Thursday 6 June 2013

Chair Vs Chair!


We all like to find a balance between a quality, comfortable chair and paying the right price. Although the big question is: how do we know we're getting a good quality chair without having to pay over the odds? It's difficult to say, but there are a few key signs that you can look out for to help you decide which chair is best for you.

Orangebox Joy
Customise fabric finishes
From a design point of view, the lead time can be a good indication of how flexible the style is to suit your needs. If a chair is available in a week or so, then it will be a stock item and available in a limited number of variables. This will make it as cheap as possible, but it will restrict the options that are available to you in terms of designs, styles and fabrics. If you're willing to wait a few weeks, however, then we have plenty of chairs that are made to order which you can customise to suit your needs. You can play around with fabrics, and with some designs you can custom select the adjustable options as well. For example, some chairs can accommodate sliding seats, synchronised tilting mechanisms, adjustable lumbar supports etc, so you can create a chair to offer flexible support to any user. You will pay a bit more for this privilege, but if you have specific needs to meet then it's got to be worth it!

Another factor that you will need to consider is the guarantee. If the manufacturer is confident in the quality of their products then you should be too. Equally however, if they're not offering much in the way of a warranty then you might have to be wary that over time the functionality of the parts might deteriorate.

The important thing to consider is the balance between getting the right product at the right price. Take the following as an example:

Teknik Price Blaster
Teknik Price Blaster

The 'Price Blaster' is designed with value for money in mind, and from that perspective it's a fantastic chair. It's available from stock, with a one year guarantee and a choice of three fabrics. It's a favourite for home offices, where use is often more sporadic and short term. The Price Blaster represents a very cost effective choice, in a basic style with stock upholstery options available.

Air Force chair
The Force Chair

A popular alternative is the 'Force' chair, which offers more of a balance between value and quality. It is made to order, often in around 2-3 weeks, and features a five year guarantee. You can choose from hundreds of different fabrics at different price points, including dual upholstery at no extra cost. The Force also has a few different arms to choose from, as well as other adjustable options that make it a very flexible chair design. As you look at long term value for money, paying only 50% or so more for a chair with five times the guarantee starts to make a lot of sense!

At a glance these look like relatively similar chairs, but once you actually get into the nitty gritty of the designs there's a big difference between the two. When comparing prices it's important to make sure you're comparing like for like products. To be sure you're getting the best value for your money, you have to look at more than just the first impressions of the chairs.

If you're ever unsure about the value of a chair, then our sales team are always on hand to offer you advice and guidance on how to get the most out of your budget. We don't go in for pushy upselling - we like to give you the best possible advice to help you get exactly what you need, in the hope that you'll keep coming back to us for all your office furniture needs.


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