The Search for the Perfect Reading Chair

The Search for the Perfect Reading Chair

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Sarah Dobbins
Feb 28, 2012

Last week we talked about charming home libraries (and the bibliophiles that love them), but it got us (and you) thinking… what good is a wall full of books if there's not a comfortable seat to let you enjoy them? We rounded up ten inviting chairs that are begging for a well-lit corner, a well-worn book, and a warm cup of tea.

Katie Deedy walks us through the tough task of getting rid of books:

1. Kelly Swallow makes incredibly unique patchwork chairs using vintage and designer fabrics as well as grain sack and linens. Kelly Swallow, starting at £800.

2. This chair-and-a-half is a great place to curl up with a book — and if you're a pillow person, you've got lots of room! Crate and Barrel, $799.

3. If leather is more your style, this generous armchair is one you can sink into and stay awhile. Restoration Hardware, $2525.

4. A tufted seat back lends a bit of sophistication to this otherwise simple reading chair. West Elm, from $499.

5. A small footprint, beachy rattan, and an attached table and storage system make this little armchair a powerful solution to the all-in-one reading nook. Plow & Hearth, $499.95.

6. This vintage recovered armchair looks so inviting — and the fuzzy fabric could keep us there all day. Emily & Jacob's House Tour, vintage.

7. A tall-backed chair not only makes a statement in a room — paired with an ottoman, it's a great place to snuggle in for a few hours of reading. Room and Board, $999.

8. This modern plywood and leather chair (and matching ottoman) lends itself well to readers who want comfort and durability as well as an Eames-like sensibility. Lexington Modern, $849 on amazon.com.

9. An affordable favorite, this birch chair has a look that's not too heavy. Ikea, $159.

10. Imagine melting into a raspberry velvet chaise on a stormy afternoon with a great read — if you have the space (and the cash!) this piece makes a grand statement. Graham and Green, £1475.

Readers, weigh in — what's your ideal reading chair? What makes (or breaks) a comfortable place to pore over a book?

MORE READING CHAIRS ON APARTMENT THERAPY:
Before & After: Inspired Reading Chair Makeover
Fun Upholstery Suggestions for Comfy Reading Chair?
Building a Room Around the Armchair: Reading Nook

(Images: as linked above.)

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