Best armchairs: 10 stylish seats for every room

Our pick of the best armchairs has you covered, whether you are after a super modern design or one that's more traditional. Take a seat and browse...

Mid century modern armchair from the pick of best armchairs
(Image credit: John Lewis)

After the best armchair? We know the score, you want it lovely to look as well as being lovely to sit in, statement enough to be noticed but not so statement it takes over the whole room, suits your budget without looking budget, right? So, to help you find this dream armchair that overcomes all these impossible combinations, we have rounded up some of our faves...

For more inspiration on kitting out the rest of your space, check out how to choose the best living room furniture.

How to choose the best armchair

What kind of use will it get?

Armchairs see all kinds of use and abuse and are often subjected to much more than just being sat on. So when choosing a armchair first ask yourself: what are it's main purpose? Is it for essential extra seating or is it just going to be a bit of a decorative piece? Do you have kids or pets to consider? If so, you will need to choose your fabric carefully. 

How will it fit your living room layout?

Size is an obviously thing to consider too so make sure you plan your living room layout before you buy. 


Think about style too, obviously. We have included a complete mix of styles in our round up of the best armchairs, from traditional to super modern, so you will definitely find something to suit your space.  

Also consider how your armchair will look with the rest of the furniture in your living room. If you haven't gone with a matching sofa, pick an armchair that echoes the design of you sofa. While we love the whole mix and match look, it can go horribly wrong so try and tie your armchair and sofa together with colours, fabrics and shapes. 

If you need some tips on how to choose an armchair to ensure you buy quality, make sure you have a read through our guide. 

1. Anthropologie Nina Accent chair

It was the colour and gorgeous print that drew us to this Nina accent chair from Anthropologie. The pink and red combo is so on trend at the moment, and the mix of three different prints really works. The chair's hardwood frame makes it robust and the high-resiliency foam core cushions are wrapped in soft fibre padding so you are guaranteeing a firm, pretty structured seat that will keep its shape.

The Nina chair also comes in a beautiful turquoise and sea foam green combo, so if pink ain't your thing, check that out too. 

Size: H79 x W66 x D56cm

This would fit rather beautifully into our pink room ideas gallery, don't you think?

Nina accent chair from Anthroplogie

(Image credit: Anthroplogie)

2. John Lewis & Partners Hendricks Accent Chair

Are you a lover of Mid-century style? Well we reckon the Hendricks chair from John Lewis might be the one for you. The laid back style with exposed oak frame definitely has some 1950s' vibes. The cushions have a foam core, with layers of fibre so it's comfy but you won't lose the clear structure that is synonymous with this kind of design. 

You have literally hundreds of options when it comes to fabric, so you will definitely find a colour and fabric to suit your space. And you can also pick between a light or dark oak for the frame. 

Size: H76.5 x W73 x D82cm

Have a read through more of our Mid-century modern decorating ideas to find out how to style your new accent chair. 

John Lewis & Partners Hendricks Accent Chair

(Image credit: John Lewis)

3. Cox & Cox Cosy Loveseat

If you are after a slightly bigger armchair, a loveseat is the way to go. The Cosy Loveseat from Cox & Cox comfortably fits two people, so could also be a good option if you are working with a small living room that just won't cope with the a full size sofa. 

Featuring traditional hardwood legs and deep sprung, fibre filled cushions, this custom-made loveseat can be upholstered in a soft linen cotton blend or a sumptuous cotton velvet in a choice of six colours. You can order samples, too; make sure you do that to see what it looks like in situ under different lights.

Size: H88 x W127 x D109cm

If you want anymore tips on how to choose furniture for a small living room, head over to our guide for all our advice. 

The cosy loveseat by Cox & Cox

(Image credit: Cox & Cox)

4. Stanley accent chair

We love this twist on the traditional leather armchair. The Stanley accent chair from has a really smooth, slender, modern design that you don't often get with leather armchairs. The slimline frame also makes it perfect for a small living room as there are no bulky legs preventing light from travelling through. 

