Vintage Upholstered Chairs


Vintage doesn’t always mean old or antique. Sometimes it is just the style. And these vintage upholstered chairs speak to a style that is still relevant in the eye of many decorators who look toward classic influences. They are lovely, well-made, and can come in plenty of colors and upholstery options for your decorative pleasure. Take a look at this extensive collection and find one for your home.

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Our Picks

Open Arm Chair

Open Arm Chair

These upholstered antique chairs can easily complement other room decor. It adds a mid-century touch with its neutral tones and angled edges. It sits close to the ground for a bright and open feel to the composition. 

Designer Advice:

A stunning piece that adds modern nostalgia to your home. We recommend using this as an accent chair in a larger living room ensemble or paired with the same chair in a conversation nook. The distinct open appeal of this chair will work well with midcentury tables that have an organic aesthetic. A possible option is the butterfly end table.

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Low Back Tufted Chair

Low Back Tufted Chair

Antique upholstered chairs with a style fit for royalty. The fluted wood frame brings opulence to the piece together with elegant cabriole legs. The natural wood grain finish works well with the welting and button tufting details.  

Designer Advice:

As a vanity chair, this piece works perfectly with a cabriole leg dressing table in a distressed white or weathered wood finish. Or you can turn a lonely corner of your bedroom with this piece. Combine it with a round French-inspired side table and place a fuzzy carpet underneath and a small crystal chandelier above to complete the look.

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Vintage upholstered chair

Vintage upholstered chair

Clean and chic, this vintage upholstered chair adds a touch of sophistication to any space. Its high back with a light-colored fabric contrasts its solid wooden legs. The piece is beautifully crafted from rubberwood. 

Designer Advice:

Inspired by antique English chairs, we can see this piece being used in a variety of spaces. Its graceful silhouette and elegant appeal make it a beautiful addition to a transitional style dining room with a round wooden table. It can also be used as an office chair, paired with a chic X-base work desk and a rectangular crystal droplight.

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Embroidered Antique Chair

Embroidered Antique Chair

An antique upholstered chair with vibrant French-styled fabric embossing. It easily captures interest in any space it takes up. The piece is padded at the back and seat while resting on a wooden frame with cabriole legs.

Designer Advice:

We recommend this piece in a cottage style, eclectic, or vintage style interior. We can see this being used in a rounded space, like a bay window breakfast nook, paired with a circular table in a distressed pastel finish. Or if you have a glass patio, add this piece to the arrangement and bring in some vintage armoire and tables for a romantic vibe.

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Plush Tufted Armchair

Plush Tufted Armchair

This vintage tufted chair can be a focal point even for small spaces. It features charming silver nailhead trimming that accents its velvet upholstery. Its rolled arms and matte black legs maintain the glam look. 

Designer Advice:

Perfect for traditional and Hollywood-style interiors. The emerald and aqua models are great for moody, theatrical, and maximalist spaces while the champagne option will work perfectly in transitional style spaces. We recommend using these as your main armchairs in the living room, paired with a Chesterfield sofa for a coordinated look. Complete the set with a marble or glass table with brass legs.

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Vintage Upholstered Chairs

Buying Guide

Vintage upholstered chairs are available in a multitude of colors, making them super easy to match with most, if not all, spaces. All you have to do is pick an accent color found in your furniture, decor, and accessories. For instance, if pops of blue can be found throughout the room, your best bet will be an upholstery that’s either fully blue or has blue in the upholstery’s pattern. Moreover, if your home decor is fairly neutral, you can stick with a vintage upholstered chair in a neutral shade for a cohesive look or go bold with a vibrant color such as green or yellow to create a striking focal point.

Vintage upholstered chairs don’t usually have wheels like most office chairs, but you can still use them in an office if you don’t mind the lack of mobility. They are often very comfortable, and if their back is high enough, they can provide adequate support while you work. Depending on your office flooring, consider investing in an office chair mat or soft covers for the feet to protect your floor.

Vintage upholstered chairs also add visual flair and elegance to your office. Even if you’re trying to decorate a home office that few other people see, having a splash of color or patterned texture can add to an enjoyable workstation atmosphere.

