An armchair, it can be a throne-like seat that accentuates its surroundings and brings out feelings of grandeur for whomever sits in it. It can compliment any living room or bedroom, and can easily be moved around. With so many different types of armchairs, you can really be spoilt for choice.
A common trait among all armchairs are the raised side arms that allow a person to comfortably rest their arms on top. Read on as we break down all other characteristics of each style.
Different Types of Armchairs
Low Back Armchair
Embracing a low back design, the low armchair can often be the most simplistic and inexpensive. Because of its smaller size (compared to other types of armchairs) and non-mechanism (as seen in swivel and reclining armchairs), it’s a fitting piece of furniture for a bedroom or home office.
High Back Armchair
The high back armchair shares much of the same qualities as a low back armchair, but as the name indicates, the back rest is higher, usually at head height when seated or even higher. While it can still maintain a humble appearence, it stands out a bit more with the added size, which makes it ideal for the living room or bedroom.
Wingback or Winged Armchair
Designed to provide protection from drafts and to trap heat, the wingback or winged armchair is a high back armchair that has “wings” integrated at the backrest, sometimes stretching all the way down to the arms.
In its classic form, the design of the wingback armchair remains unchanged since its first introduction during 17th century England. This type of armchair presents a more striking impression and is often associated with classic luxury, appearing in world class hotels and expensive homes.
One of the most popular types of armchairs is the swivel armchair, being able to rotate 360 degrees on its axis. The swivel armchair can come in the form of a single seated sofa (that’s typically larger) or as a chair with legs or a stand, much like a recliner. Because of its variety in design, it can usually be found in the living room or the home office, where the rotation aspect will be useful.
The reclining armchair or a recliner has an integrated leg rest that lifts upwards while the backrest tilts backwards simultaneously. At its most reclined position, this type of armchair slightly resembles a bed, and can be used to sleep in.
Some reclining armchairs can also tilt forward when the leg rest is hidden, a useful mechanism for anyone who has difficulty standing up, such as the elderly.
Typically more expensive and larger than other types of armchairs excluding the armchair bed, the reclining armchair is usually placed in the living room and often has matching sofas to go with it.
Adopting the same characteristics as a sofa bed (and often referred to as a single sofa bed), the armchair bed is the same, albeit providing only enough seating and sleeping room for one person.
Because it needs to house a bed frame, armchair beds are typically larger than other types of armchairs and therefore, are usually placed in the living room or a smaller guest room.
Final Word | Different Types of Armchairs
Just like with other pieces of furniture, armchairs also have a wide variety of different styles, colours, patterns, materials and so on. And because there is such a variety, you’ll be sure to find a design that will be a perfect fit for your home, no matter how bizarre or unique your decor is.