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The Best Lounge Chairs for Kicking Back

No living room is complete with a comfy and statement-making lounge chair.

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There are many pieces of furniture that go into creating a living room that’s actually suitable for living. First and foremost is a great sofa, which forms the centerpiece of any salon (pardon my french). Next, you’ll want a stand or media console for your TV, a coffee table and maybe some end tables for setting down drinks and books, pieces of decor to make it feel like home and, naturally, some places to sit that aren’t your couch. There are plenty of options for these alternative seating options — accent chairs, armchairs, recliners — but for our money, there’s nothing that beats a classic lounge chair.

What Is a Lounge Chair?

Definitions for what exactly a lounge chair is vary, but at its root, a lounge chair is a chair that’s meant for lounging. It’s the best spot in the house for pure relaxation, the seat you’re most likely to give the moniker "my chair." They can have arms, cushioning and an ottoman, or none of the above. As long as they’ve got a fixed back, usually at a relaxed angle (i.e. no recliners), and are comfortable to lounge in, they qualify as a lounge chair in my book. Going back to the lounge chair’s mid-twentieth century heyday, lounge chairs also have a tradition of doubling as a statement piece of furniture, and as a result, you’ll come across a lot of fun and adventurous designs in the lounge chair category.

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Best Leather Lounge Chair
Herman Miller Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman
Most Comfortable Lounge Chair
Knoll Womb Chair and Ottoman
Best Wooden Lounge Chair
Carl Hansen & Søn Shell Chair
Most Convenient Lounge Chair
Burrow Vesper Lounge Chair
Best Post-Modern Lounge Chair
Urban Outfitters Floria Velvet Chair
Best Japandi Lounge Chair
Castlery Gable High Armchair & Ottoman Set
Best Colorful Lounge Chair
Herman Miller x Hay Eames Molded Plywood Lounge Chair
Best Indoor/Outdoor Lounge Chair
Pottery Barn Abbott Indoor/Outdoor FSC Acacia Woven Lounge Chair
Best Danish Modern Lounge Chair
West Elm Mid-Century Show Wood Chair
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Best Faux-Leather Lounge Chair
AllModern Lodi Upholstered Swivel Armchair
Most Versatile Lounge Chair
Rivet Contemporary Living Room Accent Chair
Best Contemporary Lounge Chair
Blu Dot Field Lounge Chair
Best Boucle Lounge Chair
CB2 Escapade Boucle Lounge Chair
Best Ikea Lounge Chair
Ikea Poäng Armchair
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Johnny Brayson is Gear Patrol's associate home editor.
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