In a Nutshell:
The JOYBASE Mid-Century Accent Chair is a good-looking, reasonably comfortable retro accent chair that can support a generous amount of user weight. Recommended for anyone weighing up to 440 pounds, who loves the mid-century look.
Value for the Money
Are you a heavier individual? Are you a fan of retro, mid-century styling?
If you answered yes to the first question, you’ve probably been frustrated by the relative lack of furniture available that can properly support you.
The sad reality is that most of the furniture being sold today simply isn’t made with you in mind. If you answered yes to the second question too, the number of options you’ve got drops off even more sharply.
The good news is that there are some great options out there, and the JOYBASE Mid-Century Accent chair, is a happy exception to the rule.
Haven’t heard of JOYBASE? We’d be surprised if you had. They’re a tiny brand that imports a variety of goods from China for resale here. Since this chair is made in China, the company has been able to pass the savings along to you, the prospective buyer, which makes this chair a delightfully low-cost option.
We’ll be quick to admit that it isn’t a perfect chair, but it offers exceptional value for the money, and it would be perfect for the right person. Are you that person? In the sections that follow, we’ll tell you everything this chair has to offer so you can make that decision. Let’s take a closer look.
An Overview of the JOYBASE Mid-Century Retro Accent Chair
We can’t say enough about the styling the JOYBASE Mid-Century Accent chair brings to the table. It’s the most notable aspect of this design. If you’re a fan of the retro look, you’re going to fall in love with JOYBASE’s offering. Before we say anything further, let’s take a look at the core stats that define the model. Here are the basics:
These numbers are a mixed bag. We love the generous amount of user weight, and the seat width is a generally good fit with it. It should be noted, though, that if you’re near the top end of the chair’s maximum supported weight limit, you’ll want to take a quick measurement to be sure you and the chair are a good fit for each other.
The seat depth is crazy. We would have much preferred that the width and depth measurements had been reversed, but sadly, that was not meant to be.
The seat height is a bit of a problem, or at least it could be. Big and tall chairs typically have a seat height that starts at 18” and goes to 22” or higher. This accent chair sits barely 13” off the ground, which is quite low. If you’re taller, and especially if you’re taller and you suffer from some type of mobility issue, getting into and out of this chair could be problematic.
Taken together, these numbers paint a picture of a somewhat narrowly targeted and focused chair. It’s great for heavier users who are short to average height. Taller users who don’t suffer from mobility issues can make use of the chair for shorter periods, but honestly, if you are taller, especially if most of your height is in your legs, there are better options out there.
Assuming the numbers don’t contain anything deal-breaking for you, if you decide you want one, you can order yours clad in grey fabric upholstery or brown or black PU. Of the three, we regard the fabric upholstery to be far and away superior to the PU options. Not only is the fabric more breathable, but it’s also more durable. Both of the PU options will start showing their age by peeling and cracking after about a year of moderate daily use.
Adjustability and Comfort
This will be a relatively short section because there’s nothing adjustable about the JOYBASE Mid-Century Retro Accent chair. Comfort-wise, it’s not bad, but also not what we’d describe as luxurious. JOYBASE utilizes moderate amounts of conventional block foam padding, which is fine for what this chair was designed for. Remember, this isn’t a lounging chair, it’s an occasional seating chair, and it’s got padding to reflect that.
Assembly is Required
As with most of the furniture you can buy online these days, the JOYBASE Mid-Century Retro Modern accent chair will arrive at your door in a large box and unassembled. The production quality is decent but certainly not best in class, and the instructions are clear enough that the assembly shouldn’t be problematic.
Expect it to take about twenty minutes to complete the process, and note that there is no expert assembly option on offer here. We’re actually fine with that. The process isn’t complicated, and the chair is so modestly priced that if there were an expert assembly option, it would cost almost as much as the chair itself.
Pros and Cons of JOYBASE Mid-Century Accent Chair
There’s a lot to like about this chair, but its biggest selling points are its retro, fifties styling, and its incredibly modest price. The only real downside is the fact that the overall quality isn’t as high as some of the other options available. It’s important to emphasize, though, that these chairs are designed for occasional seating, which blunts the impact of the lower overall quality.
JOYBASE Mid-Century Accent Chair Review Conclusion
We like the JOYBASE Mid-Century Accent chair, but then, we’re huge fans of the retro aesthetic. We realize, however, that not everyone will feel the same, which makes this something of a niche product. On that basis, we can only provisionally recommend it, but if money is tight, even if you’re not a huge fan of the styling, this chair is hard to beat.
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