Charming, updated, traditional fabric upholstery. Turned front legs add visual interest. Supportive button-tufted square back with a degree of lean. Arms feature nailhead trim.
Back seam looks a little unsightly.
Stands out for being easy to clean. A larger seat with a lot of support. Assembles in under half an hour.
Sits a bit high and some may find it too firm. The fabric along the arms and cushion can peel after a few months.
Very comfortable with a sleek build. Strong and sturdy design. Simple assembly. Variety of colors offered. Made of thick, durable fabric. High-quality craftmanship at an affordable price.
May not offer head support for taller people.
Manufactured using 100% polyester fabric and birch legs with a natural finish, this smart-looking chair is a wise option for budget-minded consumers. It's available in either charcoal or teal and the seat cushion features extra padding for additional comfort.
This option is designed to fit your budget, so comfort is a little lower on the priority list than it is on higher-priced models.
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Living room chairs are often considered an afterthought to create extra seating in your room, but the right armchair or accent chair can add something special to your space. With so many options available, choosing a living room chair can feel overwhelming, especially if you don't have a flair for interior design or you want to make sure you choose a versatile piece that will stay current through changes in trends.
First of all, consider the types of living room chairs available and what type of decorative style you like, whether it’s traditional, mid-century modern, farmhouse, contemporary, or any other style of your choice.
Next, consider the colors, patterns, and materials that will best work with your existing décor. You might find a great set of modern living room chairs for your home, or you might find something in a classic style you prefer. You might decide you want a living room chair with an ottoman — many choices exist — or something with armrests for lounging comfort.
A living room chair is any chair that's located in your living room, so there isn't just one type available. You can find a wide range of living room chairs, though these are some popular options:
Armchair: The term "armchair" is a general one, because any chair with arms is technically an armchair, from plushly upholstered easy chairs to wooden mid-century modern chairs. That said, more traditional options are what most people picture when they think of armchairs. Most living room chairs have arms, but some don't, so deciding on an armchair will narrow down your options slightly.
Recliner: For the ultimate in comfort and relaxation, you need a recliner. These can range from the classic large upholstered chair with a reclining back and an extendable footrest to more compact and contemporary options. While recliner styles differ, they should lean back to a comfortable angle and have a footrest that extends from the front.
Accent: These living room chairs are called “accent” chairs because they're more decorative than standard seating and serve to complement your other living room furniture. Accent chairs generally have bolder colors or prints than your average living room chair and may have an unusual shape or style.
Loveseat: This chair is designed to seat two people. While some people consider a loveseat a small sofa, it can also be described as a chair. If you have a larger spot to fill in your room or want to squeeze in a bit more seating, a loveseat is an excellent choice.
You can find living room chairs in a huge range of styles. Mid-century modern has had a resurgence in recent years, but it has been consistently popular since its inception, so it's a good choice if you want a piece that won't go out of fashion any time soon. Traditional living room chairs are also a great option that will stand the test of time. They’re an especially solid pick for anyone who simply prefers traditional décor.
Of course, there's nothing wrong with choosing a chair that fits in with a current interior design trend as long as you like the style and will be happy with the chair even when the trend has passed.
Ultimately, you need to choose a style that works with the rest of your living room furniture. It doesn't have to match — contrast can be an effective interior design strategy — but the chair shouldn't look like it belongs in a different room.
Living room chairs range in size from about the dimensions of a large dining room chair to a loveseat fit for two. If you have a large living room, space probably isn't much of a concern, so you can go as big as you like with your chair. Conversely, in a compact living room, space is at a premium, so anything too bulky isn’t going to work. When space is extremely tight, it always pays to measure the room and the chairs first.
If you look hard enough, you can find chairs in practically any shade or print.
Colors: Starting with solid colors, you might choose a chair that matches or complements your sofa and other living room furniture or one that stands out. It depends on your personal preference, of course, but a boldly colored chair, such as mustard, teal, or emerald green, can really pop in a room with a muted couch of gray or black.
Prints: If you want a chair that stands out even more, a print is a great choice. You have your standard prints like stripes and florals, more elaborate prints like rainforest scenes complete with leopards and tropical birds, Ankara fabric, or rich damask. If you can think of it, you can probably find a print of it.
Although there are some exceptions, most living room chairs have some upholstered elements. Some are fully upholstered. Others have upholstered seats, backs, and arms with wooden or metal legs or a wood or metal frame with upholstered seat and back cushions.
Fabrics like cotton and linen are versatile and low maintenance, while velvet, which is common right now, can look worn over time.
Some living room chairs have a removable, washable cover. While these are harder to come by and can be more expensive, they're a great choice in homes with kids and pets.
Leather and faux leather options are available, but they're not always the most comfortable to sit on and require some upkeep to maintain their condition, not to mention the ethical implications of real leather.
Most living room chairs come ready to use, but some might require some assembly, such as attaching the legs to the seat.
Inexpensive: Affordable living room chairs cost roughly $100 to $300. In this price range, you'll find simple accent chairs and compact upholstered armchairs and recliners.
Mid-range: These living room chairs cost around $300 to $800 and include large plush armchairs and recliners and more elaborate accent chairs.
Expensive: High-end living room chairs cost anywhere from $800 to $2,000 and more. These are usually designer chairs from prestigious brands.
A. By definition, a living room chair is any chair that you use in your living room. Living room chairs come in a range of styles and can be referred to by many names, some of which are general terms while others are names for particular types of chairs. Living room chairs can also be called lounge chairs, armchairs, accent chairs, comfy chairs, recliners, and easy chairs, to name just a few popular terms.
A. A Lawson chair is a particular type of armchair characterized by straight lines and a design somewhere between traditional and mid-century modern. Its arms are a little higher than standard and are at a perfect height for reading, making it an excellent choice of chair for a living room reading nook.
A. An armchair is any chair with arms, but the term is often used to describe a comfy chair or plush upholstered armchair that may come as part of a matching set with a sofa, though you can also buy this type of chair separately if you prefer a mismatched look.
An accent chair is designed to be more than just functional. It might be particularly decorative or have a bold color or style that serves to accent the rest of your living room furniture rather than match it. An accent chair may or may not have arms, so it can also be but isn't necessarily an armchair.