Best Reading Chairs & Seating of 2021

If curling up with a good book is your idea of fun, you know how crucial a comfy reading spot is. Whether you’re an avid reader or an occasional bookworm, devouring a page-turner is all the more enjoyable when cozied up in a chair. But not just any chair. It’s got to be one you can sit back, curl up, or even lay down in while flipping through your latest paperback.

“Comfort is key when selecting a reading chair,” says Decorist interior designer Elizabeth Herrera. “A high or rounded back will provide lots of support and create a cozy feel.” She recommends opting for an oversized design or something with a recliner. Chair-ottoman combos are great, too, and depending on your preferred reading position, you might want to get something with armrests.

You’ll also want to consider the upholstery material and size in terms of the actual seat and overall dimensions. Of course, there’s no one-size-fits-all reading environment, but we found a bunch of options at a variety of price points that check most (if not all) the boxes.

Below, the best reading chairs for the bookish among us.

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1 Best Modern: AllModern Jase 23.6″ Armchair
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Best Modern: AllModern Jase 23.6″ Armchair

If you appreciate mid-century modern design, you'll love this attractive velvet armchair from AllModern. Featuring a solid wood frame, tapered dowel legs, a low profile, and a clean-lined silhouette, the Jase is sure to elevate any room.
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Thanks to its extra-wide, foam-filled seat and back cushions, it’s incredibly comfortable too—perfect for long afternoons spent reading.

What We Like

  • Solid wood frame
  • Wide seat
  • High weight capacity

What We Don’t Like

  • Some assembly required
2 Wade Logan Gusman Tufted Lounge Chair and Ottoman
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Wade Logan Gusman Tufted Lounge Chair and Ottoman

This undeniably cushy chair and ottoman set from Wayfair was made with reading in mind. The Gusman has a thick pillow-style back that reclines into six different angles, a plush seat, and comfy armrests with a side pocket for your book or e-reader.
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We also like that the frame and legs are made of solid hardwood and that it comes with a throw pillow. Choose from seven upholstery colors, including classic gray and and brown suede, to get the chair of your dreams.

What We Like

  • Ottoman included
  • Multiple reclining positions
  • Solid wood frame
  • Side storage bag

What We Don’t Like

  • Some assembly required
  • Short warranty
3 Best Leather: Pottery Barn Irving Square Arm Leather Power Recliner
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Best Leather: Pottery Barn Irving Square Arm Leather Power Recliner

If you're partial to leather furniture, you should definitely check out Pottery Barn's Irving Power Recliner. Inspired by classic club chairs, this dapper reading chair boasts a kiln-dried hardwood frame, firm yet comfy cushions, and top-grain leather upholstery in your choice of over 30 aniline-dyed colors.
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But that’s not all—with the push of a button, the Irving reclines into the perfect reading position and releases its built-in footrest for ultimate comfort.

What We Like

  • Power recliner
  • Built-in footrest
  • Full-grain leather
  • Kiln-dried wood frame

What We Don’t Like

  • Expensive
  • Weeks-long wait on made-to-order items
4 Best Upholstered: Article Gabriola Bouclé Lounge Chair
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Best Upholstered: Article Gabriola Bouclé Lounge Chair

Article's Gabriola Bouclé Lounge Chair is a favorite of Herrera's, and we can see why. There's a lot to love about the incredibly soft and mildly fuzzy (but not over the top) bouclé upholstery—and that's not all.
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This reading chair also has a kiln-dried wood frame, high-density foam cushions with sinuous springs, and a supportive, slightly angled back. It’s only available in two colors (gray and ivory), but the bouclé fabric ensures your chair will be anything but boring.

What We Like

  • Cozy upholstery
  • Kiln-dried wood frame
  • Supportive back

What We Don’t Like

  • Some assembly required
5 Best Oversized: Kelly Clarkson Home Negley 56” Wide Chair And A Half
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Best Oversized: Kelly Clarkson Home Negley 56” Wide Chair And A Half

As Herrera mentioned, oversized armchairs are great for reading, like this beauty from Kelly Clarkson's Wayfair collection. Boasting rolled arms, an ultra-plush T-shaped back, and an extra-large seat with sinuous springs
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the Negley is everything we love about the chair-and-a-half trend. Not only that, but it comes in 100 colors and numerous upholstery materials, including a handful of stain-resistant fabrics that are perfect for homes with kids or pets.

