Tired of boring old furniture options? Ready for some fun new accent chairs that won't break the bank--or classic updates that will stand the test of time? We've gathered eighteen of the best chairs available today, whether you're looking for a mid-century modern look, an eclectic vibe, or a modern feel!
Remaking your decor can be expensive and time-consuming, but here’s a trick only the top interior designers know: changing the entire feel of a room can be accomplished just by changing out your chairs!
Whether you want to give your kitchen an update or add some pizzazz to your living room, study, or den, we’ve got eighteen of the best chairs for any design style. Don’t forget to keep scrolling for our buyer’s guide!
How We Chose Our Ratings
More than anything, we want you to feel comfortable about choosing the best chairs for your home. That’s why we’ve left no stone unturned to help uncover the best options, whether you’re on a tight budget or ready to splurge. We’ve taken advantage of available data, market trends, and customer reviews to bring you the absolute best.
Top 18 Best Chairs
Chairs are so personal--and there’s such a huge variety--that we couldn’t narrow things down too much. Instead, we’ve picked our top three choices in each of the following categories. Enjoy perusing this list of some of our favorite pieces of furniture!
Top 3 Chairs for When You’re on a Budget
- Style and occasion:Metal chair with simple style and matte black finish,using indoors and outdoors,perfect for Kitchen, Cafe or Bistro.
- Easy assembly and premium material:Assembled within 10 minutes.Scratch and resistant steel，super durable.No-mark rubber feet keep them from sliding and scratching hardwood floors.
- Space saving and stability:Stackable for space saving and easy to carry.The seat has cross support at the bottom,which greatly increases the stability.
- Double varnish and conveniently cleaning :This paint with no-odor is not easy to fall off,and it has good gloss . Dries to a non-tacky,so cleaning easily.
- Specification:Load capacity: 330 lbs; Seat size:14" x 14"(W x L), Back size: 13.8" x 16.5"(W x H), Seat Height:17.7"
Metal accents are in this year in a big way, and these bistro chairs from Furmax are a great way to update your kitchen or dining room look. They come in a set of four, which makes them less than $25 each.
Even better? They’re stackable and look great mixed with a variety of woods and other metals. Plus, their slim footprints makes them perfect for small spaces.
- Ergonomic design，comfortable，sedentary is not tired
- Soft padded seat,made of high quality PU material，“S” human body engineering design perfect fit back，Beech
- Light weight,easy to assemble，Weight Limit: 265LBS
- Overall Dimension:18.7"*21.3"*32.4",Seat Height: 18.8",Seat Width: 18.7",Seat Depth: 16.2"
- Mid-Century Modern Style, prefect for home and office use
If you want a pop of color and some serious style but have a tiny budget, you’re in luck! These eye-catching yellow chairs are shaped like the much more expensive Eames-Style.
If you’re outfitting a pure mid-century modern dining room, these will fit in beautifully, but even if you’re not, they add a modern punch. This set of four is less than $40 per chair, though some assembly is required.
- Includes: one (1) chair
- Dimensions: 31. 25 inches deep x 26. 50 inches wide x 38. 50 inches high
- Materials: Fabric | frame: Birch wood
- No assembly required
- This Casual chair is great for any room. This chair is made with a Sturdy birch frame that only adds to the overall appeal of the chair. The extra cushioned Seat allows for long periods of sitting without getting tired. And the splash of color added by this chair is sure to enhance your overall decor
With a wood frame and plush upholstery, the Sophia Tufted Armchair from Target is both chic and modern. It’s also supremely affordable (less than $350), making it a great way to add serious impact to your living room or den without sacrificing price or style.
You’ll appreciate the traditional textured upholstery and the long-lasting frame made from a combination of hardwood and plywood. Plus, it arrives fully assembled!
