Armchairs with Wooden Arms

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Traditionally, armchairs’ upholstery fully covers the shape of the frame except for the legs. But there’s something special about choosing an upholstered armchair with exposed wooden arms. This allows the beauty of the frame to be seen without sacrificing comfort in the seat and back areas. Exposed wooden arms give extra scope for the elegance of the chair’s lines to be seen and these 10 chair designs make the best of the opportunity.

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Updated 10/04/2023
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Leather Wooden Armchair

Leather Wooden Armchair

This mid-century modern chair is upholstered in either black or brown genuine top-grain leather. Use a specialty cleaning kit to care for the leather. The sculptural frame is made from solid ash hardwood and finished in a warm honey stain.

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With its compact shape and size this lovely chair can find a place anywhere in your home. At 33.44 lbs overall weight, you can even easily move it when you need an extra seat in a different room. As the line of the wooden arm gently curves upward, consider choosing an upholstered sofa with the same gently curved arm.

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Camel Armchairs with Wooden Arms

Camel Armchairs with Wooden Arms

Both price-friendly and stunning, this armchair wins on all fronts. The polyester-blend back and seat cushions are removable for easy cleaning with a damp cloth. Made of solid rubberwood, the frame holds beautiful caning panels on the sides and back of the chair.

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The combination of camel-colored fabric with a walnut-stained frame and caning sets this apart from other armchairs. The frame height is continuous throughout the back and the arms at 28” high. While this is higher than most armrests, it’s not so high as to be uncomfortable when resting your arms. Position these pretty chairs at the head and foot of your dining table and then choose similar, but armless chairs for the balance of the table seating.

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Solid Wood Armchair

Solid Wood Armchair

A solid wood, oak-finish frame supports this armchair. It allows frame details to outline the chair as part of the design treatment. The fabric is a 100% linen blend and comes in two tones of distressed gray — medium or dark. 

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If you’re looking for elegance in an armchair with wooden arms, look no further. The style of this Bérgere chair has been around since King Louis XV and is especially noted for its extra wide and deep seat. If you find the seat deeper than is comfortable, this furniture line created a companion ottoman that can be ordered separately. 

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Armchair with Wooden Arms

Armchair with Wooden Arms


As well as gray and taupe, this chair comes in light blue and teal polyester blend upholstery. These both offer a pretty color contrast to the solid wood medium-brown frame. Supports up to 300 lbs and requires partial assembly with all tools required included.

$349.99 $399

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Hand finished Wood Chair with Arms

Hand finished Wood Chair with Arms

Although the sculptured lines of this armchair look delicate, this stunning chair can comfortably support even the tallest of buyers. A hand-finished and distressed wood frame surrounds the genuine leather seat and back. The seat cushion has a removable cushion cover and can be cleaned with a dry cloth.

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Rubberwood Armchair

Rubberwood Armchair

Both the rayon/viscose seat and back cushions on this wood-framed armchair can be removed for easy cleaning. The cushions are filled with synthetic fiber as well as down over sinuous springs for extra support and comfort. The frame is crafted from solid wood rubberwood.

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Mission style Armchair with Wooden Arms

Mission style Armchair with Wooden Arms

Lark Manor™

Microsuede upholstery is known for being easy to clean along with its water-repelling properties. The microsuede seat and back cushions are removable for easy cleaning but still give you excellent support with an interior coil spring seat. The frame is made of solid rubberwood.

$224.99 $399.99

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This Mission-style chair is as solid as it is true to the American West style and can comfortably hold up to 250 lbs. The chair itself weighs almost 41 lbs so is not as easily moved from place to place as some other armchairs with wooden arm options. Continue to decorate in this style by adding other furniture with straight lines and blocky 90° angles. The most common woods used in the furniture style are solid red and white oak.

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Armchair with Wooden Arms and Legs

Armchair with Wooden Arms and Legs

George Oliver

This modern chair design is iconic in its styling with curved arms, straight sides and flared tapered legs. Polyester blend fabric covers two attached fiber-wrapped foam cushions on the seat and tight-back cushion. The seat depth is standard and can carry up to 300 lbs.

$209.99 $249.99

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We love the mid-century design of this chair in combination with the fabric color selection. From ivory to gray to apple green, azure and seafoam, you can choose this classic frame and pair it with a neutral- or brightly-colored upholstery. The apple green and azure upholstery colors are clean so should be paired with other cleaner colors, while the seafoam is slightly more muted and its color will be enhanced by pairing with other more muted colors.

