Ever since the mid-century modern design movement, every home in America has the non-optional living room recliner, the Dad Chair. Certainly, if a man’s home is his castle, this particular chair is his throne. I can easily picture my own dad drinking awful, face-twisting whiskey or a cold beer while watching sports on TV.
There are no formal criteria for a Dad Chair but most share a few things in common. Substantial tall backs, wide armrests, comfortable upholstery, rugged looks, even an ottoman to stretch the legs.
We thought there are few lounge chairs that embrace this concept and we’ve decided to curate a collection of 5 chairs that would make any Dad proud.
5 Snug Lounge Chairs Your Dad Will Want to Sit on
Eames Lounge Chair
Few designs say Dad Chair more than the classic Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman. The nice high back, the angled headrest, the back and seat both comfortably padded, the leather upholstery. There’s a reason why this is our favorite lounge chair and we bet your dad will love it, too.
Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Chair
The clean lines and elegance of Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Chair have endured since its original design in 1929. The Barcelona Chair might be the perfect Dad chair for his office. It has been the epitome in style and comfort for half a century. Why? Because it’s minimalistic, with a simple design and it works in almost any size and style of a room.
Saarinen’s Womb Chairh
History tells us that Saarinen’s Womb Chair was born after the famous designer Florence Knoll challenged Saarinen to design a chair she “could curl up in, like a basket of pillows.”
Don’t know about you but we think the result embodies that description. Saarinen’s Womb Chair consists of a molded fiberglass shell covered in foam. The cushions on the ottoman, seat, and back are separate pieces, all great for curling up in.
A pair of Womb Chairs are also great for a relaxed conversation with your dad. We know we all have had the need to have some serious conversations with our dads in one point or another.
Wegner’s Papa Bear Chair
What could be a better name for a Dad chair than “The Papa Bear”? This wonderful design by Hans Wegner is as classic as it is comfortable.
The particular name of this chair comes from a critic that referred to its armrests as ‘great bear paws embracing you from behind’. And if we’re lucky, we get to experience the same feeling from a Dad’s hug. Hopefully less creepy than that sounds. The Papa Bear Chair has been one of the most popular Wegner designs of all.
Wegner’s Flag Halyard Chair
Despite appearances, the Wegner’s Flagyard Chair is surprisingly comfortable. This particular lounge chair is built on a reliable frame made of solid stainless steel, while the seat and back are made of 240 meters specially developed flag line. Add a longhaired sheepskin to soften the industrial sharpness of the steel, and you’ve got yourself a lounge chair that constitutes ultimate and luxurious relaxation!
The Flagyard Chair was originally designed on a hot summer afternoon. While Wegner’s kids were playing in the shallow waters along the beach, the furniture designer was digging himself into the sand building a comfortable chair to enjoy the holidays. Back in the summerhouse, Wegner made the first sketches using the seating angles that he had conceived on the beach. How about that for a Dad Chair?
So there you have, 5 fantastic lounge chairs your dad will love. Did we miss one? Have one to add to the list? Let us know in the comments below.