Have you ever purchased something big for your house and then realized you made a terrible mistake but it was too late? We did that 12 years ago when we bought our dining room furniture and we’ve been paying the price ever since!
We are convinced that our chairs are the WORST chairs that have ever been made! Ever!!! How bad can a chair be, you ask? Well, since you asked, let me tell you.
Here’s a picture of the chair:
At first glance it looks like a very nice chair. However, there are some serious flaws that you obviously didn’t notice and nor did we or we would never have bought them!
Reason One. Do you see that wooden section that sticks up at the top of the chair? Do you know how many times we’ve all bumped our elbows on those innocent looking pieces of wood? Too many times to count and it hurts! Not only do we bump our elbows, but our clothes catch on them. We seriously considered cutting them off but we haven’t – yet.
Reason Two. Beautiful scroll work. But it’s not so beautiful when you get your belt loop or your hair or other parts of your clothes hooked on it. You try to get up and you’re stuck!
Reason Three. When we bought the chairs, they had white seats. White! Really? What were we thinking!!! We had teenagers at the time. It didn’t take long for those white seats to look really bad. I recovered the chairs so now they’re okay. However, I probably wouldn’t buy padded chairs if I had it to do over. They require regular vacuuming and spot cleaning.
Reason Four. And finally, the chairs are HUGE! The seats are 20 inches wide at the widest part and 18 inches deep. I’m too short to sit all the way back (if I do, my feet don’t touch the floor) so I always sit on the edge. But the worse part is that the chairs weigh 26 pounds each! I’m not exaggerating. I actually weighed them today. Now I know why they’re such a pain to move around. Not only are they big but they’re heavy (I knew they were heavy – just not HOW heavy!).
So we’ve lived with these chairs for the last 12 years. They are truly the most horrible chairs that exist. Unfortunately, you often don’t know what you’re getting until you’re stuck with it!
But seriously, when you’re looking for a dining table and chairs, you might want to keep these things in mind:
- Chair size
- Maintenance Required (cleaning, vacuuming, recovering)
- Possible parts that might cause injury or frustration
And maybe, just maybe, you should take your bathroom scale with you and weigh the chairs before you buy them!