is quite low so my feet can touch the floor which I don't always achieve as I am quite short, so this adds to the comfort for me.
I am so pleased with my purchase and would gladly have spent more as it was just what I wanted. This chair would be suitable for any room in the house and I would definitely buy another one if I needed a casual but very comfortable chair for the house
We bought this chair to go in our first baby's nursery so I had somewhere comfy to curl up in during all those night feeds. A flat mate and previously had one and I used to chat on the phone for ages sitting on one of these chairs so I knew it was exactly what we needed for the baby's room.
My husband tells me it was fairly easy to assemble and it's quite light weight so easy to move around. There were a couple of times it had to be adjusted as the padding had slipped a bit but it was easily put right.
To look at, it really doesn't look like much but it really is a very comfortable chair. It was perfect for holding my newborn baby in as I could give it that slight bounce that babies enjoy.
The only disadvantage really is that the arms are solid and hard and due to the open space, cushions would easily slip through so at times it took a bit of adjusting to get into a good baby feeding position but once achieved I could have easily fallen asleep in it and I probably did.
The high back meant I could achieve a very good posture, it can be quite difficult to get truly comfortable whilst feeding a baby and they can take their time so it's important to keep your back straight as you could be there for sometime!
I went on to read my toddler his bedtime stories snuggled up on this chair and once again it became my feeding chair for my second son.
Currently it makes a very useful space to store clean laundry on before we get around to putting it away!
In my opinion this is one of the comfiest products that Ikea sell. The unique shape of the frame means that it has a bit of give and bounce without being a full on rocking chair that makes you feel like you''re falling over backwards when you sit in it! The cushions are the perfect shape for comfort, as is the back which has a curve to follow your back and allows you to sit in a good position. Personally I don''t even use an extra cushion on this chair as I find the shape really suits me. The head rest is also a nice feature and makes falling asleep in front of the TV very easy! (I''m not sure if that''s a good thing or a bad thing...) I only have one small complaint - the Ikea ranges change regularly so if you want to buy one at a particular time you may not be able to find a suitable cushion cover. If you can wait a season or two then something to fit your taste and your house is bound to come up though, and even if it doesn''t the cushions are straightforward shapes so you would be able to get some made or do it yourself if you have basic sewing skills. There is another issue which does not affect my family but you may want to consider. When sitting in this chair your knees are higher than your bottom, which means that it is not the easiest chair in the world to get out of - if the chair will be used by elderly or infirm people you may want to consider that. Overall it is a great comfy chair for a price that you certainly wouldn''t find elsewhere.
We moved into our latest rented flat about six months ago, and it was partly furnished. We had relocated to a new city, so money was a little tight. So we did what we always do when we need something for the home and not much money - we hit Ikea.
I've always found the thought of Ikea much more fulfilling than going to the store, as we hardly ever get exactly what we want for a price we are willing to pay. On this occasion though, we were pleasantly surprised when we saw the Poang chair.
The springy bentwood frame and cushion makes for a really interesting and modern design. We went for a cream cushion colour, mainly to keep it neutral so it would fit into our living room, which it does perfectly. It has anti slip pads on the front two legs too, which make it great for wooden floors.
As with almost all Ikea furniture, it came flat packed. This has caused many world wars in our house, with an endless number of screws, bits of wood and other 'bits and pieces'. On this occasion, it was quite the opposite, and this was probably because it is a very simple design and very distinguishing parts. It took us about 30 minutes to put it together, and its been strong, sturdy and a great addition to our living room ever since. Another great thing about this chair is how easy it is to move around, which has helped when we've had people over or needed floor space and so have had to move around the furniture accordingly.
This isn't a chair we use everyday, so I can't speak in terms of continuous use but as an occasional chair it looks as new as the day we bought it. Also, the wooden sloped arms don't make it a 'lazy evening' chair or any good for two people to sit in.
Overall, for the money this cost - I would conclude that it is a great deal; it is easy to put together, looks great in our house, easy to move around; good quality.
The Poang chair from Ikea is a bentwood chair with a canvas frame, topped with either canvas or leather cushioned seat. They cost just £125 each and when bought new from Ikea and are flat packed.
They are a stylish, comfortable piece of furniture for any style of home, although I think they work best in a minimalistic contemporary setting. However, we have had them in two very different, definitely not minimalistic homes.
We were first introduced to these great chairs whilst staying in a holiday cottage in Brixham on the south Devon coast (see review). Our chosen cottage, which was to become our favourite holiday destination had two of these chairs, one as occasional chair in the downstairs living area and the other in the bay window of the first floor second bedroom/second living area. This room affords magnificent views of the harbour and out to see, so that is where we carried the second chair too as well and spent most of our holiday.
