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Names of various furniture shapes don’t come any more interesting than the “slipper chair.” It sounds feminine and romantic and seems like something that would be in a bedroom, but what exactly is a slipper chair? It’s ubiquitous, and you’ve almost certainly seen bunches of these in your lifetime.

What Is a Slipper Chair?

A slipper chair is simply an armless upholstered chair that has short legs so that it sits closer to the ground.

Slipper Chair History

When it first made its appearance in the early 18th century, this low-slung chair was used in women’s bedrooms as seating, and it was often used when maids helped them put on their shoes, or slippers, as they were then often called.

Hence the name. These smallish upholstered chairs stayed discreetly in the bedroom until the 1950s when American designer Billy Baldwin brought them into the living room and added the option of box pleats at the bottom to hide the legs.

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Slipper chairs are often found in mid-century modern designs, with a tight back and no box pleats so that the geometric form of the legs is prominent. Since the ’50s, slipper chairs in a variety of styles have been integral to furniture used in both bedrooms and living areas and especially in spaces that are relatively small.

How to Decorate With Slipper Chairs

Slipper chairs don’t take up as much visual or physical space as other types and still provide a place to sit. Slipper chairs are virtually always upholstered, and the term now refers to a chair that features a wide, tight rectangle for seating and another tight rectangle for the back.

These highly versatile chairs have a multitude of uses and can be made to fit almost any decor scheme with a change of upholstery. Here are some ideas on how to use them in your house:

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What is the purpose of a slipper chair?

A slipper chair is a medium to large upholstered occasional chair that lacks arms and sits low to the ground. These high-back chairs got their name during the Victorian era, when they were used to comfortably seat high-class women while they put on their shoes or slippers.

What is the difference between a side chair and a slipper chair?

The main difference between a side chair and a slipper chair is in the silhouette and design. The side chair can have arms, taller legs, and a similar height to a sofa seat. The slipper chair typically has no arms, a low profile, and a high back.

Is a slipper chair comfortable?

Slipper chairs are generally comfortable, but added down filling, well-made upholstery and luxurious materials like velvet make for extra snug seating.

What is a relax chair called?

A recliner is also known as a reclining chair, lounger and an armchair.

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Place a pair of slipper chair that do not have box pleats, so the legs are showing, in front of the windows, perpendicular to the sofa, in a smallish living room arrangement. These minimalist chairs allow the windows to be seen and accessed but make use of the space for seating.

Match the fabric on the chairs for a balanced and more formal effect or cover one in a stripe or print and the other is a solid that is one of the colors in the other chair’s covering for a more eclectic look.
Put an upholstered slipper chair either with the legs showing or covered by box pleats in a small corner with a tiny side table.

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This is a useful placement in either a living room or a bedroom. Cover the chair in a solid fabric and dress it with a couple of throw pillows covered in prints or stripes stacked up to the straight back for a dramatic effect and unexpected focal point.

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Place a slipper chair with exposed legs opposite a sofa and coffee

table arrangement for good conversation―the chair is easy to move and can be brought closer to the sofa if desired during an intense discussion. Cover the chair in an accent color to add a spark to the room and give the small chair presence.

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Is a Slipper Chair The Perfect Seat?

There’s something illustrious about the very thought of a slipper chair. When it first emerged in the early 18th century, it was designed as seating for a woman’s boudoir—a place where an elegant Victorian lady might sit to put on a pair of silk slippers, with her maid kneeling at her feet, aiding in the sartorial endeavor.

For women of the day, who dressed in a heavy petticoat and a laced-up corset, the task of slipping on shoes was no small feat—one needed a little help.

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How we got from there to the more common image—running out the door with one heel in hand—is a long history lesson. Long gone are the days of the silk slipper, but the slipper chair has become a permanent fixture in the modern interior.

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What is a slipper chair?

With short legs, an armless body, and a high back, the compact shape of the slipper chair has made it an enduring design, great for small spaces and tight corners.

