The best armchairs: 7 stylish seats to add into any room in your home

Pull up a seat and invest in one of the best armchairs.

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Wondering what's the best armchairs our money can buy? It's only natural that after so much time in quarantine, you're wondering where (and how) you can instantly improve your space.

Armchairs are an excellent investment regardless of your budget, and without being able to step inside a store (Thanks, COVID!), you might have trouble successfully navigating through the endless array of options on the market. 

We've gone ahead and tested and trialed dozens of chairs on the market and have rounded up only the best-of-the-best picks on the market. Our team has considered everything from its size to its function, color, and so much more. 

Plus, we've even considered the pricepoint (what can and can't we afford and what's reasonable, too). And, after all of that extensive research? We've found these seven stylish picks that are the best armchairs money can buy.

  • Complete your room by checking out the the best sofas buying guide for more seat selections! 

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1. Anthropologie's Effie Tripod Chair

The best investment chair

Specifications
Dimensions: 29.75" x WIDTH: 30.25" x DEPTH: 28.25"
Upholstery: multiple options
Filling: soft fiber padding
Self assembly: yes
Colors: many
Reasons to buy
+Investment piece +Well made+Stylish design +Can design your own
Reasons to avoid
-higher price point

First on our list: the Anthropologie's Effie Tripod Chair. Sure, the steep price might alarm some but trust us, it's worth every penny. 

Style: 

Our style might change over time, but when it comes to this chair? It's eternally classic. Available in dozens of filter fabrics, buyers can have the chance to customize this chair to their liking. Opt to use one of the current fabric swatches on hand or go ahead and order a custom swatch (for an additional. fee). Either way, it'll be both classic and chic for years to come. 

Oh, and if that wasn't enough? Let's also factor in the leg colors! Shoppers have complete control over whether they have a darker or lighter base, too. 

Suitable for small spaces:

If you're looking for a chair that can easily transition in-and-out of any room, and fit into those smaller spaces, as well? You've met your match. This luxurious chair measures 29.75" x width: 30.25" x depth: 28.25" and is endlessly versatile. Add it to your bedroom or use it in your den, surely it'll be your go-to for years to come. 

Comfortable build: 

Last but not least, let's discuss comfort. This chair features a removable seat cushion built from a high-resiliency foam core cushion. It's wrapped in soft fiber padding and a hypoallergenic blend of down and feathers to ensure the plushest seat ever. 

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2. DAZONE Modern Accent Chair

The best affordable armchair

Specifications
Dimensions: 27"*25.5"*28.5"H; :18"*16.5"*14.5"H
Upholstery: linen-like
Filling: removable cushions
Self assembly: some
Colors: yellow and grey
Reasons to buy
+Anyone looking for a matching ottoman+Classic design +Affordable option+A pop of color
Reasons to avoid
-Some assembly required 

The DAZONE Modern Accent Chair is the 2-in-1 you should not overlook when searching for one of the best armchairs. 

Style: 

For anyone looking for a fun pop of color, this chair ranks high on our list. Available in both yellow and grey, this ottoman and chair will be the focal points of every room. And have no fear! 

This chair might bring a bold perspective to any room, but it'll do so without being 'distracting." In fact, most reviewers deemed it "beautiful" and the "perfect pop of color" in any room. 

Features a matching storage bench: 

This chair measures 27"*25.5"*28.5"H and can fit in just about any space. Now, if you're wondering where the matching ottoman measures? Not to worry! That measures in at 18"*16.5"*14.5"H and will cause no trouble. So many reviewers loved how it "fits into space spaces" and was perfect for kicking their feet up after a long day (without having to buy a sofa!).

Comfortable build: 

If you're someone who's looking for affordable comfort? Look no further. This barrel chair is perfect for anyone in need of support from head to toe. 

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3. Mercer 41 Demers Barrel Chair

The best scalloped armchair

Specifications
Dimensions: 29'' H x 32.5'' W x 31.5'' D
Upholstery: polyester
Filling: foam
Self assembly: some
Colors: navy, grey, teal and pink
Reasons to buy
+Good for larger rooms +Looking for a more dramatic design+All ages 
Reasons to avoid
-Higher price-point 

Are you someone who's looking for an oversized yet dramatic look? Then let us introduce you to the Mercer 41 Demers Barrel Chair that incorporates a stunning scalloped design. 

