Armless chairs need no specific definition – they’re just chairs that happen to have no arms. But if you need a quintessential illustration of an armless chair, it’s got to be a traditional slipper chair, with its low seat and clean, blocky design. There are several advantages to this type of chairs: they take up less room, they’re easier to upholster or slip cover if you feel the need to change something, tend to be more affordable, and in general, seem a little more functional that standard armchairs.
First of all, they’re a better solution for living rooms when lack of space is an issue. Instead of cramming in a giant corner sofa, try combining a sleek settee with a couple of armless chairs. Since most slipper chairs are light enough to be moved easily, they can also be placed around a coffee table, or fill in the corners of the room if you don’t need extra seating out all the time. They make fantastic accent chairs and are often used in foyers, where they offer a place to put on your shoes, but also complete the design and lend the atmosphere of welcoming coziness.