The 8 Best Reading Chairs of 2019

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Rivet Chelsea Velvet Wing-Back Accent Chair at Amazon

"The chair is both wide and tall, so you can settle in for hours on end."

Best Budget: POANG Armchair at Ikea

"It's compact enough for small spaces, like a dorm or an apartment."

Best for Bedroom: Briar Chair at JoyBird

"Comfortable and attractive, with a square shape."

Best with Ottoman: Heywood Armchair and Ottoman at Wayfair

"Many reviews praise the comfort and aesthetic of this piece."

Best Rocking: Embrace Rocking Chair at Article

"It has a sleek design that brings the piece of furniture into the 21st century."

Best Leather: Irving Roll Arm Leather Recliner at Pottery Barn

"This chair is just about as comfortable as a reading chair can be."

Best for Small Spaces: Book Nook Armchair at West Elm

"Despite its size, it has a seat that’s wide and deep enough to snuggle up into."

Best Outdoor: Lydon Patio Chair with Cushion at Wayfair

"Provides the perfect outdoor spot to curl up with a good book."

  • 01 of 08

    Best Overall: Rivet Chelsea Velvet Wing-Back Accent Chair

    Rivet Chelsea Velvet Wing-Back Accent Chair

    Courtesy of Amazon

    Comfortable? Check. Attractive? Check. Affordable? Check. This chair, an item in Amazon’s private label Rivet’s lineup, earns the top spot on our list takes the grand prize, because it checks all of the most important boxes. And that’s something you won’t find in most chairs at this price point.

    The wing-backed mid-century modern chair is both wide and tall, so you can settle in for hours on end. And if you happen to doze off? The velvet fabric provides a soft, comfortable spot to rest your head. As an added bonus, the reading chair is incredibly easy to assemble—simply attach the four wooden legs. If you don’t love the look once it’s assembled and in its new home, you can return the reading chair for up to 30 days. (Amazon also offers a one-year warranty on the piece.)

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    Best Budget: POANG Armchair

    POANG Armchair

    Courtesy of Ikea

    When it comes to affordable furniture, IKEA is a go-to for most—and when it comes to a reading chair, the Swedish retailer doesn’t disappoint. IKEA’s version of the reading chair is called POANG. It doesn’t look like much—it has a sleek wooden frame and a simple cushioned seat—but it’s widely raved about across the internet. It’s no wonder the retailer has been manufacturing the chair for nearly 40 years!

    Devotees love the price point, sure, but they also love the fact that the it’s compact enough for small spaces, like a dorm, an apartment, or even a small home office. Plus, the reading chair is extremely lightweight—it can be easily moved to another room, if you need to clear space or add seating. IKEA sells a few iterations of the chair, so you can upgrade to a leather version, if budget allows. They also manufacture a fairly-priced ottoman, so you can get a place to rest your feet, too.

    Designing a space for the youngest set? Check out these tips for creating a reading nook for kids.

  • 03 of 08

    Best for Bedroom: Briar Chair

    Briar Chair

    Courtesy of Joybird

    Though not standard in every bedroom, a reading chair can definitely be filed under the category “nice to have.” It offers a place to read, yes, but also a place to tie your shoes or rest a jacket. But not all bedrooms have the necessary space for a reading chair—especially a nice big, comfortable reading chair. If you fit into this camp but would love to have a reading chair in your bedroom, this piece of furniture is the best choice. It’s comfortable and attractive but has a square shape that makes it easy to tuck into a corner and out of the way.

    Plus, there’s no concern this chair won’t match your bedroom’s color scheme—the chair comes in 65 different shades, from canary yellow to good old fashioned gray.

  • 04 of 08

    Best with Ottoman: Heywood Armchair and Ottoman

    Heywood Armchair and Ottoman

    Courtesy of Wayfair

    If you’re a real bookworm, and you’re going to spend hours curled up with novel after novel, comfort is paramount. Don’t underestimate how much propping your feet up can increase your comfort level—look for a reading chair that comes with an ottoman.

    This chair and ottoman set has over 2,200 five-star reviews, many of which tout both the comfort and the aesthetic of the piece of furniture as deciding factors. The tufted chair and the ottoman are both made of a polyester blend that’s easy to keep clean (just wipe with a damp cloth and mild soap).

