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To see if these side chairs from Apt2B Modern Furniture ($1,048/set of two) are comfortable enough to use at a dining table. Long dinner parties mean hours sitting on your butt, and I’m a firm believer in padded seats.
Straight A’s in…
Comfort. These chairs are comfortable. When I sit down, I sink in a little, which I love. I want something underneath me with cushion, especially if I’m gonna be hosting a group of people and at the table for a while. I also did not mind the lack of arms. For dining chairs, I actually prefer no arms.
Style and quality. They’re sleek, and easily fit into my apartment decor. The seat is light brown, made from 100% genuine leather. It’s easy to wipe clean, which is a huge plus. The black frame is also pretty sleek and minimal, and since the legs aren’t bulky, they easily slide underneath my dining table.
Size. These chairs are the perfect size for my space. At 35 inches high, I don’t feel too high or low off the ground. I’m able to rest my elbows comfortably. My last set of chairs was too low, so I felt like a little kid whenever sitting.
Arrival state. The chairs come assembled, so there was no extra handy work I needed to complete. I unboxed them, slipped off the protective packaging, and boom — they were ready for use.
Room for growth…
Price. The price is obviously high for a set of two chairs, but you’re paying for quality and durability. I have zero doubt these chairs will last me a long time, and since I love the look and feel of them so much, I’ll take them along with me wherever I live next. They’re also incredibly versatile, so I could easily see myself using one at a desk. Also, Apt2B Modern Furniture does provide a pay-over-time option, which I appreciate (especially if I was buying multiple pieces of furniture at the same time).
Delivery scheduling. This isn’t really something to attribute to Apt2B Modern Furniture, but I want to make note of the delivery scheduling process. Once I got my shipping notification from the brand, I was contacted by a third-party delivery company. They were harder to work with, in full transparency. We ended up playing phone tag a bit, and there was a bit of communication confusion. After some back and forth, my delivery was scheduled and the chairs did arrive with zero issue.
Works best for…
Anyone who despises dining chairs that are only aesthetically pleasing. Why would I want to sit on a hard, unyielding surface? No, thanks.
Someone decorating their space who’s looking for chairs that are both modern, comfortable, and versatile.
Gets extra credit for…
Apt2B Modern Furniture offers quality pieces across the board. Shop for your living room, bedroom, or dining room, or check out area rugs, wall decor, pillows, and more. There’s a lot of variety on the site, and you can also build your very own sectional.
There’s also a clearance section, which is more cost-effective.
How I did my homework…
I worked with Apt2B Modern Furniture to select chairs that matched my decor and were padded enough to work at a dining table. I really wanted something that married style and comfort, since I want whoever is sitting at my table to be relaxed. (I have a pet peeve about stiff dining chairs, sue me.) Once the chairs shipped, I worked with a company called Metropolitan Warehouse to schedule a delivery, and then all I really had to do was live with them. I hosted dinner parties, had friends over, worked from my table, etc. I’ve sat in these chairs for hours on end, so rest assured, they’re comfortable.
Earl Side Chair; set of two for $1,048
Dimensions: 18.5 inches wide by 22 inches deep by 35 inches high
Two colors available: light brown and white
Free delivery, 100-day return policy
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