Style: 

This scalloped chair is the most stunning accent chair we've seen in a while. Available in four sensational shades — grey, pink, navy blue, and turquoise — the velvet-like, tufted material will be statement-making.

It's a statement piece:

With vertical tufting and a wave-inspired design, this chair is not only stylish but impactful. It measures 18.5'' H x 21.5'' W x 23.5'' D and includes a soft, stain-resistant performance velvet upholstery covering dense foam padding and an individually wrapped spring coil system. 

Comfortable build: 

This near-perfectly reviewed customer has done well with hundreds of reviewers. Many of them have deemed this chair "posh, pretty and polished," whereas others go all-in on how "comfortable" it is. But if you're still on the fence? Take a seat– literally. The padded inserts are so next-level you'll be wondering why you ever were reconsidering it. 

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4. Easyfashion Velvet Tub Barrel Arm Chair (Set of 2)

The best armchairs: for those looking for a set-of-two option

Specifications
Dimensions: 27.8 x 25.6 x 28.5 in./70.5 x 65 x 72 cm
Upholstery: plywood, velour and foam-filling
Filling: foam
Self assembly: some
Colors: grey
Reasons to buy
+Unique design +Supportive seat +Set of two
Reasons to avoid
-No color choices 

Take the untraditional route with this set of two Easyfashion Velvet Tub Club Accent Barrel Arm Chairs. It scored a near-perfect rating among reviewers, and the 2-for-1 price, can't be beaten. 

Style

Want to make an impact on any section of your home? Within seconds these luxurious velour chairs will do just that. These chairs feature a soft-to-touch material that's so buttery-smooth you won't want to get up. Oh, and if you're worried that these chairs might be a tad too "ultra-glam" for you? Think again. 

Besides the super soft fabric, these chairs find balance courtesy of plywood legs. It's the modern detailing that makes these chairs ideal for any home or aesthetic. 

What's special?

If you're looking for the most bang for your budget? These chairs are the real deal. Straying from traditional accent chairs —which ballpark in the same price range— this option provides shoppers with two armchairs for the price of one. 

Comfortable build: 

Both chairs within this set offer not only exception comfort but supreme comfort. With a solid back and removable padded seat, these chairs will become an essential item in any room or breakfast nook — plus, with a weight limit of 300-pounds, they're perfect for any age (or weight!). 

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5. Hashtag Home Fletcher Armchair

The best armchairs: the best velvet upholstery option that comes in a slew of colors

Specifications
Dimensions: 30'' H x 27.5'' W x 33'' D
Upholstery: polyester
Filling: foam
Self assembly: part assembly
Color: charcoal grey, azure blue and many others
Reasons to buy
+Classic design +Comfy seat 
Reasons to avoid
-Quite bulky

If you love an outdoor lounge chair, the Hashtag Home Fletcher Armchair will rank high on your list. 

Style: 

Much like your favorite recliner or chair, this choice also offers a "relaxed" vibe but heightens it; here, it's much more sophisticated and suitable for indoor use. It turns to velvet to incorporate an element of elegance while also incorporating solid wood legs to feature mid-century charm. 

Factor in the dozens of sensational shades to chose from — with fan favorites being the azure blue and charcoal grey — this spectacular seat will rank high on many's lists. 

What's special?

Aside from the fact that this iconic, modern style will instantly draw attention wherever it is? This chair will also be perfect for any room, thanks to its convenient size. Measuring in at 30'' H x 27.5'' W x 33'' D and features an exposed frame that showcases curved arms, straight sides, and flared tapered legs. 

Factor in the polyester upholstery and the detailed stitching on the backrest? It will be impossible not to love any of this chair's carefully tailored touches! 

Comfortable build: 

Lastly, if you are left wondering: "Just how comfortable this chair is?" you are in for a treat! Designed with sinuous springs and foam, you will experience plenty of comfort and support. 