    Though the ottoman definitely adds comfort, the design of the chair itself is what really catches your eye. It has a rounded back with low flared arms that give it a modern, but traditional look that’s widely appealing. And thanks to the neutral colors available (cream or gray), the reading chair suits many decor styles.

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  • 05 of 08

    Best Rocking: Embrace

    Embrace

    Courtesy of Article

    When you think rocking chair, do you think rickety old porch chair or something you’d find in your grandma’s house? This rocking chair will change your mind.

    Though it has all the same great qualities the older generation appreciated—comfort and smooth movement, for example—it has a sleek design that brings the piece of furniture into the 21st century. The wide, low seat is upholstered with rich, dark leather and is supported by very durable solid wood that’s stained in a shade of walnut. The striking combination really separates this piece from similar options.

    And once you sit in the seat, you’ll really be sold. The deep, plush seats are filled with foam and fiberfill, so you’ll sink right into them—and not want to get out of.

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  • 06 of 08

    Best Leather: Irving Roll Arm Leather Recliner

    Irving Roll Arm Leather Recliner

    Courtesy of Pottery Barn

    If you’ve always wanted a nice, cozy leather chair to kick back in, this reading chair is what your dreams are made of. It’s a timeless piece of furniture—you’ll have it for many years to come—that looks great in just about any room. Try it in the living room, family room, basement, home office, or even your bedroom—you won’t be disappointed.

    This Pottery Barn reading chair is just about as comfortable as a reading chair can be, too. It has a built-in recliner, so you’ll always have a place to rest your feet—without having to sacrifice any spare floor space (a huge bonus for small-space living). Plus, no-sag steel sinuous springs provide ample support—you’ll sink in, but you won’t feel stuck there.

    Another great bonus is that this particular leather chair comes in a variety of top-grain aniline-dyed leather. If the standard chestnut doesn’t match your decor, try a darker leather like molasses, or go for a bolder shade like berry red or forest green. You have plenty of choices: There are 28 different fabrics to choose from.

    Looking for a more affordable recliner? Take a peek at our favorite budget recliners.

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    Best for Small Spaces: Book Nook Armchair

    Book Nook Armchair

    Courtesy of West Elm

     

    So your home or apartment has a teeny-tiny footprint, but you’d love to have a nice, comfortable place to sit and read? You don’t have to settle for your couch or your bed—you can have that reading chair you’ve always wanted. This handsome reading chair is more compact than many similar options on the market, but you won’t pay the price when it comes to comfort. Despite its size, it has a seat that’s wide and deep enough to snuggle up into. Plus, the arms have soft, subtle curves that provide the perfect perch for your arms.

    What’s more? Despite the brand name, the chair is fairly priced. Plus, it comes in three different fabrics and finishes: basket slub in chili with pecan-finished legs, boucle in wheat with chocolate-finished legs, and performance velvet in ink blue with chocolate-finished legs.

  • 08 of 08

    Best Outdoor: Lydon Patio Chair with Cushion and Ottoman

    Lydon Patio Chair with Cushion and Ottoman

    Courtesy of Wayfair

    If you’re taking your reading outside, why not invest in a reading chair that’s better suited for your patio, porch, or even your pool deck? Though a far cry from your standard indoor reading chair, the Lydon Patio Chair provides the perfect outdoor spot to curl up with a good book.

    The solid Acacia wood frame is durable, although it shouldn’t be left outside during harsh weather conditions. If you do plan to keep this chair outside during most of the summer season, be sure to invest in an outdoor furniture cover to keep the wood from warping. Despite the overall sturdiness and durability of this chair, it doesn’t sacrifice aesthetics. The soft grey cushions are a nice accent to the natural grain wood, and the included ottoman provides the perfect perch for your feet. Customers gave this patio chair glowing reviews, saying it’s extremely comfortable and looks great on their porch.

    Still shopping for outdoor furniture? Check out our favorite Adirondack chairs.

Our Process

Our writers spent 2 hours researching the most popular reading chairs on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 40 different reading chairs overall, screened options from 25 different brands and manufacturers, and read over 200 user reviews (both positive and negative). All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.