Sometimes, you just know exactly what you really need to add to make your house feel like a home.
Well, I’d really like a fireplace and a mantle, but since that was an impossibility, I was willing to settle for a cozy chair to curl up in next to the radiator. I needed to soak up that sunshine in the corner with a book and a cup of coffee. Doesn’t that just sound lovely?
Last winter was especially snowy and frigid and our skeleton-esque director’s chair wasn’t calling anybody’s name.
I’d been shopping around for the perfect chair with these specifications:
- Must have solid light-colored fabric to avoid sun damage
- Should have classic, but interesting lines.
- Must be large enough to sit “Indian Style” (or criss-cross applesauce if you prefer)
- Must be small enough to fit in our corner with a side table (for coffee of course)
- Should be roomy enough for 2 bottoms, if circumstances required it.
- Cannot be unreasonably expensive.
- Must not be poor quality.
- Must not look like a “Grandma Chair” – that was my husband’s specification.
I wasn’t getting too far (mostly failing the “reasonably expensive” and “grandma chair” categories) until I came across this guy on Wayfair:
This is the “Home Loft Concept Waldorf Diamond Tufted Club Chair.” How’s that for a mouthful?
It was listed for $294 (originally $392) with Free Shipping! It had 4.6 stars from 6 reviews (not as many reviews as I’d like) and its description wasn’t entirely helpful or encouraging:
Home Loft Concept Waldorf Diamond Tufted Club Chair
The Waldorf chair offers all the elegance of the classic club chair. It comes in brown leather, or grey and natural fabric upholstery. It has a wide padded seat, and a diamond- tufted backrest. Studded accent line the perimeter of the chair and its wide stance provides plenty of room for a comfortable seating experience. This chair can be placed in any room or office space.
Weight capacity: 250 lbs
Diamond tufted backrest and bronze colored studs
Espresso colored legs
Overall: 34.6″ H x 34.6″ W x 33.7″ D
Overall Product Weight: 60lbs
My biggest problems with the description above:
- the fabric is not specified (is it polyester? microfiber? scratchy/soft?)
- the color is “natural” – which is a HUGE range of possible colors. I like the color in the picture, but will it arrive looking brownish?
- Is it made of wood? Espresso “colored” legs – that doesn’t sound promising.
But I liked the price. I would keep my eye on this one, and see if any more reviews popped up.
Doesn’t it look like it is the exact same chair?!
Interestingly enough, this chair is the “Home Loft Concept Jerome Tufted Chair” and it is listed for $278 but was originally $857. It has 4.5 stars and 119 reviews. That’s more like it!
Here is the description:
Home Loft Concept Jerome Tufted Club Chair
Made with a deeply tufted back, All natural linen and a studded perimeter, it’s clear that no detail was overlooked. This Jerome Tufted Club Chair is perfect to use to relax in any room of your house.
Soft linen fabric
Espresso stained legs
Sturdy hardwood frame
Diamond tufted back
Well padded seat and back for easy relaxation
Wide stance for extra comfort
Overall: 34.75″ H x 33.25″ W x 33″ D
Overall Product Weight: 33lbs
I was liking everything I was seeing about this chair (which was 20 dollars less, but supposedly a far better value). The sound of its soft linen fabric and the sturdy hardwood frame with wide stance for extra comfort, had me at hello. The reviewers all said that the color was more grey than “natural” with blue undertones – which sounded absolutely perfect for my apartment! I’m sold! The only thing holding me back was the look of those brassy looking studs. I wasn’t so sure I was into those.
So I kept on hunting.
Wouldn’t you know it? Overstock had its version too!
Why yes, that top picture is the EXACT same as the first Wayfair chair! But for some reason (that I cannot explain) this chair is called “Christopher Knight Home Tafton Tufted Fabric Club Chair.”
It is also priced at $278, but was originally $528! Weird. It has a 4 star rating from 48 reviews, and of course it has yet another unique description (though quite similarly worded to the Jerome Tufted above):
Christopher Knight Home Tafton Tufted Fabric Club Chair
With its deeply tufted back and studded perimeter, it’s clear that no detail was overlooked on this Tafton tufted fabric club chair. You can comfortably relax in this chair in any room in your home as the natural-colored linen is sure to complement a variety of decor. Add a bit of elegance to your home with this stylish yet relaxed club chair.
Tufted back for added style and flare
Winged arms for additional comfort
Bronze studded perimeter
Large wide stance allows enough relaxing space for all shapes and sizes
Sturdy hardwood frame for added stability and strength
Materials: Fabric, hardwood
Finish: Espresso stained hardwood
Upholstery materials: Fabric
Upholstery color: Natural
Upholstery finish: Grey undertone
Dimensions: 34.6 inches high x 34.6 inches wide x 33.7 inches deep
90 day Manufacturer
Brand: Christopher Knight Home
Just when I had the go ahead from my hubby, and I’d finally made up my mind to purchase the Wayfair Jerome Tufted Club Chair (I decided it was the best value with the best reviews) the price went up! It was $350! Now what?!
As luck would have it, my chair popped up again in a new spot.
Joss and Main was selling the Tafton Arm Chair for 272.95. That was the lowest price I’d seen yet!
They were advertising with the same photo as the Jerome Tufted Club Chair from Wayfair and the description looked right on target:
Bring stately appeal to your living room seating group or favorite reading nook with this handsome arm chair, showcasing tufted dove grey upholstery and nailhead trim.
Construction Material: Hardwood, foam and linen
Color: Espresso and dove grey
Removable seat cushion
19.5″ Seat height
22″ Arm height
21.5″ Seat depth
Product Weight: 44.9 lbs
Dimensions: 34.6″ H x 33.7″ W x 34.6″ D
Assembly: Very Simple Assembly Required: <15 minutes with only screwdriver or included tools
In case you are as confused as I was at this point, I made a chart to clear things up a bit:
Are any of these chairs exactly the same? Well, according to the specifications, they are all different – but I was ready to take a leap and make a purchase.
As usual, Joss and Main’s flash sale pricing made me panicky and the extra enticement of free shipping (since I’d recently purchased my rug) pushed me over the edge. Let’s do it!
When it finally came, it was in a huge L-shaped box that held the chair in one piece (phew!). All I had to do, was unzip the pouch in the underside lining and screw in the feet!
It was perfection.
The rug looks pretty nice too huh?!
In case the blinding white window didn’t clue you in, it was a miserably cold and snowy day outside. Just perfect for reading a good book. How timely.
On a final note:
A few weeks later, I wandered into Pottery Barn with no real intention to buy anything (as you do in NYC when it’s terribly cold out and you deserve a break from the weather while enjoying eye candy for the home) and I spotted this chair!
I had no idea that I had been looking at Pottery Barn knock-offs!
This one was obviously more money – it’s Pottery Barn. We are talking $799-1199 depending on fabric selection with a $65 delivery surcharge. It was also a little larger…which is also to be expected when shopping at Pottery Barn.
There was no way this one was ever coming home with me, but I was glad to know that the Pottery Barn designers approved of my chair.