I am guessing you're here because you've suddenly realized that you need an accent chair — maybe to go with your small couch, or possibly even to inject some color into your room or fill an otherwise ~ awkward ~ empty corner that you can't put another plant in. Girl, I am two steps ahead of you. I recently bought an accent chair that sits in my bedroom, in an otherwise empty corner, and trust me when I say I've managed to basically earn my money back already. I bring it into my living-dining room when we have people over and don't want anyone to sit on the floor. And when it's used in my bedroom to hold my (sometimes clean) clothes, it gives the illusion my bedroom is tidy.
Not to be dramatic, but an accent chair can drastically change the whole look of your space. And if you invest in one of the small accent chairs we've featured on this list, it won't take up too much precious floor space — and yours will last for years to come.
1. Small accent chairs
2. What to look for
3. How we chose
So, I've done the (arguably) hard part for you and have been doing some online shopping for the best accent chair for small spaces. I've managed to narrow it down to these nine picks, and every single one is highly rated by shoppers with a star rating of more than four (out of five, obvs). They're all perfect for small corners, small living rooms, and generally just tiny apartments. And they are so chic. So, next time you worry that you've got nowhere to sit, let your accent chair be your saving grace.
The best accent chairs for small spaces — under $300
The prices in this guide were correct at the time of publishing.
Made from: Metal/ Polyester
Size (in.): H31 x W25.5 x D23
With a rounded back, a sleek metal frame, and a gorgeous modern look, this chair is IT. It's something you'd pull straight from the Instagram home of your dreams, right? I would definitely have this in my bedroom if I didn't already have an accent chair in there, and even better it would fit in seamlessly in every single other room in my home. It's wrapped in lovely Sherpa material, too, which is perfect for minimalist or boho-style homes.
Made from: Polyester/ Metal
Size (in.): H27 x D20.7 x W30.7
Price: From $137.99
Yep, this accent chair is made to order from Wayfair. Fancy! It comes in several colors, all with a striking black metal frame that is perfect for modern or minimalist-style spaces that are a little tiny. I really like the oatmeal color and think it would be perfectly styled with a colorful blanket to stand out. It sits low to the floor and leans back for extra comfort and to give your room chilled vibes, and it'll look anything but bulky in a corner. It's rated 4.4 stars by reviewers, and just an FYI — you have to assemble it.
Made from: Velvet/ Wood
Size (in.): H40.8 x W26.4 x D20.5
Price: From $149.99
Use this gorgeous accent chair to add a few different textures to your room. It's wrapped in velvet with a buttoned back and wooden legs. And if that isn't quite enough, there are a whopping 14 colors to choose from. With a high, curved back it's super comfortable, plus it has low arms to make sure it doesn't take over a corner. I love it for adding a pop of color to a bedroom corner. Otherwise, it would make a pretty cute bedroom office chair.
Made from: Faux Leather/ Metal
Size (in.): H31 x W22.5 x D29.5
Price: From $122.39
Leather is so hard to get right — go real and you feel guilty and spend hundreds, but go faux and you risk it looking cheap. Well, this accent chair from Overstock is anything but cheap looking, in fact, 250 reviewers gave it a 4.6-star rating and they LOVE it. It's not hard to see why when it comes in so many colors and so many other upholstery options — not just leather. It's armless too so it should work perfectly in a smaller space, plus it sits on a simple metal frame which allows its leather, buttoned look to take center stage.
Made from: Solid Rubberwood/ Faux Leather/ Boucle
Size (in.): H29.5 x W28 x D33
Price: From $197.62
Ugghh I am actually dangerously obsessed with this one — especially when it's wrapped in boucle. It screams mid-century modern style and being honest: I know boucle is everywhere right now but I don't actually care and I am totally here for this trend. Rightly so, this accent chair gets 4.6 stars from shoppers, and it also comes wrapped in a faux leather option if that's more your style. It's the perfect corner chair, IMO. It's a little larger than others, yes, but it does have thin arms and its design definitely won't take over a corner.
Made from: Wood/ Polyester
Size (in.): H28.5 x W27.5 x D25.5
Price: From $69.69
Barrel-style chairs are ideal for smaller spaces, though be aware that they are a little more snug than other accent chairs. This one from Amazon comes very highly rated by reviewers, plus it's a total steal at less than $100. I love the sherpa-wrapped ones but they do come in a range of colors and fabrics. Their back is a little low so while you might be worried about this chair sitting in a smaller bedroom, it will work!
Made from: Linen
Size (in.): L31.1 x W26.77 x H34.65
Price: From $97.99
This one is admittedly a little large, but its slim arms, back, and sleek legs confirm it's still great for smaller rooms. It also screams comfort thanks to its lovely deep seat which lets you sit crossed-legged. Although a little plain, it actually has a really high rating from shoppers — 4.8 stars. So you know what you're buying is built to last, basically. It sits on metal legs and comes in four colors. Pretty much every reviewer raves about how easy it is to assemble. Otherwise, it's simple but super comfortable and nice and affordable at less than $100... bargain!
Made from: Rubberwood/ Fabric
Size (in.): H32 x W22.50 x D29.50
Okay, I do agree that this accent chair is a little basic. But, hear me out — it's armless so if the corner you want it to sit in is tiny, you're sorted. It also is nice and plain so that you can spruce it up with a textured cushion and a patterned throw. AND it comes in two shades of blue and two shades of gray. Reviewers are obsessed with theirs, giving it 4.6 stars out of five. Matte black legs make it look double its price tag, and a lot of shoppers claim they used it to add color to a room. Cute!
Made from: Polyurethane/ Wood
Size (in.): H32.5 x W27 x D39
Colors: Ivory/ Gray
Price: From $125.50
This accent chair gives off alllllll the chilled vibes, and it's nice and small since it's armless. Just be prepared that it's a little deeper than our other picks, so just make sure that you have the space for it. Otherwise, it's the ultimate chair to stretch your legs out, and it has a gorgeous buttoned seat that gives the illusion it costs triple its price tag — seriously, who would think this accent chair is from Amazon?
What to look for in an accent chair
There are some pretty obvious things to look for when you're hoping to buy a small accent chair, the first being size. If you know where your new chair will live, then definitely measure before pressing pay. If you're not sure, then measure anyway just so that you have a good idea of how high and deep it is, so that you're not surprised on delivery. Otherwise, also consider:
The fabric — is it easy to clean? Check the fabric of your new chair and how easy it is to clean. Most polyester chairs are simple to get marks off, using an upholstery cleaner and a cloth. However, more delicate fabrics like linens might be tough. Depending on where you'll be using the chair, you should get away with it. But there's nothing worse than fake tan and red wine stains, IYKYK.
The look — is it easy to clean? Does it match the rest of your aesthetic? The whole point of an accent chair is to make a statement, yes, but by statement we want it to also blend in with the rest of your home. If your space is super modern, don't go for a traditional-style chair or it will look like it was an accidental purchase. If you want your chair to stand out, go for a pop of color if that's your thing.
Its height — we've featured a mix of standard-height accent chairs and low accent chairs in this guide. As a rule, lower chairs will make a space feel bigger, but they might not be as comfortable and you'll need room to stretch your legs out when sitting on one. Standard-height accent chairs are brilliant as you can also use them as a dining chair if you've got extra guests over.
How we chose these small accent chairs
All of the small accent chairs in this guide have been featured because shoppers rate them highly. You won't find anything under four stars here. We also considered them to be the best-looking of the bunch and the most affordable. All are less than $300 so they won't blow the bank, too. And you can buy another if you really like it.