The Best Chair-and-a-Half Gives You 50% More Space to Really Veg Out
Our sizable selects include a celeb-designed favorite.
Published Sep 22, 2023 11:40 AM
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The words lounge chair can be misleading; many are constraining, entirely armless, and even made of hard materials like bentwood or metal wire (which is tolerable for 15 minutes tops). While those can certainly look fabulous in a living room, they don’t lend themselves to a lazy Sunday afternoon of Sex and the City reruns. There is, however, another option that is built for exactly that: The chair-and-a-half. It’s exactly what it sounds like—50 percent more space to curl up on (or spread out). And when shopping from our editor-approved selection, sacrificing style will be the least of your worries.
More and more retailers are offering the half-size-up now; Banana Republic’s new home store features a few chair-and-a-halfs, and one was also included in CB2’s fall drop. They of course take up more room than your average seat (some are as wide as 56 inches), so you’ll need to have decent floor space available. But if you ask us, there’s no better way to take advantage of square footage than a chair you can properly lounge in.
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From Banana Republic Home’s launch, the Como design has to be our favorite one. The supersimple, clean silhouette is timeless and versatile, and at 55 inches wide, it might as well be a tiny sofa.
This chair not only looks like a cloud but feels like one, too. As its name implies, you sink right into its memory foam and blown-fiber-blend cushions. In addition to its width, the chair’s depth is larger than most, at a whopping 45 inches.
Lulu and Georgia has an entire category dubbed Media Loungers that is dedicated to oversize seating. The round Kaila is made with movie nights in mind, with a unique rounded seat begging you to grab a chunky knit throw and enjoy a good flick.
CB2’s recent fall drop included the Corroy chair-and-a-half, and we’re loving the unique flange-trimmed upholstery. Like all great things, its design was inspired by Italy, making it appear light in a space despite its large scale.
Just looking at the rounded edges and ivory bouclé of Leanne Ford’s Crate & Barrel design has us feeling relaxed. But despite its soft appearance, its tighter seat and firm structure can still read formal in a space.
One of the chunkiest chairs we’ve seen in a while, Blu Dot’s Cleon lounge chair is anything but lean—the seat itself is 36 inches wide. We’re loving the coffee-colored velvet fabric, taking the ‘70s vibe to the next level.
While it might appear basic at first glance, Cobble Hill’s Martha’s Vineyard chair actually comes in quite the array of fabric options (many of which are performance). From classic white linen to deep burgundy, it’s basically the choose-your-own-adventure of chairs.
Beautiful Drew Chair by Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore’s take on the chair-and-a-half is fit with a 360-degree swivel, stain-treated bouclé upholstery, and accent pillows. In other words, there’s not much it can’t do. We love the sage colorway, setting the tone for your calm Sundays to be spent sprawled across it.
We were delighted to find that our favorite West Elm sofa collection includes a chair, too. Slouchy pillows create a super-relaxed look, contrasted with a linear frame. Offered in too many fabrics to count, it could fit into any living room.
On the slimmer end of the scale, Design Within Reach’s Pastille chair is best for someone tight on space who still wants something spacious. Its seat height is 18 1/2 inches, which, unlike most lounge chairs, makes it easy to get in and out of.
Straight out of a Hamptons cottage, Pottery Barn’s York slipcovered chair is as traditional as it gets. We love the sloped arms, adding to the classic silhouette, and while it comes in an array of fabrics, we’re a sucker for white slipcovered furniture.