Top 11: Compact Arm Chairs For Small Spaces

If you have a small space in your living room, or even elsewhere in your house, a great option for filling it up might be an arm chair. 

Of course, you’ll have to make sure that it’s right for your room.  Not all armchairs are all that small, and it’s not a great idea to buy the first small armchair you find just because you need one. 

Help is at hand, though - this article is here to show you the 10 best arm chairs that will fit perfectly into small spaces.  

One thing we’ve tried to do in this list to emphasise chairs that have long (or fairly long) legs, as this has the effect of making the chair (and the space around it) seem bigger than it really is.

Of course, the term “small space” isn’t exactly specific, but the chairs we’ve chosen are also all a maximum of 90cm deep.  We’re confident that this will satisfy most people’s definitions.

OUR TOP PICK

Kubrick_c

This beautiful, modern armchair is available in 8 different colors, so it can easily be made to fit many different kinds of decor. 

The colours include both bolder, brighter ones and more muted traditional ones, to suit either preference.  Overall, it's an elegant chair that maintains a simple general style while still having some attractive extra details like the buttoning on the sleek fabric.  

The outline and angled legs are inspired by the styles of the 1960s while still looking comfortably modern.  It's 90cm deep overall, so while it's on the larger end for the chairs on this list, it's small enough for most small spaces.

EDITORS CHOICE

alpana

This splendid chair is hand carved from the wood of mango trees.  The first thing you'll notice about it, though, is its wonderfully vibrant and colourful pattern. 

That pattern is based on the artwork of the great Mexican painter Frida Kahlo and recalls the styles of the 1950s.  

Like the previous entry on this list, the angled legs give it a chic look and help to make it seem larger than it really is, bringing it even more to life.  

This one's smaller than the Kubrick Wing Back, at only 79cm deep, meaning that it'll fit into even more places.

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cecilaccent_c

The design of this cool armchair is also quite retro, but in this case it's a more of a late 60s and 1970s inspired look. 

The burnt orange colour of the upholstery is subtle and rich, and the angular lines of the chair's shape lend themselves well to a space that's going for a great mixture of modern and classic.  

The solid oak frame gives it a solid, study, and classy structure, while the angled back allows you to recline easily and comfortably on it.

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ullaaccent

Another retro-inspired armchair, this one features a very clean, almost minimalist design.

Its shape is reminiscent of the classic Eames lounge chair, which was designed back in the 1940s.

It's pretty small at only 73cm deep, but it's still plenty big for most rooms. The arms are straight and the legs are slightly curved, giving it a rather unusual appearance.

If you want something that looks stylish but doesn't take up too much space, then this could well be what you're after.

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brasilia_b

Designed by Anderssen and Voll, this sleek chair is pure luxury.  The wooden frame comes in oak (either natural or stained a dark, rich brown) and walnut, so you can choose whichever you prefer. 

There are also three choices for the upholstery: root sheepskin, beige, and camel leather.  The sheepskin offers the most eye catching look and is incredibly soft to the touch.  

At 84cm deep, it should fit most smaller spaces in a room very well, and its refined, elegant appearance is sure to take the space up a few notches.

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thepause_b

This wonderful accent chair is upholstered in fine, hand finished leather.  Its soft, buttery smoothness will quickly become obvious when you sit down on it, and you can be sure that it'll only improve its appearance with age. 

The seat cushions are also foam, fibre, and feather sprung, which makes them not only comfy but durable too.  In fact, the chair has a 15 year springs and frame guarantee, meaning that you can expect it to last for the long haul.  

To top it off, it's available in nine different colours so it can suit the look and design philosophy of just about any space.

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accent

If you were pleased with the nine colours available for the last chair on your list, wait until you see this one. 

It's available in an astonishing 22 colours, so the sky really is the limit when it comes to including it in a room.  

You also have the choice of either light or dark feet and, if you like, extra scatter cushions to finish the look.  It's also 100% leather and its womb like curves add a note of peace and tranquility to your room.  

The picture is completed with sharp, neat legs to hold it up.  It'll still fit into tight spaces, even with that rounded back.

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celestialpetite

This gorgeous accent chair can serve as more than just that.  With its unique, vivid design, it can set the tone for an entire room. 

The bright pinks, blues, and whites will immediately draw the attention of anyone who walks into your living space even more effectively than a two seater sofa.  

The silhouette is a perfect marriage of modern and classic.  Of course, a comfortable chair is a good chair, and this one is great for cosying up in.  The upholstery is a mixture of cotton and linen, and you can expect nothing but pure comfort from it.

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elsiecocktail

The smallest chair on this list, this is the one to go for if the space you're buying for is particularly small and calls for an especially compact chair to fill it. 

Subtle and effective, this chair is also very affordable and great value for the price.  Another nice feature is that it's easy to wipe clean with a simple cloth.  

It's also perfectly comfortable and available in 6 different colors so it can match whatever decor you have.

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marijawoven

This gorgeous chair is hand woven, which means that even though others exist, none of them will look exactly alike. 

That means that you're getting a unique piece of furniture when you buy this.  The delightfully abstract pattern is in a mix of vibrant colours that will effortlessly breathe life into any room.  

Indeed, this is another one of those chairs that you could build the look of the whole room around if you wanted to.  That colourful upholstery is made of recycled cotton, so you can feel good about using green materials as well.  

If you want to create a look that's sophisticated while also being laid-back and bohemian, this is ideal for you.

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This chair is designed to look grand and cultivated, and it manages that with aplomb.  The chair is available in a wide range of wood finishes including various kinds of mahogany, oak, yew, cherry, and walnut. 

There are also various options when it comes to the leather, allowing you to pick whichever colour best suits you and your space.  

The gainsborough chair is a style that originates in 18th century England, and if you want to try to introduce some of that Georgian style and elegance into your living space, then there are few options that will suit you better than this chair.

Final Thoughts

So there you have it, a list of some of the best compact armchairs for small spaces you can buy.  There are options on this list for all kinds of different price points, so people of all means are catered for. 

Whether you want something sleek and modern or the reassuring air of something classic, there's nothing to stop you from getting what you like, so go for it!  

Just keep in mind whether you want to build the look of your room around the chair, or want to get a chair to suit the look of a room.  Both can work!

Ida Oliveira