The “test” chair I purchased from Home Decorators was really great. It was HEAVY and Solid and had a great aesthetic. The one problem was that it’s too damn big for my space. My table legs are 19″ apart at the head/feet and the chair just won’t fit under the table fully. I debated for over a week on how to proceed and I decided that I just can’t live with my dining chairs sticking out so far from the table. Too bad, because the chairs were priced right and were a pretty great quality.
MS and I went furniture shopping yesterday. We hit several national retail shops and I found a few options, but nothing sang to me. Most of them were just fine — they would fit in the space and fit my color design, but none of them had a padded seat. I had decided that I wanted a nice pad with a bold pattern and since I’m stubborn I couldn’t let it go.
We tried on final store, called Arhaus. While I had never purchased anything here before, I did visit a couple years ago and found it to be too expensive for me. Deciding to give it another try, I was pleasantly surprised to find a huge warehouse sale going on. They also have a large wall of dining chairs — several designs, various finishes, padded seats, non-padded seats — everything you could want. I really liked the Anna Side Chair, which almost fit perfectly the image I had in my mind. Thankfully the chair was on sale – the retail price is $399 — good God, I can’t imagine spending $2,600 (including tax) on dining chairs. The special warehouse sale, when purchasing 6 chairs, drops the price to $182 (including tax).
Interestingly enough, the padded chair was the same price as the chair with no pad. Doesn’t really make sense, but rules are rules, right? A wide selection of fabrics are also available and adding this to the chairs is done for no additional charge. The deal keeps getting better and better, doesn’t it.
I took the measurements on Saturday and returned home to measure one more time — I don’t want to buy 6 chairs and realize they don’t quite fit. And unlike with Home Decorators, I can’t buy one chair to see how it works — as the sale ends on Monday.
I grabbed my mom and MS and we returned to the store today and poured through the fabric selections again — after a bit of discussion I decided on Findlay Saddle as my fabric. I was looking for something a bit more bold than I originally got with that Home Decorators chair. I really dig this fabric. It has a classic French feel and the pattern will work nicely softening the harsh linear aspects of the rest of my living/dining area. On the plus side, I can always recover the chairs myself with other fabric as I need.
Delivery is set for 10/14 — again, a pretty quick turn around for a custom tweaked chair. I cannot wait to see them nor can I wait to see how it all works together. So with the special price, including tax and delivery, I saved over $1,500 on these dining chairs. The service at Arhaus was really great. I worked with Michael, who was a pleasure to deal with. While Arhaus isn’t an inexpensive place to shop, I loved it. While it isn’t 100% my style, there are some cool pieces that would fit perfectly into almost any home.
Once the chairs arrive I’ll be sure to post pictures and provide a full review.