Contemporary High-Back Chairs

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High-back chairs can give you a private, intimate space in which to relax and enjoy a quiet moment. They make a striking design statement with their elegant and elongated height and look just as good seen from the back as they do from the front. Although these chairs are often designed and specified for public areas, receptions, or break-out spaces, they can look just as good at home. And if you're trying to fight back pain, this style of chair might be one to consider. Take a look at these eight contemporary types of high-back chairs and see if one (or two) is right for you! 

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Updated 02/06/2022
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Contemporary High Back Wing Chair

Contemporary High Back Wing Chair

Williston Forge

Although it looks like genuine distressed leather, this contemporary high-back armchair is actually upholstered in an easy-to-clean 100% polyester fabric. The fabric is stain-resistant, and the seat cushion can be removed for cleaning purposes. This chair weighs 35 lbs and can support up to 250 lbs. 

$299.99 $289.99

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Anchor your living room with this supremely comfortable club chair. The modern high back chair design gives you gentle wings and a copper nailhead trim but does so in contemporary styling. At 40.75" tall by 27" wide and 33.5" deep, this chair will be the favorite seat in the house. Add a lumbar cushion in a contrasting fabric to give yourself a final touch of back support. 

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Contemporary Living Room High Back Chair

Contemporary Living Room High Back Chair

Mercury Row®

The frame of this contemporary high back chair is made from solid and engineered wood and can support up to 250 lbs. The seat back sits 42" from the ground and has a comfortable seat cushion constructed from sinuous springs wrapped in a foam fill. 

$249.99 $419.99

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Sleek contours and faux leather upholstery on metal legs give this long-back chair its modern design. The leather comes in black, charcoal, cognac and four other colors and all sit on black legs. Clean the leather with water-based cleaners. Comes with plastic floor glides to protect your wood floors. Partial assembly is required with all necessary tools included. 

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Contemporary Swivel High Back Armchair

Contemporary Swivel High Back Armchair

Maria Yee

The continuous skirt on this contemporary high-back chair hides a swivel mechanism. Its tight back shows off two tufted buttons, and its square arms and angled shape give it a modern feel. The seat height is 18," and the chair supports up to 300 lbs. 

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You're spoiled for color choice when it comes to this luxury high-back chair design. Choose from one of four patterns or one of 65 solid colors that come in four different fabrics. Each chair is made to order but does not include the lumbar cushion pictured. The generous high-back stands 48" from the ground and features curves and edges that give each piece a unique and classic elegance. 

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Modern High Back Armchair

Modern High Back Armchair

Wade Logan®

At 26" wide by 32.5" deep, this contemporary high-back armchair stands 41" high and can support up to 240 lbs. The faux leather fabric is a polyester blend over a foam fill and is easy to clean. The sturdy metal legs provide the frame that will need to be attached to the chair's body upon delivery.

$719.99 $878.56

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Everything about this living room high-back chair says drama and elegance. The updated wingback design has a tight back with a single tufting detail and a slanted armrest. The unique A-shaped leg design gets an extra touch of extravagance with its gold finish. The leatherette material is smooth and comes in a cream or slate color. We can just picture this chair at the head and foot of a dining table, but just note it is heavier than a standard dining chair.

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Contemporary High Back Hedge Armchair

Contemporary High Back Hedge Armchair

Blu Dot

Upholstered in a soft poly blend fabric, you can choose between a charcoal black, darkest forest green, taupe or a cardamom yellow color for this modern high back chair. The splayed chair legs are powder-coated steel and are color-coordinated to match the fabric. At 50" high by 39" wide, you will need a minimum door width of 33" to fit the chair through. 

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We love how this modern high-back hedge armchair cocoons you into your own private world. When faced directly into your room, it can easily become part of a conversation area, but we picture it tucked into a corner somewhere away from the general area. The seat measures 39" by 33" deep which is generous enough to let you curl your legs under you and fully rest your head and back against the wrap-around sides. 

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Contemporary High Back Dining Chair

Contemporary High Back Dining Chair


Continuous curves make up this ultra-modern high-back dining chair. Ebony wood frame edges give contrast to the taupe faux leather upholstery on the rest of the chair. The back stands 47" from the ground, and the chair seat measures 20" wide. Wipe clean with a soft, damp cloth.

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Modern High Back Egg Chair

Modern High Back Egg Chair

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This modern high-back egg chair is a total classic, recognized as one of the world's most famous chair designs. This one has an adjustable reclining feature, and the inside of the chair is upholstered in faux leather, while the outside is matte chrome with rivet detailing. The chair stands on a matte chrome pedestal base and is 46" tall.

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Genuine Leather Modern High Back Dining Chair

Genuine Leather Modern High Back Dining Chair

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At 38.5 lbs, this stunning dining chair is heavier than most, but its stripped down and long back design makes it worth using your extra muscles. Upholstered in genuine stain-resistant leather, its iron frame supports the chair and adds graceful curves while it does so. The chair is 24" wide and deep, and the back stands 46" from the floor. 

$2323 $2322.5

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Contemporary High-Back Chairs

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The best spot to place a high-back armchair is against the wall and, especially, in a corner. That way you’ll emphasize its vertical element without it feeling too big in relation to your other chairs and sofas.

Alternatively, some people prefer to use them to create a separate section in their living room by having them in the middle of the room and facing their TV or coffee table.

The best fabric for a decor high back arm chair would be one that essentially suits your lifestyle and personal requirements. So whether you have young children, pets, allergies, and how much maintenance you're prepared to do are all important questions to ask yourself when considering materials on an armchair.

Consequently, linen is elegant but best for homes with adults only. On the other hand, cotton is great for resisting pilling, fading and wear, but tends to wrinkle and soil easily. If it's blended with other fabrics, then cotton becomes more durable and family-friendly.

Leather is considered one of the most robust and sophisticated materials for couches and armchairs since it is perfect for children and pets and it is easy to clean and maintain.

High-back armchairs have always been a classic addition to any interior decorating scheme. They are elegant irrespective of where they are placed as well as functional and perfectly suited to larger rooms.

Nowadays, decor high-back armchairs are available in various styles and include everything from pretty and contemporary to mid-century and modern and Scandinavian.

Additionally, they are available in a variety of upholstery fabrics to suit any type of environment, from busy high-traffic areas with kids and pets to quieter and less crowded environments.

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