Brace Yourselves: This ‘70s Seating Trend Is Coming Back
Swivel chairs aren’t just for offices anymore.
Published Jun 3, 2018 5:30 AM
What do you think of when you first hear the words “swivel chair”? We’re guessing those thoughts aren’t very good: The office staple was first developed in the 1770s by Thomas Jefferson in order to provide movement while he was working on the Declaration of Independence, and was all the rage in modern offices as early as the 1970s. But they weren’t the most stylish: Think ugly fabrics, strange bases, and a lot of aluminum and faux leather.
But now, designers are turning the style on its head, translating it to the home—which is perfect if you live in a small space and want a seating option that will work for a multitude of activities, from lounging and watching TV to actually working. Ahead, check out our favorite options that’ll totally revamp your home… no office required.
Amoret Swivel Chair, Anthropologie, $1,098
Already backordered (and for good reason), Anthro’s sleek swivel chair comes with a velvet finish that’ll add a touch of glam to your home. The curvaceous back and cushion provides ultimate posture support, which makes it both a useful and stylish option for both work and lazing around.
Morpho Swivel Velvet Armchair – Opalhouse, Target, $249.99
You already know we’re totally obsessed with Target’s maximalist line, Opalhouse, and this just gives us another reason to love it. Always on top of the latest trends, the line’s swivel chair offering has a sleek metallic base that makes it ideal for small spaces like a bedroom or entryway. Mix and match with a bunch of contrasting pillows in order to really make an eclectic statement.
Softline Swivel Square Chair, ABC Carpet & Home, $1,269
Geometric to the max, this sleek sky blue option is such a cheerful addition to any workspace. By pairing it with neutral textiles and throws, you can really make the bright color pop. This Scandi-inspired piece has low armrests and a really trendy chrome base, so it’s a sophisticated, grown-up take on the standard.
Josey Swivel Chair, Urban Outfitters, $299
Go all out with this mod (yet somehow minimalist) chair that’s also surprisingly affordable. We’re loving the faux suede material and cushy, rounded seat—it’s the ultimate girly look for any desk or vanity, and the luxe, rose gold accents don’t hurt, either.
Bacharach Swivel Chair, Jonathan Adler, $2,750
A glamorous take on what’s traditionally a boring old office staple, this gorgeous option boasts a brushed stainless steel swivel base and uber soft velvet upholstery. You can use two to create a stylish set around a coffee table, or just one for a pop of color in a neutral area.
Barwick Swivel Chair, Anthropologie, $1,198
This is the ultimate lounger when you’re looking for a functional, yet stylish option to hang out in all day. We can just imagine curling up in this chair with a book by the window or using it for a Netflix binge, so if you don’t have the space for a full sectional, we suggest seriously investing in this gem. It even comes with two matching pillows, so you don’t have to buy any more pieces.
Cupa Black Leather Swivel Base Chair, CB2, $799
Black is definitely not boring, as this chic leather option clearly proves. The brushed steel base gives it a mid-century feel, and the cushioned back makes it ideal for lounging. It could work as a great home office chair, too.
Duffield Swivel Chair, West Elm, $489.99
You can customize everything from the material used to the color of this uber stylish armchair, and we love it because you’d never guess it was a swivel chair from the way it looks. We think it would be great in a living area, so you can turn it around depending on whether you want to watch TV or join in on the coffee table conversation.
Crescent Swivel Chair, West Elm, $599 – $749
The swivel chair gets a contemporary update with this crescent-shaped option, which can be customized to suit your own unique style. The sleek black base and thick pads will let you rest in it with ease, and it’s small enough to fit in the tiny nooks and crannies of your home.
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