A couple of months ago, I wrote a post about having my beloved statement chair reupholstered. For a long time, it had made the same statement Fraiser's dad's chair made. Of course I knew my chair had potential, whereas the recliner on the show was a lost cause! Since I wrote that post a lot of people have asked me about my chair and about statement chairs in general, so I thought it might be easier to answer those questions here rather than individually.
You want a statement chair that says "Wow! This room is special!" because a statement chair really isn't just about the chair. It's about the entire room. A statement chair kicks things up a notch, and can take a perfectly nice room that looks okay and make it extraordinary. It adds a touch of personality to the room, and it draws the eye.
So how do you choose a chair that says "Wow!" in a good way?
Easy. You find a chair you absolutely love in a beautiful color and put it in your room. Oh! If only it were that easy!!! Unfortunately, it isn't.
Finding the right statement chair takes time. You can't just walk into a furniture store and pick out a chair and call it good. No, to have a chair that truly makes a statement, it has to be different than what you'll find in the average furniture store. A chair that looks like a chair in everyone else's home can't make a statement. It has to be different. It has to be special.
So, if you can't just go to the store and choose one, what do you do?
Well, first you have to make some decisions about the statement you want your chair to make make. Should it be fun? Funky? Elegant? Bold? Modern? Vintage? Romantic? Sophisticate? Over the top? Masculine? Feminine? Quiet comfort? It can be any of those things. Whatever you decide, your chair has to reflect that decision.
Once you know the statement you want to make, then you have to decide what kind and style of chair will make that statement for you. Do you need a chair that's a completely different style from the rest of your furniture? Or do you need one that's the same style, so the fabric or color can make the statement?
Then you have to decide if you want something that's brand new that you can order in the upholstery that you want to make it special or if you want something vintage that you might have to have reupholstered. Maybe you already have a chair that's a family heirloom that could be your statement chair.
Which brings me to another consideration. A statement chair should be well made. You don't want a flimsy chair that makes you cringe every time someone goes to sit on it. It doesn't have to be your most comfortable chair, but it shouldn't be uncomfortable either. You don't want the statement you make with it to be "don't sit on me!"
All the seating in our living room is fairly new. We bought our sofa last year. Jim's recliner was a Craigslist find, but it's still only three years old. My statement chair, which is a channel backed wingback chair, is the oldest. I haven't been able to exactly place its age, but I've found similar chairs from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, so I would guess it falls somewhere between 1948 and 1963. I have a feeling it was a fairly common chair, well made, but not terribly expensive.
|The difference between an ordinary chair and a statement chair|
Here's a tip that will make your search for the perfect statement chair easier. My chair wasn't special until I had it reupholstered with a beautiful fabric. It's the fabric, the color, and the style of the chair that determines what statement it makes. Any chair can be a statement chair. You just have to find a chair you love and make it special.
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