Secondhand tufted office chair – before

As soon as I started working from home in October I was on the lookout for a proper office chair to use. I started off using one of our secondhand IKEA Tobias dining chairs [as seen here], which yes, I can physically sit in, but thanks to hip issues after having Cora, sitting in a hard chair all day wasn’t doing me any good. So, I took to Kijiji to see what I could find.

This was a search where my patience definitely paid off. I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted so I kept an open mind, but at the very least I knew I wanted something padded [hello, hip separation], sturdy and if I’m honest, something that kind of looked amazing.

I was completely open to the idea of a typical ergonomic office chair, but of that type of chair I found, they were either in my budget, worn down and needed repair, or they were amazing ergonomic chairs but were way outside of what I’d be willing to pay for a chair. So I kept looking. Until I found this chair! It of course immediately got my attention aesthetically.

I arranged to view [and sit in] the chair last weekend and it was perfect and exactly what I’ve been looking for; comfortable and unusual. Much like myself I guess you could say.

I know I may not get a great response to this, but I am planning on updating it. Hold on, let me explain! The wood has a very orangey stain and has sloppy faux-aging technique added to it using a darker paint [you can see this in the first photo along the groove on the arm]. The shape is really beautiful and I’ve already tried sanding the finish off, which has me really excited.

Please, trust me. It’s going to look beautiful.


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  1. April 22, 2020 / 21:21

    I know this is super late, but I don’t normally comment because I’m weirdly shy sometimes, but I keep getting drawn back to this BEAUTIFUL unique chair and I want to know what happened with it! I agree that it could use an update, and I just love your style so I’m excited to see what look the chair has now.

    • April 26, 2020 / 16:07

      I’m embarrassed to say it’s still sitting in our basement, disassembled and 80% sanded. It was missing a bolt (a necessary bolt, I might add), and I’ve been meaning to bring one of the existing bolts to the hardware store to try and find another bolt, but I got lazy and then the coronavirus pandemic happened and now I have to wait I don’t know how long until I can casually browse a hardware store again (something I genuinely like to do).

      But you’ve just made me wonder if I can find an alternative in one of my hardware jars …