Believed to have originated in France as early as the 1600s, chaise longues are certainly not a new invention. However, their popularity seems to grow year on year. They have proven themselves to be an excellent alternative or add-on to standard sofas, taking up less space yet still allowing for more seating than an armchair.
Chaise longues, while once synonymous with French elegance, now come in a range of different designs. From contemporary, minimalistic stylings to decadent, rich leather, there are options to suit all interior tastes and budgets. In this guide, we help you to know what to look for when buying a chaise lounge. Our top ten features furniture from Amazon and Argos, keeping your shopping easy and accessible.
With so many chaise longues on the market, it is easy to be overwhelmed by choice. Expert opinion states it is always best to match your existing décor to ensure longevity. Whilst high fashion items can be tempting, you may quickly bore once trends change and end up getting rid of practically new furnishings – which is not the most sustainable option. Consider your style and choose your chaise longue to match.
A statement chair is another great way to add interest to a room.
It is easy to get carried away when shopping and fall in love with an item before considering the practicalities. As well as measuring the chaise longue to see if it fits your space, remember that some face to the right and some to the left. If you'd like more flexibility, look for pieces with interchangeable arms. These aren't as common, but it means you can switch the direction it faces as needed.
Unless placed purely as a design accent, your chaise longue should be able to stand the test of time. So, consider your fabric carefully. For busy families with sticky fingers and paws, a cream chaise is probably not the best idea. Leather is a great option as it can be wiped clean easily, while faux leather is a more affordable, vegan-friendly choice. Microfibre and other polyester fabrics are durable and shouldn't stain or fade.
Whilst everyone wants a comfortable chaise longue, some styles come with extra features that add to the comfort factor. Look for moveable backs or arms that can be reclined to an angle better suited to your activity. Extra features can also include storage, such as drawers to hide away magazines, board games or toys. Removable and washable cushion covers are always a good idea in a family home.
If your chaise doesn't recline, you can always add a footstool!
This article's chosen EC site price listings are reflective of its publishing date.
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|Style||Traditional Chesterfield||Stylish and sophisticated||Comfort||Compact||Classic||Storage chaise||Multi-purpose||Multi-purpose||Children's||Minimalistic|
|Best For||Luxurious living rooms||Bedrooms||Spare rooms||Small homes||Office, study||Bedroom||Guest room||Living room||Child's bedroom||Small homes|
|Direction||Left or right available||Both||Either||Either||Left||Both||Either||Either||Right||Either|
|Dimensions||147 x 60.5 x 31.5 cm||58 x 132 x 45.5 cm||83 x 85 x 180 cm||65 x 70 x 121 cm||168 x 60 x 80 cm||30 x 97 x 58 cm||68.5 x 93.9 x 68.5 cm||170 x 74 x 43.1 cm||81 x 41.5 x 46 cm||75 x 75 x 70 cm|
|Materials||Polyester, textile, wood, velvet||Linen, wood||100% polyester fabric, wood||Velvet, wood||Leather, pine||Fabric, wood||Tufted velvet, metal||Fabric, steel||Velvet||Wood, alloy steel, linen|
|Extras||-||2 arms||Folds flat||-||-||Storage||Multi-use; ottoman, bed, armchair||Multi-use||-||3-in-1, adjustable back|
This ranking has been compiled by the writing team at mybest UK via careful evaluation of the points made in the buying guide and thorough research of each product and comparing multiple verified customer reviews across the EC sites used.
|Best For||Luxurious living rooms|
|Direction||Left or right available|
|Dimensions||147 x 60.5 x 31.5 cm|
|Materials||Polyester, textile, wood, velvet|
|Style||Stylish and sophisticated|
|Dimensions||58 x 132 x 45.5 cm|
|Best For||Spare rooms|
|Dimensions||83 x 85 x 180 cm|
|Materials||100% polyester fabric, wood|
|Best For||Small homes|
|Dimensions||65 x 70 x 121 cm|
|Best For||Office, study|
|Dimensions||168 x 60 x 80 cm|
|Dimensions||30 x 97 x 58 cm|
|Best For||Guest room|
|Dimensions||68.5 x 93.9 x 68.5 cm|
|Materials||Tufted velvet, metal|
|Extras||Multi-use; ottoman, bed, armchair|
|Best For||Living room|
|Dimensions||170 x 74 x 43.1 cm|
|Best For||Child's bedroom|
|Dimensions||81 x 41.5 x 46 cm|
|Best For||Small homes|
|Dimensions||75 x 75 x 70 cm|
|Materials||Wood, alloy steel, linen|
|Extras||3-in-1, adjustable back|
|Dimensions||70 x 40 x 48 cm|
|Materials||100% cotton velvet|
Written and researched by Sarah Jarman
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