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Review: NOMINELL Swivel Chair

November 29, 2007 ~ Reviews

NOMINELL Swivel Chair

We bought a couple of these NOMINELL chairs two years ago for our home office. We thought it was the best choice in terms of looks price and comfort. I seat on my work chair 8 hours a day so comfort is a must. Alternatives included the JULES (I didn’t feel like I could sit on one of these for more than a couple hours a day), the SVENNING (yuk!), etc.

So after a couple years of intensive use I can tell you this:

  • The fabric it is made of is really tough. Our cat is climbing up and sharpening her claws on it all the time, yet it doesn’t have a single scratch or mark.
  • The base spins very smoothly.
  • The wheels don’t get stuck with dust and hair. This happened a lot with our previous chairs and we had to clean them every now and then.
  • The arms get dirty easily and are hard to clean. If the fabric was kitty proof, the arms aren’t, mine are full of nibble holes and scratches.
  • The base squeaks a little when you move.
  • The hydraulic system fails sometimes and lifts up a little bit overnight.

Despite a couple tiny problems like the squeaking this is a pretty good chair and we’re happy with them. Ratings below:

  • Design
  • Quality
  • Assembly
  • Endurance
  • Total

Comments

November 29, 2007

Welcome to the IKEA blog block!

I run OHIKEA.com, come on over, we’re just about Ohio’s incoming store though. I added you to the blogroll and blogged you being here, you should see some hits!

November 29, 2007

Hi Jen,

Thanks a lot for the mention! I just added you to our blogroll as well.

Tim Buchheim
December 4, 2007

I have a JULES chair. I like it, but it is a bit too hard to sit on it all day. I recently got a RUTGER chair, which uses the JULES swivel base. I’m extremely happy with it. I’d suggest trying it.

I took the swivel base off of my JULES and put it on the RUTGER. (I wish more IKEA products were compatible like that.) Then I bought a new non-swivel base for the JULES.

Adrian Wilkins
August 17, 2008

I had one of these until it snapped a couple of weeks ago. The backrest is attached using two pieces of tubular steel ; where the steel is crushed flat to push the bolts through, it fatigues the metal ; it just couldn’t cope with the force of me leaning back on it and broke off. I think it lasted about five years though.

I’ve replaced it with a Markus.

1) A mere £4 more.
2) The backrest is held on by a whacking great bit of solid steel with 7 bolts in it.
3) The backrest and seat have an independant gas cylinder – the backrest actually pivots with repect to the seat which the Nominell does not.

The variability in back posture will help me enormously.

Having seen both chairs I can’t help thinking the Markus is rather a bargain at £99 compared to the Nominell at £95.

I can’t imagine what induced me to buy the Nominell over the Markus in the first place, unless it was unavailable at the time, or much more expensive. The Markus has a more robust design and better features in my opinion.. in addition to the pivoting backrest, the backrest is long with a headrest, so you can really lean back and enjoy it, the back is mesh to help keep you cool, etc. And the covers are leather.

Silly me though, I bought a new pack of Punkt castors when I could have just ripped off the old ones and used them. One bit of Ikea chairs that are compatible with everything else .. if you could remove the seat from the cylinder easily and buy an SKU without the cylinder and legs, that would be even better. And it’s a shame that people are too stupid to read instructions (which must surely be why they pack hard-floor castors in the box by default ; it would be nice to have a castor-free SKU and choose the castors you need instead of having to buy an extra set).

sc2071
February 5, 2009

Just wanted to say thanks for writing this review up! I work from home as well, and have had a couple chairs from OfficeMax and Target in the US. Since moving to the UK, may latest chair has failed me. I’ve been debating on purchasing either the NOMINELL (£83) or the VERKSAM (£145) chair. The NOMINELL is described as suitable for home use, whereas the VERKSAM office use (meaning better for longer use). Glad to hear the NOMINELL is a comfortable and reliable chair for work use, as it will save me about £60!

June 28, 2009

Hello
I run the website ikea.mu and added you to my blogroll.
Regards

Daniel_Laixer
October 25, 2009

Nice, I was seaching for a review of this chair ^^

Jessica
October 28, 2009

You wouldn’t happen to have the INSTRUCTIONS or at least know where to find it… My brother lost the bolts/screws and Manual.

