The Search for the Perfect Reading Chair

The Search for the Perfect Reading Chair

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

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?

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