Lumisource Ale Barstool, Black, Mpn: Bs-Tw-Ale Bk

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by Jim Pisello Date Added: Wednesday 13 November, 2013

I'm using this as a seat at a home-built standing desk/treadmill. Why not go with a purpose-built seat such as a drafting chair? A few reasons. Its height adjustment range seemed superior to many of the drafting chairs I was researching. Since I'll be sitting on a treadmill, I wanted a chair base that would distribute my body weight over a large area to avoid possibly damaging the treadmill track. Unlike most office chairs, the barstool rests on a broad disk rather than 4 or 5 casters. This creates a nice stable base that spreads the weight over a relatively large area. After a month of daily use I haven't found any damage to my treadmill's track.Also, my treadmill has a slight 1.5 incline. It's not really noticeable while sitting, but a chair with casters may have drifted backward. The Lumisource Ale Barstool stays where I put it. The lack of a seat back and arm rests isn't a problem for me; I find the backless design encourages good posture. Arm rests might be of some assistance when getting into the chair, but I find that I can grip the seat and it's vinyl covering is easy enough to slide onto. Finally, this chair was relatively inexpensive compared to many of the extended height drafting chairs I was looking at.As for the item's quality, it seems very good, particularly considering the price I paid. I read some comments about the chrome finish coming off, but mine arrived in perfect condition and thus far it still looks like the day I received it. The seat is upholstered in a heavy black vinyl with a finish that approximates leather. It's non absorbent and simple to keep clean. Assembly was dirt simple. It took less than 15 minutes to put together. All parts arrived well wrapped and packaged. The only tool needed for assembly is an allen wrench which is supplied.After press-fitting the center column/gas piston into the base, slide the decorative collar over the column. Once fitted in this manner, the center column cannot be easily removed from the base. The collar's sole function is to hide the junction between the center column and base. It is the only part of the chair that looks cheap, being made of plastic with a chrome-like finish. The collar doesn't attach to the base, so it spins and can slide along the column if, for example, you turn the chair over. Its function is completely aesthetic, so you can skip it if you don't mind the stool looking quite as finished. I suppose you could use hot glue or epoxy to secure it to the base as well, but that seems unnecessary unless you're a stickler for looks.The seat gets attached to the upper cylinder, which slides over the center column. This is the only portion of the assembly that requires tool use. 4 allen-head bolts secure the chair to the cylinder. Slide the cylinder over the center column until it stops, and you're done. The cylinder has a plastic bushing to avoid the two metal pieces from scraping against each other and ruining the finish. Once the two halves of the seat column are joined together, you won't be able to separate them without possibly damaging the stool, so be sure to follow the directions for the correct assembly order.The gas piston has plenty of lifting force. You'll find it difficult to lower the stool unless you're sitting on it. Since setting the height a month ago I have not noticed any slipping, so the seal in the gas piston appears to be effective. The stool is quite light and easy to move out of the way when I want to spend some time walking. The built-in footrest works well (though I've also added a crosspiece to the treadmill's frame for a bit of variety in foot placement). It's sturdy enough to assist getting up onto the stool, but I wouldn't recommend placing your entire body weight on it. The seat pivots smoothly but the plastic bushing provides enough friction to keep it from spinning too easily.Overall I'm very pleased with the Lumisource Ale Barstool. My treadmill/desk has a lot of matte black furniture, so I suppose the chrome finish is a bit of a contrast, but honestly in my home office I'm not too concerned. If you were using it at a bar or in a kitchen I imagine it would fit right in.If there's one criticism (okay, 2 if you count the plastic collar issue I mentioned), it's that the seat has minimal padding. It's not uncomfortable, but it is quite firm. I considered docking a point from my rating because of this, but then realized that I've spent up to 4 hours at a time sitting on the stool without any real discomfort. So while I'd prefer a softer seat, this one hasn't caused any problems. I suppose I could take away a half star for the cheap plastic collar, but that seems petty, so 5 stars for this affordable, capable bar stool.

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
by Pen Name Date Added: Thursday 12 July, 2012

Great product. Easy to assemble and comfortable! Was looking for matching stools to ones we had bought at tjmaxx, these matched perfectly

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars! [4 of 5 Stars!]
by Andrea Santos "andrea" Date Added: Saturday 24 December, 2011


Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
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