We’re living in a time where comfort is king. Escapist TV, junk food, all-day pajamas—whatever your vice, it’ll become infinitely more soothing from the cushions of comfy chairs. You see, the best comfy chairs are made for escaping it all. They’re perfect for napping, reading, or avoiding the news, but with elevated silhouettes and thoughtful materials. Some are dark and moody, others bright and cheerful. These types of chairs—which span office chairs and modern accent chairs to wingback designs—are proof that form can meet function, and then some.
Ahead, shop our top picks, selected for both comfort and beauty.
- Best Bouclé Chair: Amber Bouclé Swivel Chair, $569, Castlery [BUY NOW]
- Best Shearling: The Perry Chair, $1850, Maiden Home [BUY NOW]
- Most Classic Design: Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, $7395, DWR [BUY NOW]
- Best Swivel Chair: Cozy Swivel Chair, $699, West Elm [BUY NOW]
- Best Budget Pick: Homer Living Room Chair, $297, Target [BUY NOW]
- Best (Vegan) Leather: Centreville Wide Swivel, $310, Wayfair [BUY NOW]
- Most Vibrant: Park Armchair, $779, Albany Park [BUY NOW]
- Best Stripe: Rhea Chair, $499, Urban Outfitters [BUY NOW]
Best Bouclé Chair
This oh-so-soft bouclé swivel is the furniture of dreams, and we are not alone in this opinion, if the high praise in the reviews section is any indication: “This chair is my favorite piece of furniture I’ve ever bought. The fabric is so heavy-duty but at the same time so delicate. It’s a beautiful light cream color, the perfect size, and overall a stunning chair. I couldn’t be any happier! I’m considering buying the matching footrest,” said one particularly glowing review.
This gorgeous shearling fabric really caught our eye, but if you prefer a leather, linen, or another fabric choice, you’ll be happy to know there’s a hefty handful of design options. We also highly recommend the Maiden Home Dune and Kenmare chairs, as well as their sofas.
Most Classic Design
To quote our contributor Elise Portale: “How much hype does the iconic Eames chair really deserve? Spoiler alert: All of it.” The Eames lounge chair is an iconic design for a reason. Valuing comfort above all else, this timeless silhouette can be modernized with various upholstery (including a few timely check variations) and wood shells.
Best Swivel Chair
Why muster all the energy required to turn your head when the swivel chair exists? You don’t have to move it around to accommodate conversation partners or a change of scenery. Plus, the pebbled fabric and cute cushioning make it extra inviting.
Here’s another standout comfortable chair. You can’t beat the combo of vegan leather on sleek steel. This chair can fit equally well with contemporary, modern, minimalist, and industrial home decor.
Best (Vegan) Leather
This brown leather swivel chair is a dead ringer for the one we spotted in Devin Booker’s Arizona home. Though the NBA star uses several as game chairs for his enviable rec room, we think this silhouette would make a nice addition to any home as an office chair too.
Shop Albany Park for shades you’ll never get tired of, like this understated rust. This midcentury inspired gem is also available in blue and green velvet as well as bouclé, tweed, and vegan leather.
Ideal for a bedroom reading nook, this super-sweet barrel chair gives off some major “villa by the sea” vibes. The best part is that it’s comfy enough to use as an occasional desk chair. This type of chair is great for small spaces because of its handy swivel. The polyester fabric is best spot cleaned, and the wrap-around back-to-armrest is surprisingly cozy. It’s like getting a hug from a really cute inanimate object.
More of our favorite picks
When it comes to scouting out comfy chairs, rattan might not immediately come to mind. But with a dramatic, curvy shape and dense cushioning on both the seat and the chair back, this one is a solid choice for taking a load off.
Rocking chairs aren’t just for nurseries. If you’re looking for some extra accessibility—getting up is easier when you’ve got some momentum—or your home office needs an extra dose of cozy, this velvet beauty will light up your space. The sculptural arm rests offer up an artsy upgrade to a beloved design. Plus there’s a matching upholstered storage ottoman you can pair it with.
The most comfy chairs don’t have to be for grownups only. Kids can get their groove on in this ’70s-inspired chair that spins 360 degrees.
It’s no wonder this contemporary accent chair from West Elm is a bestseller. It’s crisp and clean. The smooth velvet is inviting and luxurious, while the metal legs keep the design modern and sharp.
A sleek and modern recliner, this lounge chair has a shell-like silhouette for maximum comfort and ticks all the boxes.
You can tell this chair was built to be comfortable just by looking at it. The luxury, oversized pick features, fiber-filled back cushions, and spring-supported feather-and-down seat cushions all add to a pillowy but supportive chair that everyone will want to call dibs on. We’ve tested the Kipton sofa, FYI, which senior AD PRO editor Lila Allen called “lazy and low, but still supportive.”
Don’t underestimate the one-of-a-kind comfort of a beanbag chair. With an elevated style (including a supportive backrest area), this faux leather lounger is one of the most sophisticated beanbags we’ve encountered.
Built for the professional lounger, this overstuffed chenille chair has all the hallmarks of a comfortable chair: plush fabric, padded arms (meaning no metal rods poking you while you lounge), and extra-generous cushions.
We love the clean lines of this customizable club chair. You can choose between three shades of leather: black, caramel, and chestnut (pictured). You can also choose between five leg finishes (available in solid woods and metals), and select your preferred arm style. You can then upgrade your design to pair with a moveable chaise or ottoman.
The Neva chair lets you customize your comfort: You select your fill (feather down or poly fill), and then choose from more than 30 fabric options (including canvas, linen, faux fur, and more). The minimalist design offers maximum comfort without looking like a stuffy upholstered arm chair. We named the Neva Chair the top slipcover chair pick in our recent roundup of the very best reading chairs.
This midcentury modern-style chair with a sturdy metal frame is the just the thing if you’re looking for an unobtrusive retro piece to add to your living room or stash in a reading nook. The foam and feather-blended cushions offer extra padding and unrivaled support, while the calming blue cotton-blend upholstery is versatile enough to pair with both vibrant and neutral color palettes.
The best kind of chair leg is the kind that just peeks out from underneath a massive, inviting seat cushion—and that’s exactly what this leather lounge chair serves up. The wood legs are a brief design note that leave a big impact, but this is a seat that requires quite a space investment. The down-filled cushions, which are removable, are a welcoming perch after a long day. It’s a chair for entertaining: You can definitely fit more than one person on this one.
This curvaceous chair is proof that a metal frame comes in many forms. The design itself encourages a firm sitting position, so don’t expect to do much napping. But consider it the perfect venue for a reading break, staring at your favorite piece of art, or sipping on your favorite tea. Add the optional ottoman and you have a new conversation piece on your hands.
We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again, there’s no shame in IKEA’s Poäng chair. With its ergonomic design, a whole host of upholstery options to choose from and a price tag that’s hard to refuse, the Poäng has cemented its place on our comfortable-chair leaderboards.
Michel Ducaroy’s iconic Togo chair has been spotted in the living rooms of celebrities and your most stylish friends. One of the great things is that it’s available in a whole world of configurations: an ottoman set, full sectionals, a single comfy armchair, and more. The tufted design was inspired by a squeezed tube of toothpaste, which makes too much sense. Cuddle it next to a low coffee table to complete the look.
You may not associate slipper chairs with “ultimate comfort,” but the rounded edges of this jungle-influenced accent seat are great for sinking into. The wooden base gives the overall design a modern feel, while the cotton upholstery makes you feel a little like you’ve landed in some sort of garden paradise. We recommend setting this one up with a beautiful view of the great outdoors.