Comfy Reading Chairs

Too many a chair can be considered a reading chair. Even a beach chair can be. After all, the defining quality of a reading chair is that it can be used for reading. And any chair can be used for that. People read all the time, and they don’t necessarily even use chairs for that. Some read when they are lying on their bed, some people have no problem reading when sitting on their sofa, some even read as they go (not that it’s safe to do that). On the other hand, there’s no such thing as a dedicated reading chair, and those chairs that are also impossibly expensive. Not something I would advise, if only to sate your curiosity.

Nevertheless, it is possible to single out best chairs for reading, based on how comfortable they are.

What a Good Reading Chair Should Be Like

All people have different needs and requirements, and yet, there are still things common enough to take them into account.
A reading chair is a chair where people are supposed to spend a lot of time, depending on how much they read. At the same time, they have little in common with chairs meant for watching TV and even less with office chairs and desk chairs. The difference is where the person who is sitting in a chair is looking and what they are expected to do. In a reading chair, people general are looking down, rather than right in front of them. And the only thing they need to do is to turn pages, which means there should be at least some room for their hands.

All in all, a reading chair should be very comfortable (preferably padded), have a reclined back seat (but not too reclined, as it may make reading less comfortable), and either possess no arm supports or enough room for the arms of the reader.

Choosing a Reading Chair

A reading chair that is good conventionally may not be perfect for you. It would still be suitable, but it all depends on your reading habits. This is why you should not buy a reading chair for yourself just because it’s “best” for everyone else. Of course, there’s an exception to this rule. If you’re getting a gift for someone else, and you don’t know much about what exactly they prefer, a chair that is suitable for most people might make a good present.

Make sure that you account for your favorite reading pose. If you like reading sitting straight up, your hands on your knees, you probably don’t even need a reading chair, and any chair will do, although a padded reclined chair will be more comfortable.  But if you like curling up like a cat, you need something bigger or at least wider, such as a sofa or a loveseat.

Top 5 Best Reading Chairs

5. KEET Roundy Kid’s Chair DenimKEET Roundy Kids Chair Denim

The KEET Roundy Kid’s chair comes in seven varieties without an ottoman and in three with one. There is little difference between a chair from one of the ottoman sets and a standalone chair, other than the ottoman itself, though the upholstery still looks different.

The chair is rather heavy due to its wooden frame and legs. But that also makes it durable and stable. Also, it looks like real furniture should. Artificial materials may be cheaper (and this chair isn’t very expensive, to begin with), but they cannot make the same impression of quality and elegance. Besides, it’s handmade!

The seat, backseat, and arm support are padded with high-density foam and upholstered in ultra durable denim fabric. Durability is not the only thing the upholstery can boast. It is a kids chair, and, as such, it must have some other qualities – which it does. The fabric is soft to the touch, though it’s not critical, and resistant to stains. If you had to deal with the after effects of your children’s playing in outdoors, you know why this is important. Thankfully, the KEET chair is easy to clean.

You may find the ottoman sets here.

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4. Giantex Recliner Chair Swivel Armchair Lounge Seat w/ Footrest Stool Ottoman HomeGiantex Recliner Chair Swivel Armchair Lounge Seat w/ Footrest Stool Ottoman Home

Furniture doesn’t have to be made of wood these days. Metal frames are just as good, if not better, although they can make a chair more expensive and cumbersome, depending on the metal. Steel frames are usually heavy, but also extremely durable, although some manufacturers only use just enough steel.

Aluminum, from which the frame of this chair is made, is more lightweight, and it does not rust. Although slightly less durable, it’s durable enough to withstand a load of about 250 pounds.

The chair comes with an ottoman and has a 360-degree swivel base. The seat, backseat, and armrests are well-padded, which makes the chair more than suitable for reading. This is a reclining chair, which makes it even more comfortable.

Upholstered in eco-friendly leather, the chair makes a very elegant statement, although I would not recommend using it in a retro setting. Both the chair and the ottoman are too glossy with that, even though their bases are wrapped in leather.

You don’t have to use this chair for reading only, it is also more than suitable for a formal setting, although you’ll probably want to hide the ottoman away. Without it, the Giantex makes a perfect desk chair.

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3. Ikea Poang Chair Armchair with Cushion, Cover and FrameIkea Poang Chair Armchair with Cushion, Cover and Frame

This chair may look unusual to some of my readers and subscribers. However, many are already familiar with this type of chairs. It is a Poäng chair. If you know IKEA, you know these chairs.

They typically resemble rocking chair or, indeed, are rocking chairs. They may look flimsy and unsteady, but they are anything but. If you’re familiar with structural performance of materials, that particularly of wood, you may know why. If not, just trust the expert engineers of IKEA.

As it is an IKEA chair, you will have to assemble it by yourself. This may be a huge disadvantage for some, but it also means the chair does not take up too much space when shipping, which makes shipping cheaper.

Be advised; the chair may look somewhat different from what you expected. The best thing to do is to consult the sales manager before making a purchase. If the color of your chair’s frame is important to you, it will be best to ensure you get exactly what you saw.

Also, I recommend that you don’t let your pets sleep in this chair, fur is very hard to remove from it. Otherwise, it is one of the best chairs for reading.

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2. Haywood Channel-backed Club ChairHaywood Channel-backed Club Chair

This club chair is perfectly suitable for reading. Large and cozy, it is a chair, which you won’t want to get out of. It comes in three varieties.

Due to the high level of comfort, you can easily relax in the chair no matter if you’re reading something or not. This chair is suitable for watching TV, simply relaxing or even work, reading is but one of things you can do sitting in it.

The Haywood Channel-backed Club chair is a chair you will enjoy, which is what makes it great. If you already had a favorite reading chair, this new one will probably take its place. The chair is compatible with almost any setting and is especially useful for living rooms and formal settings.

The chair is not too soft, and that’s rather good for the back, especially if you tend to spend a lot of time reading. Both classic and modern, you don’t have to worry about the interior you’re trying to build, the chair is suitable both for modern and retro designs.

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1. Mid Century Modern Style Sofa / Love Seat RedMid Century Modern Style Sofa / Love Seat Red

Even the name is a hint. The chair will fit right in in any retro-setting, well, as long as you don’t go too retro. It is, perhaps, wrong to call this piece of furniture a chair, but it’s perfect for reading, that quality cannot be denied. If you like to curl up when reading, this chair can make an excellent purchase. And it’s not the only feature you might enjoy.

The seat, backseat, and armrests are upholstered in gray linen. Of course, linen is a very tricky material, so I do not advise that you place this chair in the room of your child. You will find it wrinkles easily and might get stained too fast. But for a grown up, it is acceptable, and you are unlikely to have any problems with it.

Durable, comfy and spacious, it is, probably, the best chair for relaxing with a book for hours. Forget about discomfort, forget about numb limbs, forget about a backache, nothing of it will ever bother you again.

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Bottom Line

The best reading chairs, in my opinion, are those that have enough space between their armrests. Those who like curling up when reading will appreciate even wider chairs, although real loveseats can be even better in that regard, as long as they are used by a single person, rather than two as designed.

A reading chair is a chair where you will have to spend hours. Before purchasing one, make sure it will be very comfortable for you to use.

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