calbear20 Review

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nice chairs, great value, assembly notes
 from California,  May 14, 2011

For context, I"m a professional who is very fortunate to enjoy a good quality of life. But I'm neither flashy nor stupid and I appreciate value more than name branding of goods (or retailers). Took a chance on 4 of these chairs, sight unseen, for a 1-bedroom apartment after reading so many great reviews. They're not perfect but they're pretty darn good in terms of quality of build, fit and finish, and comfort. A few details: cushion is decent but a little soft and thin. May wear out over time with everyday use; but with occasional use which is what I was looking for, I expect these will hold up for years. The appearance and feel of the materials is very nice, no complaints. Also impressed with the way they cut and stapled the upholstery onto the frame with good attention to detail. There's a black undercloth below the seat attached by velcro to conceal the frame and assembly hardware so the end results looks good from any angle. All in all, I agree with the rating from so many other reviewers - good chairs, excellent value. ASSEMBLY NOTES: Putting the chairs together can be frustrating but with patience and perserverance it will work. Two chairs came together easily in 15 min each. On the other two chairs the bolt angles weren't perfect so I had to try removing, repositioning, and re-inserting different bolts first. Tip 1: don't screw down any bolts all the way, thread loosely by hand first until they're all threaded in place then tighten all the way. Tip 2: if you still can't get it to work after 20 min, don't give up but set it aside for another day. I did this twice and stepping away made all the difference in reducing frustration and actually making it work. Tip 3: if the chairs are wobbly due to different leg lengths consider swapping one leg with the leg of another chair to find a better match; you may find you've reduced the wobbliness in both chairs.

  • Did the color match the color displayed onsite? yes
  • How is the quality of the product? very good
  • Did the description onsite accurately describe the product? yes
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