A Comfy Desk Chair for the Office

Welcome to the 212th Metamorphosis Monday!

How was your weekend?  Were you in blizzard territory?  The pictures I’ve been seeing online are amazing!

For this Met Monday, I’m sharing a “comfort” change I made in the office this weekend.  It was one I was reluctant to make but finally decided it needed to be done.

Home Office with Pottery Barn Bedford Furniture in Antique White

If you have been reading BNOTP for a while, you may remember when I purchased my desk chair.  I found this adorable chair online at Pottery Barn Teen.  I loved (and still love) the design of the back, the scalloped apron and the curvy top.   Once it arrived, I loved how it looked in the office.  But there was just one problem, the back, though very pretty, wasn’t very comfortable.  I spend a lot of hours at my desk and my back needs something a little kinder.  Off and on over the last 6 months, I’ve been periodically Googling for white/cream office/desk chairs.  I never really found anything I liked.  Most are super modern looking or outrageously expensive.

Desk Chair from Pottery Barn Teen

This weekend I remembered seeing one in Kate’s beautiful office in one of her previous posts.  I found the post again and noticed she mentioned buying it in Staples.  We have a lot of those here in the Atlanta area so off I went to check them out.   While looking at the Staples website, I noticed they had a $50 off sale starting today on all office/desk chairs costing $159 and up.  Perfect timing!   The chair is called, Belsante.  Sounds Italian, doesn’t it.   Well, it’s not…but I’m pretending that it is. :)

Belsante Office Chair in Kate's Home Office

Here’s how Mr. Belsante looks right out of the box, definitely “some assembly required.”  I thought I’d share how to put him together in this post, just in case a Mr. Belsante comes into your life sometime soon.   He wasn’t hard to put together and the instructions were pretty easy to follow.

Belsante Chair Before Being Assembled

First step:  squishing on the wheels.  Literally, you just push them right down into the holes of the base.  You have to press very firmly to get them in which is a little tricky since they roll underneath your hand.  But with a little perseverance, I got them in place.

Attaching Wheels to Belsante Chair

Next, I turned the base upright and put the “gas lift” into the hole.  It’s what makes the chair go up and down when you adjust it for your height.

Adding Gas Lift to Belsante Chair

 Next it was time to attach the seat plate to the bottom of the seat.

Seat Plate for Belsante Office Desk chair

The seat plate and the chair are well marked so you know which way to attach the plate.   The hardware for the chair included an Allen wrench but I always prefer to use my own for these things because the case on mine makes a nice handle for turning the wrench.   Trying to tighten a screw with a single Allen wrench is really hard on the hand.

Attaching Seat Plate for Belsante Office Desk chair

Once the plate was tightly attached, it was time to attach the back of the chair to the seat. I placed the back on a blanket, then placed the seat at a 90 degree angle atop the metal plate protruding from the bottom of the back.  There are four screws that hold it in place.

Assembling Belsante Office Desk Chair

The diagram in the direction booklet showing how to attach the handles wasn’t very clear.   As I was trying to figure it out, I noticed each handle was tagged with a paper indicating where it went.  Whew!  Glad to see that since the diagram was confusing.

Assembling Belsante Office Desk Chair

After the handles were attached with 4 long screws, a silver cap went into the end of each opening to hide the head of the screw.  Then it was just a matter of placing the chair atop the gas lift.  That part was a little tricky since I couldn’t hold the chair and see the gas lift at the same time.   I moved the chair over near the office mirror and looked sideways into the mirror to guide the chair down onto the lift.  Yay, for mirrors!

Assembling Belsante Office Desk Chair

Here’s Mr. Belsante in his new home.  He’s leather and very comfy.  My back is saying, Ahhhhh as I type this. :)

I was a little worried the chair would be too “stark-white” until I saw it in the store.  Fortunately, it’s a nice creamy white and you would swear it was dyed to match the Pottery Barn Bedford desk which is listed as “antique white” on the PB site.   The color is identical to the desk!  Lucky break, there!

