Most office chair manufacturers offer an additional protection plan that goes beyond the coverage wound with the warranty that accompanies an initial purchase. There are also third-party companies that offer protection plans for office chairs and related pieces of furniture, which is a good choice if you’re not comfortable repairing your office chair yourself.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • Before purchasing an extended protection plan, research the warranty that shipped with the chair when initially purchased.
  • Read all of the fine print of any third-party warranty, to ensure maximum coverage and protection.
  • Choose a reputable company that will not go out of business while your plan is still active.

Office Chair Protection Plans

A number of furniture manufacturers offer extended protection plans for the best office chairs, as do third-party companies such as SquareTrade and SmartGuard. Consumers may be wondering if they should purchase one of these plans or not.

Insider Tip

Third-party protection plans can cost as much as $100, or six percent of the cost of the office chair itself.

Should You Buy an Office Chair Extended Warranty?

Are you tired of constantly using your office chair gas cylinder repair kit? Would you love to work without all the stress? Third-party protection plans can cost as much as $100, or six percent of the cost of the office chair itself. Are they worth it? This depends on a number of factors.

Original Warranty Length and Coverage

One of the primary factors that should go into deciding whether or not to purchase an extended protection plan is your office chair’s original warranty. Look into the length of this initial warranty, as purchase warranties for furniture can last as long as ten years. Also, check out what is and what is not covered. For instance, some of the heartier components of an office chair could ship with a ten-year warranty, but the upholstery and cushions could ship with a three or five-year warranty. The mechanisms that allow for office chair adjustment could even ship with a one or two-year warranty.

Insider Tip

Be sure to choose a reputable company when choosing to purchase a protection plan for your office chair.

Read the Fine Print

Extended warranties are a big business for furniture retailers and they make money on denying claims. In other words, read all of the fine print before you purchase an extended protection plan for your office chair. Make sure it covers accidental damage and general wear-and-tear. Many third-party warranties will not cover “customer abuse” and the language as to what constitutes that abuse can be on the vague side. Reading the fine print will also indicate what kind of repair services are offered. Many of these warranty companies only deal with one or two repair companies and the locations may not be convenient. If a protection plan is too expensive, you are better off getting office chair repair parts and doing the job yourself.

Choose a Reputable Company

Be sure to choose a reputable company when choosing to purchase a protection plan for your office chair. Not only will this make filing a claim easier, but will minimize the risk of the company going out of business while your warranty is still active. If a company shutters, your warranty becomes null and void, which can be a real headache.

Warning

The mechanisms that allow for office chair adjustment could even ship with a one or two-year warranty.

F.A.Q.

What is a furniture protection plan?

A furniture protection plan is essentially a type of insurance offered to items of furniture, including office chairs. The coverage length can vary.


Is a furniture protection worth it?

These plans can be worth it, but only if the price is reasonable and the warranty offers decent coverage without too many exclusions.


How do I file a claim?

To file a claim, head to the website of the company that sold you the extended protection plan. There should be a link to start the process.



STAT: Furniture protection plans can cost anywhere from three to six percent of the overall price of the item itself. (source)

Lawrence Bonk

Lawrence Bonk is a copywriter with a decade of experience in the tech space, with columns appearing in Engadget, Huffington Post and CBS, among others. He has a cat named Cinnamon.

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