How to choose the perfect armchair

At Beaumont & Fletcher, we cherish the notion that an armchair is more than just a piece of furniture; it is an investment to be loved and last for generations – to bring comfort and joy year after year. That’s why our bespoke armchairs are tailor made for each customer.

If you are looking for that one indispensable piece, a cherished sanctuary you simply cannot part with, choosing with care is of the utmost importance.

Here we share our expert insights and top tips for discovering your lifelong companion in comfort and style.

What is the main purpose of the armchair?

Many people start with their style preference, but the joy of a bespoke armchair is that the style can be adapted to your specific taste.

In our opinion, the best starting place is the main purpose of the chair itself – other than to sit on, of course.

Firstly, have a think about why you are actually buying the chair. Is it to use while reading, relaxing or as a more formal piece, where you might enjoy conversation and a glass of wine? The purpose of each piece will determine many different design aspects, from the cushion filling to the depth of the seat.

Our luxury handmade furniture comes all shapes and sizes and is bespoke to order, allowing you to get exactly what you are looking for. If you’re looking for the ultimate in relaxation, we would suggest a larger piece with a deeper seat, and plump feather and down cushions for unparalleled comfort.

What kind of support do you prefer?

The height of the back should also be a deciding factor. Do you prefer something with superior back and neck support? If so, you’re best to opt for a high back chair, such as Beaumont & Fletcher’s classic Theodore wing back chair, or perhaps the Palmerston.

And when it comes to support, are you drawn to firmness or softness? Plush feather and down filled seat and back cushions tend to bring the ultimate sink-in feeling, whereas an armchair with a fixed back offers a more structured seating experience.

Where will your armchair reside?

Next, consider the setting of the room where your armchair will reside. Is it adorned with traditional charm or sleek contemporary design? Take note of the colour scheme and, crucially, the size of the space. These elements will undoubtedly influence your ultimate decision, ensuring your chosen armchair works with its surroundings.

It goes without saying that small spaces require smaller chairs, but that can sometime limited your choice. The good news is that Beaumont & Fletcher’s bespoke armchairs can be adapted to suit a particular space. So if you fall in love with a particular style, but it’s a little too big, we can often adapt the measurements – or at the very least find a similar style that works for the room.

One of the primary advantages of choosing a bespoke armchair lies in the options for customisation. This allows you to refine a particular style to perfection. For example, at Beaumont & Fletcher, our armchairs can undergo various adaptations, from selecting a different style of leg to altering the finish – simple modifications that can transform a more classical looking piece into something with contemporary flair.

Choose your fabric wisely

And of course, there’s the fabric – a crucial consideration when selecting bespoke upholstered furniture. Your fabric choice can make a world of difference. Do you lean towards the simplicity of plain fabrics or the boldness of patterns? Are you drawn to bright hues, subdued tones, or timeless neutrals?

You may want to introduce an accent armchair to your room – something that makes a statement or beautiful contrast to the other pieces you have. And this can be often be done through a clever choice of fabric.

Always choose quality if you want a piece to last

Mass produced furniture has its place, but it also has a far more limited life span due to its manufacturing methods. And because it’s mass produced, there are no options to customise your perfect piece.

For the very finest quality, always opt for a bespoke armchair that is traditionally made by hand.

Our furniture is painstakingly crafted by skilled hands in our English workshop, where centuries-old craftsmanship is at the core of our ethos. Collaborating closely with our clients, we strive to create pieces that captivate instantly and endure as cherished treasures for years to come.

Browse our website to see our full collection or pop into our London showroom.





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