Know How: How to Choose The Perfect Armchair

Here at Arlo & Jacob, we know that choosing the perfect armchair can be a challenge. Often used as an accent piece, the armchair can be the focal point of a living room environment and must, therefore, complement the existing style of your furniture, without compromising on comfort. With such a wide variety of choice it can be tricky to know where to start, so to help make things a little easier, we have put together our top tips and things to consider when choosing an armchair:

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This may sound obvious, but with so many different options out there, you really need to think about what style you are looking for before you start your search. Are you after a traditional or more modern style? A Scandinavian design or mid century modern? A cosy chair to cuddle up on whilst you read by your bedroom window, or something more dominant that will make a real style statement? Thinking about these options will enable you to narrow your search and help you to find the armchair that’s right for you.

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Before you think about size, you need to determine where the chair is going to be placed. Do you require a larger chair, like our 19th Century French Versailles Club Chair, for cosy nights in by the fire or a small boudoir chair for a nook in the bedroom? Is your armchair required as part of a sociable space for guests to sit and relax, or simply to fill up excess hall space? Consider these factors alongside your existing furniture, as you don’t want the area to become cramped or over crowded.

19th Century French Versailles Club Chair

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The fabric you chose will inevitably have an impact on its longevity. As a result, you may need to consider your lifestyle when selecting armchair fabrics. If you have pets or small children than a lavish velvet may not be the most practical choice, whereas for a more grown-up home, then a luxurious leather or soft cotton could provide the perfect finishing touch. Opt for wool if you are after something with a cosy feel, however, if you require a more formal look than a linen mix is a great choice. Choose loud colours or funky prints to create that statement look.

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