Habitat Momo armchair for small spaces with red cushion next to side table with lampToday we’re looking at compact armchairs for small spaces.  Our Top 10 sofas for small spaces has been wildly popular, so we decided to do this follow-up.

As before, it’s inspired by our own search for compact, modern furniture.  This time it’s for a contemporary, small armchair that’s not too deep so it doesn’t protrude too far into our small, square-ish living room.

All of the compact easy chairs in this Top 10 have slim, strealined shapes that make them perfect armchairs for small spaces.  No wide, chunky arms or boxy profiles here.

Long(ish) legs were another criteria, to give an illusion of space under and around the chair, a classic trick to use when buying any furniture for small spaces.

They’re also less than 90 cm deep, with several measuring 80 – 85cm deep and some being very petite indeed.  Hopefully one may be the small armchair for you!


Contemporary upholstered armchairs for small spaces

To start, a selection of traditional upholstered armchairs with contemporary styling to update this classic look.

Made.com's Rubens armchairs for small spaces in green wool and cognac leather1. The Rubens armchair (H101 x W82 x D85 cm) above, designed by Steuart Padwick for MADE, has fabulously clean, flowing lines and fuss-free wool-rich or leather upholstery.

This beautifully petite, contemporary take on the classic wing back armchair comes in grey, green/yellow and a very gorgeous cognac leather too, as you can see above.

Made.com Bodil armchair for small spaces in blue2.  Another riff on the classic wingback, this time Scandi-style but designed and made here in the UK.  The high-backed Bodil armchair provides great support, comes in a choice of fabric or leather and measures W82 x H114 x D85cm.

Blue Momo armchair from Habitat with side table, black table lamp and grey rug3.  Its slim profile and compact proportions make the Momo Armchair (W68 x H100 x D74cm) ideal for small spaces.  Designed in-house by Habitat, it’s part of their Momo range and is also available in other colours and fabrics.

Scandi-style wooden framed armchairs for small spaces

The next small armchairs take inspiration from Scandinavian-style wooden framed armchairs, and fit perfectly into the mid-century look that’s so popular right now.

Solid oak Frome compact armchair for small spaces from John Lewis4.  The striking, solid oak Frome armchair (H81 x W75 x D86 cm) is part of the Croft Collection at John Lewis.  Shown here in blue fabric, it’s also available in any fabric from their ‘Design your Own’ range, and also in a selection of gorgeous leathers.


Swoon Editions Karla armchair for small spaces in ink blue velvet5.  Second of our Scandi-inspired compact armchairs for small spaces is the Karla armchair (H78 x W72 x D90 cm) from Swoon Editions.

A weathered, matte oak frame and a choice of fabrics including cotton/linen, velvet and leather upholstery make it perfect for the “urban rustic” look. 

Contemporary leather armchairs for small spaces

Wallis compact leather armchair for small spaces by Russell Pinch for Heal's6.  We love the elegant lines and toffee-coloured leather of the Wallis armchair designed by Russell Pinch for Heals. This colour looks stunning against dark walls.  Mind you, this beautiful, contemporary statement armchair would look great anywhere, really.  (H86 x W87 x D85 cm)

Groucho aniline leather armchair for small spaces from John Lewis7. Friends of friends have this deliciously squashy and ultra-comfortable Halo Groucho Aniline Leather Armchair (H68 x W107 x D84cm), shown above, again from John Lewis.

Slim arms and long legs stop it looking heavy and chunky and its big brother, the Groucho Sofa, is in our Top 10 Sofas for Small Spaces too.  Why?  Because both are the interiors versions of the most comfortable, lived-in and much-loved leather jacket – ever.

Simone grey leather armchair for small spaces8.  Soft leather, tapered brass legs – be still my beating heart.  How gorgeous is the Simone armchair in premium grey leather, above?  So elegant, and utterly timeless.

I’m going to sneak in the velvet version of the Simone armchair below, even though it’s not leather, because I’ve fallen hopelessly in love with this one too. Gorgeous, just gorgeous.  H82 x W78 x D89cm.

Simone red velvet compact armchair for small spaces

Compact accent chairs for small spaces

Although not exactly armchairs, the streamlined contours of compact accent chairs are nevertheless ideal for small living room when space is at a real premium.

Also called cocktail chairs, they’re particularly useful as occasional chairs i.e. somewhere to sit for a drink or a cuppa.  Or as extra seating when you have guests.  Equally, they’re brilliantly versatile in bedrooms, hallways and cosy reading nooks.

Graham & Green Trianon velvet armchairs for small spaces in pink and grey velvet9. Graham & Green’s Trianon button back tub chairs (H73 x W 67 x D57 cm) take a traditional shape and bring it up to date with contemporary shades of raspberry pink or grey velvet teamed with pale, distressed wood legs.  The Trianon chair is also available in natural linen.

Swoon Editions cocktail chairs in orange and blue velvet with wooden side table and plant10. Finally, two beauties from Swoon Editions inspired by1950’s cocktail chairs.  Shown left is the Duke Cocktail Chair (H80 x W66 xD68 cm) and on the right the Fitz Cocktail Chair (H83 x W71 x D73 cm). Chic and elegant, both are available in a range of six jewel-coloured velvets.

I can’t believe that’s the 10 done already – it would have been so easy to have written about another 10 at least!. We hope you’ve found our round up of compact armchairs for small spaces useful, and even if your perfect small armchair isn’t here then at least the selection above has provided inspiration and food for thought.  Happy (small) chair hunting.

(This post has been updated since publication to keep items current)

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  1. Thank you so much – this article may have helped us find the perfect mid-century chair

  2. Helen

    Hi Gabi
    Just back from holiday, so sorry not to have replied sooner. Great to hear you’ve found your chair – possibly! Hope it really is the one.