Best Armchair 2020 | The Sun UK
SO WHAT is it about a seat that turns it into one of the best armchairs? Is it the comfort factor?
Having a chair with comfy arms that fits you perfectly and you can’t wait to fall into after a hard day? Maybe it’s the incredible design – a stylish choice that turns heads and is a piece to be proud of?
Some of us want a smart recliner that we can put our feet up on, while others want a big squidgy chair to curl up in and read a good book.
Perhaps you want a chair that matches your sofa, or, alternatively, you want to indulge in a not-so-practical fabric that looks amazing and comes in a contrasting colour to your room scheme.
Whatever you’re looking for, we’ve got a choice for you. Obviously you’ll need to think about how much space you have – there’s no point investing in a huge armchair to fit you, the kids and the cat if you’ve only got a tiny corner for it.
And likewise, a tiny chair in a vast space can end up looking a little lost, so make sure you measure up before you buy.
There’s nothing worse than a chair that’s lost its shape either, so look for a sprung seat and foam cushions if you want something that will last. If you’re worried that the fabric on the arms is likely to wear with heavy use, then opt for a wood frame instead.
Finally, price. You can usually expect to pay up to £1,000 for a good armchair these days, and those that come with a guarantee are usually an indication that they’re made to last. If you’re after a more budget option, however, you’ll find that too – there really is something for everyone.
- Fasalt Swivel armchair, £450, Ikea – buy here
Hands up who loves a swivel chair? Yep, that’s us too. And you wouldn’t necessarily expect it from such a large piece of furniture, but that just makes this Fasalt armchair even more unique.
You can’t help but be stopped in your tracks by this chair’s yellow velvet fabric and curvy design, but we were pleased to discover it’s also a comfy choice with foam and polyester fibre seat cushion fillings. The Fasalt measures 102cm in width and depth, so not a compact chair by any means, but one that we knew we’d like to curl up in as soon as we saw it. Well done Ikea.
Reclining arm chair
- Asten Electric recliner TV chair, £779, DFS – buy here
Reclining armchairs aren’t always known for their stylish design, and can often look like a bulky choice, but this model breaks the mould and then some.
You really wouldn’t know it was a recliner to look at, but at the touch of a button you’ll be whisked into position ready for a quick afternoon (or evening) snooze.
It’s not cheap, but you are paying for the craftsmanship – this chair is made in the UK from responsibly sourced hardwood, and comes in five different fabric choices as well as leg options.
A good quality buy.
New vintage look
- Calvin Armchair in Green Velvet and Linen, £399, Atkin & Thyme – buy here
Torn between the look of vintage-style armchairs and more up-to-date designs? Well, now you don’t have to choose, because this model has it all: sleek wooden handles and an elegant sweeping curve design.
The green velvet material offers both comfort and style, with a matching button back and contrasting neutral linen base.
Its elegant curved high back, carved wood legs and scrolled arms give the Calvin a timeless feel.
- Minnie armchair in Coral Brushed Linen Cotton, £342, Sofa.com – buy here
Living Coral is Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2019, so if you want to stay abreast of the trends then this accent chair may be the perfect piece for you.
She’s cute as a button with her clean lines, soft peachy colour and long tapered wood legs. But don’t be fooled: Minnie is a piece to be taken seriously, despite her affordable price.
Hugely versatile, she’ll look just as good in a bedroom as she would a hallway or living room. And if you aren’t a fan of the coral, then simply choose from one of the many, MANY other fabrics at Sofa.com.
- Kubrick Wingback chair, £399, Made.com – buy here
Did you know that the original wingback chairs were invented in the 1600s, and made so that the ‘wings’ would keep the head and torso free from draughts and also trap the heat from a fireplace. Today, the practicalities are less vital but they’re still a more than popular choice, and worth keeping in mind if you have a fire and feel the cold.
This little number is a modern take on the original design, with tapered legs, dynamic lines and a button back that gives it an expensive feel…when it’s actually priced at just £399.
It comes in various colours, and we really can’t decide which is our favourite, although the lime green version would be great in natural or botanical-inspired interiors.
In The Frame
- Karla armchair, £609, Swoon – buy here
Danish-inspired design in a mid-Century style with a contemporary twist – that’s how the Charlie armchair is described by makers Swoon, and we’d have to agree that it does tick all the boxes for someone wanting any of those three things.
The oak frame sits on the outside of this design, with steam-bent curved armrests and a dramatically sloped back with vertical slats.
The fixed navy-coloured (or wine) covers are made from a wool blend and wrapped foam cushions offer a comfy seat, and anyone that can’t be bothered to wait 6-8 weeks will be pleased to know this chair can be with you as quickly as two to three days.
What is an overstuffed chair?
It is a comfortable, upholstered armchair with an arm support on each side.
What is a feature chair?
Known more commonly as an occasional chair, it tends to only be used occasionally.
It can be the starring piece of furniture in a room.
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