Club Chairs
August 17, 2004 2:55 PM   Subscribe

I want to buy a leather club chair. [more inside]

Something like this. My questions are:
  • How much should I expect to pay?
  • Should I get chair and ottoman, or a recliner? (I'm leaning toward a chair and not-necessarily-matching ottoman.)
  • Special bonus question: anyone know of a good place to get a chair like this in the Bay Area?
posted by kirkaracha to Shopping (8 answers total)
You will find prices anywhere from less than a grand each (cost plus has a black, paris style one that's cheap but kinda shoddy worksmanship) to over three grand at a place like Crate and Barrel.

It took me about 3 months of searching far and wide. I had a shape in mind (sleeker than most, kinda art deco was ok) but the hardest part was finding the right arm height. I wanted to be able to use a laptop comfortably while sitting in one, and that took months to find. I wrote my first book while sitting in some at the U of San Francisco library, and they were perfect in every way, but I eventually found some that were pretty much the exact same dimensions and design.

I'd suggest getting a matching ottoman and depending on how picky you are you'll likely be looking everywhere. I found my chairs at a local portland modern furniture store that I never thought would have the perfect chair. I tried all the major furniture chains but couldn't find anything.

Oh -- in the bay area there's a good secret place to shop: the Macy's furniture overflow/seconds store. It's somewhere east of Palo Alto, almost to Hayward. You can definitely find huge deals there, with many chairs and sofas going for about half off.
posted by mathowie at 3:15 PM on August 17, 2004

Mitchell Gold is very good for chairs too.
posted by amberglow at 4:09 PM on August 17, 2004

Those are great chairs mathowie! I'm jealous -- we had to settle for a wicker rocking chair on sale. Someday . . . .

Do you have any idea what make or model they are?
posted by josh at 5:28 PM on August 17, 2004

Nice link ag.
posted by the fire you left me at 5:43 PM on August 17, 2004

If you are interested in an antique, ABC Home, at their store in Chelsea, has a whole floor of chairs and similar seating, mostly Craftsman and mid-century modern.
posted by luriete at 8:56 PM on August 17, 2004

I've got the Gatsby chair from World Market and I love it to death. It's roomy when you are in it, but small enough for an apartment. They have a new, bigger, squarer one this season too.
posted by CunningLinguist at 9:19 PM on August 17, 2004

I am partial to the Eames Lounge Chair; its a classic. Someday I will have a pair, but ouch, they run about $3k each with the ottoman.
posted by caddis at 10:58 PM on August 17, 2004

Wait, is that picture actually from mathowie's house?! Shit, and in the bay area? This metafilter thing must make bank!
posted by hincandenza at 2:05 PM on August 22, 2004

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