What We Like

  • Oversized design
  • 100 fabric choices
  • Stain-resistant upholstery available
  • Lifetime warranty

What We Don’t Like

  • Weeks-long wait on made-to-order items
  • Some assembly required
6 Latitude Run Jazouli 25.5” Wide Linen Barrel Chair and Ottoman
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Latitude Run Jazouli 25.5” Wide Linen Barrel Chair and Ottoman

Looking for something to place in a bedroom, apartment, or home office? Check out this compact chair and ottoman set from Wayfair. The Jazouli is just over 25 inches wide with a relatively shallow seat, easily fitting through doorways and in small spaces.
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And what it lacks in size, it makes up for in comfort. Not only is the chair super comfy, but the ottoman also gives you more room to recline. Choose from ten colors, including basic neutrals and brighter hues, to complete the look.

What We Like

  • Budget-friendly
  • Good for small spaces
  • Several colors available
  • Comes with an ottoman

What We Don’t Like

  • Shallow seat
7 Best Budget: Jummico Fabric Recliner Chair
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Best Budget: Jummico Fabric Recliner Chair

For bookworms on a budget, we suggest the Jummico Recliner. Featuring a durable steel frame, breathable fabric upholstery, a padded back, multiple reclining positions, and even a footrest, this best-seller pulls out all the stops.
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It comes in five colors to suit your style, although take note that it’s not the best option for smaller spaces. Some assembly is required as well, though you won’t need any tools and it shouldn’t take long.

What We Like

  • Budget-friendly
  • Multiple reclining positions
  • Built-in footrest

What We Don’t Like

  • Some assembly required
8 Best Overall: Joss & Main Highland Armchair
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Best Overall: Joss & Main Highland Armchair

The best reading chair overall is undoubtedly the Highland Armchair from Joss & Main, which has a boxy seat cushion, wide armrests, and a super-plush back. Featuring a solid wood frame and four square legs, you can count on the durable construction to provide long-lasting support.

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Beyond its impressive comfort level, this handsome chair comes in a whopping 145 colors and several upholstery materials. This includes velvet, acrylic, cotton, microfiber, faux suede, stain-resistant canvas, and performance polyester, so you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for.

What We Like

  • 145 fabric choices
  • Fully assembled
  • Stain-resistant upholstery available
  • Plush cushions

What We Don’t Like

  • Weeks-long wait on made-to-order items
  • Doesn’t recline

What to Look for in a Reading Chair

Style

As Herrera mentioned, comfort is key when it comes to reading. You’ll want to go with a chair style that’ll keep you comfy and relaxed for hours on end, such as a design with a relatively tall or rounded back. Otherwise, she says to “consider an oversized chair or even one with a recliner so you can put your feet up.” A chair-and-a-half is an excellent choice too, as it offers a wider and deeper seat. If you like to lay back while reading, consider getting a chaise lounge.

Size

You’ll also want to consider the size. For one, it’s important to find a design that’ll fit in your space. Whether you’re placing it in a designated reading nook, bedroom, sunroom, or office, make sure to carefully measure (and re-measure) before ordering. Size has a lot to do with a chair’s overall comfort as well. If you like to curl up, lean back, or even lay down while reading, we recommend getting one with a relatively wide and deep seat.

Material

The other thing to think about is the material. Upholstered chairs are usually a little softer, and you can often find stain-resistant options. “I also think about the texture—bouclé upholstery, for example, is plush and cozy, while a chair that isn’t upholstered won’t be as inviting,” says Herrera. Leather-upholstered chairs tend to be more expensive, though they typically last longer.

The frame material is also important. If you want something with a higher weight capacity or that’s built to last for several years, look for a chair with a solid wood frame—even better if it’s kiln-dried. Some recliner frames are made of steel, which is generally considered a high-quality, long-lasting material.

FAQs

How do you make a chair more comfortable?

When the only thing stopping you from finishing a page-turner is uncomfortable seating, there are a few things you can try to make things a little comfier. First, if the chair has removable cushions, take them off and fluff them up, just like you would a pillow. And speaking of pillows, sometimes that’s all you need to get the back or neck support you crave. A footrest or ottoman can go a long way, too, as it allows you to recline back in an otherwise small chair.

Where do you place a reading chair?

“I like to place reading chairs in a quiet area of the home,” says Herrera. “A living area near a fireplace or a cozy corner in the bedroom are great options.” Some people opt to place armchairs and chaises near a window, as it can be peaceful while offering ample natural reading light.

A coveted “reading nook” can be created nearly anywhere in your home. It could go in the corner of a larger room, underneath a staircase, in an attic, or even built into a wall.

How do you clean a chair?

The proper way to clean a reading chair really depends on the material. Fabric upholstery can typically be spot-cleaned with an upholstery cleaner, a homemade solution, or sometimes liquid carpet cleaner. Some chairs even come with removable covers that can be zipped off and thrown in the washer for a more thorough cleaning.

In some cases, handheld steam cleaners can be used to freshen up fabric upholstery. Leather chairs can typically be wiped down with a slightly damp cloth and a small amount of mild soap if needed.

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