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Choosing the right occasional chair

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Occasional chair buyer’s guide

Whether you need an extra seat in your living room or you want to utilise an empty corner, an occasional chair makes a great addition to your home. Yet with so many different styles and shapes to choose from, it can be tricky to know which one is right for you and your space.

Our handy guide will help you to find the perfect occasional chair for you. 

Size

The first thing to think about when buying an occasional chair is the size. It might sound obvious, but make sure you’ve measured the space you’d like it to go into. And don’t forget to check the chair will fit through any doors or narrow entrances – you’d be surprised how many people forget this!

You should also consider the height of the seat and backrest, as well as the width and depth. You may want to match the seat height with the height of other chairs in the room, although this may not matter if the chair is a stand-alone feature. 

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Are you looking for a soft fabric or do you prefer a smooth leather finish? Even if you plan to add a cushion or throw to your occasional chair, it’s a good idea to consider the durability and feel of the material before you buy. 

Leather occasional chairs can come in a variety of styles. With smooth finish and clean lines, they add a sophisticated feel to a room, especially when paired with modern furniture. Leather chairs are easy to clean and maintain, plus they scuff and wear naturally, which adds to their beauty.

If you’re looking for something more casual or colourful, a fabric occasional chair may be the best option. Fabric occasional chairs are available in many patterns and hues, so they can add a lively splash of colour to a  room.

Rattan occasional chairs are also a popular choice. With their sleek lines and natural colours, they complement most rooms and designs. As well as being very versatile, rattan occasional chairs are also more environmentally friendly. 

 

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While choosing a colour and pattern may seem like a difficult task, it can help to break it down. As a starting point, decide whether you want a neutral piece or something that will grab attention and act as a focal point in your room. 

Neutral occasional chairs

If you’re looking for a neutral occasional chair, consider opting for black, brown or beige. These colours can add subtle focus and they complement most interiors. Grey is another popular neutral colour and is perfect if you want to achieve a modern look.

Statement occasional chairs

If you prefer to make a statement, choose a bold colour such as bright blue, teal or yellow. Colourful occasional chairs can be surprisingly versatile and work well with neutral sofas and sectionals. You might want to opt for an accent colour that’s used elsewhere in the room. This will bring the overall look together and create a sense of cohesion.  

Patterned occasional chairs

The pattern of the occasional chair can also have an impact on the overall look and feel. Occasional chair patterns range from subtle to bold, so think about the style of your room when deciding on a pattern. A geometric pattern, for example, creates a bold and striking look in a modern room while floral patterns are ideal for shabby chic interiors or more traditional spaces.

Mix and match

Don’t be afraid to mix and match your furniture. Different materials and colours can actually work really well together to create a contemporary juxtaposition. A mix of materials allows you to subtly break up the scheme of the room while still giving your space a comfy and coordinated look. This is something many top interior designers do, so be brave with your choices as it’s a very on-trend look!

Our top picks


We have a great range of occasional chairs to choose from – here are some of our favourites. 

Shop for occasional chairs at Knees Home & Electrical

At Knees, we have a huge variety of occasional chairs available. If you are still not sure which one is right for you, our helpful team would be more than happy to help you out. Pop into our Trowbridge or Malmesbury store or call the online team for more information.

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