Occasional Chairs & Armchairs

Occasional chairs can be stylish and practical additions to almost any space, whether they’re used as reading chairs in the bedroom or to make a statement in the lounge area. The right armchair or accent chair can fill an empty nook, or complete your seating arrangement in the living room. A wingback chair, also known as a wing chair, can add a sense of occasion to a room, while an egg chair can add sculpture and masculinity. Read on to find out more on how you can use occasional chairs in your home, and what to look for when shopping for chairs online.

Where can I use occasional chairs?

Much like the name implies, there really is an occasional chair for every occasion. They can add character to a living room, or mix things up at the end of a dining table. They can be used in a bedroom to hold loose clothing items or to read a book. Occasional chairs can even provide a spot to put on your shoes at an entranceway. In a study, they can be a comfortable seat to think up your next big idea or to peruse documents. Choose your occasional chair wisely, and you’ll be able to swap it in and out of rooms as required, when you need additional seating for guests in your living room, or when you have more mouths to fill at the dinner table.

What style of armchair will work for me?

First, consider where you want to position the chair, and how you intend to use it. If it’s to add additional seating to your living room, look for something with a straight back that doesn’t sink too low. A classic armchair with a sturdy seat and widespread armrests will keep guests comfortable but engaged in conversation around the coffee table. If, instead, you want to create a focal point, opt for sculptural chairs like the egg chair or wingback chair, or those made made from eye-popping materials. For pure comfort, extra padding and spacious seats are a no-brainer, so try a snuggle chair or something similar.

What’s the best upholstery for occasional chairs?

Most upholstered chairs tend to be accent pieces, so if you want to make a statement, a bold colour or pattern wouldn’t go astray. Cotton and polyester are popular materials and have the widest variety of styles. If your chair is going to sit in a high-traffic area, it’s better to choose a durable and easy-to-clean fabric such as leather or microfibre. Just note that a leather armchair won’t always equate to comfort on a hot and humid day. Your choice of occasional chair can also tie a room together, so consider using similar materials to existing decor items around the room, such as the curtains or flooring. Intricate details such as studding, piping and legs can also nod to your overall scheme.