Cream White Leather Desk Chair for Home Office

 

Final cost:  $199.99 minus $50.00 (coupon is available in the Staples flyer inside the store) + $10.43 tax = $160.42.  Pssst:  If you’re new to reading BNOTP, you can see the full metamorphosis of this office from child’s bedroom to home office in this post:  Building a Home Office, The Journey

Tip:  If you like Mr. Belsante’s handsome good looks and want him for your own office, don’t wait too long.   The store manager told me he’s being discontinued and will not be available much longer.   Don’t forget the $50 off coupon.  I’m not sure when the sale ends but it started today.

Little reminder:  Today is the last day to leave a comment to be entered to win the Southern Living Weddings publication.  For that giveaway leave your comment on this post: Beautiful Wedding Decorations, Centerpieces, Dresses and Ideas.

French Bleu Vintage is giving away a $50 shopping spree.  Enter that giveaway here: Fabulous French Estate Sale and Giveaway

 

Looking forward to all the fabulous Before and Afters for this Met Monday!

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Comments

  1. As much as I do love the look of the PB Teen chair, your new chair looks a lot more comfy :)

  2. Centsational Girl says:

    I love it! I’m writing this comment in my own Belsante and I’ve loved this chair for months, comfortable, sophisticated and creamy WHITE like you said! So glad you were able to snag one, I know you’ll love it just keep kitty cat away, they can claw, but otherwise, I’m in love with this chair! It looks fab in your office friend. xoxo ~ Kate

    • Thanks, Kate! I’m so glad you posted showing yours. It’s not easy to find a white/cream leather office chair so I really appreciate the inspiration! And thanks for the kitty reminder! :)

  3. LOVE the chair! Nothing better than comfy leather :) Happy Monday!

  4. Your new chair looks comfy….I too, opted for a more comfortable chair for our computer desk in our den….ours is very similar to yours….and yes…we had to put it together (ugh!)….
    Your office is sensational!
    Thanks for Meta Mondays…always enjoy them when I’m blog hopping and tired of Facebook…lol…
    Mel’s Designs ‘n Harmony blog and Facebook page…is still showing off my sewing projects and getting ready for shows coming up this spring.

  5. Linda Page says:

    Not only does your chair look comfortable, it really goes beautifully with your room and furniture. I know your back and bottom will be greatly appreciative of your great buy! Enjoy!

  6. I love the chair, it looks like it was made specifically for your office.Thanks for hosting such great parties each week.
    xo,
    Christine

  7. Your first chair is so pretty, too bad it isn’t comfortable. Isn’t that the way it often goes, I have found it to be so also, that we can’t always decorate just for looks. It is so important to also consider function and practicality. Sometimes I don’t prefer the f and p…but in the long run it makes much more sense. I really like your new chair, so pretty and it sure looks comfy!
    Thanks for hosting Susan…have a GREAT week!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

  8. Mr. Belsante certainly sounds Italian and he has that sleek look of modern Italian furniture…very handsome. Thanks for hosting Met Monday for us!

  9. When we sit for hours, it really IS necessary to feel comfy. Nothing worse than a stiff neck- and I get them often enough! Nice chair, Susan. Glad I could link up this week. Thanks for hosting, once again.

  10. Looks super comfy and fantastic in your office, Susan! Thanks for hosting the party ~ so happy to finally have something to link up!
    Enjoy your Monday ~ xo Heidi

  11. Looks great and I bet it feels great! I had a wood desk chair for a while but it just wasn’t good for long term sitting-I’m surprised you lasted as long as you did :-) You did we’ll on the cost!

  12. Susan,

    Thank you so much for hosting the party! I love the new chair and those curtains! You go girl!

    blessings,
    karianne

  13. Susan, thank you for hosting! Wishing you a pretty week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  14. What a gorgeous chair! You made the assembly seem so easy.

    Happy Valentine’s week!

