How to Find the Perfect Chair for Your Living Room

Whether cozying up with a book or gathering with loved ones, you spend a lot of time in your living room. It makes sense that you want your living room furniture to reflect your unique tastes and lifestyle. And when it comes to living room furniture, one piece you won't want to overlook is a great chair.

To complement a sectional or sofa/loveseat, a living room chair provides a practical and comfortable space to relax. Likewise, the right chair in the right place can elevate the look and feel of your entire living room.

Looking for some help choosing chairs for your living room? By following these steps, you'll be well on your way to selecting the ideal chairs for your space.

Figure Out What You Need

Start by listing the characteristics and features you're looking for in a living room chair (or set of living room chairs). Keep the following considerations in mind as you create your list of must-haves.


What will be the primary use of the chair? For example, will the chair be situated in front of a television and thus primarily used for TV viewing? Or perhaps you’ll position the chair near a bookshelf in a quiet corner of the room to create a cozy reading space.

Understanding the chair's purpose will help you narrow down some other aspects. For example, a chair primarily used to watch television may benefit from a reclining feature with cup holders. You may want something more straightforward and minimalist with a reading chair.

Margot chair in brown leather with tubular baseShown above: Margot chair in brown leather with tubular base

Overall Look and Style

Consider, too, the overall look and style you're going for in your living room. Do you prefer a more transitional or traditional look? If so, look for chairs that feature carved details on exposed wood areas, rich finishes, and formal fabrics. Do you prefer a style that is more minimal, contemporary, or modern? Showcase your personality through the chairs' clean lines, graphic and textured patterns, and other unique eyecatching features.

Comfort Features

Beautiful, luxurious chairs are an amazing visual addition to your spaces, but you also want inviting and comfortable places to sit. No matter what kind of look you're going for, there are features you can look for to strike that ideal balance between style and comfort.

The Ontario recliner in brown leatherShown above: The Ontario recliner in brown leather

Consider, for example, a living room chair with a matching ottoman so you can kick your feet up at the end of a long day. Some chairs may even come with manual or power-reclining features for added comfort and convenience.

An ergonomic design is also a must when selecting a comfortable living room chair. Be sure that the chair you select offers plenty of lumbar support, quality fill options, and perhaps even armrests.

Consider Your Other Furniture

If you already have other furniture in your living room (such as a sectional, sofas, coffee tables, and end tables), take careful measurements to be sure that the chair you select will fit properly in the existing space. 

A chair that's too large can throw off the balance of the entire room, so proper sizing is crucial. Consider the color and style of any existing furniture to choose a living room chair that matches or complements it.

Decide on Your Budget

Living room chairs can run the gamut regarding pricing, but it's important to understand that you always get what you pay for when you buy furniture. Spending a little more on a new set of living room chairs now will often pay off in the long run, especially when you can get many decades (or even generations) of use out of your furniture.

At Domaine Furnishings, we offer a wide range of living room chair styles ranging from less than $2,000 to around $10,000—so you can find something that fits your style and budget.

Prioritize Quality and Durability

Higher prices and quality/durability often go hand-in-hand. So you could spend just a few hundred dollars on a living room chair from a discount outlet. Unfortunately, you could end up with a chair made largely of cheap materials and low-quality fabrics that only last a few years.

If you're looking for living room chairs that you won't need to replace a few years down the line, look for long-lasting materials and quality craftsmanship. Real wood, steel, leather, and performance fabrics are all materials you'll regularly find in our chairs at Domaine Furnishings.

Look For Multi-Functionality

While you may be buying a living room chair with a specific purpose in mind (such as a reading chair), multi-functionality is always a nice perk to have in a new living room chair. Look for features that will allow you to get the most out of your chair over the years. 

For example, a chair with a built-in swivel feature will provide added functionality – especially if the chair is placed near a window with a lovely view outside. That seemingly small swivel feature will allow you to enjoy that beautiful view out the window without missing any action indoors.

Roxy Would Swivel-Tilt Tub Chair in a modern classic styleShown Above: Roxy Would Swivel-Tilt Tub Chair in a modern classic style

Shop Living Room Chairs Today

A great chair can drastically improve the functionality and style of your living room space—but choosing chairs for your living room is often easier said than done. With these tips in mind, you'll be better prepared to shop for new living room chairs and make a confident purchase.

When you shop for living room chairs at Domaine Furnishings, you can always rest assured that you get quality materials and lasting craftsmanship with each unique piece we sell. Looking for more help pulling your ideal living room space together? Reach out to learn more about our custom interior design services!

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