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07 February 2013

THE NEW CHAIR



When Joe needed a new chair we popped off to Cookes Furnishings, where we buy all our furniture. It's a fabulous store that sells quality stuff.

After browsing through the entire stock of chairs, all displayed in room settings, we found just the chair for his needs. I liked it because it was Italian and matched my Stressless, Joe liked it for its comfort. The decision wasn’t made right away, we visited the store a couple more times to make sure it was the right chair.
This is my well used Stressless chair and matching stool
Of course we had to wait quite a long time for delivery, the chair having to be made in Italy and despatched from there, but the other day it arrived. Much rejoicing on my part! I was out for the day so didn’t see it arrive; therefore an official christening ceremony didn’t take place.
The new chair, so similar but a different make to mine
There’s always an adjustment to be made with new furniture, isn’t there? I mean, you can place a chair, think it doesn’t look right, and twiddle with it until it’s exactly where you want it. At least that’s my experience, you lovely readers might be happy with the first placing...lol. When I came home, therefore, I felt like doing a bit of adjusting. Joe told me it was heavy. Huh! Heavy, indeed! But I swallowed my words when I tried to move it. It was HEAVY. So HEAVY that I couldn’t budge it. Oh!

Naturally, being a woman who thinks laterally, I checked the chair’s feet. Solid. Square. Blocks. Of. Wood. Very nice square blocks of wood, in point of fact, but now I’m praying for castors.
The chair leg, or rather the chair block!
Don’t you think the salesperson should have mentioned the fact that the chair was a permanent fixture, maybe issuing instructions on how to clean under and around a lovely chair that can’t be moved ... at least by me.

It’s a good job Joe is a few years younger and still.... er .... agile. LOLOL. But time will tell, he isn’t going to get any younger, that’s for sure, and one day he’ll be like me.... powerless to move an Italian chair that’s very nice to look at but heavy as lead. All I can say is, thank goodness the thing is COMFORTABLE.

Ideas on coping gratefully received!

19 comments:

Brian Miller said...

it def looks like a solid chair...and comfortable...you might be hard pressed to find a caster that big....

Mel said...

Oh yes! What a beauty! And what a solidly made chair. Hey.....it's the price you pay for decent lasting furniture?

They make those slippery slidey things you stick under furniture. Casters of somekind--actually, I think you get to cut to fit. *laughing* It's like glossy contact paper that makes it slide on the carpet. Darned if I can remember what it's called--but THEN the task becomes getting the two ton lifted to actually fit it to the chair feet. Ummmm...yeah...good luck with that! :-/

Pat said...

It's a beautiful chair and matches nicely to yours! If you can't move it, I suspect nobody will notice if any dust gets under it! They'd have to move it themselves, right? ;)

Ron said...

Valerie, what an awesome chair! Not only is great-looking, but it looks so comfortable. I also like the color because it's neutral.

And yes, it does look like a heavy/solid chair.

As far as casters go, perhaps instead you could try felt pads on the bottom of the wooded legs so that when you needed to move it, it would just glide.

I found this website online with chair leg accessories. Check it out.

http://www.installerstore.com/Furniture-Feet-and-Felt-Pads.html

Have a great day, dear lady!

X


Banker Chick said...

It is a beautiful chair and looks very comfortable. Maybe one of those moving sliders.
http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Amazing-Sliders-for-Moving-Heavy-Furniture-and-Appliances-Pack-of-8/6248379/product.html?cid=202290&kid=9553000357392&track=pspla&ef_id=431P9g1oi9IAABSm:20130207153416:s

Valerie said...

Brian, it is definitely a solid chair.... but it's comfortable. I'm thankful mine is an easy mover.

Mel, I've never heard of slippery slidey things *giggling* I'm going to look into it though.

Pat, you're a woman after my own heart ... grins.

Hi Ron, thanks very much for the link re Amazing Sliders, will check it out forthwith, if not sooner. I'm definitely learning things today.

Banker Chick, thank you for the link. We'll be checking it out quite soon.



faye said...

Wow .. that is an impressive chair.
Too bad they didn't leave it on coasters for you...

Jay said...

That does look like a good chair!! But I would be very irritated to own a chair I couldn't move on my own. Can you at least tip it onto its back to clean underneath?

Akelamalu said...

The chair looks very comfortable. Is it possible to tip the chair to one side to vacuum under it rather than move it completely?

Valerie said...

Hi Jay. I can't budge the chair so there's no chance of turning it over...lol.

Valerie said...

Hi Pearl, As I said to Jay, I can't lift or push or pull the chair... it's really, really heavy. Hubs will have to do all the lifting and shoving... lol. We're looking into the pads people have mentioned in their comments.

Valerie said...

Hi Pearl, As I said to Jay, I can't lift or push or pull the chair... it's really, really heavy. Hubs will have to do all the lifting and shoving... lol. We're looking into the pads people have mentioned in their comments.

Valerie said...

Hi Pearl, As I said to Jay, I can't lift or push or pull the chair... it's really, really heavy. Hubs will have to do all the lifting and shoving... lol. We're looking into the pads people have mentioned in their comments.

Montanagirl said...

It's lovely. You might try some of those "Slider" thingies that you place under each leg (of the chair that is) so it moves easier. The problem with that is, you'd first have to be able to lift it a few inches to get the slider under it. We use them when we move our furniture. Makes moving heavier items a breeze.

Susan Kane said...

Well made chair and comfortable! I say that you leave it in place until a group of people come to visit and you can engage them to move it.

Star said...

It's a lovely chair. I think you should just leave it where it is. Maybe one day someone will invent something like we have for cars when the wheel needs changing. Then we'll be able to shift these heavy articles.

Valerie said...

Susan, that is a brilliant idea... Wish I'd thought of it...grins.

Mr. Shife said...

Hope you are coping OK and that chair does look incredibly comfortable. Enjoy it and have a nice weekend, Val.

CrystalChick said...

Moving furniture to clean ... what an interesting concept. haha!!
Oh, I have to admit that I don't do much of that sometimes. However, we do have something that hubby calls 'moving men' (Not the actual name, I'm sure. ) which he uses occasionally for doing work in people's homes to move their furniture for painting behind. They are little plastic pieces with felt or foam on top. He can just lift up the corner of a piece of furniture enough to slide them under the legs and then it slides better.
Oh, but it looks like from some of the comments that others use similar things. I'm sure you'll find something in your area to help when you want to move that chair.
It looks so comfy. Good choice, I'm sure.