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10 minimal, Scandinavian-style armchairs for under £500

Muuto grey armchair - 10 minimal, grey armchair under £500

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.

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A bargain eBay chair currently in our living room

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!

10 minimal, grey armchair under £500

10 minimal, grey armchairs under £500 – 1: Oslo accent chair in marl grey, Made.com, 2: Wingman armchair in wool grey, Out & Out Original, 3: Stockholm 2017 armchair with cushion in sandbacka dark grey, IKEA, 4: Wilmot armchair, Habitat, 5: Lucas armchair, Maisons du Monde, 6: Rattan Egg chair, Out There Interiors, 7: Oswald Tufted Slipper Chair, West Elm, 8: EKENÄSET armchair in Isunda grey, IKEA, 9: Jaxson armchair, Swoon Editions, 10: Visu lounge chair by Muuto in grey, from Skandium

IKEA rattan armchair from the Stockholm 2017 collection - 10 minimal, grey armchair under £500

IKEA’s new rattan armchair from the Stockholm 2017 collection

IKEA rattan armchair from the Stockholm 2017 collection - 10 minimal, grey armchair under £500

The natural texture of the rattan can be softened by a white or grey cushion pad

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

8 Comments

  1. What a brill collection! I love the Ikea one. I don’t think I would have guessed either, it looks so much more expensive than £150!

  2. Great selection as I’m on the hunt for a stylish small chair that doesn’t break the bank myself. I think my favourite is the Ikea chair (it appeals to the boho aesthetic I love) and I’ve been considering the Stockholm 2017 rattan cabinet as well for my office! xxx

    • I love their new collection, so many nice pieces! I love the natural texture of rattan, especially with a cosy sheepskin thrown over it xx

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