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8 Types Of Chairs And How To Style Them

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Original Article: Tess Quevedo

We all have a favorite seat at home, whether it's a well-loved lounge chair or a recliner that has seen better days—you'd agree when we say that it can be difficult to part with such a treasured piece. But have you ever thought about where these came from? Although their roles are interchangeable, there’s a chair for a specific purpose. Aside from being functional, these pieces can also symbolize design history as expressed in their forms, materials, and ornamentations. Learn more about them below: 

1. Armchair 

Simply put, it is a chair with arms used for lounging as it is larger and more comfortable than the usual stool. Retail stores offer a variety of types—feel free to choose whatever fits your style, or consider getting it in a bright color to add a focal piece to your space. 

2. Dining Chair 

Sleek and sturdy, dining chairs are meant to be used while eating, hence the steady back and higher seats than armchairs. Depending on the look you're aiming for, you can work with upholstered chairs or minimalist wooden pieces. You can even try mixing and matching styles to create the feel of an eclectic paradise. 

READ: 4 Ways To Work With Mismatched Chairs 

3. Fauteuil

Fauteuil is a 17th century armchair from France with a fixed upholstered seat and back, open sides, and exposed chair frame. Its larger, grander version is called bergére. Since it is quite opulent, you don't have to do much else—keep the accessories minimal to avoid having an overdecorated space. 

4. Queen Anne Chair 

Originating from old Britain, it is an early 18th century-inspired piece with a wooden frame, upholstered seat, cabriole legs, and a spoon shaped back for comfort. The open splat back can have various forms like fiddle, vase, or parrot. These are best used for styling seating nooks around the home, or even as an alternative to dining chairs. 

5. Slipper Chair 

Typically armless and has short legs, slipper chairs are supposedly the more casual version of dining chairs. Traditionally used as bedroom furniture, especially for walk-in closets, this type can now be found in living rooms of modern homes, too. 

6. Stools 

Probably the most basic item of the bunch, these are low and used as extra seating, footrest, or even as a side table. It usually has a round seat and long, slim legs to accompany ledges and tables. To give this humble piece a personality boost, experiment with using paint-dipped stools or tufted ones instead.  

7. Windsor 

Most windsors you would see would have a spindle back such as hoop, comb, and fan back. The seat is typically solid wood with turned legs. You don't see a lot of classic designs of this type nowadays, but its armless counterpart are often used as foyer and lanai seats.

8. Wing Chair 

Wing chairs are upholstered armchairs derived from 17th and 18th century models in France and England. It has a high back and side “wings” that are attached to the back. Its “wings” and closed sides and back were intended to protect the sitter from falling down. 

PHOTOS: Decor Look Alikes via Pinterest and West Elm (Main) | Wayfair | | Royal Decorations | | |

Read the original article ("Chair Affair") in the RL Notebook of the August 2011 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.

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