La-Z-Boy Bellamy Executive Office Chair Review

La-Z-Boy Bellamy Executive Office Chair
  • Value
  • Comfort
  • Aesthetic Flexibility*
  • Brand Reliability**
4.5

Summary

The La-Z-Boy Bellamy Executive Office Chair is an exceptional office chair, offered by an exceptional company. Recommended for anyone looking for a chair for light to moderate daily use.

*While aesthetics is a matter of taste, aesthetic flexibility is a measure of how easily a given design would fit into a wide range of home or office décor schemes.

**Brand Reliability is a measure of the strength and longevity of the brand, which by extension, is a measure of the level of support you can expect.

Are you in the market for a new office chair?

Are you looking for something offered by a top-quality company that provides a variety of well-implemented features? 

If so, you’re going to love what you read in this review. The La-Z-Boy Bellamy Executive Office Chair is a superb office chair. Elegant, refined, comfortable, and offered by a company with a legendary reputation in the industry.

Granted, it’s more expensive than many of the office chairs offered by no-name brands, but those companies can’t compete with La-Z-Boy in terms of post-sales support and tend to build their chairs using lower quality materials The Bellamy is definitely a case of getting what you pay for and in our view, is well worth the extra money spent.

In the sections that follow, we’ll go over everything this outstanding chair has to offer and fill you in on its few shortcomings and limitations. Even if you opt to go in some other direction, we think you’ll agree; this one belongs on your short list for consideration.

Let’s jump right in and take a closer look!

An Overview of the La-Z-Boy Bellamy Executive Office Chair

The La-Z-Boy Bellamy Executive Office Chair oozes with charm and elegance. This is a big, comfortable, great looking chair, featuring real wood accents, double stitching everywhere and a sturdy metal base and seat pan, but there’s a catch, and it’s potentially a big one. It’s upholstered in bonded leather.

Bonded Leather Upholstery

Bonded leather is real leather, but it’s made from scraps that have been fused together. This makes it less supple and less durable than genuine grain leather. Even under the best of circumstances, if you plan on using this chair heavily and on a daily basis, you can expect the upholstery to start showing its age after about a year.

The other issue is breathability. Sitting in leather gets hot quickly. Spend more than a couple of hours in the chair at a stretch, and you’ll start to sweat. Given those two things, while this is a great chair for light to moderate daily use, it’s less than optimal for someone who’s looking for something to sit in for six or eight hours a day.

It’s comfortable in the sense that it’s generously padded and has great ergonomic features, but we’d rate the upholstery as a significant drawback to bear in mind.

Chair Specifications

Turning our attention from aesthetics and upholstery, let’s take a look at the basic stats that define the chair:

Front view of the La-Z-Boy Bellamy Executive Bonded Leather Office Chair
  • Overall Product Dimensions: 31.2” x 27” x 44.5”
  • Chair Weight: 57.2 pounds
  • Maximum Supported Weight: 400 pounds
  • Seat Depth: 20”
  • Seat Width: 22”
  • Seat Height Adjustment Range: 18” to 22”

The main thing to talk about here is the fact that this is a substantial piece of furniture. It’s a big, weighty chair, capable of supporting a significant amount of user weight. That, combined with its height adjustment range, and further supported by its generous seat height and depth makes it a solid choice for bigger, taller users.

The final thing to talk about in this section of our La-Z-Boy Bellamy review is the fact that this chair features slightly larger than average casters that are equally suited to hardwood, tile and even fairly plush carpet. It’s a small detail, but kudos to La-Z-Boy for the inclusion of high-quality casters, a feature that often gets overlooked by lesser office furniture manufacturers.

Adjustability and Comfort

In terms of adjustability, the Bellamy has the basics well covered. It swivels 360 degrees, it’s got a tilt tension control mechanism, and decent tilt range that spans 90 to 120 degrees, and an easy access height adjustment range.

Where comfort is concerned though, the Bellamy shines. We’ll talk about its ergonomic features in just a moment, but for now, let’s focus exclusively on the padding. Not only is there quite a lot of it, but La-Z-Boy utilizes a proprietary system they call ComfortCore Plus.

Five different layers of La-Z-Boy Bellamy Executive Office Chair's ComfortCore Plus system
Waterfall edge-style seat of the La-Z-Boy Bellamy Executive Bonded Leather Office Chair
Padded armrests of the La-Z-Boy Bellamy Executive Chair

ComfortCore Plus Padding

This system is comprised of five different layers of padding. Starting at the bottom-most layer, we find:

  • A layer of very firm block foam resting on the seat pan
  • Parallel to this, but at the front edge of the seat, there’s a generous double layer of softer block foam
  • A middle layer of more pliable foam
  • A layer of memory foam near the surface of the seat
  • Capped off by a layer of poly fiber-fill which provides a pillow-like bit of added cushioning near the intersection of the seat back and the seat itself

Ergonomic Features

Where ergonomic features are concerned, there are four on offer, and all are very well implemented. These are:

  • Lumbar support
  • Head and neck support
  • A waterfall-edge style seat
  • And ergonomically sculpted and padded armrests

This chair offers the full boat, and the strength of their ergonomic implementations underscores why the La-Z-Boy brand has been so successful over the years. There’s no denying the fact that these people know their way around furniture.

Right side of the La-Z-Boy Bellamy Executive Office Chair

The only thing to draw your attention to on the ergonomic front is the fact that none of these ergonomic features are adjustable in any way. That’s not a deal breaker. Most of the office furniture being sold today don’t offer adjustable ergonomic features, and if this one did, it would raise the price significantly. Even so, it’s something to bear in mind when you’re evaluating your options in advance of making a purchasing decision.

Some Assembly Required

As with most office furniture, if you buy the La-Z-Boy Bellamy Executive Bonded Leather Office Chair, it will arrive at your door in a large box in several pieces. Fortunately, the assembly instructions are quite clear, and the production quality is very high. Even given that though, putting this chair together on your own will leave you grunting and cursing in a few places and take thirty to forty minutes. You can expect to shave ten to fifteen minutes off of the assembly time if you have a trusty assistant close at hand.

The good news is, once the chair is fully assembled about all you’ll have to do is periodically re-tighten the arms.

Pros & Cons of the La-Z-Boy Bellamy Executive Office Chair

There’s a lot to like about the La-Z-Boy Bellamy Executive Chair. It’s well-designed, comfortable, and except for the upholstery, made from good quality materials that will far outlast its one-year warranty. (Note: this model has a lifetime warranty on the base and the reclining mechanism).

It’s a great chair for the money. Honestly, our only complaint about it is the fact that it’s upholstered in bonded leather, which, as we mentioned before, has more than its share of drawbacks. If you can live with that though, you’ll like this model very much.

La-Z-Boy Bellamy Review Conclusion

As we mentioned in the last section, the La-Z-Boy Bellamy Executive Office Chair only has one drawback. We highly recommend it to anyone looking for a chair for light to moderate use, but if you need something for heavy daily use, there are probably better options out there.


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