Mayline presents these premium chairs which have a 'big and tall design.' These chairs are designed not only to reduce stress. They are comfortable for all-day use. They are available in classic colors: burgundy, black, blue, and gray....more
I was in the market for a new office chair that would hold up for longer than the $50 weekly specials that turn up at office warehouses every Sunday for the basic desk chair that remains comfortable for about a year before becoming intolerably uncomfortable or breaks.
The Mayline chair is definitely a substantial chair. Weighing some 65 pounds, this is not a flimsy piece of furniture. If only the workmanship could match the heft.
If you've assembled office chairs before, assembling this one will be a familiar experience. Attach the wheels to the star shaped base, place the pneumatic lift inside the hole in the middle, push it aside and then screw on the metal frame to the seat cushion, attach the back to the seat, add the two arms, and place onto the lift and you're finished. As with all of the high back chairs, getting the back of the seat attached to the arms and seat cushion is always the most difficult part. Just be sure not to overtighten the bolts and take your time. You may need to slightly pull the fabric away from the bolt holes on the seat or back to get the bolts to tighten.
The fabric has a bit of a pattern to it, but it's barely visible on the black color model, and really doesn't add much anyway.
A common complaint about new chairs are the extremely hard cushions. People mistakenly downgrade a chair for having cushioning that feels like a rock when you sit on it just after assembly. This is a critical error in judging a chair. Extremely hard-feeling foams are easily broken in during the first month of use, and they always dramatically outlast cheaper foams placed in chair cushions that feel soft initially, but quickly compress and offer no support. Mayline has a decent quality foam in their cushioning, and you should expect it to be hard and somewhat unforgiving during the first month. After that, things will soften up nicely.
The lumbar support inflation device harkens back to a blood pressure cuff, and I did not find much use for it, personally. Be careful with it - it can dramatically press into your lower spine when fully inflated. The bigger problem is the fact there is only one set of clips to hold the inflation tube up under the chair. Inevitably, it falls off and dangles under the chair, looking ridiculous.
Now to a significant flaw I did uncover with mine. The fabric covering the seat cushion has a tendency to dramatically pucker after use. It's as if the cover was not pulled tight enough over the foam, and ripples appear after use which show no signs of going away after the foam recovers. Indeed, it's something that will require watching over time. It initially represents a flaw more in appearance than anything else, but my concern is it may eventually reveal a flaw that compromises the longevity of the seat. Obtaining a replacement part under warranty usually requires you to disassemble the chair yourself. Unfortunately, getting the seat cushion off a pneumatic seat lift is nearly impossible after it has been there for a year or more.
One final tip I have learned over the years. After assembly, take the spare bolt, bolt tightener, instruction manual, spare bolt hole plastic covers, and the receipt and put them in a quart size zip top bag and take package sealing tape and tape the bag to the bottom of the seat cushion, leaving the bag opening accessible. Then, should a cap go missing, bolt require tightening, or a warranty claim be required, you can just access everything you need from underneath the seat.
I'm sure this product was designed this way and not a manufactoring errror...but the end of the seat has slight curve upwards. What this means is if you sit in this chair long enough and often enough those curved ends dig into the underside of your thighs. A waterfall seat end would have done this chair justice. It's big and strong enough for even the heafitiest among us, but it will make yoru feet swell because the curved ends cut the circulation from your lower legs.
How accurate was the sizing? Correct
Please tell us about the quality of the product. Good quality
Was the product free of any manufacturer defects? yes/no
I am a 400 lb guy. I've never had a chair that was so comfortable before. Like most people; I have always bought the "sale" chairs. I'm 58 years old; and I repent of all those wasted years I endured the "toy" chairs for the sake of saving a few bucks.
The swing up arms are a nice touch. I've only had it a few weeks; but it looks like I've made a lifetime friend.
