I Tested 7 Pottery Barn Swivel Chairs and This Is Hands Down the Best (It’s Such a Space Saver!)

published May 16, 2024
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Pottery Barn is home to an endless selection of timeless furniture. We would know — we’ve visited the retailer time and time again for our Personal Shopper series to look at a wide variety of categories. During our most recent visit, we browsed the brand’s accent chairs and were delighted to find that many of them (especially the newer releases) are swivel chairs. In case you don’t own a swivel chair, there are many reasons why you might consider getting one. For starters, swivel chairs often sport platform bases that look sleek and modern, and it goes without saying that they make wonderful lounging spots. Whether you’re reaching for a drink on a nearby side table or turning to talk to a friend, that spinning feature will always come in handy. Naturally, Pottery Barn has even more swivel chairs online than in-store, so we had a look and listed 10 of our favorite ones below — including a few editor-tested favorites. You might be surprised by how versatile they are, not to mention how much you didn’t know you needed one until now.

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$899.00

If there’s an ultimate crowd-pleaser among Pottery Barn’s swivel chairs, it’s the Remmy model. We deemed it the “Best for Entertaining” after our visit because its chair-and-a-half silhouette invites you to kick back and unwind while catching up with loved ones. We also fell in love with its velvety green upholstery, which is fitting for every season.

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Pottery Barn
$1799.00

Leather seating often has a relaxed silhouette, so if you prefer something structured we suggest taking a peek at the Jake swivel. It has a perfectly boxy silhouette, complete with tautly pulled leather upholstery that’s available in many colors depending on the size you choose. Plus, you can’t ignore that wood base, which makes this piece even more dynamic.

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$899.00

If you’re after something compact, look no further than the Gideon chair. It immediately drew our attention with its petite size and rounded back. It almost feels like it’s enveloping you as you recline, even though it’s on the firmer side. You’ll also appreciate the removable seat cushion, which makes the chair easy to vacuum.

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$1449.00

In addition to regular swivel chairs, Pottery Barn also has some pretty stellar swivel recliners in stock. The PB Comfort is comfortable and chic, with wide square arms and prominent seams. You can recline the chair manually or use its power controls to achieve endless positions. We have no doubt this chair would come in clutch during movie nights.

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$1899.00

Another gorgeous leather model, the Ayden chair stuns with a barrel-back design and warm caramel upholstery. The separate back cushion doubles as lumbar support and kind of looks like a chic matching throw pillow, so you don’t have to worry about buying an accent piece. We think this pick works best in pairs, so you might grab two to set up opposite your sofa.

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Pottery Barn
$1649.00

Make your bedroom feel supremely cozy by placing the Sutton chair next to a window. Its round tufted back makes it look like something straight out of “Gilmore Girls,” while a protruding seat provides plenty of legroom. It’s also a great option for families; you could easily fit atop its comfy seat with your pets or kids (or both!).

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Pottery Barn
$499.00

The Balboa swivel chair comes in multiple sizes, but we were drawn to this petite silhouette in-store. Not only is it small space-friendly, but the compact size makes it practical for a wide range of purposes. You can use the Balboa as a desk chair, vanity chair, or even a dining chair! Bonus: In addition to swiveling, it also glides, thanks to hidden casters.

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Pottery Barn
$1709.00
was $1899.00

Those with a little extra square footage at their disposal would be smart to pick up the Carmel swivel chair, which offers more than enough space for sprawling out. Also of note is its clean-lined silhouette, which keeps the chair from looking too bulky. Oh, and did we mention the cushions are filled with a down blend for unrivaled softness?

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Pottery Barn
$999.00

Despite the Wells chair’s attention-grabbing design, you’ll be happy to learn that it’s small enough to fit into tight corners. As a result, we think it would look great in a home office or library. Its soft leather was made with genuine aviator jackets in mind, and you have a choice between three beautiful metal finishes for the base.

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Pottery Barn
$999.00

If you’re a fan of texture, the Danton offers a fun opportunity to play with fluffy fabrics and a contrasting wood base. Choose from an extensive selection of upholstery options, from faux fur to boucle to performance velvet to match this tiny chair to your favorite reading corner.