Staples Chair

About 18 months ago, I was sitting at my desk minding my own business, when suddenly my chair made a terrible cracking noise, dropped down an inch or two, and tilted off to one side.  The end of a bolt apparently snapped off -- an important bolt.  After that it was really squeaky, but the actual sitting experience wasn’t so degraded that I felt the need to get a new chair right away.

I finally did get a new chair last week.  The previous one with the defective bolt was from Staples so naturally that’s where I went to get the new one.

I spent about half an hour in the store trying a few of their couple dozen chairs, and finally settled on this one:

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I knew I liked it when I opened the box and found the parts packaged like this:

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That’s such an obvious idea, but nothing else I’ve ever bought has used it.  Normally the parts are all together on one piece of cardboard with a key that you have to match up to the instructions.  This way is much better.  Of course it’s randomly missing letters (as in "Part B" in the photo), but I guess you can’t have everything.

But then I actually opened the instructions and saw this:

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...which obviously makes these the best instructions ever.

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Posted by Anthony on 1 reply


01. Jun 20, 2009 at 08:12pm by Anthony:

Well the new chair is great so far.  But I’ve noticed that it’s about two inches shorter than the old one.  The fact that I didn’t notice this immediately tells you that it’s not horrible; but now that I’ve noticed it, I’m starting to think it’s affecting the angle of my arms and wrists in a weird way.

I wondered if I could pull the bottom portion off the old chair -- the part with the pneumatic lift -- and put it on the new chair to regain the same height.  But I pulled and pulled and it doesn’t seem like it’s possible to separate the top and bottom halves once they’re joined.

However, while I had the old chair upside-down, I noticed the broken bolt, and it occurred to me that I might be able to just replace that bolt to fix the whole problem.  Sure enough, a dollar fifty and a trip to Lowe’s later, the old chair is as good as new.  Why that didn’t occur to me BEFORE I spent a hundred bucks on a new chair, I don’t know.

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