Buying a chair in Chennai
Williams wanted a chair for his home. Primarily for visitors to squat when the come to his place. Now being in a temporary accommodation, Williams was not sure what kind of chair to buy. So after weeks of postponement, we finally decided to indulge in some shopping.
First we visited a store on Cathedral road near the famous chat shop called “Gangotri”. The shop was on the main road and had an impressive line up of wooden articles. Unfortunately he did not have a decent chair. He showed us a two piece “garden chair” (sorry no pictures) which cost approximately 1800 rupees. The piece was so flimsy that it looked like it would fall apart any moment. Plus it was too low, as in had a fairly low ground clearance. The second piece we saw was more fashionable and less practical. A kind of wooden folding chair. This was quoted at 2000 rupees and we knew we had to move on.
We wanted to head over to Royapettai next as it was the furniture centre of the city. We visited a store on Peter’s road which had a good and crowded store. The chairs over there were different. We could see quality in them but the prices were too high.
Our next stop was another small store on Royapeth high road. This store had a steel chair – powder coated for around 600 rupees (without arm rest) and 800 rupees(with arm rest). These are the kind of chairs which you would see in railway booking counters and banks.
Just across this store was a shop which dealt with moulded plastic furniture. He had two (three actually) models of chairs. One was from Nilkamal and the other one was from Supreme. The former cost 420 rupees and the later cost 400.
There was a third model (not in store at that moment) which was having ventilation holes on the sitting area. The cost for this was around 450 rupees and we decided to get this one instead as it would have more ventilation for the person sitting on it in an otherwise hot city – CHENNAI!
Having made the purchase we came home and were sure that it was value for money than the wooden and steel chairs.
The one we did not buy (420 rupees)
The one we did buy (450 rupees)
Images courtesy : nilkamalplastics.com
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