  15. Your office is so welcoming…it would make me want to go in and get to work!
    Thanks for having us:)
    xo,
    Christy

  16. Your chair looks amazing. Love the style and the color, very pretty and really does look comfortable. Thanks for hosting again. Hugs, Marty

  17. Thanks so much for hosting! Great looking chair! Life to the full, Melissa

  18. Susan, I love your new chair! It looks so comfy and elegant at the same time! Thanks for hosting!

  19. Thanks so much for hosting again! LOVE your new chair!! Looks great ;)

  20. Oh yes having a comfortable chair is very important!What a beautiful chair!Thank you so much for hosting!
    xx
    Anne

  21. Susan, your office is fabulous. Can’t beat a good chair. Thanks for hosting the party!
    Liz

  22. Susan,
    The new desk chair is a stunning accessory to your home office!
    I adore the sleek curves…and I agree, it’s all about comfort!!!
    I previously had vintage Frenchy looking chair(s) in our home office
    and made the switch a few years ago…and I’ve never looked back!
    Thanks for hosting MM…I do enjoy the cintinued inspiration I
    receive each week.
    Fondly,
    Pat

  23. Your new chair looks fantastic in your office space. Thanks for hosting. Have a lovely week!
    Blessings,
    Nici

  24. I love it! I’m tempted to get one, but in a year’s time we won’t be here any longer and it won’t go as well in our cabin. My current chair, while not very puurdy, is super comfy so stays it shall.

  25. Susan, I like this one much better and I think you will find it more comfortable on the back. Remember the other chair, you filmed taking it out of the box, and putting it together. That was funny from our end but probably not for you.

  26. The PB chair is beautiful but your back is going to be happier with Mr. Belsante’s comfort! Thanks for hosting!

  27. Good morning, Susan. That’s a really gorgeous chair – it looks perfect in your office. I do love the lines of your previous chair and can understand how important comfort is. Dearest and I are realizing how our bodies just can’t take certain things the way we used to be able to. Finding a good chair is like finding good shoes!
    I appreciate you hosting and hope you have a wonderful week.
    Kathy

  28. Love the chair. I liked your former chair as well, but I can imagine that your back is very grateful with the switch. Thanks for hosting!
    KC

  29. Susan…what a beautiful chair for your room…looks so very comfortable!!….Glad that it was a perfect match….meant to be in that room!!…Thanks for hosting Susan!!! Have a great week!

    • Shirley, I was stunned to see how well it matched. I had prepared myself that it most likely wouldn’t. I’m starting to wonder if all the furniture manufacturers get together and plan these things! ;)

  30. It’s so true, form has to follow function… especially when you’re using it so much. But even though the circle back chair is super cute, the creme ‘italian’ one looks really nice. Thanks for hosting! Little Bit

  31. Your chair looks like she should be on the beaches of the Italian Riviera with her fabulous new makeover!

    We got 14″ of snow this weekend – thankful for snowblowers!
    Kelly

  32. That is a beautiful chair, Susan! I am going to see if it comes in other colors. Joe desperately needs a new desk chair. It IS a perfect match for your desk, and it looks beautiful in your office. Thanks again for hosting. XO, Pinky

    • Pinky, if you can’t get this one in a different color, Staples has lots of great styles in their store. I saw so many that really looked super comfortable. They even had a red one that I really liked but red just wouldn’t work in here. Don’t forget to use the coupon. You may be able to print it off online…if not, they have them in their flyer in their store.

  33. Susan-
    Love the chair, but I had to chuckle when I saw the blanket you were using on the floor. My husband & I received that same blanket for a wedding present almost 34 years ago! Seeing it brought back some memories. My daughter used it on her first “big girl bed”. Enjoy the chair!

    • Hallie, that’s about when we got that blanket! It’s amazing it hasn’t fallen apart over time. That poor thing has been everywhere. It was our fave blanket for picnics and the laser show at Stone Mountain. I just keep tossing in the wash. I can def imagine it in a girl’s room. :)

  34. Cute and Cozy chair I bet your back will thank you.

  35. The new chair looks great, and a whole lot more comfortable too!

  36. I loved the Potery Barn chair! It’s so cottage-y. But I do understand that your back didn’t agree with me!

  37. Having a good chair for your back can make such a difference, and it is a bonus when it looks so pretty too :) Thank you for hosting!!

