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5 Must-Have Iconic IKEA Chairs

These popular, affordable chairs from our fave furniture brand are also design classics!

Photography: IKEA

The magical thing about IKEA chairs is that they look great in both budget college room and high-end modern home. If you choose one in the right color (white is a classic), these humble chairs have the ability to blend in with Eameses and Pantons without looking out of place. IKEA chairs are the epitome of cheap chic. Because—Scandinavian design.

While we wait for IKEA to open shop on our shores, we decided to round up five of their affordable and comfortable chairs that are almost as famous as the Swedish store itself.


Who hasn’t fallen asleep on a Poang? That’s how comfortable this lounge chair is. Made out of molded birchwood, its seat is cantilevered over its base, giving a “bouncy” feel once you sit on it. Launched in the 1970s, it resembles (and shares the same cantilevered principle of) the more renowned, Chair 406 by Alvar Aalto.


Office chairs are kind of boring, so the Jules Swivel Chair provides a breath of fresh air. The big cutout circles on the seat rest are whimsical design detail (they look like polka dots), and the molded plywood that comes in many colors serves as a more attractive alternative to black mesh.


Now this is one IKEA chair that looks like it came out of Manila FAME, and the materials are very tropical—sustainable woven banana fibers on a rattan frame. The Gullholmen is actually a very comfortable rocking chair, and it looks great indoors or out.


The catalogue describes the collection as inspired by the shapes in children’s cartoons. Mammut, which is Scandinavian for “Mammoth,” best describes the wide, stubby leg of this children’s chair, the design of which prevents it from tipping over. 


What distinguishes this plastic outdoor chair from the palengke monoblocs out there? First, it’s got this retro-1970s lounge chair feel to it (the seat is very wide). Second, the plastic is fade-, crack-, and UV-resistant, which makes it great for the garden or terrace.

All photos are from IKEA's website.

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