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What Are Tub Chairs?

Autumn Rivers
Autumn Rivers

Tub chairs are so named because their seat resembles the back half of a bathtub. They are known for being comfortable, as well as being easy to get into and out of. The back of a tub chair curves around to the front to form the arms of the chair, which are higher than the arms found on a typical chair. There are various styles of this type of chair, from an elegant leather tub chair to one that swivels. Tub chairs often fit well in living rooms, especially when paired with an ottoman, but they also are often considered appropriate in dining rooms and offices.

One of the most popular types of tub style chair is the leather kind, because it often looks appropriate for an elegant living room or stately home office. Tub chairs are already known for being comfortable because of their shape, but leather tub chairs are considered particularly easy to sit in for hours. The most popular colors are brown and black, but they also can often be found in other shades. Leather tends to be among the most expensive of chair materials, so those looking to save money on tub chair furniture may opt instead for cloth upholstery. Tub chair covers are often available in various patterns, which may interest those who either cannot find a chair color they like or need to cover a stain on the chair's original upholstery.

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Woman holding a book

Another style of tub chair is the swivel chair, which spins easily in contrast to the standard, stationary chair. This kind of chair often works well in an office, though some people also like to add a few to their dining room. Swivel tub chairs range in appearance. Some look similar to standard tub chairs because they are barely raised off the ground, while others feature a tall base lifted off the ground and resembling a bar stool that happens to have a curved back and high arms.

These accent chairs are often chosen for both their high level of comfort and their elegant appearance, so these are the details to which one should pay attention while shopping. Consumers are advised to sit in the chair before buying it to ensure that they can picture sitting in it for hours. They are also encouraged to find a color that matches the rest of their furniture. Additionally, shoppers should consider whether to add an ottoman so they can put their feet up while resting in the chair. Some tub chairs come with their own ottoman, which may be a good option because such packages are often cheaper than buying the pieces separately.

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