The Ultimate Guide to Every Type of Accent Chair

First things first: What’s the difference between regular chairs and accent chairs? Glad you asked!

Accent chairs are stylish seats that “accentuate” your main sofa, bed, or furniture pieces in a room, but they can also easily be used alone as comfortable seating anywhere in the home. That means accent chairs can range from wingback chairs to more slender side chairs that can be pulled up next to a console in the entryway.

In short, there are many types of armchairs and accent chairs. And with so many options to choose from, it can easily feel overwhelming to find the right one for your space and needs.

So we’re here to help. Below, we’ve rounded up different types of chairs to help you find the perfect accent chair for your home. Read on for our full guide.

Also, see what furniture to mix with accent chairs in our living room checklist!


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Lounge Chair

The lounge chair is a common accent chair choice. How can you tell if a seat is a lounge chair? It often comes with a matching ottoman for you to prop up your feet. Lounge chairs also come in the widest range of design styles, from traditional to modern to rustic, so you’re sure to find one that suits your space and needs!

Stylist Tip: Make room for this chair! Since they’re typically longer and tilt back, they won’t work well in a cramped space.

It’s great for… lounging back, naps, reading—all making it perfect in an office!

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One of our most popular living room seating ideas, recliners come in many styles—from puffy lazy boy designs to sleek and refined seats. Try leather if you’re looking for something more durable or go with a neutral upholstered one if your room has a more traditional look.

Stylist Tip: Choose a recliner that goes with the rest of your room’s furniture and style. Recliners tend to stand out in a space, so you want to make sure it blends in nicely. We like to pair it with a small side table so we can put a drink or set down our remote without getting up.

It’s great for… TV watching, reading, naps, lounging

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When it comes to a seat that’s made for cozying up in, the chair-and-a-half is an all-around favorite. It provides deep seating and gives you a lot of room to snuggle up in. It does take up more space and width than most accent chairs, so make sure you have the room for it.

Stylist Tip: Our favorite reading nook design ideas feature chair-and-a-half. Place the chair in a living room corner, pull up a pouf, and pile on pillows and a throw blanket for a cozy little spot.

It’s great for… snuggling up with a book, a pet, or a little one

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While we often think of the loveseat as a couch or sofa (it can act as one in small studio apartments), it’s really more of an accent chair! Loveseats are longer than chair-and-a-half, so you’ll need to make even more room to fit one. But it’s the perfect accent seat for two!

Stylist Tip: Loveseats come in all styles, from Mid-Century designs to classic ones with nailheads and tufting, so choose one that fits proportionally (and style-wise!) in your space.

It’s great for… curling and cuddling up in, laying back with a book

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Club Chair

A classic and comfortable accent chair option, the club chair is defined by its plump, sink-in silhouette. You can comfortably sit in one for hours. It’s a chair that hugs your body when you’re sitting in it because the well-padded arms and back give you tons of support all around.

Stylist Tip: Club chairs come in many styles and upholstery (even tufted leather), so the options are far and wide. We love a matching pair for stylish extra seating in a living room.

It’s great for… relaxing, having a drink, conversation (for those long hangouts and gatherings!)

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Wingback Chair

Wingback Chairs are characterized by a high back and “wings” that project out and usually extends down the armrests. While it has an upright silhouette, wingbacks make for extremely comfortable accent chairs and they add instant sophistication to a space.

Stylist Tip: Add a pair of wingback chairs to a reading nook to create a cozy and stylish spot. Pair each one with a footrest and you have the perfect hideaway for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

It’s great for… cozy wind-downs at night, morning coffee, curling up with a book

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Swivel Armchair

These turnable chairs are one of our favorite living room design ideas for extra seating. Not only are they comfortable accent chairs, but they’re also typically lower to the ground, which makes them perfect pieces for casual seating.

Stylist Tip: Swivel armchairs are amazing for a multipurpose space, such as a library-and-office or an open living-dining room, where they can swivel around to face different areas as needed.

It’s great for… conversation, lounging, multipurpose spaces,

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Barrel Chair

For an accent chair that cushions and cups your body comfortably for long periods, the barrel chair can be a stylish contemporary choice. Unlike the club chair, the barrel has a rounded design with padding that’ll support you for hours on end. And it’s kid-friendly!

Stylist Tip: The ‘barrel’ comes from the actual shape of a barrel, so there are no hard edges all around. We love it as extra seating for guests and it’s great for modern and transitional spaces.

It’s great for… child-friendly spaces, conversation, lounging, and entertaining

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Slipper Chair

Slipper chairs are armless and low, which gives them an elegant silhouette that doesn’t take up a lot of room. They’re ideal for short sitting periods, which means they’re true accent chairs that are meant to complement other pieces.

Stylist Tip: These are perfect bedroom chairs to have alongside your bed. Pull one (or a pair) into your bedroom to use as a catchall for holding clothes, bags, pillows, and other accessories.

It’s great for… catchall seating in a bedroom, small areas, in a studio apartment

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Side Chair

For accent chairs that work in any setting, side chairs are your answer. A side chair is the most multipurpose accent chair since it’s relatively slender and easy to move around. You can pull it into the dining room as an extra seat or use it as a desk chair. They’re endlessly versatile!

Stylist Tip: Use a pair of side chairs to frame a fireplace, a console table, or a sideboard. It’s an easy way to play up symmetry in a room, while also adding extra seating.

It’s great for… dining rooms, open living rooms, and any space in need of extra seating

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Most commonly found in nurseries for rocking babies to sleep, gliders are similar to recliners and very comfortable to sit in for long periods of time. They’re also similar to rocking chairs, but instead of rocking back and forth, they glide—so you’ll surely want to nap in them.

Stylist Tip: While gliders are made for nurseries, they can easily be repurposed in other spaces when your baby outgrows them. Pair one with an ottoman to make it a cozy nap spot.

It’s great for… lounging, resting, long naps, in nurseries and family TV rooms

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Rocking Chair

Accent chairs don’t get more tried-and-true than rocking chairs, which have been around for a very long time. From upholstered styles to rustic wood chairs to woven rockers, you’re sure to find one that matches your style and furniture. Just be sure to give it enough room to rock.

Stylist Tip: Rocking chairs are more functional than they get credit for. Place one near a bookcase, in front of a window, or next to the fireplace—somewhere you’ll use it often!

It’s great for… relaxing indoors or outdoors in, reading, conversation, entertaining

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