|Terje Klapstoel/Folding Chair|
When we were buying the furniture for the house, we wanted to have a "grownup" chair in Little Man's bedroom for story time or late-night "visits" because the Kritter Kinderstoelen/Children's Chairs were just not going to cut it for our adult-sized rear ends for those purposes. As much as I liked the idea of an easy chair, we also knew that we wouldn't need to have a chair in his room much longer as he gets older, so we opted for the simpler Terje Klapstoel/Folding Chair instead.
In the maze that is the IKEA showroom, this item is located in the kitchen tables and chairs section. The Terje Klapstoel/Folding Chair is made of solid beech wood and colored with stain and acrylic lacquer. We chose red to go along with the rest of the primary color furniture and decor in Little Man's room, but the chair is also available in white, black, or beech colors (beech is available in the UK and Europe, but not in North America). To clean, you can use a mild soap and water and wipe dry afterwards. We've needed to clean the chair once, and that was enough. The chair is comfortable enough for shorter sitting periods, but it is just a folding chair. If you require a lot of back support, you may want to consider another chair if only because the back of the chair is high and skinny.
The best part about the chair is that there is no assembly required. All the bits are put together, so all you do is take it home and open it up.
The chair is of decent quality, but it will likely make creaking sounds every time you sit on it until the wood "wears" enough. If you're considering this for your kitchen, I do have two warnings for you:
1. The back of the chair is rather high up, if you have young toddlers or sitting babies, don't sit them on the chair alone as they're likely to fall right off the back of the chair. See my demonstration with the Cabbage Patch Kid doll, below.
|It would be easy for a toddler to slip right off.|
No dolls were harmed during this demonstration.
If you are vertically challenged like me and tend to stand on kitchen chairs daily to get around the kitchen, be very careful standing on this chair. The slats are thin and will visibly bend when standing on the chair. It hasn't broken yet (I see the bend a lot because I can't seem to follow my own advice), but you should consider this before climbing all over the house with this chair as your step ladder. Perhaps a chair cushion would alleviate this, but I have no plans to stick on one.
We give the Terje Klapstoel/Folding Chair 4 Swedish meatballs on our 5 meatball scale. I have deducted 1 meatball for the constant fear of breaking the slats on the seat while I'm using the chair to reach something, but overall I am satisfied with the product.
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