The shape of your reading chair
A reading armchair is ideally sturdy in construction and ergonomic in design, as well as matching your decor, so opting for a cheap trending piece or an impulse purchase at Ikea wont really do the job. Prices vary but expect to pay from $600-700 anywhere up to $2000 and above for the right piece - more if you’re looking to invest in a classic designer model that is guaranteed to be made to last a lifetime.
The job of your reading chair
The best reading chairs work pretty hard and essentially punch well above the task of simply somewhere to sit and read a book. Depending on where you’re planning to situate it, the best reading chairs can tick boxes for decorating style as well as comfort, allowing you to have a little fun with fabric and colour.
The location of your reading chair
In your master suite, consider the addition of a reading chair to boost your bedroom style. In the living room, pairing reading chairs with ottomans to form a cosy conversation zone with your sofa works beautifully. A comfy reading chair in a kids’ bedroom is the perfect place for story time and don’t discount the kitchen as the perfect place to situate your reading chair - your reading nook can be anywhere close to the action yet just enough removed to get a little peace and quiet. Even in the smallest space, the presence of a reading lounge chair can turn any spot into a library.
Where to buy your reading chair
Planning ahead with research and careful consideration to find the most comfortable reading chair will ensure your choice fits the bill in terms of seating pleasure and price. Whether you’re buying a reading chair brand new or planning to upgrade and integrate a pre-loved arnchair into your décor, it’s a great opportunity to make a decorating statement or finally invest in a longed-for designer piece or oversized leather recliner.
Here's what to look for when you're shopping for the ultimate reading chair:
Checklist for the perfect reading chair
- Head support
- Hardwearing fabric
- Generous, comfy cushioning
- Good lumbar support
- Arm rests
- Sized to fit your space
- Style to fit your space
Top 10 best reading chairs on the market
1. Button wing chair, $989, Interiors online
Solid pine timber frame and fully upholstered dacron in pale blue with a lumber cushion for added support means this beauty looks as good as it feels to sit in.
2. Wayne armchair with side cushions, $759, Castlery
Thanks to the wooden frame, the Wayne looks great from all angles. The extra side cushions not only add to the chair aesthetically, but also make it feel more plush while sitting.
3. Seydour armchair and ottoman set, $260.96, Zanui
Comes as a coordinated set of an armchair and an ottoman for ultimate comfort and effortless coordination.
For the ultimate in classic leather armchairs this is an investment piece that will complete the look of sophistication in any living room, bedroom, study or home office.
5. Penny leather armchair, $1,349, Freedom
With a generous seat and plush cushioning, this Mid century inspired armchair had a high back for neck support.
6. Brandt 2 in 1 convertible rocking armchair, $459, Luxo living
All the looks with the clever added functionality of rocking, this is the perfect place to nurse a baby, read a bedtime story or binge your favourite Netflix series.
7. Club chair aqua with black legs, $979, Interiors online
Upholstered in an aqua green velvet fabric with quilted detailing and black legs, this pick will make a grand statement in your living room.
8. Desmond armchair, $659, Castlery
Handsome and hardy, this modern armchair was designed with lounging in mind with a contoured frame. The brass-tipped legs also add an elegant touch.
9. High back armchair, $690, Koala
Stylish and comfortable, this high back armchair is the perfect spot to curl up with a good book. Textured fabric and pillow arms up the ante in comfort.
10. Alva white (velvet), $1,695, Sarah Ellison
Sure to boost the decor in any room in the house, this caramel showstopper combines oversized feather and foam cushions with a white powder coated steel frame for glamorous yet effortless style.
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