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6. Opalhouse Lily Rattan Arm Chair

The best wooden armchair

Specifications
Dimensions: 42.5 Inches (H) x 26.25 Inches (W) x 25.5 Inches (D)
Upholstery: wooden
Filling: none
Self assembly: yes
Colours: tan
Reasons to buy
+Affordable +Foot stool included
Reasons to avoid
-Not the best quality 

Now, are you someone who's looking for an armchair but wants something less big and bulky? You've come to the right place, and the  Opalhouse Lily Rattan Arm Chair is perfect for you. 

Style: 

We love how appropriate this see-through frame is when used in any room. It instantly adds an element of airy charm to any room, which is sure to be eye-catching and alluring, too. Plus, we love just how versatile this size-appropriate piece can be. Leave it bare for a minimalist look, or elevate it with accent pillows for a bolder approach.  

Comfortable build: 

Last but not least, it's crucial to discuss the comfort level this rattan frame chair offers. Understandably, many of you might be a bit skeptical about just how comfortable this piece can be — and we're here to put your mind at ease. Shockingly, this exposed chair ranks high in the comfort level amongst many reviewers. With most deeming this "the percent accent chair," that they "couldn't stop sitting on," — amazing! 

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7. International Caravan 42" Rattan Papasan Chair

The best armchair: the best suede selection for those who prefer a rich and luxurious texture

Specifications
Item weight: 29lbs
Dimensions: 42 x 42 x 35 inches
Made from: Rattan, micro-suede, and polyester
Colors available: 14
Reasons to buy
+Adding a touch of bohemian style to any room+Dorms or college-aged adults, also great for teens 
Reasons to avoid
-If you're looking for a fancier option

Rounding out our list is the International Caravan 42" Rattan Papasan Chair with Micro Suede Cushion Chair.

Style: 

We love how this chair takes the road less traveled and is far less traditional than the other options we've listed. Instead, this armchair has found the balance between out-of-the-box and easy-to-use. 

Here, it's modern and comfortable; and ideal for any young adult or teen moving into their dormitory for the first time. The micro-suede padded seat not only offers up a relaxed feel but is detailed enough where you know Mom picked it out, too.  

Comfortable build: 

Of all the chairs we've reviewed, this chair is by far the most comfortable (and versatile). It measures 35"x42"x21" and can not only work in any dorm or living room but due to its comfortable microsuede pad? You'll want to find a way to implement it everywhere and anywhere. But why?

It's soft like our favorite chenille blanket, but thanks to the rustic rattan frame and walnut finish, it offers up the right amount of necessary support, too. It's is ideal for someone looking to sit in this chair for long periods. You can do so without any fear or back or neck problems — from lack of support — later on. 

How to select the best armchair?

What kind of use will it get?

Even the best armchairs are prone to all kinds of wear and tear over time, which is why you should upgrade it when you notice it's officially run its course. 

It's imperative to understand your armchair's sole purpose and if you're looking for longevity. In which case you are, you will need to opt for something with extra-seating pads, and those come at a steeper price. Whereas if you're looking to use this chair as a decorative item. 

Other factors to consider? Do you have kids or pets that will use (or ruin) this investment? If either of those two things applies to you, you'll then need to consider the fabric, too. 

How will it fit your living room layout?

Another aspect to consider? The size. No one wants to make an investment in a chair and then come to find out that it doesn't fit into your room and find yourself back at square one. Our advice? Make sure to measure the intended area you're looking to store the chair. The room layout is an essential (yet often overlooked) factor. 

How does it look? 

Last but certainly not least, let's talk about how it looks. After all, isn't that most important? Chairs can pull a room together just as quickly as they can pull one apart, so finding one that goes with your intended color scheme or theme is important, too. 

But perhaps you don't know what type of "look" you're going for here? Not an issue. Within this guide, you'll find a wide range of styles and pieces to see what aesthetic best serves you (and your room). From modern to glam, there's a piece for every preference.

Brittany Romano
Brittany Romano

Brittany Romano joins the Real Homes team as their U.S. E-commerce Editor, based in New York City. From her start as a fashion market assistant at Marie Claire to building highly profitable commerce vertical at Us Weekly and AMI brands, Brittany has produced award-winning content covering everything from celebrity beauty hacks to must-have items from online sales. She is a graduate of New England College. When she isn’t writing, you can find Brittany indulging in yet another DIY-project or cheering on her beloved Boston Bruins. Find her on Instagram at @Rammmyyy.

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