October 28, 2009

Download the NOMINELL instructions clicking here

Jessica
November 9, 2009

Thanks sooo much!!! Now I can buy the screws :)

Viola
February 13, 2010

I love this chair even though I sliced my hand on the sharp edges on the underside of the chair while do a heft and turn over. I mentioned this problem to Ikea, but they say with numerous trying-to-slice-hands-on-bottom tests there is no problem. Haha. Funny. I had to cut the sharp edges off with an Xacto blade so I didn’t cut myself a third time.

Love the chair! Though it does squeak something awful.

Jenny B
March 14, 2010

I have had my Nominell chair for a few months now and I really like it except for the hydraulic issue. At first, it would raise itself back up to the highest position overnight, as mentioned by one of the previous reviewer, however, now the hydraulic system seems to be totally out of whack because the hydraulic “pumps” every few minutes while I’m sitting in it. It’s as if it’s trying to raise itself back up but can’t due to the weight of my body so it just keeping pumping – quite annoying when I’m trying to study or work at my desk to have such a distracting chair.

Any suggestions for how I can fix this problem? Otherwise, I love the chair, just wish I could fix the hydraulic problem.

john warren
March 21, 2010

I bought the Nominell yesterday and I am very pleased with it so far. Very comfortalbe and sturdy and good back support. What I haven’t managed to figure out is what the knob under the seat controls and whether it works in combination with back rest lever. Can anyone enlighten me. Thank you. John

dean
June 3, 2010

I have had a Nominell for about three years, maybe even four years now, and everything about the chair is AOK except for the SQUEAKING! Every little move I make all day long is squeak, squirk, chirp, groan, squeak…well, you get the picture. I have tried oiling the chair numerous times over the years to no avail. This is what I would call a structural squeak. It comes from nowhere and everywhere at once. I don’t know why I am still using it, really… I guess it is one of those little annoyances you just tune out after a while. Anyway, would I buy another Ikea chair? Probably, will it be a Nominell, NO WAY!

Lindsay
July 1, 2010

I bought a Nominell chair from the As-Is section, and it seemed just fine despite some stains and fading on the fabric. The As-Is label, however, said “missing part.” I came to realize that although the lever to move the chair up and down will move around, it doesn’t do anything to the chair. The chair seems to be stuck in its lowest position and I can’t figure out how to raise it. Does anybody have any insight into how to fix (or hack) this problem? Please let me know!

Rob
July 7, 2010

Got one of these a few months a go and rather happy with it.

However, it doesn’t seem to be possible to recline (the back of the chair) without the angle of the seat also leaning back and pressing up into the underside of my legs, cutting off circulation.

Anyone know if there’s a way to move the back backwards without the seat leaning back?

Simon
August 5, 2010

I’ve had a Nominell for about 2005, and it’s served me very well in every day use. The upholstery is a bit crushed now, so there’s not too much cushioning, but it’s still perfectly serviceable.
Unfortunately I have to move house soon, and if I want to take the chair with me I’ll need to disassemble it… and after 5 years of being pushed together by my weight, I can’t figure out any way of removing the gas-strut-and-seat bit from the legs-and-castors bit… I fear that I may have to abandon this chair and buy a new one in my new location :-(

Mih
November 1, 2010

I also own a Nominell and was troubled by all the squeaking. I used some WD-40 on all the mechanisms hidden under the chair’s seat and it’s all fine now.

November 11, 2010

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Charles
June 4, 2011

Just wanted to second the squeaking problem on the Nominell. I really do like this chair (and the Markus, as others have mentioned) but the squeaking is ridiculous. Bummed to hear that others have tried fixing but it doesn’t work…

Terry
July 2, 2011

Just got the Rutger/Jules, had to figure out on my own how to attach the Jules base onto the Rutger… the chair seat pitches forward a bit, anyone else with that experience? Guess it’s worth the cheap price, tho…

Kevin
September 29, 2011

Ditto on the squeaking problem for the Nominell. Drives me crazy. I’ve had mine a year now and have had to WD-40 all the joints/areas where metal is rubbing against metal about once a month. It’s otherwise a nice chair and very comfortable. But I can’t take the squeaking anymore and am putting this on Craigslist soon.

CLARE
October 1, 2011

Night mare in store – how would you ever get out quickly in an emergengy – the signage was misleading store difficult to navigate and all in all totally unpleaseant eperience
just gone to asseble Ransby wardrobe -
Why would you sell flat packed furniture without any intructions – think that just about seals my customer view if IKEA

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