It’s rare that we find an item of furniture that is both practical and stylish, but the wingback chair serves both needs. The classic wingback chair was originally designed in order to block drafts while one was sitting in front of the fireplace – the ‘wings’ were designed to keep breezes away from the face. That said, today it is so much more than that. It is a stalwart classic, a favourite piece of furniture in any sophisticated living room, library or dining room area. In this article we tell you everything you need to know about the always-stylish wingback chair.
The wingback chair is a classic British style that can also be called a wing chair, an easy chair or a grandfather chair. This design was originally built in the late 17th-century, when the side wings (also known as cheeks) were added so that the sitter’s upper body would be protected drafts of cold air, and would instead help to catch the heat thrown off by a fireplace. As a result, one of the most classic places you’ll find wingback chairs is located next to the hearth. Cuddling up next to the fire with a cup of cheer in a wingback chair is truly a cosy and homey experience, and will make even the most stressed out amongst us relax in warmth and comfort.
While the above might make you think wingback chairs are always formal and a bit stuffy, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Modern design schemes include this classic shape as a way to evoke sophistication, and also as a contrasting point to more modern art and furniture. Many people now have wingbacks in all areas of their homes and office spaces.
When it comes to where to place your wingback, the sky is really the limit. You can add this sophisticated design into any room of your home. Think beyond the confines of the living room – wingback chairs look great in the bedroom, dining room, foyer, or office as well.
As the chair has its classic ‘wings’ designed to block gusts of cold air and conserve the heat of a fireplace, it makes sense that many people keep them in their living rooms. One of the nicest setups is to arrange two wingback chairs in front of the fireplace area and place a sofa or loveseat opposite. This creates a cosy place to entertain or relax. If you have an empty nook or corner in your living room, consider adding a wingback there in order to take up some of the space and add visual interest.
Many of us have unused areas and corners in our bedrooms, and this space can often go wasted – such a missed opportunity! A wingback chair can tie the whole room together and give it a sophisticated feel. Just don’t fall into the habit of using your new chair as an extra clothes rack!
Again, many dining rooms are designed in such a way that they end up with unused corners and wasted space. A wingback chair can be placed in the corner and then used as extra seating when you have guests over, or relocated into the lounge when more space is needed.
Home Office, Library or Commercial Office
Traditionally, we think of wingback chairs being located in the library, so it makes perfect sense that they fit snugly into an office. Whether your office is located in a commercial property or you are hosting clients in your home, a wingback chair evokes professionalism and sophistication.
When you are selecting a wingback chair it is important to consider the existing style and decor of your home. Each room has its own particular look and feel, and therefore your wing back chair should match the overall décor in order to have the biggest impact.
For instance, if you were planning to add a wingback chair into a sophisticated study, a classic leather option might be your best choice. However, if you are wanting to add a contemporary touch of style to a more modern and fun area of your home, consider a wingback chair upholstered in an unusual pattern and fabric. The combination of the classic shape and design of the wingback with a more whimsical pattern will create a contrast that is sure to delight.
Furthermore, an even more calculated contrast could be a unique and interesting design tactic. Picture a conservative leather wingback chair placed in a room packed with modern art, or a richly coloured plaid wingback in the corner nook of an otherwise pastel bedroom.
While wingback chairs are not normally as big as an investment as a sofa or a traditional armchair, they can still be an investment piece. As a result, you will want to ensure that you have given the decision some careful consideration and thought about a few different choices before you bring out your credit card.
Some of the different aspects of a wingback chair to consider include size, style, fabric and colour. Of course, you will also want to ensure that your new wingback chair is comfortable! After all, this is the main function of a chair – to be used as a place to sit, and if it is not a good match for you, you’ll want to explore other options.
When you are searching for a reputable online furniture shop, it can be overwhelming. After all, there are countless choices and it can be confusing to know who sells high quality, well built furniture. Thankfully, Sloane and Sons has a wealth of experience, as well as thousands of trusted reviews from past buyers. We offer wingback chairs in a variety of designs and styles, available at every price point. When you buy a wingback chair from us, you can rest assured that you are getting quality, style and great value for your money. While we may specialise in tub chairs, we have a lot of experience with wingback models – please do get in touch with any questions you might have.
Maybe this has happened to you – you have been at a jumble sale, a car boot or an antiques shop and seen an amazing wingback chair that really speaks to you. You can imagine it nestled perfectly in your lounge or bedroom, and you love its shape and design… but it’s the wrong colour! Or the wrong pattern! Or the fabric is in really bad condition! No worries – a wingback chair can always be reupholstered and made to look spectacular once again.
Many people choose to have their wingback chairs professionally reupholstered, but this is something that you can do on your own. With just a little bit of elbow grease, affordable supplies and some time, you can completely change the look and feel of your wingback chair. You simply need to start hunting for the right material that you want to cover the chair with, and start searching for the correct tools and guidance.
Consider enrolling in an upholstery course at a local community centre. Or, if you have a knack for arts and crafts, maybe you could even follow YouTube tutorials and do it all from the comfort of your home. There are also many online courses available at reasonable prices, or no cost, enabling you to learn a new skill while gaining an attractive new piece of furniture. No matter what method you choose, reupholstering a wingback chair is often a lot more affordable that buying a brand new model.
And you can see from the article above, a wingback chair is one of the most classic and timeless pieces of furniture, ideal for almost any room in your home. Whether you choose to locate your chair in your living room by the fireplace, in an office, or in a cosy bedroom nook, a wingback chair will add a pop of sophistication to your décor. If you have any questions about which kind of wingback chair is best for you. please do not hesitate to get in touch with Sloan & Sons today. Our team is always happy to answer any questions you may have about any of our products. Happy shopping!
Office and marketing manager for Sloane & Sons Stylish Chairs, who sell a range of high-quality tub chairs, accent chairs and more.