We found the chairs, both comfortable, solid, yet easy to manoeuvre if/when we wanted to. Those two chairs were in beige cotton and a cream linen (style?) with very light birch coloured wood. For obvious reasons in a holiday cottage the cream version had a throw over it, but the cushion underneath was clean and free of wear, so the cover was purely to maintain the pristine condition.
The chairs we chose based on these were the black leather cushioned variety and these came with slightly darker Light Oak coloured woodwork.
The cushions are fitted to the frame with strong Velcro straps across eh back of the cushions and front of the frames and they are easy to pull apart for cleaning yet stay in place well during normal use.
Our chairs came boxed up - flat packed with very easy to follow instructions and all the necessary parts were there. As we had one chair each, my husband and eye decided to put our own chair together and a bit of a competition ensued! Thus, I can vouch that the chairs are quick and easy to put together, even by a woman! Who has long since donated her tool collection to her husband. That did not matter, as although he had assembled his small tool kit ready, the chairs each came with an Allen Key and that deemed all that was necessary to assemble the chairs. That was a few years ago now and I think it only took about 15-20 minutes.
The stylish chair appears to be unsafe, yet it is beautifully designed and balanced by the structure of the bentwood legs and arms that form a sort of U shape on its side. There are no back legs, just a U on each side forming the leg/foot part and bending around to form an armrest. The seat part is a ladder backed frame with a stretched canvas seat which in turn is covered with a removable cushion. The chairs are a high back design with a built in slight head cushion.
The chairs can gently rock as they give and it is soothing to use them in this way at times, I remember now when my mother died sitting in my chair, gently rocking with my dog on my lap whilst the tears flowed. I have of course, happy memories of my chairs as well and not just of the Brixham holidays.
I met my granddaughter seated in my Poang chair and with a cushion to protect her head on the armrest, was able to gently rock her to sleep when her mum was out. These would make a great nursery chair, both for sitting and chilling with baby and to rock baby in gently, possible moving the chair to another room once baby starts to toddle as they will move if pushed.
The beauty of the chair is their ergonomic design. I suffered with a bad back, neck and shoulder pain following an injury and the reason we bought two of these chairs is that I found the chair so much more comfortable on that first holiday cottage visit than anything else we had tried.
They are easy to clean, easy to move when required and solid enough as well. I treat ours to a leather furniture treat every couple of months, but otherwise I clean the leather and the wood with Ecover Lemon Multi Purpose Cleaner, simply spray on and wipe off.
Our chairs are now about 6 years old and are almost as good today as the day we bought them. Mine has picked up a slight black mark from a grand child's shoe and my husband's has experienced a slight bobbling of the wood after he unwittingly sat down with some sort of oil or substance on his hand. That was a few years ago and the problem has developed into anything more than the slight blistering that took place on the day.
In our current home we have a woodburner and these are our fireside chairs, they do not appear to have suffered any ill effects from the heat of the fire.
Our dogs sit on them as well and they have withstood all sorts of abuse.
Our current home is a very old stone cottage and they do not look out of place in front of the large wood burner. Our old home was a 1990's house and they went well in there with pine furniture as well.
* Bad backs
* Nursing Mothers
* Limited Space
* In need of comfort - I mean mental as well as physical
CONCLUSION & STARS:
These chairs are probably the best purchase I have ever made (apart from my Subaru Legacy - but that's another story)! They represent excellent value for money, are great for my health, look stylish and are just an amazing item.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY:
Current price from Ikea for the leather chair is £175.00, with the canvas version available from just £55.00. It is also possible to buy matching footstools and I see that they also have a completely looped version now as well as a purpose built rocking chair. For further information go to http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/categories/series/07472/
We bought a second hand version for £52.00 from eBay and they are also frequently for sale used assembled from that outlet.
I hope you enjoyed my review and I am happy to answer any questions about the Poang Chair!
My partner and I recently acquired a couple of these chairs and a footstool for her two daughters. We originally wanted them for her youngest child aged 3 who was starting to get to big for her Victorian children's chair. We also thought that if she had a chair that she could call her own that was comfy to sit in it might encourage her to sit still for a few minutes. I was surprised at how quickly she has fallen for this chair. Quite often we have found her curled up on the chair starting to drift off to sleep.
The chairs are surprisingly comfortable. I thought that since the seat is angled down and the shape of the back would make the chairs uncomfortable to sit in. But I have haven't experienced any discomfort so far.
