Matching your armchair to the other furniture in the room and ensuring that it looks stylish is important to many of us, but ultimately what we all want is a chair that lets us sit comfortably and relax.
There are many factors to consider when picking comfortable armchairs. You need to take into account your height. Seats of most chairs are around 18″ off the ground, so if you have particularly long or short legs then you might want to seek out one with a seat that is higher or lower than this. People with long legs may also want a chair that is deeper so that they can sit with the backs of their knees against the chair.
You also need to think about what you will be doing in your chair. If you will be sitting watching television or reading a book then a high back may be more comfortable in order to allow you to lean back. A short backed chair might be better if you’re mainly going to be chatting to others while seated.
It’s vital to think about how you sit in a chair. If you tend to lounge around with your knees or feet up on the seat then a wider seat might be better than a narrower one. If you like to lean to one side then you’ll probably want to have arm rests. Arm rests come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. You might want flat ones for resting drinks on or padded rests for leaning on.
You also need to think about how willing you are to sacrifice a little comfort to gain some style. A tightly covered chair may have sleek appealing lines, but it’s unlikely to be as comfortable as one with padded cushions.