Arm chairs are accent chairs
that feature two arms.
Side chairs are meant for
accenting a room and are armless
Lounge chairs are designed for
you to sit back and relax in.
They typically feature a slanted
Balloon chairs feature a very
high back that look like half of
a balloon or dome.
Barrel chairs have a smaller
frame. The back forms a
comfortable nook that is round
and connects right into the side
Chairs And A Half are chairs
with extra long widths over 40"
Club chairs are a type of arm
chair usually covered in
leather or dark fabrics. The
arms tend to be
chairs tend to look very
comfortable, and are masculine
Convertible chairs can convert
into a bed by unfolding or by
sliding the back of the chair to
horizontal position. These are
sometimes called Chair Sleepers.
Papasan chairs are large rounded
Parson's chairs have a simple
and clean design, and typically
do not have arms. They are
relatively narrow in width.
Wingback chairs help enclose the
head and provide protection from
drafts, or extra privacy.
Slipper chairs are armless and
upholstered. Their seats are
usually low to the ground and
Chair And A Half
Casual pieces are simple in
design and usually in a lighter
wood. Very few decorative
details, except possibly some
Mission/Shaker pieces are mostly
constructed of wood and feature
vertical slats, either on the
arms or back. Very simple in
Modern pieces are often marked
by clean lines, smooth accents
(glass, stainless steel), and
new concepts such as space age,
curved metal, and an updated
Traditional pieces typically
feature curved lines, decorative
details, carved details, and are
often made from darker woods.
Transitional pieces combine
modern and traditional elements.
They often feature straight
lines and sharp angles, but the
overall design does not stray
too far away from traditional
Cottage style pieces often
feature exposed wood in white
finish, or are slipcovered.
Rustic/Lodge pieces have a
rugged look and may have natural
If you're considering any kind of upholstered furniture, this guide gives a useful overview of the many styles of upholstered detailing that add character and charm to a piece. Whether you're looking at chairs, sofas, ottomans, or headboards, you'll find these upholstery styles.
Learn the difference between tufting, which uses buttons or stitches for accents, and nailhead trim, which has a pop of metallic edge. Emphasize the details and shape of a chair with welting or piping, or by mixing textures or fabrics.
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