I bet you would be surprised if you went through your home and counted how many chairs you have! Kitchen chairs, island chairs, occasional chairs, rocking chairs, reading chairs, lounging chairs, dining room table chairs, just-for-show chairs, office chairs, bedroom chairs, club chairs, recliners, tv-watching-chairs, accent chairs… the list goes on and on! But, are they all the perfect chair? Here are 6 things to consider so you will always choose the perfect chair for your home!
CHOOSE THE RIGHT CHAIR FOR THE RIGHT PURPOSE
When choosing the perfect chair keep in mind it’s purpose. This is the most important step. You may love that darling, petite French chair but if you are going to be sitting in it while you watch your favorite tv show you won’t be comfortable and it might not hold up.
Make sure the chair you choose is the right height and width for it’s purpose. Does is need arms or not? Should it be ergonomic? Does it need any special features? Answer questions like this now and it will help you weed out chairs that are not THE perfect chair.
Determine it’s use and go from there.
PAY ATTENTION TO SCALE AND PROPORTION
A chair must be a perfect “fit”! The scale of a chair is how it relates to the size of the room and to a person who is using it. Proportion means how a piece relates to other pieces in the room. Both are important in finding the perfect chair!
A chair must be scaled to a room… sorta like Goldie Locks! Not to big, not too small, but just right! And just like finding the perfect proportion, the scale must fit too! It can’t look out of sync with what you already have in your room. A big recliner would not work in a mid century modern room!
It’s important to pay attention to the measurements of an area you want a chair to fit into. Don’t try to cram a too big chair in a small area. The same goes for a small chair is a large area. The chair and the room and the things around it and the space need to work together.
Buying new chairs was not an option so I painted my dining room chairs. They fit the size of my dining room and work with the other furniture in the room.
CHOOSE A STYLE YOU LOVE
Once you pick a chair’s purpose, scale and proportion then you can start looking for a style you like. There are so so many styles to pick from… how to choose?
The first thing you might want to consider is who will be using the chair. Woman, men and children are all different and fit into chairs differently too. It’s probably a good idea to choose a style that fits all the people in your home comfortably unless it is statement piece and will get little wear or the chair is being purchased with a specific person in mind.
Also to consider how long the style will work for you. This ties into price point which will be discussed further down in the post.
The more classic the styling the more years you will probably get from your chair. Trendy styles are more suited for great accent chairs that will give a room personality and not are not costly because you will probably tire of them more quickly when they look dated. If you are looking for something that will live in your home for more than 7 years… go classic!
Peruse magazines, Pinterest and blogs for chair styles you like. And make a few trips to your local furniture stores and get some help. You don’t have to buy, but you can get lots of ideas and learn lots too!
These “bubble” chairs are my very favorite. It was love at first sight! There classically updated style speak to me!
DECIDE ON A FABRIC, COLOR AND PATTERN
Now this is the fun part… at least for me. Some people get totally overwhelmed with all the fabric, colors and pattern choices for chairs. I can see why. If you choose custom fabric you may not be able to return a chair if you make a mistake! YIKES!
Here are a few things that will help…
When deciding on a fabric think about WEAR. Match the amount of wear a chair will get with the durability and stain resistance a fabric has.
When thinking of color think of WASH. As in color wash. What overall color do you want your chair and room to be washed in? Do you want to coordinate it with the rest of your room? Or will this chair bring a much needed pop of color to a room? Will this color stand the test of time (in my book that is 7-10 years for most chairs) or will you get tired of it? Can this chair be moved to another part of your home if needed?
Now think about WOW when you think pattern. Pattern bring a certain wow factor with it. Bold, geometric, botanicals, abstract, subtle, stripes, checks, plaids, basketweave, hound’s tooth, ombre, tapestry and paisley are just a few of the hundreds of interesting patterns to pick from. Find a pattern that works with the other things in your room.
The big hound’s tooth print is perfect for our very neutral family room that needed a little excitement. And it’s a recliner! This great chair came from Lazy Boy.
WEIGHT QUALITY AND PRICE POINT
Quality versus price point can’t be stressed enough. I learned this lesson the very hard way.
When I was a young homemaker a “certain wood and style” was all the rage. Bobby and I saved for 5 years to buy some very expensive dining room furniture in the latest style. It was GORGEOUS! And is still in amazing shape to this day. But I got tired of it after 10 years. And in 20 years it was really out of date and made my home look dated!
The furniture was still exquisite, but gone was my love for it.
We have kept that furniture for almost 30 years because we had invested so much money into it that we could not get rid of it in good faith. I painted the chairs and love them, but the table (although so so amazing) is not what I want… at all. (I’ll let you in on a little secret… make sure you come back in mid November and see my new table!)
My best advice for you is… DO NOT… I repeat… DO NOT over invest in furniture. If you have the income to support changing up your furniture then you go girl! But if you are like most of us, please listen to me! Only invest in furniture to last 7- 10 years. That’s my mantra! And if it’s an accent piece or you have chosen a trendy color or pattern, make that 5-7. The only thing that I would pay more for is a great sofa (because of wear) and a mattress (because a good night’s sleep is priceless).
This little accent chair came from HomeGoods. It was very inexpensive. It’s a fun accent chair in one of our guest rooms. Because it does not get much wear it will probably hold up well.
SPEND SOME TIME IN A CHAIR
Don’t buy a chair for looks alone unless it is a statement piece that will hardly ever get use. If at all possible cozy down in a chair and make sure it’s comfortable and is the height and width that feels good to you. Yes, be like our girl Goldie Locks. Snuggle down and when you find a chair that you are very very comfortable in… then that just might be your chair! I can’t over emphasize how important comfort is above form when buying a chair! And this is hard for me because I like pretty. Always choose comfort first!
If you can’t test the chair out then make sure to read every single review on that chair. Other people, will give you the scoop on a chair you are considering!
Now you know! I hope the next time you are looking for a chair to bring into your home this gives you lots of information to help make the perfect choice!
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