Top 3 Chairs for When You’re Ready to Splurge
1. 1950s Italian Shelter Arm Leather Swivel Chair from Restoration Hardware
Sleekly streamlined, with curved, shelter-style arms and a waterfall seat cushion, our elegant chair recalls the sculptural forms of midcentury Italian design.
- Hardwood frame
- Sinuous spring suspension
- Set upon a sleek plinth base in a black oak drifted finish
- Hidden steel base with ball-bearing mechanism for a smooth, 360° swivel
- Professional upholstery cleaning recommended
- Handcrafted in the USA
Available in over fifty leather finishes (all top grain leather) that range from Italian Berkshires to Italian Veneto, this sleek, classic chair manages to be both subtle and stunning at the same time.
Harking back to classic mid-century Italian design, the waterfall seat cushion sits on a black oak drifted finish that swivels a full 360 degrees. Your chair is handcrafted in the United States on a hardwood frame.
2. Palmistry Chair from Anthropologies
A novelty of carved teakwood, this inviting icon curves into a comfortable seat.
For product details, ordering assistance and more, please contact our furniture specialists. For aesthetic advice and tips to help decorate your space, enjoy our complimentary home styling services.
Expect slight variation in the appearance of each
Teak; natural finish
Dust using a soft cloth
To clean, wipe gently with a warm, damp cloth; dry immediately
Avoid using chemical cleaners
Levelers not included
This piece is intended for indoor use
No assembly required
Sometimes a chair is more than just a chair, and that’s the case with the Palmistry Chair from Anthropologie. Created to look like a hand, this chair is carved from a single piece of teakwood, known for its hardness and durability.
This is a chair that’s designed to be sat on--it’s smooth and comfortable, with sensuous lines-- but you, like us, will probably prefer to stare at it as the work of art that it is!
3. Tufted Pedestal Swivel Chair from West Elm
Our sleek, modern take on retro drum silhouettes from the '70s, the Tufted Pedestal Chair sits on a thick, brass-finished swivel base. Covered in plush velvet, it's a comfortable way to round out any room.
- This contract-grade item is manufactured to meet the demands of commercial use in addition to residential.
- 29.1"w x 30.3"d x 31.1"h.
- Velvet upholstery.
- Solid wood frame.
- Metal swivel base in a Brass finish.
This modern take on a retro silhouette is covered in mouth-wateringly delicious navy velvet. This might mean it’s impractical for heavy use, but for little-used office chairs or that special spot in the formal living room, it will shine like nothing else.
With a full 360 degrees swivel, a frame made from solid wood, and brass finishes, this is a beautiful addition to your splurge-worthy furniture set.
Top 3 Traditional Chairs
1. Briggs Leather Recliner by La-Z-Boy
Relax in style with this versatile rocker recliner. The casual piece features supple leather, a supportive chaise seat, plush cushioning and smooth rocking and reclining mechanisms that melt away tension, making it a must-have for your home. The rich brown leather complements any transitional palette. Additional features include: made in the USA with US and imported parts.
Nothing says traditional comfort like a La-Z-Boy armchair and the Briggs Leather Recliner is comfort personified. Plush and cozy without becoming an eyesore, this recliner comes with a manual rocker and a beautiful tobacco leather finish.
Reviewers point out that this chair comfortably seats petite and tall people, and is lighter and easier to transport than some previous versions, making this a winner in our book!
Pottery Barn has a reputation for high-quality construction that doesn’t break the bank, and they don’t disappoint here. Nothing says classy and traditional like a ladderback chair, and the Wynn chair is just that--simple, clean lines that will stand the test of time.
The Wynn comes in two styles (side chair or armchair), and unlike some chairs that cut corners with jute or fiber seats, this one is all kiln-dried solid wood. The Shaker-style chairs come in eight beautiful, natural stains, or in white.