    xo, Tanya

  38. Susan, when you first bought the P.B. chair, although extremely pretty, I wondered how your back would fare. The new one looks ideal and goes so nicely with everything else. I do not have that particular make of office chair, but a similar one I bought from Staples a few years ago, lots of back support and also high into the head. I recently paid $50 for some special wheels which glide over the bamboo mat in front of the computer, well worth it.
    So, the question remains….where are you going to put your P.B. chair now? :) Maybe in the Library I am nudging you to begin!! :) It’s all about me wanting to see what you can do!! :)

    • The wheels on the new chair sure roll a lot better than the one on the PB chair. Hope they stay that way. Right now it just sitting in front of the desk I used to work at in my dressing area, but I think it will end up in the basement before long…just stored away in case I need it one day again. I know…I keep thinking about that room…would love to do it! Thanks, Megan!

  39. Thanks for this FAB party!

    hugs x
    Crystelle

  40. Thanks for hosting! :)
    Nancy

  41. OH! and I LOVE your chair….I have never seen a white one. Perfect! (and now I think I need one too! ;) )

  42. Good job! I love this chair. What we see most often now is black and I have an aversion to black. I just mean a little bit goes a long way with me. This is perfect and I love that you scope out the coupon/discounts.

  43. Great chair…great buy…great party!!!

  44. Hello, Susan!
    It’s “happy dance” time again! lol Mr. Belsante is a cutie!
    (No wonder! “Bel” is the Italian word for beautiful! :-) )
    The first PB chair is a cutie, too, but hey, health comes first, right? :-)
    Ha! Who am I kidding? Susan, I have to be honest! I am not the right one to sing you a song about health, today. Two friends of mine and I have been helping our pastor with cleaning our church and his private apartment the whole last week. (The poor man is almost 81 years old, he owns approximately 3,000 books (!) and tons of vinyl records and his sexton/sacristan is a 73 years old lady who absolutely needs some help herself!) When my girlfriends and I decided to help them, we had no idea how “painful” it would become for us… we cleaned everything and that means that we had to climb a tall ladder that made all nervous because all three of us are scared of heights and the church was sooo cold (we are still having snow and low temperatures here), we are happy we didn’t break a leg and we didn’t catch pneumonia! lol … OK, we definitely had Jesus watching over us… but, you see, for me, too, health comes first! ;-)
    Seriously, we are glad we could help… (at least… till Easter! :-))
    ~Hugs to you~
    Cecilia

  45. perfect fit…looks great,comfy that’s what matters

  46. I love your chair!!! I need a new chair for classroom desk so badly. This one looks so comfy. Thanks so much for hosting another great party! Have a wonderful week. :)

  47. First of all, your office is to die for. I so love your window treatments and want to buy some new ones for my office soon. The chair, which I have struggled with for a year due to the fact that I am not as young as I use to be and must have comfort. After retiring, comfort is my #1 priority! The chair that you chose could not be any better. It adds so much to your already beautiful office. Thanks for including pictures and step by step directions. You have made my day and ended my struggles on which office chair to purchase.

  48. I love when something fashionable is also functional (and vice versa). Like shoes….

  49. Susan, the cream colored office chair is a nice fit for the room. There are several cute office chairs to be found on etsy as well. I don’t think you can overstate the importance of comfort. Nothing beats lifestyle design when it comes to pairing beauty, function, and usability.

  50. Let me know if you decide to sell the old chair. Even if it isn’t comfortable, my office is in my front living room which everyone sees when they walk in my front door. So its form over function for me until I can find another space in my home to work.

    • Hi Sally, I’ll probably hold onto it for now, just in case something tragic happens one day to the new chair…like a bad tear. I’m currently using it under my dressing table that I once used for blogging before creating the office. I’ll let you know though (in case you still need it) if I do decide to part with it.

  51. Your new office chair looks so comfy and pretty! =)
    Im a new follower, and am enjoying looking around your site.

  52. The chair is so nice! I really like your office! Now if i can just have mine look like yours.

  53. Hi, I love your room and it looks VERY similar to mine.
    May I ask where you got the platform for your monitor?
    I need one!
    Thank you so much!
    Linda

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