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French Country Wood Chair with Armrest

French Country Wood Chair with Armrest

Birch Lane™

Another version of a Bérgere armchair, this one is crafted in a classic French country style. The 100% linen fabric comes in pink beige or onyx with an extra fabric armrest detailing on the wooden armrest. A deep seat cushion gives your legs extra support when lounging.

$589.99 $1099.67

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Coastal Wood Armchairs

Coastal Wood Armchairs

Sand & Stable™

This coastal-inspired armchair comes in a set of two at a great price point. They are easy to assemble, sturdy and comfortable. They are available in seven different cushion colors in a polyester and linen blend fabric. The solid and engineered wood frame features pretty caned-wood side panels.

$639.99 $998

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Armchairs with Wooden Arms

Buying Guide

Arm chairs are very common in living rooms. There are many different types from simple Scandinavian designs to contemporary and stylish chairs with curved wooden backs, the options are indeed endless. Accent arm chairs are mostly bought for their beauty and are perfectly designed to offer unique furnishing for any home.

Although there are many arm chair designs in the market, not all will work for you. There are a few important specs you need to know.

  • Height of the Backrest – The height will determine how comfortable the chair will be. While some people prefer shorter backrests, others may prefer longer ones. It all depends on what makes you feel comfortable.
  • Comfort and Quality - You may also want to test drive your arm chair before taking it home. Sit on it for a few minutes at the store to know how it feels.
  • Material and Color - Some arm chairs may be created using leather with exposed wooden arms, others may have normal fabric upholstery. The colors will vary too. You need to pick a chair that meets your standards as far as colors and materials go.
  • Style - You will notice some chairs are plainly minimalists while others may feature artistic curves either on the backrest or on the arms. Some chairs may also have a curvy bottom.

Armchairs will either have a low or a high backrest. The choice you go for is determined by what you will be using the arm chair for. In case you could see yourself taking hours a day reading in these chairs, a high back should do. Chairs bought for nursing purposes should also have high backs. Lower back arm chair wood arms are perfect for your home office as guest chairs and could also be used in the patio outside.

The material used on the upholstery will also vary. Traditionally, arm chairs with wood arms will have faux leather, real leather or normal fabric. Leather designs are often classier and would be perfect for a contemporary home. The same also applies to faux leather. The only difference here is that faux leather is cheaper. On the other hand, fabrics give you a bigger diversity to choose from. You can choose any color you want or any pattern. In addition to this, fabrics can be easily customized with replacements if needed. However, fabrics are harder to clean and may need regular maintenance too.

You will also need to choose between contemporary designs and vintage ones. Popular vintage designs include wingback arm chairs and the elegant Fauteuil designs. For homeowners keen on modern designs, the Bergere or the Barrel Back armchair should do. The aim is to match the chairs with existing décor at home.

Choosing a high-quality arm chair with wooden arms takes a lot of time and effort. But if you know what to look for, it should be easy.

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The combination of wooden arms and sky blue cushions constitutes a fabulous proposition for trendy interiors, maintained in a vintage style. The midcentury appeal of this pair of armchairs shall appeal to all, who love retro design.

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What more does one need to feel at home when such a chair is around. Its coziness is guaranteed with the form: you may enjoy all these details pointing to a mission style, such as spindle legs and arrow backrest.

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This simple and exceptionally elegant arm chair is a combination of solid wooden construction with a quilted upholstered leather seat. The Beautiful form will perfectly suit every decor, adding it a style and comfort.

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With the shape that will surely conform your body and the lovely, warm shade of the structure this occasional chair is a must-have for your home with its perfect combination of wood and leather.

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Richly decorated arm chair upholstered with fabric and decorated with interesting pattern on the back. Frame is made of wood and reinforced with solid supports. Upholstery is finished with nail heads.

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Elegance and tradition merge in this chic guest chair padded with black eco-friendly leather. The chair showcases elegant button tufting on its backrest, and the armrests are accented with gold nailheads trim.

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The mission style visible in the example of this wood armchair - was formed as a reaction to the effects of XIX industrialization, whose supporters led to the collapse of design and quality of products, which we see in this brown leather upholstery and wood.

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Arm chair in retro style. It is mounted on wooden frame. Seat and back is covered with pleasant to the touch fabric and finished with solid seams. Great as additional seating or place for relaxation.

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Safavieh Home Collection Wade Light Oak Teak Wood Arm Chair

This arm chair is characterized by solid teak wood and birchwood construction, and a light oak finish. The seat is beautifully webbed with bonded leather that is firmly attached to the legs and seat.

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This great arm chair is a gem in this type of furniture. The Beautiful streamlined form made of solid wood presents itself exceptionally. The anatomical shape of the seat provides a comfortable rest.

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