20 Spectacular Side Chairs for All Budgets & Styles

updated May 3, 2019
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Maybe you’re looking to perk up the look of a living room or bedroom, or perhaps you have a space that needs just a little extra seating to make it perfect. What you need is a new side chair — one that’s lovely to sit in but also lovely to look at. Something distinctive that suits your style, but also your budget. We’ve got just the ticket.

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Pacific Blue Elliott Wingback Chair at World Market, $329.99 (Image credit: World Market)


  1. Pacific Blue Elliott Wingback Chair at World Market, $329.99
    A slightly modernized take on the classic wingback chair in a saturated color.
  2. Velvet Parker Armchair at Anthropologie, $1,248
    Here’s a traditionally-styled armchair with just enough of a twist to make it interesting.
  3. Accent Chair Velvet Pool at Target, $599.99
    This accent chair comes in a lovely color, and besides just being good-looking it also seems to be — what might be even more important — very comfortable.
  4. Accent Chair Mystere Peacock at Target, $399.98
    This chair is a bit a chameleon — a little bit English pub and a little bit Alvar Aalto. I can see this working equally well in a traditional interior as in a very modern one.
  5. Linen Bixby Chair at Anthropologie, $898
    The barrel shape and button tufting give this little chair an oversize presence.
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Kaia Club Chair at Urban Outfitters, $429 (Image credit: Urban Outfitters)


  1. Kaia Club Chair at Urban Outfitters, $429
  2. \Beautiful and just a bit slouchy, with an Italian-modern feel that’s very now.
  3. Softline Swivel Square Chair, Sky Blue at ABC Carpet & Home, $1,142.10
    Beautiful styling, and a beautiful color; the rose gold base is a particularly nice touch.
  4. Metal Frame Upholstered Chair at West Elm, Starting at $759
    This slick lounge chair definitely channels Milo Baughman.
  5. Velvet Ardmore Chair at Anthropologie, $1,298
    More velvet, with a bit of a swanky ’70s feel.
  6. 366 Concept Design Armchair in Velvet Sky Blue at Lovely Market, 550€
    There’s something about the velvet upholstery and Scandinavian styling of this chair that just gets me every time.
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Leather Dowel Arm Chair at Urban Outfitters, $649 (Image credit: Urban Outfitters)


  1. Leather Dowel Arm Chair at Urban Outfitters, $649
    Looks like a project you might have made in shop class, if you had been really, really good at shop class.
  2. Giron Leather Scoop Chair at ABC Carpet & Home, $805.50
    Unusual and eye-catching, in a slouchy leather that make it perfect for the most Bohemian of spaces.
  3. Jax Leather + Wire Chair at Urban Outfitters, $579
    A perfect balance of modern styling and earthy texture.
  4. Sierra Chair at Croft House, $1,075
    I love the simplicity of this design — so comfy and so delicate all at the same time.
  5. Cinto Lounge Chair at CB2, $649
    A twist on the safari chair, rendered in a snowy all-white that makes it almost sculptural.
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Rug-Printed Losange Chair at Anthropologie, $1,248 (Image credit: Anthropologie)


  1. Rug-Printed Losange Chair at Anthropologie, $1,248
    There’s definitely something intriguing in this Italian-modern shape rendered in a patterned velvet.
  2. Kaishi Chair at CB2, $599
    Here’s a totally unique design, a sleek, modern shape rendered in both warm and unexpected materials.
  3. Mcanally Teardrop Chair at Wayfair, $379.99
    Perfect for indoors or out, a tear-drop wicker side chair reads “I’m a world traveler,
  4. Randen Upholstered Chair in Multicolor Prints – Acrylic Legs at World Market, $447.99
    I love the combo of the intricately patterned upholstery, which recalls Renaissance tapestries but also William Morris prints, and the lucite legs.
  5. WHIT Geo-Printed Wingback Chair at Anthropologie, $1,498
    A familiar shape in a print that bursts with energy.

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