3. Ivo Wingback Chair by Laurel Foundry Modern
From breathing life into a little-used corner to provide a handy spot to stack folded laundry in the bedroom, accent chairs bring personality and versatility to spaces both big and small. Stylish too, this armchair sports a modernized wingback silhouette that's wrapped in upholstery and punctuated with nailhead trim and button tufts, while four espresso-finished solid wood legs complete the look below.
- Product Care: Wiped down with a dry cloth to clean the fabric
- Assembly Required: Yes
- Removable Cushions: Yes
- Weight Capacity: 500 lb.
A modern update to the classic Queen Anne armchair style, this Ivo Wingback Chair can do traditional, classic, contemporary, or even farmhouse chic without giving way to shocking trends that won’t stand the test of time.
Upholstered in a variety of colors and finishes (our favorite is beige), the Ivo has expensive details (hand-trimmed antique nailheads) at a value pricing. The barrel style and thick padding mean you can use this as an armchair or statement chair or even a standard desk chair.
Top 3 Modern Chairs
An iconic design created by Harry Bertoia, this side chair is made with an industrial feel that will perfectly complement your minimal decor. Available in polished chrome, black, or white metal, as well as five upholstery finishes (this applies only to the upholstery on the seat cover), this functional design is made from welded steel rods and includes plastic glides that protect your flooring.
The entire chair is GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified, so if organic materials are important to you, this is a chair you’ll want to pay close attention to.
- Lightweight enough for travel Sling fabric is durable and weather-resistant Chair reclines easily for maximum comfort
- Durable steel frame Weather-resistant sling
- Smooth reclining motion for easy comfort Neutral tones work well in a variety of settings
- Lay down dimension: 158 cm L x 67 cm W x 86 cm H = 62.2 in. L x 26.38 in. W x 33.86 in. H, sit position dimension: 94 cm L x 67 cm W x 110.5 cm H = 37 in. L x 26.38 in. W x 43.5 in. H
If “modern” brings to mind the Jetsons, this is the set of chairs for you! Two Match Lounge Chairs covered in sleek faux black leather and framed in steel will make a durable, easy-to- clean, gorgeous statement in your living room or study.
We also like the price--this set of two is available for less than $250. That’s a steal!
3. Finn Swivel Chair from Crate and Barrel
OverviewRound out your living room with the contemporary curves of Tillie. This inviting swivel chair beckons you to kick off your shoes and snuggle up in the round. The swivel base lets you follow the conversation or rotate for a new view. A tight barrel back completes the circle, while two soft throw pillows nestle a comfy seat. The Tillie Swivel Chair is a Crate and Barrel exclusive.
Available in a wide range of finishes, the Finn Swivel Chair brings much-needed warmth to the classic, pure lines of minimalism. Organic curves and striking oak veneer combine with an ultra-comfortable coil-spring seat cushion for a traditional, bouncy feel.
The swivel’s base is brushed stainless steel and rotates 360 degrees. If you’ve got kids or dogs,this is your chair--its upholstery is microsuede, which is fantastically easy to clean.
Top 3 Mid-Century Modern Chairs
1. Cognac Bi-Cast Leather Huxley Chair
Dimensions: 32"w x 32"d x 30"h
Warm and welcoming, our cognac leather chair features an oversized seat, equally perfect for snuggling and creating a statement. Like the best menswear fashion, this chair's subtly masculine look is at home in an array of styles.
World Market describes this chair as “subtly masculine,” and we agree--it has definite mid- century modern feel without being the obvious choice. Plus, that leather is gorgeous and durable, and pairs beautifully with solid pine and MDF frame. The chair’s rubberwood legs finish out the entire look with their warm honey tones.
If this chair looks comfy, that’s because it is--deep cushions with a solid foam core mean no sagging anytime soon.
2. Mimi Vegan Lambskin Chair
Faux lambskin goes glam, wrapping Mimi's cutting-edge curves in a fluffy white fabric that looks and feels like the real thing. Effortlessly combining traditional and mid-century styles into a trend-setting silhouette, the chair offers an indulgently cushioned deep seat.
