Decorating Your Home with Club Chairs

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The club chair is believed to have originated in France and was originally associated with prestigious gentleman’s clubs during the 19th Century. The traditional club chair typically was a cushy upholstered armchair with a deep seat and high back, it was low to the floor and often had detailing such as buttons or studs. Today’s club chairs have evolved considerably. The traditional style is still available, but there are also various contemporary designs on the market with something suitable for every style of home.

The Ultimate Occasional Chair

The club chair can also be described as an occasional or accent chair – it can be successfully integrated into multiple rooms of the house, it can also complement the bedroom, where there may not be enough space for a sofa. Other locations may include the hallway, the office or even a large bathroom.

 The club chair is not restricted merely to the living room, although this is often a popular choice as the living room is often the centre of the house, where family and friends come together to relax and unwind, making it a prime location for club chairs. They can be placed to form part of the main furniture arrangement in small to moderate sized living rooms. However, in larger spaces a pair of club chairs coupled with a table can form an intimate corner with its own ambience for rest and relaxation.

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Different Styles of Club Chairs


The traditional club chair is often upholstered in a dark shade of leather and may include detailing. The seat is designed for comfort and to compliment formal, yet lavish surroundings. 


Blending club chairs into a country home couldn’t be easier. Opt for full grain leather upholstery, it will develop a beautiful patina over time and compliment other warm furnishings such as exposed beams, wood panelling and wooden floors. Placed near a fireplace in front of a warm rug, these chairs will bring an authentic rustic touch to any country residence. Alternatively, opt for tartans, tweeds or other country-style fabric upholstery. Moon offers a wide variety of country-style fabrics that offer charm and complete a cosy look.


Club chairs in a more contemporary style may come in a range of designs from the luxurious with elaborate detailing, to more simplistic models with clean lines and minimal details. The choice of fabric upholstery also plays an important role in defining the style of the club chair. For the ultimate contemporary look opt for modern upholstery fabrics. Today’s market offers an immense selection with everything from muted neutral tones, glamorous crushed velvets to bright and bold patterns. For a more subtle appearance opt for neutral tones as these will blend well with existing furnishings. For those wishing to make a statement however, a bright colour or a bold pattern is not only modern and stylish but also creates a focal point of interest and is above all, fun! Crushed velvets and other sheer fabric upholsteries create a feeling of luxury and opulence, perfect for those wishing to add some glitter to their residence.

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