Furniture for Boardgamers: Seating – Part I

Today’s the day we start talking about chairs. The right chair is, in my opinion, crucial. For many of you, this is going to mean a plush, comfortable chair and that is fine. If you’re like me, you’ll lean more toward spartan comforts as a hard chair with no cushion. This is also fine.

Today, however, we’re going to start by talking about chairs with cushions. Once again, I’ve pulled all these from the Ikea website and you can find them at your local Ikea (or online) for less than $80 a piece and links can be found in the titles. With chairs being such a vital part of any gaming experience, I would say that it is imperative that you try any chair before you buy it. It might look good in pictures, but you just never know, man. And I will be damned if I shell out more than $10 for a chair without first sticking my arse in it.

1. Flintan


Our starter today is the Flintan. This is an armrestless swivel chair with adjustable height that comes in three colors (black, gray, and dark pink), all of which cost the same amount.

  • Seat Height – 18 1/2″ – 23 5/8″
  • Seat Width – 18 1/2″
  • Seat Depth – 18 7/8″
  • Price per Chair – $69.99
  • Price per Four – $279.96

2. Henriksdal


This is the Henriksdal. Another armrestless chair, but also stationary one. This is your run of the mill, cushioned chair. It comes in a variety of colors, but any color other than the one displayed above causes the price to go up.

  • Seat Height – 18 1/2″
  • Seat Width – 20 1/8″
  • Seat Depth – 16 1/2″
  • Price per Chair – $69
  • Price per Four – $276

3. Millberget


Here we have the Millberget. This is probably the nicest chair on this list and I can vouch for its comfortability as I sat in one when I went to Ikea to buy a computer desk. Not only is this the first chair on the list to feature armrests, but it also swivels and has adjustable height. It comes in either white or black with no difference in price.

  • Seat Height – 17 3/4″ – 22 7/8″
  • Seat Width – 20 1/2″
  • Seat Depth – 17 3/4″
  • Price per Chair – $64.99
  • Price per Four – $259.96

4. Poang


This is the Poang, also known as the most expensive chair on this list. It also has the lowest seat height of all the chairs we’ll look at today, but it has more seat width and depth than the others too. It comes in a variety of colors, but, as with the Henriksdal, the price goes up if you want any other color than the one shown above.

  • Seat Height – 16 1/2″
  • Seat Width – 22″
  • Seat Depth – 19 5/8″
  • Price per Chair – $79
  • Price per Four – $316

5. Renberget


Our final (and least expensive) chair today is the Renberget. You might have noticed that it looks similar to the Millberget and that is because it is. In fact this appears to just be a smaller, less expensive version of it. It only comes in the one color, but it does have adjustable height.

  • Seat Height – 15″ – 19 5/8″
  • Seat Width – 19 1/4″
  • Seat Depth – 16 1/2″
  • Price per Chair – $49.99
  • Price per Four – $199.96

And this concludes the first post about chairs. In the next post, we’ll be looking at harder chairs for those of you who are not plebians. Only joking.


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