Solo, Mimi grabs attention in modern living spaces, amping up the impact when presented as a pair. The Mimi Vegan Lambskin Chair is a Crate and Barrel exclusive.
Nothing says mid-century modern quite like a barrel silhouette and textured material--in this Mimi Vegan Lambskin Chair from Crate and Barrel; you get both. The vegan lambskin is beautifully textured and thanks to the fact that it’s vegan, it’s cruelty-free and far less expensive than the real deal.
Kiln-dried engineered wood and plush cushioning beg you to take a seat, but we’ll warn you: you might not want to get out of this chair!
- Update your home style with the retro Summer chair that plays up, mid-century modern aesthetics
- Walnut Wood finish with Charcoal Fabric upholstery
- Great for a mix of modern and contemporary meets mid-century style
- 25" W x22" D x 31" H
- Comes with standard 1 year limited warranty
If you want a chair that nods to mid-century modern but doesn’t disappear into the period completely, the Summer Chair from Armen Living is a lovely option. With charcoal upholstery and a stunning walnut wood veneer, this chair has curves in all the right places.
With its free shipping and standard limited warranty, this chair is worth more than its less-than-
$100 price tag.
Top 3 Eclectic Chairs
1. Cane Gunnar Chair by World Market
There’s no doubt about it--this chair is striking! If eclectic is your design vibe, and you’re looking for a natural wood accent chair, this is one of our favorite options. Made from exposed elm wood that’s finished in a dark stain as well as a natural cane back and seat.
It’s a breeze to clean (just wipe down with a dry cloth) and comes with floor glides so you won’t damage your floors.
2. Chloe Chair
Recalling the urbane sophistication of Art Deco design, our modern Chloe chair streamlines its embracing shelter frame with neat channel tufting and slender brass legs. Upholstered in lush velvet with a shorter pile to lessen tracking, luxe-looking Chloe offers a comfortable yet upright seat that's perfect for living room entertaining.
This list of the best chairs wouldn’t be complete without another pop of color, and this royally rich purple velvet Chloe Chair is just that. In addition to merlot, it also comes in tangerine, teal, lime, indigo, parchment, forest, and three more shades of grey.
The Chloe Chair’s Art Deco design is a fun way to add depth to your glam decor, or you can combine it with all your other favorite mid-century, retro, glam, and modern pieces for a truly eclectic look.
3. Denim Blue Quentin Chesterfield
One of the best things about eclectic furniture is that it can gravitate from traditional and staid to fun and quirky in a heartbeat. That’s exactly the case with this bright blue Chesterfield from World Market. With its traditional tufts and denim-colored upholstery, it will be as at home in your formal library as in your boho-chic living room.
The first thing you should ask yourself when you’re shopping for new chairs is what you want them to do. Do you want to refresh your kitchen? Give your study an expensive-looking upgrade? Make your living more comfortable?
Make sure you set your budget because as we all know, it’s easy to overspend when you’re not clear on what your goals are and how much you have to spend! Second, you should consider your style. This simply helps you to narrow down the kind of style you’re looking for (there are so many). If comfort’s your number one priority, you’ll want to focus on plush, traditional styles, while other people might want a perfectly transcribed mid-century modern look.
Construction is in the Details
Finally, pay close attention to construction. The best chairs vary wildly in how they’re constructed. Many will be made from solid wood (this is what we recommend), but wood veneer is very popular on mid-century modern furniture and when carefully cared for, can last just as long as wood.
Don’t forget to pay close attention to upholstery--is it stain resistant? Will it need to look good despite your kids and dogs? In the latter’s case, you might consider sticking with all-metal, wood, or leather to make cleaning much easier!
The best chairs--the ones we love the most--aren’t just the ones that are the right style or look; they’re the ones that make us happy when we look at them and the ones we love to sit in, so don’t be afraid to go with your gut. Happy chair shopping!