The Vecelo Eames Style DSW Eiffel Plastic Modern Dining Chair with Natural Wood Legswas kindly provided to me by VECELO free of charge in exchange for a fair and unbiased review on Amazon. No additional compensation was given in exchange for posting this article on my blog.
At the time my review was originally written the Vecelo Eames Style Chairs were being sold in pairs for £31.99 by VECELO on Amazon.co.uk. As of the 9th March 2017 the chairs are now being sold as a set of 4 chairs by Royal Lifetree on Amazon.co.uk at a cost of £73.99 with Free P&P. I suspect however that these are not Vecelo chairs and that Royal Lifetree are selling a similar chair and have simply piggy backed off the Vecelo listing. As such these chairs may differ to those in my review.
The Vecelo Eames Style DSW Eiffel Plastic Modern Dining Chair with Natural Wood Legs are however available individually on Ebay.co.uk at a cost of £23.99 each with free delivery, they are however black and not white.
In the US the Vecelo Eames Style DSW Eiffel Plastic Modern Dining Chair with Natural Wood Legs are available in pairs from Vecelo.com at a cost of $92.50 + P&P. Sadly in the US the Vecelo Eames Style Chairs do not currently appear to be available on Amazon or Ebay. (All prices correct at time of posting).
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PACKAGING & CONTENTS.
The VECELO Eames Style DSW Eiffel Plastic Retro Dining Chairs are both supplied in a single large square warehouse style corrugated cardboard box simply bearing an illustration of the chairs contained within.
Inside the white plastic seat sections of the chairs are located in the top of the box individually wrapped in clear plastic bags. Underneath separated by a single loose piece of corrugated cardboard are the two chair bases which are pre assembled (sort of).
The legs of each of the chair bases have been shrink wrapped in clear plastic and the upper part of each leg is also wrapped in cellular foam (but only the very top sections for some reason). Also attached to each chair is a resealable plastic bag (or in my case one was attached and the other was loose in the box) with each bag containing…
An Allen key, 4 bolts, 4 penny washers, 4 spring washers and a set of basic illustrated instructions.
The following measurements were taken by eye using a Milwaukee 8m tape measure.
- From the floor to the top of the backrest measures 82.8cm.
- The width of the backrest at the top measures 23cm and at the bottom it measures 44.5cm and the height of the backrest from the seat measures 41cm.
- The seat measures 46.4cm wide in the centre, 39.2cm deep in the centre and it stands 44cm from the ground.
- The leg pattern is square and each leg stands 39cm apart from one to another on the outside edge.
- The plastic seat section measures 7mm thick on the edge, the legs measure 28.5mm in diameter in the centre and the wire metal frame measures 7.5mm in diameter.
The base section of the chairs consisting of the wire frame and wooden legs come already pre assembled. All you have to do (in theory) to finish off the chairs is to bolt the plastic seat to the metal base using the supplied tools and fittings.
To do this four silicone bungs first have to be removed from the holes on the underside of the plastic seat bases. When you do this, place the chair upside down on another chair or table as the bungs also secure large black plastic washers around the mounting holes that fall off (or rather fly off) when the bungs are removed and they are needed for assembly.
Next, align the metal base over the plastic seat with the two bolt mounts on the underside that point inwards, forming the rear two legs and the two bolt mounts facing outwards as the front two legs.
Each bolt should be installed with the spring washer at the top (in contact with the bolt head) and the penny washer underneath it in contact with the black plastic washer coming into contact with the plastic underside of the seat. When securing the bolts screw each one in by about half way and then go round tightening each one up a few turns at a time, one by one until all are tightly secured, if you do not, you may well struggle with the last.
There is also something else to be aware of and that is while the back two bolts take mere seconds to tighten, access to the front two bolts, however is very restrictive and the Allen key can only be used horizontally and articulation is only about 120 degrees. This means that the front bolts take several rather patient minutes to install compared to the back two bolts.
Earlier in the contents section of the review I noted that the wooden legs of the chair bases are protected by a heat shrunk plastic wrap and when this is removed you will find lots of bits of plastic trapped in the bolts that secure the metal base frame to the wooden legs and the only way to remove all of these bits is to remove the bolts completely.
