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How do I Choose the Best Wooden Desk Chair?

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Purchasing a wooden desk chair can add a touch of class to a home or business office, and choosing the right one can enhance comfort and functionality of a work space. You will need to decide first and foremost what features you want included with your wooden desk chair, such as wheels that will allow chair movement or springs that will allow you to recline or rock in the chair. Once you have decided on features, consider what color finish you want, and then be sure to examine the quality of the construction as well as the materials used to make the wooden desk chair.

Much of the allure of a wooden desk chair is the aesthetic appeal, but the chair will be of little practical use if it is uncomfortable. Be sure to sit in each chair you are considering before purchasing, and remember that upholstered chairs are not always more comfortable than non-upholstered chairs. The design of the seat and the chair back will have a significant effect on the chair's comfort, as will added features such as up and down adjustment, reclining springs, and so on. Antique wooden desk chair models will not have many of these features, but more modern models will have one or more.

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The type of wood used to construct the wooden desk chair will have a significant effect on the visual appeal of the chair. Some woods will look best with a dark stain, while others will look better with a light stain or no stain at all. Be sure to consider the way the chair is finished; woods with prominent grain patterns should be shown off accordingly, and the finish should not detract from the appeal of the grain pattern. Make sure the look of the chair fits with the overall aesthetic of the office to avoid clashing with other pieces of furniture.

If you are looking for an antique wooden desk chair, be sure to consider the state of the chair in terms of strength and quality. Examine the joints throughout the chair to check for wear, cracks, or other damage that can compromise the structural integrity of the chair. Remember that damage may not mean it is a bad chair, but it will probably mean you will need to have the antique chair refurbished, which can cost a fair amount of money. Damaged upholstery can be fixed also, though again, the cost of such an undertaking can add up quickly.

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