Armchairs can come in all different shapes and sizes, from wingback chairs to lounge chairs with an ottoman but, they’re all defined by the armrests that provide additional support and comfort. You’ll often find armchairs in living rooms, reception areas, hallways or even a large bedroom. Most of the time, armchairs are paired with a matching sofa or placed next to a side table to help make use of the available space and tie the room together.
If you’re thinking of sprucing up your space with an armchair, it’s very important to get the dimensions right. So, we’ve created this guide all about armchair dimensions to help you measure and figure out which type of armchair would work best for your space.
Most Common Types of Armchairs
With such a huge variety of different types of armchairs out there, it can be difficult choosing the best type for your room. Here are some of the most common types of armchairs:
These types of armchairs are usually tall with elongated backs that encourage a more upright seating position rather than casual. They’re great for homes with high ceilings as they add an extra elegant element.
This type of chair has been popular for years without any sign of slowing down. With a lower back and a rounded shape with curved arms and wooden legs, they’re extremely comfortable and stylish.
A classic style, the Chesterfield armchair is typically larger than other types of armchairs, so will need plenty of surrounding space. It also has large scroll arms and a buttoned back for ultra-comfort.
Standard Armchair Dimensions
The standard size of an armchair will depend on the type and style you get. A wingback armchair could have very different dimensions to a Chesterfield, and if you’re replacing one with the other, you may end up disappointed if the new armchair doesn’t fit in the space quite right. So, no matter what, make sure you always measure the space and find out the dimensions of the piece. Don’t just leave it to chance!
Generally speaking, armchairs can measure anywhere between 80-90cm deep and wide and between 40-45cm high. At Swyft, we have several armchair options.
Model 01 Armchair Dimensions
Our popular Model 01 armchairs are nice and boxy with clean, smooth lines to give it a contemporary designer look and feel. They measure 80cm wide, 83cm in height and 85cm deep.
Model 02 Armchair Dimensions
Our Model 02 armchairs make great accent chairs with their attention-grabbing design, piped detailing, feather-filled back cushions and a seat cushion with high-density, dual-layered foam for extra comfort. This armchair also measures 80cm wide, 83cm in height and 85cm deep.
Model 03 Armchair Dimensions
Our Model 03 armchair range is big, bold and cushy. Perfect for slouching in on a lazy Sunday, this armchair boasts clean, minimalist lines and is highly flexible as part of our modular collection. This armchair type measures 114cm wide, 71cm in height and 92cm deep.
Model 05 Love Seat Dimensions
Our Model 05 love seat armchairs are ideal for those who want a little extra room when relaxing with a good book. These armchairs are also full of personality with a contemporary, minimalist style that will suit a variety of homes. They measure 125cm wide, 83cm in height and 91cm deep.
How to Choose the Right Armchair
When it comes to choosing the right armchair for your home, there are several factors you’ll need to take into consideration.
Decide where you want your armchair to go and measure the space accurately. Use our sofa measuring guide to help. Then, find the dimensions of the armchair and try to visualise it in the space, along with the rest of your furniture. You don’t want a chair that will look too big and out of place compared to other pieces in the room. Remember to account for clearance around the space too. As a general rule, there should be about 70-75cm of clearance around the chair. Also, consider if you want to place a side table, lamp or plant next to the armchair.
Think about the style of the armchair you're choosing and if it fits into the rest of the room’s decor. Does it complement the walls or your existing sofa? Does it match the colour scheme or contrast? Will it create a statement and tie the room together? Does it help the flow of the room and go with the overall aesthetic?
Lastly, think about your lifestyle and the type of fabric that would be best suited. If you have a busy home with children and pets, then stain and scratch-resistant fabrics such as our velvet and linen armchairs will be a perfect choice.
Browse our complete collection of comfortable, fabric armchairs that are perfect for small spaces and delivered in just 24 hours in the UK.
If you’re looking for something extra to add to your armchair, view our range of footstools and ottomans to complete the look.