John Lewis Franklin Office Chair
30 Minutes - Get In!!
OK, it's tricky but it's worth the effort. The salesman made sure that we had read these reviews so we knew what we might come up against before we bought it. His top tip was to practice fit all the bolts first to clear out the holes which we did. My top tip is when you are fitting the arms, fit them to the base first and then attach them to the back rest. Went like a dream except for one of the bolts which has to go under the height adjusting lever which is a bit of a design glitch and is quite tricky. I used a power screwdriver with a hexagon bit which worked a treat, plus another 3 adults to manipulate the chair! Not disappointed with the comfort and the build quality though. Give it a go but be prepared for some tricky bits.
11 October 2014
3 HOURS later and a less than amused husband!
HIMSELF, a fully qualified Master Tech, really knows his stuff! Not one hole lined up with anything, the arms looked like they were designed to fit a different frame etc!! CONSTRUCTION NIGHTMARE! Finished result, lovely! Now getting up courage to tackle the second chair, can't have none matching chairs! Just hope no.2 is better and that we were just unlucky with the first one! Don't expect these sort of problems on a JL product!! DISAPPOINTED!
27 September 2014
The first chair had to be replaced as they had sent two right arms! After a further week the second chair arrived.
The assembly of the chair is ok but my husband had chair rage trying to fit the arms which were very difficult to line up to enable the screws to go in and tighten. It is essential that the screws joining the seat to the back are not tightened up until this is done so that there is enough flexibility to allow this. Still not completely satisfactory although the chair is very comfy. All instructions were followed correctly
27 August 2014
Shame about the back not tilting far enough forward but otherwise very comfortable easy to assemble says my husband. Arms slighly difficult but you just need the correct tools. Hope the leather lasts and if that does a great buy
26 August 2014
Just spend several hours assembling, with a break in between I add, Assembling the base and back was easy, but the arms are a different matter. Fiddly key which isn;t quite long enough. Arms still doesn't feel secure. Was it worth it? Well probably but only just.
08 August 2014
I tried this out in a store and decided to ignore the other reviews as it was really comfy and just what I wanted. The product arrived this morning - fantastically cheerful delivery drivers - and it took me altogether 45 minutes to unpack and put together. Most of the time was spent tightening the nuts as it slotted together easily. I have no idea what peoples negative reviews were about... but am very happy to loan myself out to construct others chairs at a very reasonable rate ;-)
I can only imagine people didn't follow the instructions properly - the arms were no problem at all, just slot them together then tighten the nuts once everything is in place.
V happy... and v comfy!
10 June 2014
John Lewis Franklin Office Chair
Prompted by an increasingly delapidated chair, I decided a new one was called for. I tried all those on display in the local John Lewis store where a range of options both in style and price was available. This one proved to be the most acceptable and although fairly expensive I decided it was likely to last me a long time and therefore good value. Besides, the wife offered to buy it as a birthday present so it was a no-brainer. Having read reviews I had noted that it might prove awkward to assemble. Upon receipt I requested that the delivery men took it to my study where I set about putting it together. Yes, the fitting of the arms is a bit difficult but the assembled article is well worth the effort. I am very happy with it and would encourage anyone hesitating to go for it. A great chair!
10 May 2014
Nice chair, not easy to assemble
I tried one of these chairs in JL Bluewater and really liked it. The one delivered is not quite so comfortable – maybe it will soften with use. The adjustment for lumbar support is almost non-existent.
It was difficult to put together. It took me about 2 hours including “chair rage” and starting all over again. The problem is getting the arm rest bolts to line up with their holes. Some force is needed to get the right alignment. Once each bolt is started on its thread, leave it really loose – just a couple of turns - until you have them all attached. Then you can tighten them up.
Don’t buy this chair if you are not confident of your abilities as a flat-pack assembler. Even if you are confident – I was - read the other posts here and note all of the warnings and tips.
Quality is a bit poor for the price. I had to open out some of the bolt holes in the arm rests to get the fixing bolts through. Luckily (!) the arm rests turned out to be plastic so could be easily reamed out. The rests are silver painted but it has not been very well applied.
25 March 2014