The best armchairs for cosier living spaces

From Ercol to Eames to IKEA, we’ve rounded up our favourite armchairs

A textured grey and wood armchair and muted green lamp against a wood-style panelled background

From creating a cosy reading nook in the living room to acting as a luxurious addition to the bedroom, an armchair can do, and be, many things. Our pick of the best chairs in the shops right now features sumptuous finishes in velvet and buttery soft leather, ultra-comfortable shapes that are just as good for dozing off in front of the television as finishing off a good book, and surprisingly budget-friendly buys with a high-end look.

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1. Ikea Strandmon

Exaggerated lines and cute curvy features make this Ikea chair look decidedly high-end

Best for: Value
Dimensions: W82cm x H101cm x D96cm
Reasons to buy
+Choice of unusual colours+Looks pricier than it is
Reasons to avoid
-Fabric isn’t the softest 

The exaggerated silhouette of this high-backed winged armchair makes it a real statement piece, especially in cheerful canary yellow, pale turquoise, or even trendy palm print. The slim tapered feet and button detailing are especially nice touches for such an inexpensive item, and the large lines mean it’s a chair you can really sink into. 

2. Laura Ashley Burlington Leather Chair

A lovely leather investment piece for classic country interiors

Best for: Best leather chair
Dimensions: W82cm x H79cm x D84cm
Reasons to buy
+Luxurious leather+Soft fibre-filled seat
Reasons to avoid
-Requires frequent plumping 

This leather armchair from Laura Ashley has timeless appeal and a high-quality construction that’ll ensure it lasts for years and years. In luxurious chestnut-coloured heritage leather, it’s beautifully soft and flexible, and its fibre-filled seat is supremely comfortable, but will need plumping regularly to maintain its cushioning. Perfect for home offices, snugs, or wherever you keep your best books, it’ll be a family favourite for a long time to come. 

3. Ercol Marino

A Brit-cool armchair with classic looks and curvy lines

Best for: Investment piece
Dimensions: W75cm x H86cm x D85cm
Reasons to buy
+Elegant design+Comfortable hybrid seat filling
Reasons to avoid
- Very expensive

An elegant armchair from a classic British brand, the Ercol Marino has spawned many copies, but remains the original and best. Its sleek curved arm rests and trademark splayed spindles are instantly recognisable; its slubby, almost tweed-esque fabric cover adds a hint of texture; and the unusual feather-and-foam filling is soft, springy and comfortable. 

4. Vitra Eames DAR Armchair

Iconic 20th century design to suit any space

Best for: Iconic design
Dimensions: W62cm x H83cm x D59cm
Reasons to buy
+Lightweight and minimal+Unmistakable design
Reasons to avoid
-Not the most comfortable on our list 

This authorised replica of the original Eames DAR armchair, with its steel wire ‘Eiffel Tower’ base and sleek moulded one-piece seat, is a classic for a reason. A durable and lightweight ‘design for life’ made of non-fading dyed-through polypropylene, it’s available in a range of colours to stand out or blend in, and is versatile enough to be used as a feature piece in a living room or nursery, or as a dining chair

Dunelm Ferne Metal Framed Chair - Emerald

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Dunelm Ferne Metal Framed Chair - Emerald

Bang on trend and comfy velvet statement piece

Best for: boho interiors
Dimensions: W50cm x H45cm x D50cm
Reasons to buy
+Trendy colour and fabric+versatile design+affordable
Reasons to avoid
-Less hardwearing than other options

Velvet armchairs have become very popular – and we can see why. Tactile and opulent, they fit in effortlessly with many interior design styles, from vintage to mid-century and contemporary. The Ferne from Dunelm is a firm favourite of ours, with its sturdy metal frame and luxurious finish. Now, this won't be the comfiest chair you've ever owned, or the most hardwearing, but at this price point, it's a steal just for the stunning design and gorgeous colour.

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