Choosing the Perfect Chair

101694145.jpg.rendition.largest[1]What Does A Chair Mean to You?

As you are creating your living spaces and heading out to buy new furnishings, what does the furniture mean to you? Let’s take a nice chair for example. A chair is more than just a place to sit; it is a statement of your style. Here are a few things to check off of your list when shopping:

USE: How will you use the chair? Is it going to be in a formal room as an accent piece or in a casual setting you sit in to get comfy? The first kind can be a unique style, a bit more stiff, with fabric that is more fragile.

STYLE: Traditional vs. Contemporary, transitional, arts and crafts, unusual as a statement piece. Formal or casual. Classic with a twist is a new interpretation of traditional; there are other interesting styles as well. Do you want a skirt to the floor or do you want sexy legs and arms showing. The height and style of skirt can change from chair to chair. Do you have pets, will their body oil stain a skirt. Typically a skirt is a more traditional style. Do you want a loose pillow back or a straight back?

UPHOLSTERY: Do you need durable fabric for kids and pets or can you use silk a fragile fabric. The new outdoor fabrics come in any array of pattern and color and are very durable for families. What type of patterns do you like, a stripe, a classic print, a geometric or a more edgy pattern. A solid color goes in many settings. Does the manufacturer have many choices? Do you want a calm color or a bold color, dark or light? What type of texture should it have? Look at all the fabric choices and check out three swatches to take home and look at in your home and light both during the day and at night.

ARMSTYLE: What look do you like best, a rolled arm, a wide arm, an English arm, and so on? A padded arm style, no arm, some of the wood showing or a total wood arm that’s more open.

HEIGHT: Do you want a tall chair with a high back like a wing chair. Tall chairs usually sit back in a room so the sightlines aren’t blocked. Or do you want a low back. Do you want to lift the chair and move it around or is it going to stay in place. What is the seat height, do you want to use it to pull up to a desk. The arm height also determines how you sit and how comfortable it might be, especially next to an end table. Also how wide do you want the chair to be, really wide for a comfy sit or narrow to take up less space?

SIT: What type of sit do you want a sink into seat with a down cushion that you have to fluff all the time or a tight seat that stays in place. Cushions typically have several options- foam wrapped, down, and so on. Ask to see the inside.

Quality: A quality piece of upholstery has some weight to it, is glued and screwed, with dowel joints not stapled. Upholstery patterns are matched. The seat cushion is wrapped in a cloth and then the cushion options are inside. Stitching is straight and matched.

BUDGET: A quality chair should stand the test of time and wear for a long time. You can cheat with a to “look” at piece that may not last five years. Look for good workmanship and quality with durable fabrics. If the craftsmanship is good you will be able to keep and recover the chair. When you find a quality chair the price will be slight higher. Decide what your budget is after doing some research. Maybe you’d like to wait and save more money to invest in a better quality product for the long run.

Look through some magazines and tag what you like and don’t like. Shop at some stores, from higher to middle range, to learn about pricing.

Soon your style, fabric choices and budget will surface.