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The Essential Guide to the Slipper Chair

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Small in stature but big on sophistication, the slipper chair, with its clean, classic lines, provides endless opportunities for extra seating. From its ladylike origins to today’s bold and bright renditions, this chair has sensational staying power. Read on for a few of the many ways these diminutive seats can infuse a space with charm and grace.

Photo by Annie Schlechter/GMA Images

Photo by Annie Schlechter/GMA Images

Fill a Nook

Thanks to their slender silhouettes, slipper styles are able to furnish areas much too small for larger pieces. Any corner or landing can instantly become an intimate seating area with the addition of a pair of chairs.

Photo by Monic Richard

Photo by Monic Richard

Seat More Guests

Their lack of arms makes slipper chairs an ideal option for petite dining areas. You can squeeze in a few extra seats for dinner guests, then quickly pull away and store them when they’re not in use, a task made easy due to their lightweight frames.

Photo by Simon Upton/The Interior Archive

Photo by Simon Upton/The Interior Archive

Finish a Bed

Bring a little drama to the bedroom with a couple of slipper chairs placed at the foot of the bed. Tufting makes the perches especially plush—perfect for taking off shoes or relaxing with a book before lights off.

Photo by Simon Upton/The Interior Archive

Photo by Simon Upton/The Interior Archive

Make It a Star

Just because it’s small doesn’t mean a slipper chair can’t have a big impact. Make a streamlined design the main attraction in a living area or an office where, mixed in with artwork or photography, the seat becomes a stylish installation itself.

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