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General Chat Thread, IT Room Chairs in General; One of our IT rooms has some really, really tatty chairs in (got them from argos 3 and a half ...
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    IT Room Chairs

    One of our IT rooms has some really, really tatty chairs in (got them from argos 3 and a half years ago for less than a tenner each), and they literally are "falling to bits" (with the bits scattered across the room).

    So, where can we find solid, height-adjustable chairs for a good price? I have seen mention of remploy and their Polypropylene Chair for 24.50 each (30+), and wondered if anyone else has these and if they work ok/are solid enough?

    Alternatively, any other suggestions?

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    Get ones with gliders instead of castors for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    Get ones with gliders instead of castors for sure.

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    whats a glider compared to a castor?

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    A glider is a disc of smooth plastic that will allow a chair to be moved around when someone isn't sitting on it but it can't be used when sat on.

    Similar to how a locking castor would work i.e you sit on the chair and it locks but there is less to go wrong and they are sturdier than castors.

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    ahh cheers

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    I would have a look at your local office supplies company, many of them do office furniture now, they maybe able to do you a deal on a bulk purchase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dgsmith View Post
    So, where can we find solid, height-adjustable chairs for a good price? I have seen mention of remploy and their Polypropylene Chair for 24.50 each (30+), and wondered if anyone else has these and if they work ok/are solid enough?
    I have these in my ICT suite. They work well and the pupils like them. As plexer mentioned, these have five gliders, giving less likelyhood of pupils tipping the chair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leco View Post
    They work well and the pupils like them.
    That's a blessing in itself! I don't know our's will react with going from padded chairs that have wheels and the occasional game of bumper-cars (or bumper-chairs) to cold, plastic chairs that are going nowhere! Good stuff!

    I take it they don't get much of a hammering then and they still look reasonably the same as they were when you bought them?

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    We use plastic stools and the kids are fine with them. There's not enough room for a proper chair. We do have height adjustable monitors and the kids never spend more than 40-50 minutes on their bums.

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    I can say with lots of experience - never ever have chairs with wheels on in an IT suite. They ordered them here against my advice. The kids played up with them and now the solution is? Have the wheels removed so the chairs end up bu@@ering up the carpets....

    D'oh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dgsmith View Post
    I take it they don't get much of a hammering then and they still look reasonably the same as they were when you bought them?
    With them being plastic they scrub up nicely. They are also "safer" if anyone has an "accident" - not happened many times but with younger children always a worry.

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    We've started to buy the following chairs from a local supplier Godfrey Syrett for our newer suites / clusters.

    These are gas canister height adjustable and without wheels so they can't be easily moved around the place. They also are not as uncomfortable as they look, easily cleaned by cleaners and I think we paid about 35 each.
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    I plan to replace the stools with these



    Need to empty them first though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dgsmith View Post
    So, where can we find solid, height-adjustable chairs for a good price?
    Focus DIY have gas-lift barstools in for 25 at the moment, we could do with some for the staffroom. You could do worse than check out the Ikea catalogue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laserblazer View Post
    Need to empty them first though!
    Do you need volunteers to help you do that?

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