25 Different Types Of Chairs (Photo Gallery)

There are 25 different types of chairs and chair styles. They can fit into any room and add a bit of beauty to any setting. These are the different chair types:


A sofa is a piece of furniture for seating two or three people. It has the shape f a bench, with armrests. But, sofas are upholstered, and often fitted with springs and tailored cushions.


Armchiar - types of living room seating.
The Alcott Hill Manz Armchair as seen on Wayfair.

Armchairs are very comfortable and beautiful accent chairs. They provide comfort while at the same time being stylish and multi-use. They are large chairs with side support for a person’s arms.


Barcalounger Verona Recliner as seen on Hayneedle. A type of living room seating.
Barcalounger Verona Recliner as seen on Hayneedle.

A recliner is an armchair or sofa with a reclining back. There is usually a footrest that raises to the front as it reclines. But, the footrest can also be separate or extended using a lever.

Contemporary Round Chair

Kennedy Barrel Chair - an accent chair.
Kennedy Barrel Chair as seen on Wayfair.

Accent Chairs

Accent chairs are seating pieces that have a role beyond function. They are usually the pieces placed in dining rooms and events for extra guests. There are many different types of accent chairs.

Wingback Chair

Delvale Wingback Chair - a type of accent chair.
Delvale Wingback Chair as seen on Wayfair.

A wingback chair is a chair with “wings”. The wings extend out from the sides of the back of the chair. Some stretch down to the armrest but not always. Read, The evolution of the wingback chair.

Bergère Chair

Louis XV Bergère Chair as seen on Wayfair.

A Bergère chair is a type of upholstered armchair that originates from the 18th century. It has closed sides, as compared to open armrests seen in other types of chairs from that time.

Lawson Chair

Lawson Chair with Cushion as seen on Wayfair.

Club Chair

Bustamante Club Chair as seen on Wayfair.

A club chair is a type of armchair, usually covered in leather. The original name for these chairs was “fauteuil confortable”, the “comfortable armchair”.

English Rolled Arm Chair

Bashir Armchair on Wayfair.

Chaise Lounge Chairs

Clarita Reclining Chaise Lounge – Wayfair.

A chaise lounge is an extended chair with a built-in footrest. It may have an adjustable back. Some lounge chairs have one arm, two arms, or no arms at all. Chaises with a contoured back offer a more ergonomic feel. A chaise lounge can be part of a regular sofa or a sectional.

Belham Living Matthias Mid-Century Modern Chair and Ottoman as seen on Hayneedle.


Kogan Chesterfield Chair as seen on Wayfair.

Chesterfield chairs are large couches with rolled arms. The arms are the same height as the back. These types of chairs have deep button tufting and nail-head trim.

Bar Stool

Belham Living Asher Counter Stool seen on Hayneedle.

Bar stools are a type of tall chair, often with a footrest. These chairs are popular in bars and pubs due to their height and narrowness.

Ghost Chair

Poly and Bark Burton Arm Chair seen on Amazon.

Ghost chairs are comfortable seating options for their indoor/outdoor use at events. The main construction material is transparent poly-carbonate hence the name.

Side Chair

Androscogin Side Upholstered Dining Chair via Wayfair.

A side chair is usually an upright wooden chair without arms. But, they can also be upholstered. Side chairs are most common around dining room tables.

Wishbone Chair

Reading Chair

A reading chair isn’t any one type of chair. Instead, it is any chair that is comfortable enough to allow you to read for an extended time.

Castle Swivel Lounge Chair and Ottoman – Wayfair.

Desk Chair

An office chair or desk chair is a type of chair designed for use at a desk in an office. Most desk chairs are swivel chairs, with a set of wheels for mobility and adjustable height.

Outdoor Chair

Folding Chair

Black Plastic Seat Outdoor Safe Folding Chair – The Home Depot

Wicker Chairs

Multi Brown Stackable Wicker Outdoor Dining Chairs – The Home Depot

Wicker is a technique for making products woven from any one of a variety of pliable plant materials. Wicker chairs are chairs made from any of these materials. They are usually seen outdoors.

Dearing Patio Chair with Cushions – on Wayfair.

Cantilever Chair

A cantilever chair does not have the typical 4 legs. Instead, they usually have one leg or more than one leg attached to one end of the seat. The legs bend into an L shape and also serve as the main support for the chair.

Barber Chair

Ladderback Chair

A ladderback chair is a simple wooden chair that has horizontal spindles that act as back support.

Windsor Chair

A Windsor chair is a chair built with a solid wooden seat. The chair-back and legs are round-tenoned or pushed into holes attached to the seat.


A wheelchair is a chair with wheels. These chairs allow persons who are unable to walk to have some mobility.

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