“Assembling the Rolig IKEA chair” or “Web Detective Extravaganza”

This might seem a very odd topic for a technical blog, but I just had to pass on this knowledge, for the sake of humanity.

We have in our possession one of these weird puffy arm-chair pictured above, and decided it was time to get it washed. But underneath the cover there’s a myriad of cushion-like components which have to be placed in a correct fashion if the chair is to contain its original form. When we were supposed to stuff the cover again we ran into a pickle, how exactly do you fit these things in? Mother mentioned it had been bought at IKEA, and the assembly instructions were long lost, and so …

…detective work begins!
I noticed the cushions were branded with SoftAir, which apparently is something as simple as a company that makes furniture out of air-filled bags. So far so good. The chair was no longer in the sortiment, but I managed to find this forum post from IKEAfans.com which had a link to the manual.

I hope that someone stumbles upon this page through a search engine one day and managed to find the manual in a simpler fashion than I had to go through. Also, this is a little reminder for me the next time we wash this thing. xD

Oh yeah…
…almost forgot the manual.

In other news…
Our dog peed on our “Rolig” IKEA arm-chair.

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31 Comments on ““Assembling the Rolig IKEA chair” or “Web Detective Extravaganza””

  1. ruth nunez Says:

    Thank you so much for your instruction here, fellow WordPress and Ikea fan. We recently unpacked this chair from storage and hadn’t a clue about how to assemble. Page 6 of the pdf says it all– the ah-ha moment! Chair is all puffed up and looks great now.

    Cheers, have a great day. Thanks again for your blog post.

  2. Margaret Says:

    Thank you for all your hard work….ours has been packed away for years and you guessed it can’t remember a thing about it.
    Thanks for the instructions it just took the frustration out of my night…off to the hockey game.

  3. Tammy Says:

    We just purchased one of these chairs at a thrift store and of course there were no instructions. You are a life saver!!! Thank you so much!!

  4. Emma Says:

    Thank you so much for such a useful page! This has been stuck in my loft for years and I’ve only just got it down. I had to guess the sizes of each cushion because I threw the measurer away years ago as I didn’t realise I still had the chair, but with the instructions I’ve been able to make a reasonable guess and put it together. Thank you for taking the time to publish this post.

  5. Karina Roberson Says:

    Thank you for your work! God knows your intentions match my predicament beautifully! I truly appreciate it!

  6. Clark Says:

    Just spent about an hour trying to figure out how to build this thing with a mate.. thank you so much ^_ ^

  7. MAC Says:

    Thank you so much for the help, I was wondering on the internet looking for this information and your page was very useful to reassemble all the thing together again. Thanks 🙂

  8. Anna Says:

    It’s 2013 and your post still saves owners of this damn chair;) Thanks!

  9. Ana Says:

    And again another owner saved! Thanks 🙂

  10. Carly Ford Says:

    Thank you so much I was about to put the thing in the bin cause I couldn’t figure it out 🙂

  11. Matej Says:

    You just saved my life and also that stupid chair 🙂

  12. dino Says:

    Thanks man!!!!
    I try many times and i almost lost the hope!
    Thanks a lot! !!!

  13. X/? Says:

    I experienced “EXACTLY” the same situation… and lived for two years with the Rolig chair leaning on one side like the tower of Pisa… then I finally decided to take a look on the web in search for instruction, and found this post at the first strike!!! THANK YOU!

  14. Flori Says:

    Many thanks to you! Soft air design isn’t alive any more but our chair because of your help 🙂

  15. Vesna Says:

    I am really happy to have found your post. It saved my chair. Thanks a lot! 🙂


  16. clementjeuh Says:

    thank you!! it was pretty funny to see my dad trying to put the chair together. now i can safe the day!!

  17. Christin Long Says:

    I just found a denim cover for this chair today,,,,but I don’t own the chair, so I am putting it on EBAY if anyone is interested 🙂

    • This is such a great post! This is the only post I could find on the internets about this awesome chair! Ours had an accident some years back and one of the air cushions (back corner) was punctured, and the cover ripped. So I’ve got a bunch of extra air cushions. Anyone need some?

  18. alessino Says:

    Ok, just received a plush with a “softair technology” cushion inside but no idea on how to inflate it.

    Now i know 😀


  19. Kathy Says:

    Wow. Just bought from a thrift store and came across this. Pretty cool chair and still hop for 2015!

  20. Em Says:

    Thank you for your help. We just inherited a couple chairs from a family member, and one of them has been funky for a few weeks. Now I can make it worth sitting in. Much appreciated!!

  21. Yvon Says:

    This page is almost starting to look like a fan page for the Rolig Chair.
    Took mine out of storage today. I still have my user instructions but of course they’re at a different address so this page saved me too! Many thanks!
    (I was planning on selling my chair but now that I see it standing in the room en feel how comfortable it actually sits I’m starting to doubt… It’s been in my possession for about 15 years as well)

  22. Adam Says:

    Instructions still valid and savings life 🙂

  23. disumer48 Says:

    Thank you so much.
    Your post was once again still helpful after 8 years. My armchair was packed away since maybe 15 years ago or so, I can’t even remember, lol. I was at a loss wondering about how to inflate it with especially such a big hole and close it so quickly so as to prevent it to deflate. I’d never imagine using a hairdryer either as I thought the cushions need not being tightly inflated.
    Finally you happened to save and solve another case and
    Many thanks again from me in France and maybe some others who may have omitted to leave a message.
    Warm regards,

  24. John IG Says:

    I just solved this – the worst puzzle in the world – on my own by filling and pressing in, and letting air out, and refilling with it inside.
    But it didn’t feel quite right, so looked up the instructions,and turns out I put those long ones in horizontally instead of vertically.

    Also who would bother to hold on to one of those air measurement tools? The table trick though, I wish I had realised sooner, I used a chair, and it just wasn’t quite right either.

  25. Jimmi Chan Says:

    I found one in an alley, thought it was punctured. Took it apart, washed the cover. Boy is this thing quality made. It’s really comfy, and I wish they didn’t go out of business. I really want an armchair version!

  26. JrRockeTrue Says:

    Thanks very much, I did a search and found this and appreciate it very much, I had completely forgot how to put this ting together, thanks

  27. Gergo Says:

    Thank you for making it easier for me!

  28. Susanna Pöyhönen Says:

    Thanks a lot! I have had this chair for ten years empty for waiting someone to set it up. Now i hope i can do it. 😅

  29. Jojo Says:

    Thank you so much for saving me a journey through the Internet!!

  30. wout Says:

    Thanks for providing and sharing this sacred knowledge

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