When we're at home, then apart from the bed, most of us spend a lot of time in our favourite armchair. Armchairs can be like a man or woman's best friend, and we can get quite territorial about them – are you, or were you ever allowed to sit in dad's chair? People can get so attached to their armchairs that getting a new one can be somewhat traumatic! But do not fret, this guide will make the whole process as easy as pie.
Many of us like a comfortable cosy seat beside the fire, with a footstool perhaps as we sip a nice cup of hot chocolate. Others have that special chair in the conservatory, where the natural light and plants make an ideal reading place. The classic spot is in front of the television, remote control resting on the arm ready to change channel the moment something terrible comes on. For those who like video games, the chair is essential. It provides lumbar support and helps maintain good posture during those long sessions of intense play. Regardless of what your new armchair is for, they are not cheap items of furniture, they are an investment, so you need to make sure that you make the right choice when buying one online. When you are seeking one (or more) for your home, you need to keep a few things in mind before making your purchase. Everyone has their own tastes of course, but following these simple tips will guide you along the right lines.
Whether you want a reclining armchair or a normal one, the style of armchair that you select should be in harmony with the rest of you home. It doesn't have to match exactly, but in general if you have a modern fashionable type of interior decor then your new chair should be in keeping with this. If you fall in love with an extra comfy and traditional chair it could stick out like a sore thumb if your living room is modern and minimalist. As always, colour is important. With such a variety to choose from deciding on the right colour can be tricky. Try to keep things simple and see this page about choosing colours if you get lost.
Firstly how big are you? Secondly, how big is the room? Armchairs come in a surprisingly wide range of sizes. Too large and the room could end up looking overcrowded. Too small and you may not fit in it! Check these things to get off on the right track.
The classic choice is of course leather. Durable, stylish, easy to clean and comfortable. In classic brown or black, leather has a lasting appeal and is often people's first choice of upholstery. But do you know how leather is made? Read our guide to find out. But let us not forget fabric. Many armchairs come in this material, its versatile, soft, and lends itself to many different colours. Its also a good choice for vegetarians who may not want to use leather goods. If you have kids or pets, choose a dark washable material, it will make your life easier in the long run.
Unless you are lucky enough so that money is no object, your choice of armchair will depend on the amount of cash you have available to spend. Buying a cheap armchair costs less at the outset but may not stand the test of time. Always try to maximise quality and value for money.