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17 Cheap (But Expensive-Looking) Chairs You Can Buy on Amazon

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We love things that look expensive, and we really love things that look expensive but aren’t (like things for kitchens, bedrooms, and bathrooms). Today, we turn our attention to chairs, because we all need more seating. You can get extremely cheap chairs and extremely expensive ones, but we set ourselves a limit of $100 (or thereabouts, for the ones we thought were too good to exclude). These are options for sprucing up a dining table, a bar counter, or a living room, because it’s time to put those overworked Ikea chairs out of their misery.

Living room chairs

Armen Living Summer Chair in Charcoal Fabric and Walnut Wood Finish

This mid-century-style accent chair has undeniable Mad Men vibes.

DHP Mid Century Modern Chair with Molded Arms and Wood Legs, Light Blue

Sure, some people might suspect that this is a knockoff of an Eames Shell chair, but the bold powder-blue color should throw them off your scent.

Poly and Bark Isabella Lounge Chair, Natural

Okay, one more more mid-century modern dupe.

Duhome Design Dining Chair/Accent Chair with Metal Frame Legs and Velvet Seat, Rose

This velvety, rose-colored scoop chair would be particularly elegant in the corner of a bedroom. (Bonus: the open back can serve as a deterrent from letting clothes pile up).

Ashley Furniture Signature Design - Sweed Valley Pouf - Natural/White

This two-tone jute pouf is casual and design-y at the same time, like a newly restored barn filled with fiddle-leaf figs.


LSSBOUGHT Contemporary Button-Tufted Upholstered Accent Chair with Solid Wood Legs, Gray

The gray tufted fabric has a vintage look, but the light-colored wooden legs add a nice contemporary touch.

Roundhill Furniture Tuchico Contemporary Fabric Chair, Tan

The seat is big and cushy, but the slim wooden legs and light-colored fabric let it blend in without feeling like it’s taking up too much space.

Modern Design Fabric Chair w/Solid Wood Leg, Teal

We’re very into accent chairs in vibrant colors. This one has a bold shape, but it still looks like something you’d actually want to sit in.

HomePop Velvet Swoop Arm Chair, Dark Green

If you’ve ever lived in an apartment with roommates, there’s always that one super comfortable chair that’s always been there and no one knows where it came from. This is like that chair, but brand-new. (Think Monica Geller’s apartment aesthetic).

Dining room chairs

Sandra Grey Fabric with Oak Finish Mid Century Modern Dining Chairs (Set of 2)

A set of two Scandinavian-style dining chairs that look like they should cost double the list price.

Poly and Bark Burton Side Chair in Clear (Set of 2)

Clear plastic chairs (okay, ghost chair look-alikes): they match anything and are easy to clean.

Novogratz Bentwood Dining Chair with Chrome Plated Legs, Set of 2, Black

Simple, sophisticated black chairs. Perfect for outfitting a modern dining table on a budget.

Rivet Florence Mid-Century Wide Open-Back Accent Dining Chairs (Set of 2)

These blue, open-backed chairs would work anywhere, and the black wooden legs are a little more subtle than the typical exposed woodgrain.

EGGREE Mid Century Modern Accent Living Room Chairs (Set of 2), Velvet, Purple

We love these velvet accent chairs. They could make for a stylish dining chair set if you’re not worried about spilling food on the pastel purple fabric.

International Concepts Madrid Chairs, Unfinished, (Set of 2)

This set of two unfinished hardwood chairs would make the perfect DIY project.


Topeakmart 17.3” Tall Nesting Plastic Stack Stools Blue/Green/Red/White/Yellow (Set of 5, Multicolored)

A set of five nesting stools in different colors. (Sure, they’re a little kindergarten-y, but as long as you don’t pair them with a sandbox and wooden blocks, you should be fine).

Euro Style Sallie Modern Stool, White

An abstract, hourglass-shaped stool that doubles as an end table. It’s made from durable ABS plastic so it would work outside, too.

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17 Cheap (But Expensive-Looking) Chairs to Buy on Amazon