Vintage upholstered chairs are making a comeback, so many retailers are actually offering vintage-inspired wingbacks and other plush armchair options.

However, if you’re looking for a truly vintage chair, it may be the best idea to look online for resale auctions or thrift shops. Alternatively, you can go to garage sales or thrift shops in your area to see what may be local to you.

Best Ideas

Walton Arm Chair

Walton Arm Chair

A very solid and comfortable armchair that has got a high aesthetic value thanks to its interesting pattern. The frame of this chair is durable. Its seat cushion and backrest areas are soft, comfortable and relaxing.

Vintage danish modern chairs upholstered in different colors colorpops

Vintage Danish modern chairs upholstered in different colors #ColorPops

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High-quality living room chair that combines excellent vintage touches with a little contemporary flair. Made from a mid-century styled wooden frame, the chair is also heavily padded and finished in neutral gray fabric upholstery that goes well with literally anything.

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If you’re looking for a chic but vintage styled armchair, this is the perfect option for you. The perfectly shaped vintage armchair features beautifully patterned beige upholstery, sturdy and durable frame still in perfect condition, and precise accurate wood carving.

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Uniquely designed lower back chair made from wood and featuring a neat light gold finish for immense class. The piece is upholstered in black and white upholstery and its breathtaking antique design would easily class up any space.

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Amazing reupholstered desk chair made from a sturdy metal frame. The chair is designed to offer comfort, thanks to its cushioning. Its colorful floral fabric upholstery will add a playful touch of contemporary style for your home office or living room. The piece also features caster wheels at the bottom for easy mobility.

Vintage upholstered chairs

Quality vintage-inspired high back chairs constructed from a sturdy wooden frame and finished in neat light cream fabric upholstery. The chairs also come with beautifully carved legs and excellent foam padding to guarantee comfort and style all the time.

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DIY: How to reupholster a tufted chair

French chair and ottoman

Chic vintage French style chairs having wooden frames featuring a shabby golden finish and gently curved lines of legs, aprons, sloped arms and an arched backrest. They're padded and upholstered in fabric DIY repainted from yellow to light blue.

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Technicolor Furniture Collection Reuses Textiles of the Silk Road : TreeHugger

Old armchairs

Not only does this piece looks elegant due to its simple and straight shapes, it also adds a boost of fun and appeal to your interior due to its colorful pattern of the upholstery, making it a fine choice for your modern decor.

Japanese obi chairs

1953 Vintage Armchair | Design: Pierre Guariche | Ash, black enameled metal, upholstered

Reupholstered antique chairs

Perfect for decorating your den or dining room - these rustic wing-back chairs are a sublime option for achieving comfort and adding ample amount of chic and originality to your household with the creative upholstery.

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10 New Ways to Re-Upholster Old Furniture

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I am kinda upset I didn't think of this myself! I am obsessing over the embroidery in the back panel of this re-upholstered chair. Via Design*Sponge

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Upholstered chair embellished with a vintage obi, flowers made from vintage Japanese kimono fabric, Louisiana oyster shells, and vintage jewelry by Helene Florence

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Shabby chic

Vintage upholstered chairs

Accent chair in vintage style. Base is made of wicker and reinforced with crossed supports. It is upholstered with velvet fabric and finished with solid stitching. Great for watching TV or reading books.

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Vtg Wing Back Chair Tufted Pendleton Hudsons Bay Blanket Antique Mid Century

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1950s Danish armchairs, midcentury, retro, vintage, upholstered

Before after vintage lounge chair makeover diy upholstery via designsponge

Before & After: Vintage Lounge Chair Makeover - DIY upholstery via @designsponge >> This is super, I very much wish I had this!

Antique jacobean style white upholstered wing chair c1880 item

Antique Jacobean style white Upholstered Wing Chair c1880 : Item ...

Prettily patterned fabric by skinny laminx fits right in with

Prettily-patterned fabric by Skinny LaMinx fits right in with the clean lines of this mid-century chair

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Vintage Curved Back Upholstered Arm Chair and Eastlake ...