5 Coziest Reading Chairs to Sink In and Slow Down

Time Several Hours

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WORDS BY Avery Johnson

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Published on October 12, 2021

As the days grow shorter and the nights colder, we’ve been feeling the need to put the world on pause and get lost in a good book. Reading offers a mini escape with every turn of the page — and finding that perfect chair makes your you time that much cozier. Curl up in one of our five most comfortable reading chairs, curated to fit your home’s unique design style. And, because a new chair begets a new novel, we also included five of our must-reads, compliments of Reese’s Book Club, to help you sink in, slow down, and self care.

The Luxe Look

chic reading chair

Where to sit: The Camden White Lounge Chair from CB2 is both sleek, yet cozy, modern, yet comfortable — the ultimate pick for a luxe reading throne. Its 70s vintage-inspired design with wraparound arms gives it a personality of its own. Extra wide and extra deep (with a plush cushion to boot!), knee-crossers and day-nappers will rejoice in their ability to truly curl up.

Before you nix this one due to the risk of white, think again. This beauty is outfitted in performance fabric, making it easy to clean — so it is more than liveable. A cozy reading chair requirement is the ability to sip your wine or coffee at leisure, so fear no spills or stains.

What to read: The Whisper Network by Chandler Baker is a feminine-powered thriller woven with truths, lies, and secrets surrounding a group of women in their workplace. It’ll keep you on the edge of your (very comfy) chair with twists and turns until the very end.

Hygge Modern

cozy modern reading chair

Where to sit: The Harmony Chair by West Elm is more like a chair and a half with plenty of room to sit or sprawl, whatever your reading relaxation pose. Add in walnut legs and a crisp white linen upholstery, it’s modern-meets-minimal design fits neatly alongside every aesthetic. The arm and lumbar pillows are loose and moveable so you can customize your coziness — any bibliophile’s dream situation. Move them, adjust them, or lose them altogether and add your own colorful accent pillows instead for a look and feel that is as unique as you. 

Psst! This piece also comes in a slightly different style with swooping arms, making the design feel a bit more classic and sophisticated. 

What to read: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens is a heartbreaking coming-of-age tale set in the marshes of the North Carolina coast. Full of love, loss, nature, and yes, murder, it’s a must-read that will leave you captivated (and a wee bit teary-eyed) until the last page.

Go Boho, Baby

boho reading chair

Where to sit: The Peacock Hanging Chair from Anthropologie is the perfect sit pick for those with a more free-spirited style. The chair is made of woven, sealed rattan, making this an indoor or outdoor dream chair (that can easily shift from summer to winter). Its cocoon-like form lets you hide away from the world for a while so you can really get lost in a juicy plot — or secretly embrace those quiet sobs while lost in a tear-inducing drama. 

What to read: Next Year in Havana falls into the historical fiction category as a Cuban-American woman journeys to Havana and unearths a hidden family secret. As present-day Miami mingles with revolutionary-era Havana, this page-turner will take you on a journey of passion, courage, and tropical beauty.

A New Classic

classic reading chair

Where to sit: This chair is a cult favorite of our Havenly designers, and was even a finalist for Best Accent Chair from our Havenly Design Awards — so you know it must be good. The Jake Upholstered Armchair by Pottery Barn combines a traditional, classic silhouette with a surprising update: chic metal legs. The polyester-wrapped cushions, done up in a chunky basketweave, offer supportive comfort for an investment piece that lasts. Lay back and swing your legs over the arm of the chair for stay-awhile reading comfort.  

What to read: I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown is an eye-opening memoir of one woman growing up Black, female, and Christian in America — and the challenges she encounters along the way. Prepare to have your mind and heart opened during this first hand examination of racial justice.

Modern Cottage

farmhouse reading chair

Where to sit: For those cottage-core lovers, this isn’t your average farmhouse-style chair. The Lybbert Accent Chair from McGee & Co. combines traditional gray upholstery with plush cushions and unique, extra-padded arms trimmed with a leather strap detail. With light wooden legs, also accented with leather, this piece seamlessly blends three different textures for a surprisingly trendy — yet evergreen —  statement chair that you’ll love well after you’ve checked off your winter reading list. Though it may be backordered (cause best sellers often come with a waitlist), we promise this one is truly worth the wait.

What to read: On a remote island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate a wedding. But when things keep going awry, and one guest ends up dead, this mystery thriller truly comes alive. The Guest List by Lucy Foley is shared through alternating points of view to see the story from all angles and will keep you guessing until the very end. 

Whether designing the perfect Reading Room, or curating your bedroom sanctuary, our Havenly designers are on hand to create all the cozy spaces (and more!) you seek. Get started with our style quiz.

Words by Avery Johnson