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How to choose the perfect armchair

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Here at Arlo & Jacob we know that picking the perfect armchair can be a challenge. Often used as an accent piece, the armchair can form the focal point of a living room and must, therefore, complement the existing style of your furniture - without compromising on comfort, of course! With such a wide variety to choose from it can be tricky deciding where to start. So, to help simplify the process, we’ve put together our top tips and points to consider when choosing an armchair…

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This may sound like a no-brainer, but with so many different options out there, you really need to think about what style you’d like before you start your search. Are you after a traditional look or a more modern style? A Scandinavian design or mid-century modern? A cosy chair to cuddle up on while you read by your bedroom window, or something more dominant that will make a real style statement? Thinking about these factors will enable you to narrow your search and help you find the armchair that’s ideal for you.


Before you think about size, you need to determine where the chair is going to be situated. Does the space call for a larger chair like our Hartfield for cosy nights in by the fire? Or are you in the market for a smaller boudoir chair for a nook in the bedroom? Are you looking for a chair that will form part of a sociable space for guests to sit and relax, or simply one that will bring a bit of life to excess hall space? Consider these factors with your existing furniture in mind, as you don’t want the area to become cramped or over-crowded!

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With a little bit of TLC, an armchair should last a lifetime. Nevertheless, the fabric you choose will inevitably have an impact on your chair’s longevity. As a result, you may want to consider your lifestyle when deciding on armchair upholstery. If you have pets or small children, a lavish velvet may not be the most practical choice. On the other hand, more grown-up homes are the perfect environments for supple linens or textured weaves. You can also opt for wool if you’re after something with a cosy feel. However, if you’d like to create a more formal look, a linen mix is a great choice. No matter your lifestyle, you can always go for loud colours or funky prints to create that statement look while catering to your needs!