I bought a version of this chair 2 years ago. I use it daily, and use the arms to help me stand up, so they are literally threadbare--the whitish under-pad is painfully obvious. To use the headrest, you must add a small pillow, so that is well protected. There is no lower back help at all in this older version, so I bought a beanbag for support and it works OK. A year ago, I added a seat cushion, and use heavy folded throws to pad it more, and provide color distraction from the wear on the arms. I can't find a way to make an arm cover that works. The pneumatic seat height adjustment has weaked, so I reset it every weekend to keep it close to right. The chair rocks from side to side and forward due to use, which makes it a bit uncomfortable when you shift around. The flip arms are the feature that I do not want to live without, so I'm stuck with buying another one. Reviews mention that it cost $*** on this site a year or so ago. I find many identical chairs for as little as $170 with mail in rebate for $40, lacking only the balloon back support. My chair looks awful (headrest pillow, back support bag, seat cushions, worn-out armrests) but I can't find anything similar that is not identical (excepting only the lumbar balloon and slightly different stitch patterns for back and seat). Even the fabric looks unchanged, and most indicate the leather is 'remade' or some such, actually containing leather only as a part of the material. I'd pay the current price here if I could believe that the chair would last longer than 2 years . . but read the warranty and you will see the falling-over seat problem, fabric issue, etc. would be labelled "wear and tear", so it's useless. I weigh just over 200 lbs and at 5'8" find the size just OK--arms are too high for comfort, which would not be good for a taller person. I will probably buy another before the support pole breaks . . . and I wish I could find a similar with better quality, but it seems I will be buying another of these. Ironic.
How accurate was the sizing? Fine
Please tell us about the quality of the product. Lasts 2 years with active use
Was the product free of any manufacturer defects? Yes, just poorly made, making it hard to assemble
this chair has everything I was looking for: wide seat, pivoting armrests so I can shift seating positions comfortably -- [sometimes I like to sit kind of sideways with one leg tucked underneath me] -- a nice tall back/headrest, and there's even a squeeze ball thingie -- like on a blood pressure cuff -- that you can pump and it inflates something inside the lower back of the chair, for your back. the chair goes up and down with the lever. the seat is very, very hard, but cushioney. I'm 5/4 and this is a 'big and tall' chair, but it certainly fits the bill for me. I am very pleased with it. plus, it was on sale when I bought it. putting it together was not as hard as I thought it would be. I'm totally non-mechanical, but I was able to do it in under 2 hours, all by myself.
How accurate was the sizing? very accurate
Please tell us about the quality of the product. very good quality
Was the product free of any manufacturer defects? yes
After a recently purchased chair failed me in both quality, endurance & comfort, I went searching for a high quality chair for my home office use. I found a great price on the Mayline Pivot Arm Chair at Overstock. My 14-year-old grandson assembled the chair for me easily in less than 30 minutes. I could not be more pleased. It is a beautiful piece of furniture and you can feel the quality the moment you sit in it. I am very, very impressed with the comfort this chair affords me (I swear I've slipped in a nap or two while reclining). While the seat fabric does tend to wrinkle/pucker a bit after use, it is a minor point and can be cured easily by using a thin seat cushion, if desired. I would highly recommend Mayline's Arm Pivot Chair . . . and Overstock offers the best online price!!
How accurate was the sizing? Very accurate
Please tell us about the quality of the product. Extremely pleased & impressed with the quality of the chair
Was the product free of any manufacturer defects? Yes
As expected, this chair is comfy for both my husband and myself, and we are both quite large. It is quite heavy, so if you live four or five floors up, I would reconsider. The appearance is very much like an airline seat, so not high fashion. In the end, a comfortable chair. Can't say yet whether it will last long enough to justify the expense.
I logged onto Overstock.com to find the receipt for this chair, I purchased it in 2/08 and as of 1/11...I am now looking for its replacement. Just under three years, I'm either going to have to find out how to get it repaired under warranty or get a new chair. Yes, its very comfortable but no--its not any different than any other chair. It just doesn't seem to hold up. Its rated for 450 lbs at 40hrs work week. I'm 350lbs and I work under the 40 hrs a week. After 2 years, 11 months the mechanics are weak and wobbly--and have been for a few months, and getting worse. Just the other day I broke a wheel, luckily that was easy to replace.
Sadly, while I like the chair, but at $311 of what I paid...its about $100 a year.. no different than me buying a "sale" chair for $100, every year...
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