The Best Reading Chairs for Every Budget

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 ($229)

IKEA POÄNG Arm chair ($79)—Also comes as a rocker ($149)

Project 62 Esters Wood Arm Chair from Target ($229)

Target Janeiro Mid Century Chair ($199)

Overstock Harrison Floral Tufted Club Chair ($212)

Cacoon Hanging Pod  ($259—okay, so not quite under $250, but pretty close)

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

Hayneedle Remington Mission Rocker in Walnut ($456)

World Market Atlantic Blue Liliana Chair ($299)

Chelsea Lane Lashay Velvet Lounge Chair & Ottoman ($396)

Bellanca Fabric Tufted Chaise Lounge Chair ($285)

West Elm Book Nook Chair ($399)

$500–$750 (Classic and modern meet)

Wayfair Mareena Wingback Chair ($570)

Four Hands Brooks Lounge Chair ($664)

Joybird Eastwood Chair ($639)

West Elm Crosby Mid-Century Armchair (starts at $699)

World Market Textured Woven Jorna Chair ($649)

$750–$1000 (highly stylized or highly cozy reading chairs)

Wayfair Birch Lane Newton Chaise ($925)

Kardiel Cub Chair and Ottoman ($875)

Room&Board Eos Swivel Chair ($999)

White on White Sunny Side Up Lounge Chair ($995)

Joybird Bryant Corner Chair ($799)

Restoration Hardware Professor’s Chair (starts at $721)

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

Ethan Allen Arcata Chair ($1,349)

Anthropologie Glenee Chair (starting at $1,198)

Restoration Hardware Library Chair (starting at $1,395)

Apt 2B Saxon King Chair ($1,098)

Crate and Barrel Brielle Nailhead Wingback Chair ($1,499)

>$1500 (Put it on the platinum card)

Pottery Barn Manhattan Leather Club Chair (starts at $1,549)

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

Hayneedle Acme Dundee Accent Chair ($1,219)


Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines Southern Sown Chair and a Half ($1,549)

Design Within Reach Risom Rocker ($2,500)

Design With Reach Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman (starting at $4,960)

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