The 8 Best Accent Chairs of 2020

An elegant addition to any room of the house

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Three Posts Rogersville Armchair at Wayfair

"Easy to spot clean and holds up well against pets and dirt."

Best Budget: Zipcode Design Liam Barrel Chair at Wayfair

"A gorgeous piece that’s well worth the affordable price."

Best for Small Spaces: Project 62 Norris Modern Slipper Accent Chair at Target

"The armless design allows the chair to fit into nooks and crannies."

Best Upholstered: Zipcode Design Donham Lounge Chair at Wayfair

"The fabric is soft and the straight back provides support."

Best Leather: West Elm Axel Armchair at West Elm

"It will develop a beautiful patina that creates an heirloom feel."

Best Wood: Langley Street Coral Springs Lounge Chair at Wayfair

"Has a mid-century modern feel and features a beautiful solid-wood frame."

Best Reclining: Pottery Barn James Upholstered Recliner at Pottery Barn

"The front of the chair lifts up to support your feet when reclined."

Best Velvet: Mercer41 Nouvelles Barrel Chair at Wayfair

"A true statement piece for your living room."

  • 01 of 08

    Best Overall: Three Posts Rogersville Armchair

    Three Posts Rogersville Armchair
    Courtesy of Wayfair.

    If you want a cozy place to curl up, but you don’t have enough space for a massive armchair, you’ll love the Three Posts Rogersville Armchair. This modern wingback chair features a tufted back and serpentine arms with a smaller profile than a traditional wingback chair, but with the same comfort. The polyester-blend, foam-filled upholstery is easy to spot clean and holds up well against pets and dirt. The chair measures 33.5 x 29.13 x 31.75 inches and holds up to 250 pounds. It comes in teal, beige or gray so it’s neutral enough to fit any decor style and color scheme. The chair only requires minimal assembly upon arrival, making it a good choice if you aren’t interested in any heavy lifting.

    Reviewers say the Three Posts Rogersville Armchair is firm, but comfortable and praise its traditional-yet-updated look that works well in most living spaces. If you want a stylish piece that will hold up over time, this accent chair is well worth the money.

  • 02 of 08

    Best Budget: Zipcode Design Liam Barrel Chair

    Zipcode Design Liam Barrel Chair

    Courtesy of Wayfair

    Looking for a statement-making reading chair? This luxe, velvet pick is so stylish, you wouldn't know it's so wallet-friendly. This simple barrel chair comes in 14 colors, including navy blue, dark red, teal, and grey, so you can match it to any other decor in your room—or pick a contrasting shade for a pop of color!

    The chair measures 32 x 27.5 x 30.5 inches, and can hold an adult up to 250 pounds. Users say its easy to set up (you just screw in the legs and you're good to go), but reviews are split on exactly how comfortable the chairs are. Some reviewers like the firm cushions, while others say they prefer using a throw pillow to give their back a softer surface to rest against.

  • 03 of 08

    Best for Small Spaces: Project 62 Norris Modern Slipper Accent Chair

    Project 62 Norris Modern Slipper Accent Chair
    Courtesy of Target.

    The Project 62 Norris Modern Slipper Chair from Target is the perfect way to add a little extra seating when you’re short on space. The armless design allows the chair to fit into a wide variety of nooks and crannies. Featuring a splayed, tapered leg design that’s modern and attractive, this chair is perfect for contemporary homes or studio apartments. It comes in gray, dark gray and brown and is made from polyester and wood. The chair measures 31 x 22 x 29.5 inches and weighs about 25 pounds so it’s incredibly easy to move around when you want to mix up your space.

    Owners love the streamlined design of this slipper chair and say it’s easy to put together. Some reviews note that it’s is very small, so it’s not a great choice for a large space.

  • 04 of 08

    Best Upholstered: Zipcode Design Donham Lounge Chair

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    Courtesy of Wayfair 

    If you’re hunting for an upholstered chair that comes in a wide variety of colors and works in nearly any space, we love the Zipcode Design Donham Lounge Chair. This modern armchair is upholstered with a polyester blend fabric and comes in a whopping 27 different hues, making it a great choice if you’re searching for a specific color to match your space. It measures 35 x 28 x 30 inches and features tapered legs that look updated and modern. It can hold up to 275 pounds and requires just minimal assembly.

    Owners love the color options that come with the Zipcode Design chair, saying the fabrics are bold, bright and statement-making. The fabric is soft and the straight back provides support, though many owners recommend an accent pillow if the chair will be used for hours on end.  

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  • 05 of 08

    Best Leather: West Elm Axel Armchair

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    Courtesy of West Elm 

    The West Elm Axel Armchair is a bit of a splurge item, but it will instantly become a timeless piece in your living room. This modern armchair is made with aniline-dyed leather and comes in eight different shades. It features a bench cushion and modern metal legs that are perfect for a contemporary living space. The wide seat is perfect for curling up and the entire chair measures 31.5 x 32.5 x 33 inches. This leather is soft and waxy, and over time it will develop a beautiful patina that ages and helps create an heirloom feel. Plus, leather is a great choice for pets and kids because it’s easy to clean and holds up for years.

    The Axel chair requires minimal assembly and, depending on your choice of leather, can be at your door in as little as two weeks.

  • 06 of 08

    Best Wood: Langley Street Coral Springs Lounge Chair

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    Courtesy of Wayfair 

    Mid-century design has become increasingly popular, and many of these classic pieces employ deep, rich woods in their construction. One of our favorite mid-century pieces is the Langley Street Coral Springs Lounge Chair, which radiates mid-century vibes and features a beautiful solid-wood frame. The back of the chair provides lumbar support while maintaining a streamlined, low-profile look, and it comes in five color options.

    The Langley Street Coral Springs Lounge Chair measures 32.25 x 26.5 x 28.5 inches and customers love that this piece has mid-century flair without the lofty price point of authentic vintage furniture. While the cushion is on the firmer side, it's still comfortable to sit on.

  • 07 of 08

    Best Reclining: Pottery Barn James Upholstered Recliner

    Pottery Barn James Upholstered Recliner
    Courtesy of Pottery Barn.

    You don’t need to give up on your design sensibility to find an ultra-comfy recliner—just look to Pottery Barn’s James Upholstered Recliner. This chair lets you lean back in style, with a classic, elegant look complete with nailhead accents. The down-blend cushions are extra soft, and the front of the chair lifts up to support your feet when reclined. The cutaway arms add to the timeless appearance, while also leaving more room for the thick cushion.

    When upright, the chair measures 37.5 x 38.5 x 39 inches and is available in over a dozen colors. One other helpful feature: the chair’s legs have adjustable levelers, which allows it to sit flat even if you’re the lucky owner of old, uneven floorboards.

  • 08 of 08

    Best Velvet: Mercer41 Nouvelles Barrel Chair

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    Courtesy of Wayfair

    If you’re looking for a true statement piece for your living room, the Mercer41 Nouvelles Barrel Chair is a showstopping combination of modern and glam-inspired. The velvet fabric has a pleated design that’s extra-tactile and inviting, and looks great on its own or paired with a second chair. It’s available in four shades (slate, navy, emerald, and cranberry), making it easy to match with a variety of color schemes, and measures 29 x 30 x 30 inches.

    Customers write that the Mercer41 Nouvelles Barrel Chair is soft and beautiful, and the rucking in the fabric provides a unique dimension that distinguishes it from most velvet chairs. Some note that it looks good both from the front and back, making it possible to float the chair away from a wall if needed.