Ways to Use Armchairs (beyond the living room)

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We all love a comfy armchair in the living room. But have we been overlooking this surprisingly versatile piece? There are so many ways you can use armchairs in your home, so let’s get started!

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Living Room Armchairs

Holland Armchair

OK, OK. We said rooms other than the living room, but we love the living room! So we’re just having a quick look at this space, then on to other rooms, we promise!

The living room is often the centre of the home. It’s where you host guests for tea or coffee, gather as a family to watch TV, or just a place to chill out. So who wouldn’t want an extra seat here?

You can match your armchair to your sofa or coffee table, or go for a completely different look for a varied aesthetic. Because this is a shared, family space you can mix-and-match styles a bit to make sure everyone is happy with the finished look.

Bedroom Armchairs

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The bedroom is always about the bed. But that doesn’t mean you can’t add a super comfy armchair too! (Where else would we put all those clean clothes that we don’t want to put away yet?)

Bringing more casual, traditionally living room based, furniture to a bedroom can help you make more use of the space. After all, if you don’t live alone then your bedroom may be your only personal space. An armchair in a kids’ room can give them an escape from the grown-ups. A place to sit alone and read, play games, or do any number of activities. Or, conversely, an armchair in the parents’ room gives an escape from the kids!

Home Office Armchairs

Coogee Armchair & Footstool Set, Brown

We’re not lucky enough to have a study at home with rows and rows of books. (We’re still dreaming about the library from Beauty and the Beast.) But if you do have a study, library, or office of any size then it’s likely you’ll need a comfortable armchair.

Leather armchairs are a statement piece in any room, but they seem to fit in so well in a classic home office. The dark tones look like something dragged straight out of Mad Men and just exude that vintage modern charm.

Just remember your home office is supposed to be a work space. Don’t get caught up in the dramatic good looks of leather recliners if a standard fabric armchair is better suited to your needs.


Nursery Armchairs

When we’re blessed with a new addition to the family, an armchair may be the furthest thing from our minds. But it can be a vital piece of your nursery or kids’ room. After all, you’ll need somewhere comfortable to sit while feeding your bub (especially if you’re breastfeeding).

If you’re the type to spend a lot of time reading to your little one, you’ll also want somewhere comfortable to sink in with a fun kids’ book. You might be reading alongside your little one, in which case you’ll want a spacious armchair with room for you both, but one that still keeps you close together so you can both see the book. Armchairs with high armrests and wings are great for this. Or you might be reading bub to sleep, so you might want lower armrests to not separate yourself from them as you’re in the chair, and they’re in their bed.

Just make sure you find an armchair comfortable enough to sleep in. (Because who hasn’t fallen asleep right along with their kid?)

Reading Nook Armchairs

Abel Armchair

So we’ve looked at armchairs in a fancy study or library — plenty of books there. And we’ve looked at armchairs when you’re reading to a child — books there too. But what about an entire space for books? What if you’re creating a reading or book nook?

If you’re a lover of books, your reading chair is your most important chair in the whole home. It has to be stylish yet comfortable. This is a space for showing off your literary prowess to guests and Instagram, but it’s also a place you intend to spend hours on adventures. One of the most important things you can consider for your reading armchair is the armrests themselves.

Your reading chair’s armrests have to be long and wide so they can support your arms as you read. No one wants to have to hold up their book or cup of tea for hours. (Though that’s probably a good workout come to think of it…) You want to rest your arms. You might also want an armchair with large wings either side of the head so you can lean to the side for extra comfort as you read. Make sure you spend enough time thinking about your perfect reading armchair for the perfect reading nook.

Outdoor Armchairs

Beuna Armchair

That’s right! Armchairs aren’t just for the indoors! Of course, you likely won’t want velvet armchairs outdoors, but rattan armchairs can do wonders to create a comfortable, chill outdoor space.

Stick to the breathable, traditionally outdoorsy materials — teak and cast iron are often designed for outdoor use too — and you can enjoy the warmer months in tranquillity. Add some outdoor cushions for a plush finish and you may never want to head indoors again.


These are our favourite ways to use armchairs in the home. If you have any other amazing armchair ideas, let us know in the comments!

Paige Riddiford is a writer and editor from NSW with a degree in Creative Writing from the University of Wollongong. When not writing, Paige is often found reading, baking cakes, playing video games, or binging whatever's new on Netflix.