Top 10 chairs for contemporary living

Having the right chairs for your home can make all the difference to your lifestyle. Here are a few of our favourites – from functional chairs for dining or office work, to the perfect armchair for chilling out in, there’s something to suit every room in the house.

1. The dining chair: Ensemble from Chair Boutique

A clean, classic design with a matt chrome finish,  this versatile chair is ideal for dining or additional seating in a kitchen. Each one is bespoke, and you can choose from a wide range of fabric options for the upholstery of the seat and back, including easy-care vinyls, faux suede and leather. Available from Chair Boutique, prices start at £377.52.

2. The high chair: Scoop high chair from Brother Max

This clever, awarding-winning chair will actually grow with your child. Suitable from six months, it transforms into a stool for children up to five. Safe, sturdy, easy to clean and stylish, it will fit effortlessly into a contemporary interior. Available in a range of colours, and priced at £339.98 from Kiddicare.

3. The child’s chair: Mini throne from Made With Love Designs

We can’t resist these children’s chairs, handmade in a range of colours from Made With Love Designs. We love the combination of a traditional, Queen Anne style design, and bright, contemporary fabrics that are sure to appeal. Prices start at £120.

4. The child’s fun chair: Rocking chair from Bundles of Joy

Keep children occupied with this fun rocking chair. Available in pink or blue, and personalised with your child’s name to avoid any inter-sibling arguments, it’s sturdy and would make an imaginative christening or birthday present. Available from Bundles of Joy, priced £48.

5. The arm chair: Jonah armchair by James Harrison

This armchair by award-winning designer James Harrison mixes retro design with a fresh, funky fennel green colour. Great for adding colour accents to a room, and comfortable enough for a night in front of the TV. £399, available from

6. The office chair: Black Croft executive chair by Alphason

With its soft, cushioned mesh back, striking colour scheme, fully adjustable seat height and soft seat, we feel this office chair from Alphason ticks all the right boxes, and it’s now 28% off in the sale at Debenhams. Was £175, now £126.

7. The garden chair: Colours chair by Point

This metal garden chair from Spanish company Point will add a vibrant splash of colour to the urban garden. Hardwearing and easy to stack and store, it’s also available in white and green. £160, available from Go Modern.

8. The stackable chair: Industrial Revival Stacking Chair by Alexander and Pearl

Short on space? This must be one of the most versatile chairs we’ve seen – great as a dining chair, an occasional chair, a kitchen chair or even for the odd occasion outdoors. If you buy several, once you’ve finished with them, they stack neatly out of the way ready for next time. £60 each, available in a range of colours from Alexander and Pearl.

9. The kitchen stool: Sula by Oscar and Eve

We’re never seen anything quite like these kitchen stools. Made from reclaimed timber, they’re are ecologically sound as well as stylish.  Their adjustable seats are supported by an iron frame, and they’d fit into any décor, traditional or modern. The Sula stool is available from Oscar and Eve, priced at £99.95.

10. The conservatory chair: Cadiz armchair from Kit Stone

Made from all-weather wicker, this armchair will be at home in your conservatory as it will outside. We like the clean lines and traditional design combined with a contemporary colour. Available from Kit Stone, £270.

By Sara Walker


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