I’m on the hunt for a new, minimal, grey armchair for my living room. We already have this vintage, mid-century number – a bargain find from eBay (see it here in my living room makeover) – but we need another one to go opposite the sofa to even the space out and fill that empty corner. So that when we have friends over there’s plenty of seats to go around and we don’t feel like we’re all squished in a row on the sofa looking at one wall. Or someone invariably gets the short straw and ends up sitting on a hard dining chair brought in from the kitchen. It’s a fairly small space and we don’t want something too overpowering – just a simple design, most probably in grey, with bold, clean lines and minimal, well-designed details.
Not too much to ask for you would think, but a small budget makes it a little trickier to find just the right thing at an affordable price. So I’ve scoured the internet and picked out the best buys for under £500 in case you’re looking for something similar and having the same dilemma. (Ok, there’s one that has sneaked in there for £555 from Habitat, but it’s reduced from £695 at the moment and thought it was worth a look in.) There’s everything from rustic, rattan chairs to curvaceous, Scandinavian-style designs, take your pick!
Which catches your eye, would you go for a softer, rounder shape or a minimal form on slender legs? I’m really drawn to the very simple form of Maisons du Monde’s Lucas chair and the cocooning shape of Made.com’s Oslo accent chair. Then there’s the natural texture of IKEA’s Stockholm 2017 chair that offers something a little different. Decisions, decisions! What should I go for?
All images of the Stockholm 2017 rattan chair courtesy IKEA