Ultimate Accent Chair Buying Guide

An accent chair is a piece of furniture that is both functional and aesthetic. It's a standalone piece and can bring out other details and features in a room. An accent chair is also a great focal point for bigger rooms and provides a place for guest to sit.

Accent chairs that accomplish both of these tasks come in a variety of types, styles, sizes, materials, and colors. Let us take a look at each specific type, including arm chairs, slipper chairs, side chairs, and many more. The key is to have an accent piece that stands out while flowing with the original theme. When shopping for an accent chair, keep in mind what purpose it needs to serve for the entire room.


Type refers to the basic design of the chair which includes the look, and construction of the legs, back, and seat.

1. Arm Chair

WK Home- Thistle Series in Charcoal Gray

Knowing the function of a chair can determine the right term to use. If a decorative chair has arms, it is both an accent chair and an armchair. Pieces without arms are just accent chairs. Because it doesn’t contrast or draw the eye, an armchair with the same upholstery and styling as the couch is not an accent chair.

2. Slipper Chair

WK Home- Thistle Series Accent Chair (2pc/ Pack)

With short legs, an armless body, and a high back, the compact shape of the slipper chair has made it an enduring design, great for small spaces and tight corner. Slipper chairs have become versatile in the accent chair family, used everywhere from bedrooms, dressing rooms to living rooms, offices and even foyers.

3.Wingback Chair

WK Home- Empire Series in Denim Blue

Wingback chair—also known as a fireside chair, or a chair—with “wings” attached to the seatback. In the past these were used near a fireplace and the purpose of the "wings" was to shield the occupants from the direct heat of the fire as well as from any drafts. Wingback chairs generally feature a high back and most of wing chairs are fully upholstered with exposed wood legs and some of the more modern styles of this chair have armrests.

4. Club Chair

Garren Wide Tufted Polyester Club Chair

Club chairs get their name from 19th-century England where gentlemen's clubs that had this type of chairs for relaxing. Leather is usually the covering of choice it features deeper-than-normal seats, high arms, and comfortable upholstery. Traditionally, they come with leather upholstery and nail trim.

Currently, Swivel club chairs are a popular modern invention and contemporary leather club chairs, on the other hand, have lower backs with heights the same as the arm rests.

5. Lounge Chair

QT Privacy Lounge Chair with Canopy

A lounge chair is an armless recliner (built in a permanently reclined position that cannot be adjusted by the user), a place to rest your feet or paired with an ottoman, and designed for relaxing and leisure. They’re not designed for work or productivity. The subcategory are outdoor versions used on patios and near pools.

6. Chesterfield Chair

Chesterfield sofa by Timonthy Oulton

Chesterfield sofas are large couches with rolled arms the same height as the back, and typically with deep button tufting and nail-head trim. It was first created on the 18th century and have a formal style, but what makes the Chesterfield sofa distinct is the fact that it actually looks better as it ages. Its elegance and dignity, like wine, gets better with age, and this makes it a very great investment.

7. Side Chair

Remix Side Chair

Side Chair is a chair without arms. Often used in the dining room as additional dining table seating, its armless silhouette makes it sleek to fit into small and awkward spaces – think table corners and dining nooks.Be sure to check the measurement of the table (length and height) and think about the colors and style of your dining room and living room when selecting a design. Side chair can be used for bedroom seating, home office chair or even as entryway seating.

8. Barrel Chair

Mcintyre Wide Swivel Barrel Chair

The curved back and wraparound arms embrace you in comfort like none other. Barrel Chair generally have a semicircular back that usually curves around the sides into wings or armrests. Often referred to as a tub chair, the style was first popularized in the mid-20th century.

9. Parsons Chair

Parsons chair is developed in 1930 and named for the Parsons School of Design. The design striped everything down and leave to bare essential. The chair is armless, padding on the back and seat made the chairs very comfortable for sitting at a dining table.

10. Papasan Chair

Messer Wide Tufted Yes Papasan Chair

Papasan chair looks like a baseball glove and makes you feel snug and secure. They originated from Asian and became popular in America during World War I. The upright frame traditionally made of rattan, it's slightly reclined. The round bowl shape of the chair provides a casual coziness for anyone who curls up in the seat.

11. Ballon Chair

Higgins Polyester Swivel Balloon Chair Orren Ellis

Its a Victorian era staple and excellent statement piece for living rooms, bedrooms, even entryways. The term balloon refers to the rounded shoulders of the back and curved crosspiece. They usually come with enclosed arms and a deep seat.

12. Convertible Chair

Convertible Charcoal Gray Fabric Chair Bed

This chair is ideal for small living spaces and easily converts to a lounge or bed, creating an extra bed. If you can fit a recliner, an armchair, or a seat and a half, you can probably fit a sleeper chair with convertible function.


The style of accent chair relates to its overall look and design.