There are two cushions which come with the chair, one which goes upon the seat, the seat is a piece of canvas stapled to the frame. The other cushion goes on the chair back to cover the wood frame so you are not sat against wood. It has cushions that are removable, and the cushion covers are machine washable. The frame is made of birch.
The frame measures: width 68cm
seat width 56cm
seat depth 50cm
seat height 42cm
The chair looks good, it looks clean and stylish and modern. Easy to clean and maintain. A comfortable little armchair.
They start at £55 and go up to £220. There are varying cushion cover colours to choose from. They are also available as a rocking chair. The footstools start at £25 and go up to £60.
My housemate and I have recently moved into an unfurnished house so we did what most people seem to do when they need more furniture - go to Ikea. While I decided to go for a sofa she wanted two Poang armchairs. As my housemate can't put up furniture I helped her put them up and now they are an important part of our living room.
This is quite a nice armchair which comes in a variety of veneers and finishes and like most pieces of Ikea furniture it has a variety of covers that can be added to the chair.
Because of the design of the chair (it has a curved veneer frame which is designed to fit the contours of your body with padded cushions) there is a slight bounce almost rock to the chair when you sit on it but that makes it quite comfy.
***Making the chair up***
Because we had two chairs to do my housemate and I made up a chair each and all you need is the supplied allen key. The chairs went together really quickly with the whole thing taking about 20 minutes maximum and so far two months down the road they are still up and working.
For a living room chair this is probably the most important aspect and I have to say this is the best thing about the Poang chair. The back is curved to fit the contours of your body so your back feels supported and the padded cushion while thin is perfect as the chair doesn't have a hard base. Because the base is woven strips of thick fabric there is a lot of give to it and it makes the chair really nice to sit on. The bounce of the chair is also nice and comforting and there is even enough room to tuck my feet under myself when I sit on which I like.
Prices start at £55 for basic covers and go up to £95 for fancier versions. Therefore, it is really good value and the perfect way to furnish a living room.
It's no surprise that this is such a popular IKEA staple; practical, well priced and above all, really comfortable.
This armchair blends into a wide variety of home décors - many people plump for the neutral, fabric cover, but you can choose from a wide variety of colours and fabrics. This is great for varying the look from something more natural to an option that gives a little more of a luxurious feel (leather for example). What's more, the cover options also cater for a wide range of budgets - the frame itself is very inexpensive and by far the nicest armchair option I found in any store within this price range.
I find this chair brilliant for lumbar support and it is far, far comfier and more sturdy than it looks. To experience it at its most comfortable and relaxing, use a footrest of a similar height with it (I didn't go for the standard foot rest they advertise with it, but rather a cheaper and slightly higher oblong box type rest in matching fabric).
You can also bounce/rock slightly when sitting on it - I'm not sure if you're supposed to, but it's very relaxing!
Despite being a flat pack novice and DIY phobic when I put this together, I managed it alone with ease.
A classic, affordable piece of furniture that seems to be appearing in an increasingly large number of living rooms and bedrooms!
Appearance - this chair, to me at least, looks nice. The fact that you can see underneath the arms and legs makes it appear to take up less space than traditional chairs which are a block of colour
Comfortable and allows slight rocking - v relaxing!
Easy to clean underneath
Cheaper (around £150) than a traditional arm chair (around £400)
Easy to assemble once you decode the traditional picture only IKEA instructions
Flexible - many cushions and wood frames available
Easy to transport and can take away today, unlike other traditional chair and sofa companies that make you wait a few weeks and charge a fortune for delivery
Discontinued ranges - I was disappointed to find out that the dark brown wood colour frame and foot stool were no longer available as I wanted to buy a matching foot stool
Change of cushion design - I personally don't think this looks as nice and suspect it has been done for cost saving reasons
When I first went to Ikea, it confused me, annoyed me and basically just gave me a headache. Ikea in many ways is like Marmite you either love it or hate it. You could also say though that Ikea is an acquired taste, after a few visits it may start to grow on you. That is the case with me, over the years I have been several times and now just love the place. In the past decade I have probably spent a small fortune in Ikea on various things ranging from large furniture to small plastic cups and yes of course, candles!
One of the things that I have from Ikea is this, the Poang armchair. Ironically this is one of the Ikea items that I did not purchase. A fried was getting rid of this and so sent it my way. I have seen these chairs in Ikea many times and always been tempted by them, but for some reason I have never justified spending my hard earned money on them, so when it was offered to me for free I was more than happy to take it.