The legs are made from metal and you can have them in either copper or brass; the chair itself is covered in split leather so has a nice texture to it. It comes in two colours: this gorgeous chestnut brown or a warm grey.

Size: H85 x W84 x D90cm

If you're in the market for a leather sofa, take a look at our pick of the best.

Stanley accent chair

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5. Maisons du Monde Kabane chair

We have been seeing rattan and wicker effect chairs all over Instagram for a while now. They fit perfectly in with the whole boho, natural interiors thing that's so big at the moment. We love this statement Kabane chair from Maisons du Monde, and yes, it may not look like the comfiest thing in the world but drape a faux fur throw over the back and add a couple of textured cushions, and you'll be fine. 

While this chair looks like rattan, it is actually made a of plastic, that really effectively imitates rattan. This makes it more long lasting but also means you can use it in the garden too. It can cope with bad weather, thanks to its epoxy-treated black steel structure too. 

Size: H120 x W93 x D84cm

We have a whole feature dedicated to boho decorating ideas so go and have a scroll through if that's your style. 

Rattan armchair by Maisons du Monde

(Image credit: Maisons du Monde)

6. Oliver Bonas Flora Scalloped Velvet Armchair

Combining a curved silhouette with sumptuous azure blue velvet and gold-toned accents, the Flora Scalloped Velvet Armchair is definitely the best armchair if you want to make a statement in your space. It has a sturdy hardwood frame, and the cushions have a foam core so it will will keep its shape. It comes in five colours: blue, green, orange, pink and purple; all are equally gorgeous.  

Size: H89 x W76 x D68cm

If you are after a statement velvet sofa to match, go and check out our buying guide.

Flora Scalloped Azure Blue Velvet Armchair from Oliver Bonas

(Image credit: Oliver Bonas)

7. Dunelm Button Back Chair 

If you are after the best cheap armchair, head to Dunelm, they have loads of budget friendly options that will suit all styles. Our favourite, purely for its simple, understated style is the Charley button back armchair. It's got a slight Mid-century modern vibe to it thanks to the low profile and leg shape, but it's pretty versatile and would suit any living room. The cushions are foam filled for a firm, supportive sit and the armchair will keep that clean, structured shape. There are three classic colours to choose from: blue, dark grey and light grey. 

Size: H85 x W89 x D81cm

Button Back Chair from Dunelm

(Image credit: Dunelm )

8. Habitat Celine armchair

Another cheap armchair choice here from Habitat. The Celine armchair is just £195 and we think it looks waaaaay more expensive. The cushions are foam filled and covered in velvet and there are four colour options: grey, pink, teal and blue. The metal legs are the perfect contrast to the seat, keep the design sleek and stop the chair becoming to bulky. 

Size: H83 x W74x D73cm 

For more budget living room design ideas, head over to our feature. 

Celine chair by Habitat

(Image credit: Habitat)

9. Vitra Eames RAR Rocking Chair

The Vitra Eames Rocking Chair is iconic, and the playful, functionality of the design feels as fresh as it did when it was introduced 60 years ago. It's made from a moulded, recyclable polypropylene shell that's designed for every body shape. The shell is placed on a four-legged braced wire base with two wooden rockers that provide a smooth, gentle motion. You can pick from loads of different colours including blue, red, white and a super trendy mustard. 

Size: H67 x W62 x D69cm

Vitra Eames RAR Rocking Chair

(Image credit: John Lewis)

10. Swoon Editions Mia armchair 

The classic roomy shape and contemporary stripe fabric is why this lovely Mia armchair from Swoon Editions has made it into our pick of the best armchairs. The lime washed wood of the frame works perfectly with the linen upholstery and antiqued brass studs. It's a traditional design sure, but we think this could fit equally well into a modern, minimal space to cosy it up a bit. The cushions are filled with polyfibre so it's the kind of chair you sink into, and the shape suits being a bit worn in so the lack of foam core isn't going to be a problem. 

Size: H72 x W75 x D84cm

Mia armchair from Swoon Editions

(Image credit: Swoon Editions )

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