An armless design is the hallmark of the slipper chair, so it’s rare to find a slipper chair with arms. The exception is a slipper chair with slight, sloping wings or a design with a curved back that hugs the body much as arms would.

Though the chairs made their debut in women’s bedrooms, today they’re often found in living rooms and entryways, as well. However, it actually wasn’t until the midcentury when they left the nest, so to speak.

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How did they end up in today’s interiors?

Acclaimed American interior designer Billy Baldwin is credited with drawing the slipper chair out of sleeping quarters in the 1950s. Bringing them into the living room, including his own pictured above, Baldwin saw their potential as an entertaining chair.

With a low-slung, angled seat, the chair has an inviting shape that says, “Come, take a load off.” But without arms, it’s not the kind of chair you want to curl up in for hours. It’s more like, “Take a seat and stay awhile—but not too long.” Just what midcentury hostesses needed.

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Stylistically, Baldwin also reimagined the slipper chair—traditionally unadorned with exposed wooden legs—adding a simple box pleat to conceal the base. Since then, slipper chair have been produced in all manner of styles, from the midcentury modern look with a tight back and no skirt to a Spanish modern neoclassical style with woven leather straps to the Art Deco interpretation with a curved back and rounded contours.

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How has the slipper chair’s look evolved?

A number of slipper chair envisioned by celebrated designers have earned near-iconic status, and remain very much sought after years after their debut. Edward Wormley, an American designer of modernist furniture, was the man behind one of the most quintessential midcentury modern slipper chair, crafted with a round molded ebonized wood base, tapered legs, a tight back, and button tufting.

Designed in 1970, American furniture designer Milo Baughman’s armless slipper chair for Thayer Coggin has a unique teardrop form that swivels and tilts, resting on a circular base of walnut veneer, brass, or chrome. Billy Haines, a film star who started a successful interior design business in the 1930s, put a Hollywood Regency touch on the slipper chair with a classic Klismos-inspired shape and feminine button tufting.

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And across the pond, Italian architect and designer Gianfranco Frattini devised an upholstered slipper chair with shaped wood side panels, exposed brass bolts, and splayed brass legs.

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How are slipper chair used today?

Slipper chair have become versatile heroes of the accent chair family, used everywhere from bedrooms and dressing rooms to living rooms, offices, bedrooms, and even foyers.

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Living Rooms

One of the most common uses is a slipper chair framing a living room coffee table. If your room and coffee table are big enough, a pair of slipper chair opposite a sofa can create a beautiful sense of balance. Their compact shape makes them great pieces to tuck next to a freestanding bookcase or in a corner with a small table at its side to create a little vignette or styled moment.

”Not only do they fit into funny places where it would be hard to put a full-sized chair,” says traditional interior designer Mario Buatta. “They’re also charming.”


Another place to use a slipper chair is a bedroom. Placed across from a bed, a slipper chair can offer a useful place to perch when putting on shoes, catching up on a bit of reading, or passing time while waiting for your certain someone to finish getting ready.

Cozy a side table up to a slipper chair and you’ve procured a functional corner out of awkward space that might otherwise go unused. Two slipper chair can also be dropped at the foot of a bed. The effect is similar in theory to capping a bed in a settee but doesn’t visually pack as much heft.

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If your entry is more of a proper foyer than a passageway, a pair of slipper chair can be a welcoming addition to your home. As we mentioned, they’re the perfect place to perch while you slip your shoes on or off, and integrating a slipper chair or two can also create an instant “waiting room” for your guests. Similarly, in a private office, paired with a sofa or a settee, they make a great place to convene for a discussion or simply take a break from desk work.

Home Offices

If you’re looking for a chair to soften the hard lines of a home office, a slipper chair can be an inspired choice. Two slipper chair opposite an executive desk can temper any overly masculine energy, especially when upholstered in a pattern that spans the spectrum like houndstooth or plaid. With glass or lucite desks, a traditional desk chair can also be swapped out for a slipper chair to imbue a room with a more casual, laid-back feel.

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