I’m always asked where the mid-century style armchair in my living room is from – the answer is eBay; one of those lucky bargains you come across every now and then. I think it was about £150 at the time. With its high back and naturally reclined position, it’s the comfiest chair. We could probably reupholster it in a nicer fabric and revarnish the frame, but it does a good job for now and it’s one of my favourite spots in the house. It’s the perfect place to curl up with a book by the fire and you can’t help but run your hands over the smooth arms.
I think when you have a large sofa with lots of upholstery it can be nice to balance the heavy form with something more lightweight, like a wooden armchair. Wood instantly adds warmth to a neutral scheme, bringing texture and tactility to plain walls and subtle, pared-back tones. Being able to see under and around the chair also makes a space feel lighter and airier.
Today I’ve rounded up 12 of the best wooden armchairs for the neutral home, from traditional spindle back designs to contemporary shell chairs. Wooden chairs can often be extortionate so I’ve tried to keep all of these below £2,000, which in itself is a lot for a chair. Quite a few of these are currently on sale, which is always a happy surprise!
My favourite of all the wooden armchairs is the Fly lounge chair by Space Copenhagen for &Tradition; I love the white oak frame and the comfy cushions look very inviting. It almost looks like a contemporary take on a Shaker style chair. If you’re looking for a bargain, look no further than H&M Home’s minimalist wooden armchair for £199, and if you want to splash a bit more, I would have my eye on Six the Residence’s elegant walnut design.
1. Sling armchair, £779, John Lewis & Partners [Ad – affiliate link] – an exposed solid oak frame and leather sling back give a relaxed look
2. Bouclé and walnut armchair, £455, Six the Residence – upholstered in a soft off-white bouclé fabric, with a walnut-stained timber frame
3. HAY About A Lounge chair, £1,172.15, was £1,379, SCP – features a moulded plywood frame, giving the high backed lounge chair an open, inviting feel
4. Relaxed lounge chair, £468.75, was £625, Cox & Cox – inspired by mid-century design, this chair features a simple ash wood frame, a subtle recline and a comfy foam seat
5. Oak lounge chair, £199, H&M Home [Ad – affiliate link] – a minimalist wooden chair with a seat made from braided jute strips, it comes flatpack to save space
6. L. Ercolani Reprise chair, £1,950, Heal’s – designed by Norm Architects, the chair’s seamless silhouette is achieved by steam-bending a single piece of timber to create a sinuous line that stretches all the way around the backrest
7. &Tradition Fly SC10 lounge chair, £1487.50, was £1,750, Utility Design – designed by Space Copenhagen, with a handcrafted solid oak frame and comfy loose cushions
8. Boucle and cane armchair, £731.25, was £975, Cox & Cox – a simple blonde wooden frame with a rattan seat base and back, finished with detachable seat cushions in a textural cream bouclé fabric
9. HAY Bernard lounge chair, £1,189.15, was £1,399, Nest – designed for Hay by Shane Schneck, the smooth wooden frame features a supportive seat cover, available in either canvas or leather
10. ANYDAY Dime accent chair, £329, John Lewis & Partners [Ad – affiliate link] – a light wood frame and rattan back pairs beautifully with tactile bouclé
11. FDB Møbler J82 lounge chair, £811.75, was £955, Utility Design – a classic design from the 1960s, made from solid FSC certified beech or oak available in three finishes.
12. Jonas armchair, £895, was £1,695, Soho Home – the solid oak frame and handwoven natural rope give a mid-century feel, while the chenille upholstery is spun from recycled wool and acrylic yarns
Which is your favourite out of these 12 wooden armchairs?