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15 Cheap (But Expensive-Looking) Chairs

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It’s no secret that chairs can make a major design impact, no matter their size. From a cosy armchair and comfortable, stylish dining chair to an architectural accent chair for your entryway, they are a both an essential feature and a fun decor pick for just about any room. But whether you’re after an Eames dupe (or simply something that just won’t fall apart six months later), a statement chair could easily drain your bank account. So for those on a budget, we’ve cherry-picked Amazon’s best cheap-but-don’t-look-it buys for chairs, from accent pieces and classics to items with hidden storage for smaller spaces. While most of these chairs are available on Amazon, we’ve found some options elsewhere, too, for those who like to shop around.

A swanky cowhide number that doesn’t overdo it. It would work marvelously in a sunny spot in a conservatory.

This looks like something you’d find in Anthropologie or an East London independent dedicated to reviving gems from the late ’60s.

Burnt-orange fabric against brass creates a luxe, retro feel that looks far more expensive than it is.

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This soft-pink accent chair jazzes things up with gold pin legs.

This jumbo cord bean bag (in a really satisfying shade of mustard) looks too comfy not to buy.

This all-chrome saddle chair with a tan faux-leather seat is great for small spaces. Designed for use at a desk or workshop table, it seats you in a way that takes stress off your neck and back.

For those with earth tones and exposed-brick walls in their kitchen and dining areas, these bronzed suede barstools are just the ticket.

The school-gymnasium feel of this adjustable wooden stool evokes childhood without being childish.

We can easily imagine leafing through a book by the fire in this wing-back chair.

We like the rich wood frame of this vintage-looking chair.


This cushioned seat comes in an impressive shade range — from baby pink to vibrant yellow.

The slanted pin legs of these leather-look chairs add some airiness — and offer great value.

The button tufting on these chairs make them appear much more expensive.

The curved lines and gold detailing of these chairs make them the ultimate Art Deco option.

With a button-tufted and towering back, these studded dining room chairs look like they came from a fancy restaurant.

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15 Cheap (But Expensive-Looking) Chairs