Chairs come in many different shapes and sizes, with a variety of styles and levels of comfort. It is always a good idea to have ample seating in your home, irrespective of which room you are furnishing. Fortunately, because there are so many different kinds of chairs, it is easy to find ones that suit whichever room they will be used in. If you're redecorating your home, or looking for better seating in your home, check out our guide to all the different kinds of chairs available on the market:
Chair and a Half
This nifty seat is excellent for smaller lounges or bedrooms. It looks similar to an armchair, but is usually the size of an armchair and a half! These chairs can be found in any style, and are extremely versatile in a number of settings. Available in many materials, the Chair and a Half makes for comfortable sitting and is a good complement to your lounge suite.
Ah, pure luxury! You may have seen a beautiful, velvety chaise lounge, which is basically a long chair wherey you stretch your legs out without having to use an ottoman or foot stool. Naturally, its translation from French means “lounging chair”, and that's exactly its purpose. Chaise lounges come in various sizes and designs, with some holding onto their French influence with regards to their style and finishes. A more vintage chaise lounge will most likely be made out of luxurious suede or fabric. Due to its relaxed reputation, the chaise lounge will usually be found outside on the patio for some real lounging. Chaise lounges are excellent statement pieces in your living room, or alternatively at the end of your bed, if your bedroom is large enough. Only use chaise lounges outdoors even if they are made of a hardy, weather-proof material.
An armchair is simply a single-seater couch, generally living up to its name by having a comfortable back and armrests. A good armchair works well with most lounge suites, but can also look good in a study, perfect for settling into a good book. If you want to take your comfort to the next level, you can purchase a reclining armchair.
Club chairs are similar to armchairs except they are usually slimmer and simpler. Generally upholstered in leather, club chairs were named as such after their rise to fame in Gentlemen's Clubs in 19th Century England. A good, attractive club chair is a lovely seating piece in a reception room, study or empty corner of most rooms. As with armchairs, you can find recliner club chairs.
Bar stools are a must-have if you have a breakfast nook or bar space in your home. These chairs are much taller than regular chairs, although they are adjustable depending on the height of the counter they will be listed at. Available in stainless steel and leather and even wood, bar stools offer a relaxed seating environment for quick meals and social gatherings.
Dining Room Chairs
If you have a dining room in your home, then you will need to purchase a good set of dining room chairs. There are so many different types of dining room chairs that the choice can be overwhelming! Firstly, focus on the type of table you have. What color is it, what type of material is it made of? A good, solid wooden table will go well with suede-seat wooden chairs. Depending on your taste, you can purchase velvet French vintage dining room chairs, chrome ones and even plastic bucket-seat type chairs.
As you can see, there is an assorted variety of chairs out there. We have highlighted some of the key ones that you will most likely need in your home. Do not be afraid to purchase a statement chair on its own that will sit as a pretty piece in your home. After all, you can never have too much seating! Mixing and matching different styles can work well too, as can contrasting colors and different materials.