Was looking for a smaller recliner, not the typical "man-cave" type of furniture. This fit the requirement. Very pleased with the look, particularly the bentwood arms which matched the style of other furniture in the room. Was a little hesitant to buy on line because of the assembly required, but it was very easy. The back is very lightweight and just slips on to the metal posts in the seat. No problem.
I cannot believe the quality and look of this recliner!! Not to mention that it took me less than 5 minutes to assemble it- all you have to do is screw in the legs and put the back into the metal channels on the base and WA LA!!!- you have a great recliner!!! It was a birthday surprise for my hubby, so he has a comfy chair in his den. He loves it !! You will not be sorry if you purchase this Christopher Knight chair. What a spectacular price. This is the second piece of furniture I have purchased on Overstock.com and have been please with both item. I see more order in the future :+ )
Overall, I like the chair. I don't like the look of most recliners, but I wasn't willing to shell out a ton of money for the high-end "recliners in disguise." This is for a visiting family member with a bad back who has a difficult time sleeping in beds. It's comfortable, and I think it'll work just fine. It's not quite as streamlined as it looks online; if you look closely at the side view photo you can almost get an idea of how puffy the back cushion is. It's definitely got that traditional recliner pouf. But I suppose that's what makes it so comfortable, and it doesn't look terribly out of place -- the rest of the chair balances it out. The seat is more firm than the back, so I don't sink into it. I didn't notice there wasn't a handle until it got here; the seat reclines with body pressure. It's not difficult, but it does take a little oomph (5'6" average build woman -- might be a little harder for someone smaller or weaker). Once it reclines, it stays (no constantly fighting it trying to slide back up, so far anyway), and was easy to push back into an upright position with my legs. Unfortunately, when reclined, it exposes two screw holes on the top of each arm. I would have at least appreciated some caps to cover those up, although you'll never see them with someone sitting in the chair (and they are stained inside the hole, so they're not as glaringly obvious as they would be otherwise). One reviewer said the arms were huge, 6" wide -- that's definitely an exaggeration. The arms are 3 1/2" wide, and a nice espresso finish. Like other reviewers, I wound up with a couple small dings on the arms (nothing that wouldn't have ended up happening in my house within the first year anyway), but I don't know how they could have protected them more -- the arms were wrapped in foam sheeting, then cardboard, then styrofoam. I bought the "charcoal" version, which turned out to not be charcoal, but a nice grey with some brown in it. If your interior is strict blacks, it might stand out (then again, so would the espresso finish on the arms), but otherwise I think it's a color that will blend nicely with a variety of decors. It actually works better with mine, since the hint of brown warms it up a tad. There is an odor, so I'm hoping it off-gasses quickly. It smells like furniture stain, though, not nearly as offensive as some of the put-it-together-yourself stuff I've bought in the past. Assembly was easy; the chair ships in two pieces. The seat, base and arms are already put together; that's the heavy part. The back is very lightweight and has two metal channels inside it. Those channels slip over two metal prongs on the seat base; push down, and voila, your seat is assembled. Oh, and there's a velcro strap keeping the footrest in for shipping; if you don't read the assembly instructions, you might be wondering why it doesn't recline. All in all, I think it's a good deal for the price. One star off for the exposed screw holes at top of the armrests.
When I took the pieces of the chair out of the box I realized that the chair would be very easy to assemble. The box itself was a good box and there was no damage to the chair itself. I am totally handicapped but started to assemble the chair and then had some help while working on it from a friend/neighbor who came in which was good because someone had to hold the back up to attach that to the seat. The whole chair was easy to assemble. I wasn't interested in the side table that came with the chair but like everyone else says in their comments about the chair the holes under the table didn't match the holes on the metal ring that was supposed to be attached to the wood top of the table to it was thrown in the garbadge. Only issue I have now is getting the chair to recline. There should have been instructions along with the chair as to how to use the knob to recline the chair because I can't turn the knob no matter how much I try to. I'm going to have to get in touch with the manufacturer as to what might be wrong with that but the chair is very beautiful, very comfortable and just what I was looking for.
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