So when it comes to price, if I had actually gone out on bought one of these it would have cost somewhere in the region of £60-£80. I just did a quick check online and there are quite a few of these going second hand now and you can pick one up in decent enough condition for around £20, so if you are looking for a bargain then this may well be a viable option for you. Even at full price though I would say this is fairly good value for a decent looking little armchair.
So how well does this chair rate on comfort. The reality is that this is the most important thing when you are talking about an armchair of any kind. Well the Poang chair has it's positives and negatives also. I would say that when you sit straight up this is very comfortable indeed. It supports your back well and has a little bit of flex in the frame so you just kind of sink into it. However, if you want a good snuggle up chair then this is not ideal, the wooden arms do not allow to much movement and they are obviously not overly comfortable to lean against. So this is not really the kind of chair you can curl up on and snuggle.
The arms are quite nicely shaped and they do make for decent arm rests, although again, the wood can tend to dig into you a little bit. So in reality, this is a decent sit up straight and behave yourself chair whereas it is not so great if you want a real chill out and relax chair. I am pretty sure these chairs come in a few different colours such as black, red, white and cream so you can mix it up a little bit when buying one or more. Overall then this is a decent chair and serves it's purpose very well and if you are looking for a good sit up straight chair then this is ideal.
When I was pregnant with my daughter, we wanted a rocking chair for her nursery for those night-time feeds! When we went to Ikea on one of our many trips, I took a rest on a Poang and I loved it!
The Poang comes in 2 sizes - child size or adult. Both are identical apart from size. There are a few colours to choose from but not all appear on show in the store. There is a matching footstool for £35, and the chair itself costs £75. They still sell on eBay for near that sometimes!
The wooden frame is good quality, not likely to chip or break very easily. The fabric cushions have machine washable covers and are a bit fiddly to get off but no more so than normal cushions. They aren't the softest of materials but they are comfortable.
The chair comes flat packed with all the tools and accessories you need. You basically screw together the wooden frame (watch out though, the screws are cheap and round off easily) and then arrange the cushions on top, which attach with velcro straps. It's more of a 2 person job and takes 10-15 minutes or so.
The chair is quite lightweight, there is nothing supporting the back of it, and it is not designed to be a rocking chair. However, you can actually rock on it as the front of the frame is bendy. I wouldn't recommend vigorous rocking but a gentle rock is fine, I did it all the time with no problems.
All in all, it's a nice chair to relax in, ideal for conservatory or baby's room. It's not the most comfortable chair in the world but it is pretty comfy.
There has never been a time when I've actually enjoyed spending my Sunday morning building flat pack furniture from the Swedish furniture giant Ikea, but this was one of the few things that was easy enough to build and live with. The box has all the bits you need plus a couple extra screws so it's hassle free building if you loose or break something.
Between me and my wife we managed to get this up in about 10 to 15 minutes using the manual and going over carefully making sure everything was screwed in tightly. The annoying thing is that while the diagrams are clear, the chair seems to be more complicated to build in real life than they make out in the manual. I am often accused of lacking the ability to build stuff properly but I can proudly announce this is one of the few things in the house that I haven't fudged up.
The chair is well built, although that depends on who's building it. The wood is good quality, it doesn't dent easy, it's smooth, it's rock solid and can take scratches without too much of an indent, unless you press hard. The chair is quite comfortable when you lean back, and the wood can take the strain of large weight with no issue.
The only bad thing about this chair is the material on the cushions. It's incredibly rough, I have never felt such a rough cushion to sit on. Sliding your backside back and forth feels like grating your behind on a cheese grater, it's incredibly uncomfortable to slide about on when bare skinned; to fix this issue I have placed a soft blanket over the top. This also keeps it clean from the cats who seem to enjoy it's fabric more than I do. After 2 years my chair has been through a lot, it's been used for all sorts and in that time it has become worn.
The chair is good value for money at £55 simply because it's lasted so long and when you consider the other chairs in this price range, there's not much else in this price range that looks good and is as well built. The only issue is the fabric which is too rough for my liking.
Overall a great chair minus the rough fabric, so i'll give it 4 stars. Highly recommended for offices and study's needing an extra chair.
I quite look the look of these chairs and that you can put different covers on and yes, they are comfortable...until all of a sudden one of the screws cracks and throws you on the floor backwards. This happened a months ago with a chair that I had bought second-hand, so I put it down to possible overuse or too much weight being out on it by the previous owner.
The second one I bought seemed more solid to begin with, so I was pleased until this morning when I was about to get up and yet again one of the bolts broke without warning.
Unfortunately the bolts broke exactly between two pieces of wood, so there is no way you can get the end piece out of the wood and replace it with another bolt. Money wasted twice, so I will now look for a different chair and it won't come from IKEA!