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About a chair

Back in January, I was impulsive enough to be sucked in by a banner hanging in the window of the La-Z-Boy showroom that said, "Factory authorized clearance blowout." I have been wanting to replace the blue armchair where I do all my writing and eating and TV viewing--in short the chair I live in, arguably the most important piece of furniture in the house, even more important than the bed I sleep in.

I tried out a lot of chairs in the showroom until I found a model that really fit me well, and I ordered one in a color I thought would look great in the color scheme of my living room. It was delivered a week later, and I proceeded to get on with life. I think the weekend after it was delivered was the weekend I had to work. All weekend. Work from home, granted, but work-work that kept me glued to said chair. All that sitting exacerbated something I had been becoming slowly aware of in the intervening week, namely, that the padding in the chair right around the spot where my center back rests was quite overstuffed and quite firm, forcing me arch my back uncomfortably. After that weekend of working, the muscles in my back were literally spasming.

I timidly emailed the salesguy explaining the situation and asked if anything could be done. I was hoping they could perform some kind of chair liposuction, really. I didn't hear back from him for a few days, but I assumed he just didn't work mid-week. Finally, on Friday of that week I called him. I spoke to a colleague of his who gave me this song-and-dance about me having four days from delivery to request a return or an exchange. I was like, "WTF? Some backaches take a week or two!" She took a message for the salesguy to call me back the next day when he was at work.

He finally called me back Sunday morning and I told him my tale of woe. They don't provide chair liposuction services, but as long as I didn't rip, tear, scratch, or smoke in my chair, he could "talk his supervisor" into letting me do an exchange anyway. I was leery of this since the chair I tried out in their showroom was comfy but its twin from the factory was not. So he suggested I come and pick something from the showroom floor. I seized on this, as it would give me a chance to rectify another problem I was having with my new chair, which is that the chocolate brown color just *wasn't* working surrounded by dark brown bookshelves and dark brown side tables.

Long story short, I headed over to the showroom and picked out a chair in the same style but a tannish-gold color. That exact chair is being delivered on Saturday.

In the meantime, trying to exist without using the new chocolate-brown recliner and without having my old recliner is really showing me how much I depend on this one piece of furniture to live my life. It's a major investment, and worth my time to get right.



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Feb. 8th, 2010 11:01 pm (UTC)
Glad you are getting it replaced.

My brother and I ordered identical La-Z-Boys back before I moved out here. They were certainly not identical when they arrived. One fit me fairly well, other fit my brother, several inches taller. So it was no problem deciding who got to keep which. We tried to be careful in ordering since some of the styles in the showroom didn't seem like they'd fit anyone.

I've just about worn out the vinyl cover on that one. My sister ordered a leather La-Z-Boy, then decided it didn't fit with the rest of her furniture. So I now have two rocker-recliners in my sunniest room. I can't work in either though. I tend to fall asleep while reading in either one, these days. ;o)
Feb. 8th, 2010 11:07 pm (UTC)
I really, really tried to "work with" the one I was given, finding creative ways to get that lump bulging into my back to stop bulging, ways I wouldn't admit to the salesguy because they might make my claim that the chair was still in pristine condition (which it is) sound less than true.

But oh.my.god, it would have taken me months and perhaps years to break that thing in. If the color was working for me, I might have tried, but this works better all around, I think.
Feb. 9th, 2010 12:06 am (UTC)
Finding the perfect chair can be almost as grueling a task as finding the perfect text editor.
Feb. 9th, 2010 12:25 am (UTC)
I still think this new chair will have to be beaten into shape. But we must do what we must do....
Feb. 9th, 2010 12:31 am (UTC)
You'll just have to sit in it extra, extra hard. ;)
Feb. 9th, 2010 01:40 am (UTC)
You tip the chair on its back, lay a board down on the front of the chairback, and smoosh the cushiony bulges down with a bowling ball and several full cans of paint. Do this nightly and during the day while at work until the chair behaves.
Feb. 9th, 2010 02:27 am (UTC)
Whoa. d00d.

Are you sure it's not more trouble to just find a chair that's comfortable from the start?
Feb. 9th, 2010 02:40 am (UTC)
That was sort of the idea of buying one straight off the showroom floor. At least I *know* what that one feels like, unlike a "same model" one delivered from the factory.
Feb. 9th, 2010 03:00 am (UTC)
I guess I got lucky with my recliner. Felt just as it did in the store.

May your bum ultimately wind up comfy.
Feb. 9th, 2010 03:03 am (UTC)
It's my back that's having the issue. My bum was happy either way.

Although it hates the chair I'm in right now. A lot.
Feb. 9th, 2010 03:19 am (UTC)
I'm sorry. My heart goes out to your back.

(that sounds like that could get a bit gory)
Feb. 9th, 2010 04:27 am (UTC)
At least your back doesn't go out to my back. It'd be bad if your back went out.
Feb. 9th, 2010 02:30 am (UTC)
I read that Roald Dahl had a hole cut into his writing chair for his back. It looked pretty skanky but he obviously got a lot of use out of it.
Feb. 9th, 2010 02:41 am (UTC)
Trying to picture that.
Feb. 9th, 2010 03:56 am (UTC)
It just looks like he has a cushion in his chair.
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