Flash Furniture BT-659-BY-ARMS-GG Burgundy Fabric Multi-Functional Ergonomic Drafting Stool with Arms
- Small back drafting stool, 20-inch width by 20-inch depth by 381/2'' - 423/4-inch height-
- Burgundy fabric upholstery
- Padded back and seat
- Black Adjustable Polyurethane Arms
- Two seat height ranges with gas cylinder height extenders
Drafting Stools can be used in a multitude of environments including School, Work and for the Home. Not only is this chair great for drafting and regular office assignments it is also useful for people with disabilities who need a higher chair. Drafting stools make it easier for the user when they need or prefer more height to comfortably get in and out of chairs. This chair will satisfy your needs at an affordable price that can't compare [BT-659-BY-ARMS-GG].
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Here's the manufacturer's website: [...]
As that page indicates, the seat comes with TWO height extenders (part no. 6 when you look at the instructions). You are only supposed to chose one or the other to get your preferable max seat height 27" OR 30.5". The product designer apparently didn't have a chat with the assembly instructions drafter, however, and the instructions show piecing both extenders together. Because each part no. 6 is tapered, they actually do fit together, even though they're not supposed to.
Thus, if you want it to wobble less, and be put together as intended, choose EITHER the short OR the long part no. 6, and insert it into the pedastal, then put the hydraulic gas unit INTO that part, and save your extra extender for when you grow a few inches, or shrink, as applicable.
For me, it worked out great to assemble it "wrong," because I couldn't find a cheap drafting chair that was over 30.5", so I'll take a little wobble if it means I can get the seat tall to where I want it. Hope this makes sense, if you look closely at the manufacturer pics you can kind of tell that there's only one extender used, and not two.
It looks nice, goes together pretty easily (although the assembly instructions are kind of sketchy at best) and seems like it will last for my purpose (fly tying bench). The only concern I have is that the support tubes press-fit together and depend on gravity to stay attached to each other; picking up the chair likely as not results in the seat or the base falling off.
As long as you're cautious about using it, there should not be a problem. You can also easily drill holes in the tubes and use a screw to hold them together if you're concerned.
I recall searching for the cheaper chair that would meet my needs and this is it! It lasted me with daily wear and tear for 5+ years. As you can see in the picture the foot rest stripped off, but I have other foot rests around my desk for my feet.
I need a replacement and I'm shopping now. Undecided which one I'll go with, but after 5 years... I have to say I got my money's worth!
The seat cushion is a bit hard for all day sitting, so I just bought a cheap cushion which works great too.
The unique construction of this chair is kind of legendary. It arrives in a box padded with loose chunks of cardboard instead of bubble wrap or Styrofoam, and the footrest ring is wrapped in a kind of cloth. I've never had something packaged in cloth before. The assembly instructions are reportedly impossible to follow, but I followed the instructions from one of the product reviews and had no problems getting it together. However, the chair is so flimsy; the footrest ring is held on by the friction of a loop and a single bolt against the smooth support bar, so it wobbles and definitely would collapse if I tried to put all my weight on it. As I rock back and forth, the whole chair is wobbling a good 5 inches side to side. It feels like I'm going to fall off at any moment. When the chair leans forward it's at that awkward angle where you have to keep some muscles flexed to keep from sliding forward. There's nothing I can tighten because the whole support bar just rests in a big hole in the base.
It's kind of an exciting stool to own, so I think I'd put its fair value at about $50 in my opinion. It's a nice tall stool, but it's not comfortable to sit in, and not good quality. If I have to buy a stool again in the future and I can find this one for less than $50 I think that would be worth it, but for more than that, it's just not solid enough.