A lounge chair is a great way to increase the amount of seating you have in your living room without adding the bulk of an additional sofa, and shopping for the perfect lounge chair is the first step. These long chairs are designed to accommodate one or two people either seated or reclined. Lounge chairs come in a nearly endless variety of colors, materials, shapes and styles. No matter what your personal tastes are, you should be able to find one or even a pair that fit right in with your home decor.
Before you start shopping for a lounge chair, decide where you want to put the chair. Originally, lounge chairs provided seating in salons and parlors. These chairs would have straight backs and long seats that you could put your feet up on and recline. Today, this shape is reserved primarily for outdoor chairs. Old-fashioned lounge chairs are particularly popular with pool owners. You can surround your swimming pool with comfortable lounge chairs to hold you as you sunbathe and read. Many contemporary indoor lounge chairs no longer have the long seats designed for reclining. Today's lounge chairs are often just comfortable, cushioned chairs that are designed for sitting for long periods of time, in contrast to desk or dining chairs which are designed to hold you upright as you work or eat. You need to decide whether your lounge chairs are going inside or outside because you won't choose the same materials for indoor chairs as you would choose for outdoor chairs. Outdoor chairs must be able to stand up to all sorts of weather, whereas most indoor chairs are made of more luxurious and inviting textiles.
Once you decide what type of lounge chair you are aspiring to own, you should set a budget. You can buy a lounge chair for less than one hundred dollars if you shop around, but on the other hand you can easily find lounge chairs that will cost you several thousand dollars as well. Don't disappoint yourself by looking at chairs that you know very well you can't afford. There are tons of very cool and very expensive designer lounge chairs on the market. Unless you are made of money, you probably are not going to be bringing one of these into your home. On the other hand, there are also plenty of good, very similar looking copies of the most sought-after designer chairs out there. Keep your eyes peeled for great deals. Don't be a cheapskate, though. Hopefully, your lounge chair will last you years if not decades. Buy a well made chair that will stand up to your abuse so that you get your money's worth out of it in the long run.
Choose a comfortable lounge chair. There are lots of very sleek wood, metal and acrylic lounge chairs available both online and in home and design shops. Lots of these chairs, while technically made for sitting, are really not made for relaxing in. Instead, they are designed just to look cool. While they certainly do look great, you shouldn't buy a chair that is not comfortable to sit in. Unless you own an enormous mansion and you're just buying the lounge chair to fill an empty space, you are probably going to want a lounge chair that you can actually lounge in. Don't base your purchase entirely on looks. If you buy a chair that neither you nor anyone in your household is willing to sit in, you have defeated the purpose of buying a chair in the first place.
Don't buy a chair you can't test. In order to truly determine whether a chair is comfortable, you are going to have to sit in it and test it out. Don't just sit down for a second and confirm that there aren't any loose springs. Instead, settle into the lounge chair and try to make yourself comfortable. Ask yourself if you can imagine sitting in the chair and reading a book for a few hours or whether you think you'd be likely to sit in the chair while you hang out with your family or watch T.V. Sometimes, chairs that look very comfortable in pictures aren't very comfortable in real life. Just because a chair looks plush on the Internet doesn't mean that it will be cozy in your family room. This is especially important if you are buying a used chair, in which case you really do have to check for busted springs and such.
Pick a lounge chair that suits your personality. Once you have narrowed your selection of chairs down to ones that you liked sitting in and can afford, you can start thinking about the aesthetic role of the chair in your room. You don't necessarily need to pick a chair that is a perfect match to your sofa or other furniture. Just try to find something that fits in with your style in general and your color scheme. For example, if you have a green plaid couch, that doesn't mean you have to buy a green plaid chair. A brown leather lounge chair could look even better. Think of complimenting your existing furniture rather than matching it.
Shop around. If you find a chair that is comfortable, attractive and affordable, you should just buy it. If you found a chair that you love and it's out of your price range, though, you should write down the make and model of the chair and then hit the Internet looking for a better deal. You already know the chair is comfortable if you tried out one in a store. Since they have such high operation costs, though, stores can't always give you the best price. You may be able to find the exact same model of chair for less money at a discount furniture website. Don't forget to include the cost of delivery when you are searching for the best deal.