10 Easy Pieces: Classic Upholstered Arm Chairs

One of the necessities of life: a good upholstered chair for reading, stretching and dozing off. Here are our nominations for the best classic off-the-floor upholstered chairs; we’ve deliberately sorted for scale, favoring slimmer dimensions over bulky behemoths.

From Pinch in the UK, the Goddard chair comes in a range of upholstery options;  £ 3,060 at Pinch.
Above: From Pinch in the UK, the Goddard chair comes in a range of upholstery options; £ 3,060 at Pinch.
New York carving artist John Derian's Fritillaria chair is based on a pair of Napoleon III style chairs;  $ 3,030 in Belgian linen.
Above: The Fritillaria chair by New York decoupage artist John Derian is based on a pair of Napoleon III style chairs; $ 3,030 in Belgian linen.
Another Cisco Home style, the Sebastian chair, shown in Tori Indigo, is available in a full line of Cisco upholstery fabrics;  $
Above: Another Cisco Home style, the Sebastian chair, shown in Tori Indigo, is available in a full line of Cisco upholstery fabrics; $ 2,965 at Cisco Home.
The Serena & Lily Elm chair is an update to the classic wingback style;  $
Above: The Serena & Lily Elm chair is an update to the classic wingback style; $ 2,698 at Cisco Home.
The Jack chair in blue wool is $ data-src =
Above: The Blue Wool Jack Chair Costs Schoolhouse $ 1,999
At Design Within Reach, the Vesper armchair is available in a multitude of colors and fabric choices;  from $
Above: At Design Within Reach, the Vesper armchair is available in a multitude of colors and fabric choices; from $ 2895.
The Ocher Snooze chair is made with a traditionally upholstered beech frame, double cone springs and cushions with piping.  Contact Ocher for more information.
Above: The Ocher Snooze chair is made with a traditionally upholstered beech frame, double cone springs and cushions with piping. Contact Ocher for more information.
Designed by Hans Olsen for Warm Nordic, the Mr Olsen lounge chair is available in 8 different velor upholstery fabrics;  $ 3
Above: Designed by Hans Olsen for Warm Nordic, the Mr Olsen lounge chair is available in 8 different velor upholstery fabrics; $ 3,220 at Danish Design Store.
Designed by Matthew Hilton for SCP, the Oscar armchair is the largest on our list, but it stands out for its elegant proportions and soft furnishings.  Prices start at $ 3,790 at The Future Perfect.
Above: Designed by Matthew Hilton for SCP, the Oscar chair is the largest on our list, but it stands out with its elegant proportions and soft furnishings. Prices start at $ 3,790 at The Future Perfect.
Inspired by mid-century Danish design, the Raleigh armchair retails for $ 4,095 at Design Within Reach.
Above: Inspired by mid-century Danish design, the Raleigh armchair retails for $ 4,095 at Design Within Reach.
From the new company Maiden Home, the Dune chair is $ data-src =
Above: From the new company Maiden Home, the Dune chair costs $ 1,425.

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