What Are the Different Types of Bedroom Armchairs?

Dan Cavallari

Generally speaking, bedroom armchairs are smaller than armchairs used in other parts of the house, since space is usually limited in the bedroom and a smaller chair will fit better in the space. This does not mean, of course, that bedroom armchairs are limited only to small chairs, especially if the bedroom happens to be quite large. Hotel armchairs tend to be smaller, however, as the size of such rooms usually prevents the use of larger chairs. The style of the chairs can vary significantly, both in design and features.

Rocking chairs may be used as bedroom chairs.
Rocking chairs may be used as bedroom chairs.

Wingback bedroom armchairs, for example, feature uprights, known as "wings," on the seat back. While these features are largely aesthetic in modern times, they were used in the past to help trap heat from a stove or fireplace when the chair was oriented toward the heat source. The wings can also add a bit of comfort, as a person sitting in the chair can lean against them. Some wings are straight, while others feature curves that further add to the overall aesthetic appeal of the chair.

Other bedroom armchairs may be simpler designs, though most tend to be cushioned and upholstered. All wood designs can be just as comfortable if they are designed correctly, but upholstery and cushioning is usually preferred for added comfort and aesthetic appeal. Upholstered chairs usually have wooden legs for stability and aesthetic appeal, though some swivel chairs may feature a base made of wood and metal. Other features many bedroom armchairs have include reclining and rocking capabilities.

A reclining bedroom armchair allows a person to lie back in the chair. Very often the chair will feature a foot rest that springs outward when the reclining feature is engaged. This allows the user to lie down completely to take a nap or otherwise relax. Swivel chairs may recline as well, meaning the user can lie back or swivel in various directions when the reclining function is not engaged. The swivel chair may also have a rocking feature that allows the chair to rock back and forth. Some chairs may be exclusively rockers without the swivel feature.

If the bedroom has enough room, bedroom armchairs may be sold with foot rests or hassocks. These units usually match the style and size of the chair itself, and they add a bit of versatility and comfort, as the hassocks can be used independently as a small seat.

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