Living Room Chairs – Which Style Suits You Best?

Look at the style already present in your living room. When you go chair shopping, you will either want to match this style or find a style that compliments it and you. If all of your living room furniture is filled with curves; overstuffed couches with rolled arms, decorator pillows, large foot stools, etc., you would not want to bring in a chair that was firm, flat and all angles. It would stand out as an oddball and would likely be discarded soon after arriving in its spot.

On the other hand, if your décor is all angles; furniture that is very angular, square table, framed abstract art of boxes and triangles, you would not want to bring home a chair that is overstuffed, covered with pillows and has foot wide, rolled, padded arms.

Fabric is another issue, you will need to make sure the style of the fabric of the new furniture will match, compliment or accent the existing furniture. If you have all leather, you would want to be very careful about adding chairs with fabric, they can exist together, but you will want to consider your choices carefully before buying. Your style is probably already set in your existing furniture, and unless you intend to replace all of your furniture, you’ll want to mix and match complimentary styles.

Think A Chair Is Just A Chair? Know Your Options Before You Buy

If you go shopping believing that a chair is just a chair, you may end up with a totally inappropriate, uncomfortable and even unwelcome addition to your household. You may find yourself pulling it and putting it up for sale soon after you get it home because the store you bought it from will either not take it back because there is nothing wrong with it or will charge you a large restocking fee.

Save yourself the pain and financial discomfort of a bad decision by doing your homework and figuring out exactly what you want. There are many different styles of chairs in a huge array of sizes, colors and coverings.

Look at the existing furniture, the style, color and coverings. This will have an impact on the choices you will make for your addition. Measure the spot you have available so you don’t get a chair that is too big or too small. You might want to take pictures of your existing furnishings and take them with you when you shop, this will allow you to compare not only color but style. In your final decision, you will need to consider not only comfort but cost. Make sure the chair is everything you want but not more expensive than you can afford.

Living Room Chairs For Small Spaces

chair small spaceA living room chair doesn’t have to be huge and intimidating or even huge and inviting. If you have a small space, filling it with a large chair will be detrimental to the décor of the whole room. That one chair will become the focus no matter where it is. Avoid this mistake by getting a chair that fits the location.

The first thing you will want to know is the size of the location, measure the width and depth and get an idea of what furnishings are around it and might intrude on it (such as a recliner). Once you have this figured out, you’ll want to figure out your color. If the space is small, you might want to opt for a lighter color so the chair won’t look like a dark hole. Are there windows where the chair will be? In this case you may want a low back chair so you aren’t blocking the windows. A curved back chair will make two corners flow together whereas a square backed chair will make two angles where there was only one. Above all, the chair should be comfortable! It should be inviting enough to make you want to spend time sitting there reading books or watching television. The right chair can become the focal point of the room– beautiful to look at and cozy to sit on.

Armed with a general idea of the size and shape you desire and the colors that will blend with your existing décor, shop by feel. Make sure you’re not buying a chair just because it fits the space. It also needs to be useable, comfortable, a welcome edition to the room.

Rocking Chairs Aren’t Just For Grandma Anymore!

rocking chairRockers come in a multitude of styles, sizes and uses. There are outdoor platform rocking chairs included in patio sets, even the patio chairs that sit at the stylish glass tables with the umbrellas spread above rock back and forth in a not so lazy fashion. Under the boughs of an old shade tree, you might find a family rocking on a double rocker and the children on their very own smaller rockers that may even sport the imprint of a smiling teddy bear.

Many swings that used to hang from above on chains have been replaced by rockers called gliders that swing back and forth connected to a stable base by four flat connecting bars. Inside, the traditional rocker has made a bit of a comeback. There are all sorts of back pads and seat pads available at home improvement stores and department stores for these long lived furnishings from the past. Along with the traditional rockers, the platform rocking chairs have made a comeback of their own. They not only rock themselves, the foot stools available for them also are platform and rock your feet to the same rhythm as you have for your chair.

In this fast paced world, it is only natural to want to take a moment, sit in your rocker and let it slowly rock the stress and aggravation of the day right out of your body.

Leather or Fabric – Which Is Right For You?

leather fabric chairsLeather or Fabric has a lot to do with your lifestyle. Some people don’t like the feel of leather, especially in the heat. Those people may be confusing leatherette with leather as leather tends to breathe more and contribute less to discomfort in hot conditions.

Leather is very durable if taken care of correctly and is much easier to clean; a very viable consideration, especially if there are multiple animals or children or both in the house. Leather comes in a very large range of colors but generally the colors are solid. Rarely do you find leather furnishings that are a multitude of colors.

Fabric is lighter and gives more, it breaths more than leather so it can be more comfortable in the heat. Fabric is limited only by the imagination as far as color and pattern. Fabric couches are available in every color of the rainbow and every pattern imaginable and some that are not imaginable. On the other hand, fabric is not as durable; it is easily damaged by pulls or rips if not dealt with carefully. Fabric also collects dirt and stains. Cleaning it is much more difficult than leather and may include calling a company out specifically to clean it. Fabric will not be as forgiving to animals and children as leather can be and may require a cover to keep it cleaner when kids or animals are using it.

