‘Don’t lean back on your chair!’
How many times did your teachers and your parents yell that at you? Do you yell it at your kids?
It seemed like every teacher in the 80s and 90s knew of a kid that had ended up in a coma from leaning back too far on their chairs and falling (I suspect they didn’t all know one, but that’s what they used to tell us anyway!).
Now it’s got a whole lot harder to lean back with the Don’t Lean Back, or dlb, chair.
The chair is the brainchild of a former teacher, Tom Wates, who designed a version for the classroom which is actually really, really hard to lean back on! And now the Max II chair is available for the home, exclusively through Dwell.
It comes in four stylish colours – citrus orange, storm grey, kiwi green and royal blue. It’s perfect for the home office or even as a dining chair.
As it happens, I have a home office (well, a spare room where my computer sits!) and I’ve been working at a dining chair ever since I went freelance. It’s not ideal for spending long hours in front of the computer, so I was very keen to try something which had actually been designed for using at a desk.
I opted for a neutral grey and couldn’t resist putting the chair to the test. Could I lean back?
Remember how at school you could just press your back against the back of your chair and the legs would come up off the floor? Not with the dlb chair they don’t! You can just about lift the front legs up by putting your feet on the floor and pushing hard, but they’re a real struggle to keep up!
And did I mention how comfortable it is? It might just look like a plastic chair, but it was designed in consultation with experts on posture and you can tell! It is a very comfortable seat indeed. My mum and dad were both very impressed with the back support. My husband (who always dismisses items for review as ‘clutter’) thought it was very stylish and good value.
In fact, ‘my’ chair proved very popular with the whole family. My eldest pointed out that he had recently broken HIS chair and maybe the new chair should be for him. (Guess how he broke his chair – yes, he leaned back on it!)
But I still think my need is greater than his and I’ll be keeping the dlb chair. He can have my old dining chair!
The dlb Max II chair retails at £69 and is available from Dwell.
We were sent a dlb Max II chair for the purposes of this review. All opinions are our own.