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      08.11.2014 21:58
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      My Baby Chair!

      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!

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      04.07.2014 22:01
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      Best value comfy chair out there!

      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.

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      08.01.2014 22:13
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      Great deal - would deffinately reccommend

      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.

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        07.12.2013 21:09
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        They represent excellent value for money, are great for health & look stylish

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        Poang Chair

        DESCRIPTON:

        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.

        REVIEW:

        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.

        IN 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.


        WHO FOR:

        * Bad backs
        * Nursing Mothers
        * Limited Space
        * In need of comfort - I mean mental as well as physical
        * Families
        * Couples
        * Singles


        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.

        5/5 Stars

        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!

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          28.10.2013 11:12
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          stylish comfort

          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
          depth 82cm
          height 100cm
          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.

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            15.10.2013 12:45
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            A great armchair

            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.
            ***The chair***
            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.

            ***Comfort***

            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.

            ***Price***

            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.

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              04.08.2013 23:33

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              Great for quality, comfort, style and value for money.

              It's no surprise that this is such a popular IKEA staple; practical, well priced and above all, really comfortable.

              Versatility:
              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.

              Comfort:
              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!

              Assembly:
              Despite being a flat pack novice and DIY phobic when I put this together, I managed it alone with ease.

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              01.06.2013 01:05
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              Classic, reliable product

              A classic, affordable piece of furniture that seems to be appearing in an increasingly large number of living rooms and bedrooms!

              ADVANTAGES

              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

              DISADVANTAGES

              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

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                25.04.2013 10:41
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                Good Solid Shair

                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.

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                  08.04.2013 20:09
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                  Not bad at all

                  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.

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                  15.03.2013 19:36
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                  Buy a cover or something soft to place over it.

                  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.

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                    04.03.2013 11:44

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                    don't buy, wish I could 0 stars!

                    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!

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                    A decent armchair for the price

                    This armchair was one of the things I bought in my huge pre-baby purchase from Ikea while furnishing our flat.
                    I had very definite ideas of what I wanted in the living area but seeing the furniture displayed in Ikea changed my mind and I ended up getting a Klippan sofa and a Poang armchair to match for the living area.

                    There are a few different kinds of Poang products, including a rocking chair and children's chair. I got the armchair with a black frame and white cushion cover to go with my white sofa. Yes, crazy to get white furniture when expecting a baby, I know, but I had been fantasizing about white furniture forever.

                    The frame comes in three colours - oak veneer, birch veneer and black brown and the cushion is available in a variety of colours. The price varies a little bot depending on the colour you choose, I got mine for £60 at the time but it seems to be on for £75 at the moment.

                    As with all Ikea stuff it comes flat packed and is very easy to assemble, my husband and I managed it quite easily. All the screws and tools( Allen key) necessary are included in the package. The frame is basically a few pieces of wood that you fix together with screws. After the frame is assembled the cushion can be laid out on the frame, and attaches to it by means of velcro strips.

                    According to the website, the frame is made of layer glued birch and can withstand weights upto 170 kg.
                    It is very easy to clean, simply wipe with a wet cloth.
                    Cushions are available in a wide range of colours, materials and prices from £20 for the cheapest to £140 for leather cushions. I have a cushion with white canvas cover which is removable ( thankfully) and machine washable.

                    Being pregnant, getting this armchair after a few days of not having any furniture in the house was a huge relief. I found the armchair very comfortable and relaxing, especially with my foot stretched out onto a footstool. The armchair lets you sit back and offers good back and neck support, and a place to rest your arms. It is now a favourite piece of furniture in the living room.

                    As you can see from the picture, the back part of the chair is not supported beneath. This worried me a bit initially, but the chair seems to be holding well; and I am quite a rough user. Also, this means that you can get a slight rocking motion when you sit on the chair.

                    The frame is very light weight and it doesn't really give you a feeling that it is sturdy and longlasting. If you sit down on it with a bit of force, the chair will move backwards slightly, more so on wooden floor. As we placed it next to a wall and hadn't noticed this initially, we ended up getting a bit of colour on the wall, but I have now placed a small cardboard box in between the frame and the wall and that seems to have solved the problem. And I can still rock in it.

                    I tried breastfeeding in the armchair initially, but I didn't find it very comfortable for the purpose. You have to eliminate the hollow in the chair with lots of cushions and be careful not to hit his head on the wooden armrest. I do occasionally use it for bottle feeding though.

                    Even with all its problems, this is a great piece of furniture for the price I paid for it, and I'd quite happily get one more if I had the space for it.

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                    A really cool armchair at a reasonable price.

                    We bought one of these a few years back for use in our children's bedroom - it was meant to be used as a comfy chair for feeding time. It was really useful, it was indeed comfortable, and it was light enough to be moved around easily.

                    When it had outlived its use as a feeding chair, it was moved to the living room where it sat for another year or so. It's a nice-looking chair with an interesting design (it doesn't really have conventional "legs", it is all one piece of shaped, springy wood with a backward-curved foot design). The only problem was it didn't really fit well in our living room. I'm talking about the design as well as the size and shape - it's a really stylish piece of furniture, but it was quite unlike anything else we had in the house.

                    Maybe this chair would be good for you if you like quirky design, and have a lot of space in which to display it. The design of this product is really cool, which is great for a piece of mass-produced furniture. You can buy interchangeable covers for this chair, great if you want to update the look, or if, like me, you spill lots of things. The chair also has a bit of bounce to it. Not quite as much as a rocking chair, but it is pretty springy - which is fun!

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                      31.12.2012 12:49

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                      we have had 2 poangs for some time, recently one collapsed under my husband , throwing him backwards out of it and fracturing the frame. This was due to the bolt shearing without warning. IKEA Warrington showed no interest or concern. So if your chair is out of guarantee - chuck it ( like the chintz). Consideration of IKEA's stance on customer care and safety issues may also be salutory

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