A Club Chair Is A Compliment To Any Living Room

club chairClub chairs come in a host of different styles and designs from straight angles to swooping curves. They are large and deep or small and shallow, armed and unarmed. Your imagination, your décor and your pocketbook are going to be the main determining factors of your decision.

First, take a look at your existing furnishings, are they angular and engineered or are they curvy and creative, are they bold and strong or more soft featured and feminine. The characteristics of your current furnishings will to some extent dictate the characteristics of your new club chair.

Measure the space you have available for the chair and get an idea of the colors and patterns that surround the spot. Decide if you also want a foot stool as that will impact your space allotment. Once you have an idea of what you want, it’s time to go shopping. Compare the club chairs you are viewing to the furnishings you already have, make sure the chair is comfortable and will be durable, also make sure the chair is within the price range you set for yourself. Don’t let an emotional purchase make you spend more than you are prepared to spend. Then all you have left to do is take it home and enjoy it.

Can A Wing Chair Improve Your Décor?

wing chairA wing chair is a very specific style of chair; it may clash with some furnishings and fit in well with others. This is not to say that if you have antiques it will fit in and if you don’t, it won’t. Wing chairs can fit into a multitude of different décor.

There are many different sizes and styles of wing chair, from the traditional dark leather diamond backed library chair to the flowery patterned cloth covered chair with the foot stool in front.

These chairs can fit into modern décor with as much flare as traditional décor and can be a featured accent if that is what you desire. The best way to fit a wing backed chair into your current furnishings is to measure the spot you wish it to be and take pictures of the furnishings that surround it. When you find a chair that looks good with the furnishings in your picture, you will want to make sure it measures up size wise as well.

Comfort is also a consideration as some of these chairs are very cushy and comfortable whereas others can be rather firm. A wing backed chair can compliment and accent your décor as long as you consider all of your options and don’t settle. Look for the chair that completely fits your vision.

What You Need To Do Before You Purchase Any Living Room Furniture

living room furnitureIf you are starting with an empty living room, your cost will be more but your choices will be easier. There are many different full living room setups available, or if you wish to create your own, you are likely to have a much easier time finding colors, fabrics and designs that match or compliment one another.

In this case, you will want to measure your empty living room and figure out your general design. Where you want your couches, tables, chairs, TV or whatever else you intend to put in the room to be located. You will need to measure those individual areas to get an idea of how big each piece can be and detail it out so you know exactly what you are dealing with.

If you are just adding a single piece or maybe a few your choices might be a bit more difficult but your expenses will be less. In this case, you will want to measure the space available for the furniture you want. Take a picture of the room and take pictures of the furniture that will be near the new pieces. You can take the pictures shopping with you and compare them to the new pieces right on the spot. You will not only be able to compare size but color and style as well.

Tips For Purchasing A Recliner

purchasing reclinerBefore you go out and purchase a new recliner, there are things you will need to consider. First, figure out the location you want to set the recliner in. Once you have the location figured out, you will want to measure the area; keep in mind that the recliner spreads out and may need more room behind it and definitely more room in front of it, depending on the method it uses to recline. The next thing to consider is your existing décor style and color. You will want the style and color of the recliner to blend into your existing furnishings and not stand out as something totally different.

Who will be using the recliner is a strong consideration. The person that is likely to be the most frequent user should be the basis of the size choice, taking into consideration the amount of room. A short person will not be comfortable in a recliner with an extra deep seat, whereas a taller person requires a deeper seat and would not be comfortable otherwise.

Once you have your décor, and your material figured out (cloth or leather types) you will then want to have the person most likely to use the recliner do a multitude of sit tests. Sit down, recline, relax, close your eyes and pay attention to what your body is telling you. If you can’t fully relax in the recliner then it is probably not quite right for you.

Finding The Perfect Lounge Chair

perfect lounge chairFinding the perfect lounge chair may not be as easy as it may seem. The word perfect is relative. Some chairs are perfect in some situations but fit badly in others. So where will this chair be? Its location will have a strong impact on its looks and convention as it will need to fit in with all of the furnishings it will be surrounded by. You could have the most comfortable red lounge chair in existence, but if it is in a room full of blue furniture, its simply not going to fit in.

After you have the location figured out, you will want to figure out what the frequency of usage will be. If the chair is going to be mostly decoration, with a little use infrequently, you are more able to allow yourself to go into the esoteric though maybe not quite so comfortable realm.  If the chair is to be frequently used, then comfort will be much more of an issue.

Sturdiness also comes into play depending on the people who will be using it. Children can be much harder on furniture than adults. Some lounge chairs are padded and some are not. Some are made of beautiful woods that you may not want to cover. Location, usage and cost are the main components you will need to consider when finding your perfect lounge chair.