John Lewis Riley Office Chair

Product information

This versatile office chair makes a functional addition to any work space. It features a soft black fabric seat and stylish chrome base, as well as an adjustable seat height and back with twin paddle mechanism to suit your individual needs.

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Assembly Required
Partial self-assembly required
Back Rest Information With tilt lock the back of your chair can be released for easy reclining.
Tilt Lock
Back Surface
John Lewis
Castor Type
Country of Origin
H42-54 x W49 x D48cm
Dynamic sitting Information 'Dynamic sitting' reduces the load on the spinal column, promotes good posture and blood circulation in the body, and prevents tiredness.
Eligible for International Delivery
Furniture Range
Height of seat
Lumbar Support
Max User Weight
114kg (252lb)
Recommended hours of use
Up to 4 per day
Seat Height
Tilting backrest

Editor's Notes

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UK mainland delivery within 7 working days; may be longer for N Ireland, island and rural postcodes


International delivery not available

We want you to be happy with your purchase. If you're not, depending on the type of product, you can make free returns in the UK via John Lewis shops, Royal Mail, Collect+, or MyHermes. If you need to arrange collection of large or heavy items, call us on 03456 049 049. For international returns queries, call us on +44 1698 545 454. Find out more about returns.

You'll find returns information on your delivery note. Unless faulty, we'd like you to make your return within 90 days of purchase. Exceptions apply to certain products - find out more about our refund policy.


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Q & As

Rated 3.4 out of 5 by 22 reviewers.
Rated 1 out of 5 by Disappointing item Being a home worker I decided to invest in a quality chair with adjustable features. I went for this one the price and specs were suited to my need. Assembling the chair took only about 20minutes. However, I was disappointed about the following: - The base of my chair was scratched - The armrests were too low and un-adjustable - The chair seat very uncomfortable to sit on for more than 2hours - A slight angle of the seat after 4days of use Obviously, I decided to return the chair and John Lewis van came to collect. I will have to agree that John Lewis customer services is fantastic, however the quality of this item in particular was rubbish. 12 March 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by John Lewis Riley Office Chair For the money a good chair. Would like alternative colour options rather than just black. Easy to assemble apart from one plastic side arm that had one slight misaligned hole with the base - easily trimmed with Stanley knife, about 1mm of plastic removed. Base foam thin but not a problem for the amount of time chairs are in use - say 3 hours in one session. Overall fine in use - how they will wear long term has not been assessed 17 February 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Not as comfortable as I had hoped Despite the poor reviews that suggested that this chair would only last a year or so, I decided to buy it as a temporary measure as I found it comfortable in the shop and currently can't afford an ergonomic chair. When it was delivered I was a little disappointed with the packaging, which seemed a bit 'thrown together' and found that the plastic sheath that covers the support to the back of the chair was dented. However, it wasn't a serious enough defect to be worth sending back given that the chair was relatively inexpensive. It was quite straightforward to assemble and I managed it single-handed in about half an hour. I was disappointed to find, however, that the chair was not as comfortable as the one I had tried in the shop (and yes, it was the same model). This may be partly to do with the height of my desk (soon to be replaced) but I do have to use cushions with the chair to get to a comfortable typing position. 11 November 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Good – while it lasted Very happy with this chair – considering the price – until the three little welds holding one of the castors onto the foot spider failed completely. Chair was useless as a result, after just over two years in use. Took if back to our local John Lewis store where the departmental manager immediately agreed this wasn’t good enough and authorised a replacement or complete refund. I was loathe to take another one away though as, on close inspection, the way of fastening the castors to the spider is decidedly suspect. 12 July 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by A Hard Ride The chair was delivered very swiftly. Self assembly is required and as I usually struggle with that sort of thing I was a bit apprehensive. I had already seen the chair in my local store so I knew what to expect. I initially considered assembling it without the arms as I wanted to use it in a fairly confined space, however I then realised that the wheel base was a little larger than my existing chair so that, is in fact, the widest part and the arms could go on. Assembly took a little longer than the suggested time of 15 minutes but I was able to do it without losing my temper. Adjustment of the seat and back is very easy. My main concern is that the seat upholstery is fairly thin and I am still contemplating whether to use a cushion to provide some extra padding. This is why I have rated the seat as average rather than good. 20 May 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by A little under a year! I pretty disappointed with the quality of this purchase. My previous office chair lasted me 5 years. I bought this chair last year, and the plastic wheel has just broke! Now I feel uneven in my seat as I can not wheel my chair around and the seat bobs up and down. Be warned, this chair is cheap and the wheels are very weak plastic compared to other office chair makes. I would not recommend this product. 29 August 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Value for money (at the reduced price) Nice comfortable chair. Has everything you could expect for a chair at this (reduced) price. One warning - really not suitable for large people. The seat length (ie from back to front) is about right for average or smaller posteriors and for people of average height. 30 June 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Comfortable & good value for money Easy to assemble, took my husband about 15/20 minutes. Very comfortable and seems sturdy. Ordered on Saturday, arrived Monday morning, brilliant! Looks good, really glad I ordered the Riley office chair. 03 June 2013
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