The problem is the various sections of the chair were likely made in different factories and in the case of the wooden legs, they were obviously shrunk wrapped for their journey to be assembled. Then in the final factory where the metal base was attached to the metal base and product packaged for retail they simply bolted the sections together through the plastic snagging it in the threads making it impossible to completely remove all the plastic wrapping without disassembly.
Now you might think meh, a bit of plastic trapped under each bolt doesn’t bother me, well the second problem will likely give cause to deal with it anyway. Now, while the base section of the chair (the four wooden legs and the wire support frame) is reassembled with 2 bolts in each leg, it has been done so very poorly and with my two samples there was but one bolt I would called properly secure.
While the Allen key provided also fits the bolts on the legs unlike the bolts securing the seat to the base the bolts on the legs also require a spanner to tighten which sadly is not included. So if the rogue plastics on the legs don’t bother you, at the very least make sure you check and fully tighten all of the bolts on the chairs before using unless you want to spend an evening in A&E having your neck X-Rayed.
The question I asked myself after assembling the chairs (properly) is why they have bothered to part assemble the chairs in the first place, I just hope those that have bought these chairs have had the foresight to check the preassembled sections before use.
The plastic section of the chairs is well moulded, there are no rough edges or imperfections, but there are a few very feint dark patches on the plastic, some that came off with going over with some flash and some that did not. (Sadly, these dark patches do not show up on my pictures so you’re going to have to take my word for it).
One of the better features of the chair is the curled edges of the plastic, this gives purchase for easy lifting and transportation, and it also allows the chair to easily be pulled forwards and closer to a table while sitting down.
The legs are made from softwood, are reasonably well sanded and are beech in colour appearing to have had a varnished finish. Aside from a few knots and imperfections in the wood, the legs would have been ok… that is if they had been properly protected during transit.
As I noted earlier only the very top sections of the legs are encased in a cellular foam wrap and the result is some very noticeable dents in the wood and two very large gouges.
The bottom of each leg has been fitted with a clear silicone shoe using a screw or bolt, these serve both to protect any surface the chair is being used on from the wooden legs and also serve to prevent the chairs sliding about, and they work well at both jobs.
On the top of each of the legs a small vertical slit has been cut in the wood into which the mounting plate that secures the base to the plastic seat, the workmanship of which is rather poor. Each and every cut either has a sharp edge or some serious splinters (a couple nearly 2″ long”), as such yet another reason why you might want to disassemble the chair before actually assembling them so you can sand off the cuts made on the legs (especially if you have any young children of excitable pets).
As for the metal section of the base, well, there’s not a lot to say other than those considering use outdoors should be aware they are made from magnetic carbon steel (like the bolts) and it has either been dip coated or painted black. As such the metal sections of the chair will be prone to rust so if you do use outdoors, so do not leave the chairs outside or store them in unheated outbuildings.
The first thing to address here is the weight capacity of the chairs. In the Amazon product listing the claimed capacity is 300 pounds (or just over 21 stone) and in my humble “opinion” this is an overestimation.
They may well take this weight once, twice or even three times or more, but I would despite not being a gambler happily put a bet on them not lasting a year used by such a person on a regular basis.
My son stands 6’1″ tall, has a 42″ waist a 46″ chest and his weight fluctuates from 15st at the end of summer to about 16st 7lb at the end of winter (I don’t know his current weight, hence the reason for all the info). When he sat on one of chairs instantly the legs spread further apart by 12mm and each time he moved while sat down the chair made a slightly unnerving sound and after approximately 30 minutes the legs had actually separated by a total of 15mm.
Quite honestly to ensure long life of the chair I would advise not using at least on a regular basis with anyone heavier than about 13st. Aside from this the chair is actually comfortable far more so than any of us expected, at least as long as you don’t lean into the backrest anyway.
Thank you for taking the time to read this review, I hope it has been helpful to you. If you have any questions or comments regarding this review, please post a comment below and I will do my best to answer them.
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