How to Choose the Right Chair

The smartest seats for those “what should we put there?” spots.


Best Opposite a Sofa: Club Chair

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A deep seat, low back, and high arms make the club chair a safe but stylish choice. For a modern look, designer Emily Henderson suggests leather, velvet, or tweed. If your taste veers traditional, try a pair in richly colored linen or velvet. (Find a big variety at Restoration Hardware and Target.) An alternative for the living room: wooden-armed safari or saddle chairs—the open design balances out a sofa's bulk.

To Buy: Furh club chair, $2,195;


Best in a Bedroom Corner: Slipper Chair

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With petite proportions and slim (or no) armrests, slipper chairs fit snugly into tight spaces, serving as the perfect bedroom perch. But you don’t have to keep this baby in a corner. “Try a pair of slipper chairs at the end of the bed as an alternative to a bench,” suggests designer and blogger Becki Owens. (One Kings Lane and offer chic options at discounted prices.)

To Buy: Randen upholstered chair, $530;


Best in an Entryway: Statement Chair

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It’s the first thing you notice when you walk in, so an entry seat should be more than just a spot to throw shoes or drop your bag—ideally, it’s also a gorgeous visual. Lucite versions look sculptural and polished; bamboo or rattan creates a more relaxed, boho vibe, says designer Jill Goldberg. Or try an upholstered seat in a bright print for a hit of color.

To Buy: Storsele armchair, $119;