Analysing The Different Types of Armchairs

After a long day at work, how many people fantasise about sinking into their favourite armchair to watch a boxset while drinking a beverage of their choice? A fair few, we would imagine. There are many types of armchairs with different features that are manufactured in a range of fabrics; some armchairs are inspired by antiques, with others, retro, modern and contemporary. However, the best armchairs must always be comfortable and a place for you to relax and unwind.

Let’s have a look at some of the different types of armchairs on the market.

Armchair Styles


What is a Snuggler Chair?

A snuggler chair, also known as a snuggle chair, cuddle chair or loveseat, is a luxurious piece of furniture that is a little larger than an armchair, but smaller than a sofa. It’s thought they first became popular in the late 1700s when they upholstered chairs big enough for more than one person. However, that was more to do with accommodating large dresses than snuggling. A snuggler chair is an ideal size for two to cuddle up, or for one to lounge in comfort. Our Titan snuggler chair is the perfect example of a sumptuous, slouchy loveseat with oversized cushions and super soft fabric.

What is a Recliner Chair?

Considering different types of armchairs, we have the recliner. A recliner armchair tilts at the touch of a button or lever. The backrest can be lowered back and a footrest extends out to support the lower leg. Recliners can also put you in a position for sleeping which makes them a multifunctional piece of furniture. Some recliners also lift and tilt forward, making getting in and out easier for those with mobility issues.

So, put your feet up and relax on one of our many recliner chairs at Lees Furnishers. We have the traditional, fabric reclining chair, such as the Keswick Royale recliner chair, or the more contemporary Degano slim leather electric recliner armchair. The Degano is crafted in Italy and features a high back and lumbar support making the design both contemporary and comfortable.

What are Lift and Rise Armchairs?

Lift and rise chairs provide a stable way to help you get up and down from your chair. They are different to a standard recliner as they have more options and enable you to stand without any help. This powerlift facility is designed to help sufferers of arthritis, rheumatism, MS, poor circulation and other mobility restrictions. Our Lynton Knuckle petite electric riser recliner armchair has all those features and more, with a handy pocket to store your reading matter and remote controls.

What are Wingback Armchairs?

The wingback chair was designed to be positioned in front of the fireplace, while the wings on the side, from where the chair got its name, prevented drafts to the head. Although the wingback chair is a traditional piece of furniture, it can be easily integrated into many modern interiors. Incorporating a single classic piece into a contemporary setting makes an eye-catching statement. 

The Fabian Throne chair combines contemporary and traditional design and has many different fabric alternatives with a choice of trim and stud colour.

What are Chesterfield Armchairs?

The Chesterfield sofa was invented in the mid-1700s, when Lord Philip Stanhope, the fourth Earl of Chesterfield, commissioned a piece of furniture for his guests. He wanted an impressive piece of furniture with a low seat and high back to allow his gentlemen to sit comfortably without creasing their suits. The Chesterfield armchair or sofa has rolled arms that are the same height as the back and are upholstered with deep button tufting all over.

What is a Rocking Chair?

The rocking chair was invented in the early 1700s to originally be used in gardens but found their way into interiors. A rocking chair is a beautiful type of armchair that can add charm and character to your home. Popular in living rooms or in nurseries, its design offers a calming, soothing place to sit. They have been traditionally thought of as a chair used by the elderly or nursing mothers, but our Fama Moon rocking chair, which also swivels, is a stylish modern addition to any home. 

Armchair Colour and Fabric Options

Many different types of armchairs come in multiple colour and fabric options, from plush velvet and comfortable linen fabrics to luxurious and durable leather. 

Grey armchairs are a versatile and on-trend colour, as they’re perfect for both neutral and colourful homes. Bold and bright armchairs and sofas make a statement and can add an accent colour to a living room.

What is an Accent Armchair?

Accent chairs pull out a colour to create a statement. They are great for brightening up any dull room. Whether you choose a snuggler chair, recliner chair or traditional wingback chair, you can refresh your living space with a pop of colour to change the complete feel of the room. An accent chair will create a visual point within a room while pulling together the look and feel of the decor through their colour, shape and material. The Ralph accent chair features a curved wing profile and a luxurious gold fabric which adds glamour and sophistication to any space. 

So, equipped with the knowledge of the different types of armchairs on the market, scroll through all the armchairs available at Lees Furnishers. Think about the factors you want to consider before you buy an armchair and we are sure to have the perfect armchair for you. Get cosy, put your feet up, and relax in the comfort of your armchair at the end of a busy day.

13th April 2022