Of all the rooms in your home, the living room is where most of the sitting takes place. Usually, living rooms have ample space to put a comfortable couch in and orient it towards the tv, but additional, smaller seating is often needed. Enter the chair.
Chairs are the perfect option for individual seating and can fit along walls. They can fit in a corner or as a focal point in your room. Some of the best chairs come along with living room furniture sets, allowing you to mix and match different items in the room.
With so many options, how do you know what chair to get? Here are the eight different types of living room chairs and their characteristics:
Type #1: Arm Chairs
This type of living room chair is what most people envision traditionally. The armchair supports both sides with a cushioned seat and provides a natural place to lay your arms.
It essentially holds you in with comfort and can come in many different styles, from modern to traditional. It fits most spaces and provides a single seating solution to relax in.
Type #2: Barrel Chairs
This chair emerged in the 1930s and stuck around because of its popularity. A barrel chair is designed using one continuous piece that curves from the back to the side arms. Its rounded barrel shape is very comfortable and gives you the same support, whether facing forwards or curling up sideways. They almost hug you as they wrap around you and are very versatile because of their size and shape.
Type #3: Slipper Chairs
On the other end of the spectrum is the slipper-side chair. This type of seating removes the sides and has a high back and long, low seat, making it unique.
In the Victorian era, these chairs were popular as they were easy for ladies to sit and slip their shoes on without bending down too far. Slipper chairs fit nicely into a smaller living room because they take up less space and allow a more open feel.
The Parsons chair is a side chair like the slipper but is narrower to tuck into tight areas between a couch or a love seat.
Type #4: Rocking Chairs
A rocking chair not only provides a place to sit, but it also has a function. The ability to rock is a comforting movement, and the farmhouse aesthetic adds a special touch to your living room. This type of living room chair needs a bit more room because of its rocking movement, so keep it away from the wall.
You can go for the natural wood look or tie on a plush seat, and they also come wrapped with fabric for a cushiony rocker. It’s perfect for rocking away your worries and getting a newborn to sleep.
Type #5: Recliner chairs
For someone that is looking for ultimate comfort and maybe some quick shut-eye, there is the reclining chair. A recliner chair comes in many different designs, but the function is the same; it can recline backward while kicking up a footrest and is operated manually or by electricity.
Some of them even can go completely horizontal for ultimate comfort. They also function well as regular chairs and complement the rest of your seating in the room. Ideal for movie nights and cat naps.
Type #6: Club Chairs
Think of the last nightclub you were at and visualize the seating. It is usually very low profile, so there is no obstruction of the view of the dance floor. This is what club seating is all about. They usually are in a set of two or more and are good for entertaining or even placed in a games room.
These types of living room chairs usually have a bigger footprint than other chairs, so you need the space, but their low-set legs with wide armrests are inviting to lounge around in.
Type #7: Chair Beds
A chair bed is a seating piece that doubles as a single bed when you have an overnight guest. They function normally during the day, but their flexibility is where they shine.
There are different types, with some unfolding or pulling out and designs that give you added storage underneath. They are the perfect chair for a one-bedroom apartment because of their transformational qualities.
Type #8: Chair and a Half
Some chairs long to be a sofa but can’t quite get there if you want to maximize seating but can’t fit another couch or even a love seat. A chair and a half will do the job.
These chairs also come in various styles but are widened to give a person seating to spare. They can even fit a cozy couple or act as a curl-up corner while binge-watching your favourite tv show.
Other chair options include:
- Chaise lounge
- Bean bag
Understanding the different types of living room chairs is essential to creating the perfect seating arrangement. Look to these chairs when you plan your living room layout and pick what works best for you. Then enjoy the comfort that your chair provides.