After a long day, there’s nothing better than sinking into a comfortable chair with a warm drink, and relaxing in front of the television. Whether you’ve been chasing after young children, getting soaked on the school run, or suffering a long commute home from work, the last thing you want is to have your evening ruined with an uncomfortable sofa or armchair – so it pays to choose carefully when deciding on your soft furnishings.
From retro-style wing-back chairs to more contemporary and minimalistic varieties, there are a million different styles of armchairs – and there’s almost certainly one to suit every taste. Aside from the comfort level, the way your chair fits in with the surrounding space is the most vital thing to consider. If you’re someone who’s keen on all things retro and vintage, opt for a wooden framed Ercol-style chair with fabric covered cushions, while anybody who is keen on sleek interiors should choose a more simple design in a block colour.
The second thing to think about when choosing an armchair is the level of usage it’s going to have to withstand. Anybody with children, particularly babies and toddlers, should steer clear of anything in a delicate, light coloured fabric – durable materials such as cord or leather are ideal choices, particularly if the covers are removable, as this makes cleaning so much easier. If pets are a factor, leather armchairs are perfect – any pet hair is easily swept or vacuumed away, and stains can be easily wiped clean.
Finally, consider just how comfortable your armchair is going to be. Seat depth can vary greatly from chair to chair, and while some people might like to curl up, others like to keep their feet firmly on the floor. The best idea is to test the armchair by sitting as far back as possible, and consider whether you feel comfortable with where your feet fall. Similarly, the softness of cushion pads can vary greatly from chair to chair, so it’s always best to check thoroughly before you commit to a purchase.
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