Nine Types of Popular Chairs

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Chairs are an important part of any home decorating scheme, whether they are used in living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms or kitchens. Because so many types of chairs are available, it is beneficial to learn about how certain chairs are designed and which chairs are best suited to your individual needs. This guide to 9 popular types of chairs can help you to choose pieces that reflect your personal style while offering comfort and functionality.

Club Chair

Designed with high arms, a low back and a cushioned seat, club chairs are fashionable and inviting in appearance. These relaxing chairs are often upholstered with a leather covering but may also be finished with fabric.

Wing Chair

Wing chairs are similar in design to club chairs but have the additional feature of side panels mounted to the back of the chair. These panels, or wings, provide a cushion for your head while you sleep or relax. Wing chairs commonly have wooden legs and an upholstered frame.

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Chair and a Half

Roomier than a traditional chair, the chair and a half is a versatile piece of furniture that is often found in living rooms. This type of chair is smaller than a loveseat but similar in design in that it may have a streamlined back and seat or may feature loose cushions.

Reclining Chair

A reclining chair has the capacity to tilt backward as you pull a lever that extends the footrest and lowers the backrest and headrest. These supportive chairs are a popular choice for those who desire full-body comfort in furniture. Reclining chairs may be designed with leather or fabrics.

Chaise Lounge

The chaise lounge is ideal for use as an outdoor chair with its reclined back and long seat that fully accommodates your legs. These narrow, fluid-lined chairs may also be upholstered for use in living rooms and bedrooms.

Ergonomic Chair

Ergonomic chairs, with their adjustable heights, wide seats and supportive backrests, are great for use in a home office as they keep you comfortable when you sit for long periods of time. These chairs feature padded seating that is often designed with cloth or leather.

Dining Chair

Found in dining rooms and kitchens, dining chairs are typically characterized by straight seats and backs as well as tall legs. Dining chairs are designed for use in conjunction with tables, are commonly crafted with wood, metal or fabric and may or may not have cushioned seating.

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Slipper Chair

Slipper chairs are recognizable for their armless design, low height, small legs and soft upholstery. These chairs may be covered in a variety of fabrics and are generally suited to bedrooms and living areas.

Occasional Chair

As its name implies, an occasional chair is mainly designed with the purpose of being a decorative piece. Crafted with stylish fabrics and attractive wood finishes, occasional chairs may be used for guest seating or to add flair to a room.

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  1. Naveen | Reclining Office Chair 12/05/2013, 3:11 pm

    Great compilation of chairs.

    Thanks for sharing