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Rachel Manwill

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Rachel Manwill is an editor, writer, and professional nomad. Twice a year, she runs the #24in48 readathon, during which she does almost no reading. She's always looking for an excuse to recommend a book, whether you ask her for one or not. When she's not ranting about comma usage for her day job as a corporate editor, she's usually got an audiobook in her ears and a puppy in her lap. Blog: A Home Between Pages Twitter: @rachelmanwill

There is nothing like freezing winter weather to drive me into one of my favorite cozy reading chairs tucked into the perfect reading nook for hours at a time, wrapped in a fuzzy blanket with a steaming mug of tea next to me. But the most essential piece of that equation—the reading chair—can sometimes be the most difficult to get right if you’re shopping for a new one.

What’s the right amount of cushion? Do you want a reading chair that swallows you up with its squishiness or do you want a solid, supportive, ergonomic reading chair that will keep your spine from telescoping in on itself? Does fabric matter? Do you want something that’s easily cleanable because you’re a frequent spiller or you have pets that will shed all over the place? Most importantly, how much do you spend on the perfect reading chair?

Everyone’s “perfect” reading chair is slightly different, but we’ve got a bunch of great ones for you in every budget range, from the truly splurge-worthy down to the best affordable reading chair you’ll never know didn’t cost a fortune. You’re bound to find something you can burrow into for a solid page-turning marathon.

Under $250 (Where budget-friendly and stylish reading chairs meet)

IKEA STRANDMON Wing Chair ($249)

Overstock Harrison Floral Tufted Club Chair ($212)

Bellanca Fabric Tufted Chaise Lounge Chair ($227)

$250–$500 (So many fun colors and fabrics!)

Project 62 Esters Wood Arm Chair from Target ($300)

Cacoon Hanging Pod  ($329)

West Elm Book Nook Chair ($499)

$500–$1000 (Classic and modern meet)

West Elm Crosby Mid-Century Armchair (starts at $599)

Joybird Eastwood Chair ($831)

Four Hands Brooks Lounge Chair ($810)

Wayfair Birch Lane Newton Chaise ($959)

Joybird Bryant Corner Chair ($924)

Restoration Hardware Professor’s Chair (starts at $746)

$1000–$1500 (Solid reading chairs in traditional shapes)

Room&Board Eos Swivel Chair ($1099)

Ethan Allen Arcata Chair ($1,275)

Anthropologie Glenee Chair (starting at $1,098)

Apt 2B Saxon King Chair ($1,348)

Pottery Barn Manhattan Leather Club Chair (starts at $1,249)

>$1500 (Put it on the platinum card)

Anthropologie Lyre Chesterfield Chair (starting at $1,598)

Design Within Reach Risom Rocker ($2,500)

Design With Reach Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman (starting at $5,945)

Or get a replica of the famous lounge chair: Modern Luxury Furniture Eames Lounge Chair ($1,169)