9 Elements of the Fantastic Man Chair

9 Elements of the Fantastic Man Chair

If you’d like to watch Frasier, you know he endured the ugliness of his father’s grossly overstuffed, battered”guy chair” for 11 decades. I could feel his pain as that horrible chair created an eyesore in the middle of his tastefully decorated condo. However, the very painful part came from the series finale if Frasier’s father moves out and Frasier finally gets to place his beloved Eames recliner in the living area. His father comes to visit, sits back in the Eames Cabinets and states”Hmmm… that is pretty comfy. I’d have been okay with this!”

What exactly makes a chair a”Man Chair?” Does it need to look like a pillow fight is going on underneath worn out upholstery? Does it need to be so big it takes up nearly all of the living space? Hardly. However, there are specific key elements that set apart some seats as being more attractive to some guy, so read on to find out what they are.

And when, like Frasier, you’re setting up with a less than lovely chair that’s the favorite of the guy in your house, do not wait 11 years to try luring him into a replacement. I bet you’ll find one he’d be okay with.

Kristen Rivoli Interior Design

1. Comfort. When picking a chair, a man’s number-one concern is relaxation. Among the things most guys love is a top back so they can narrow their head back to relax. The iconic Eames seat is lightly cushioned and has a nice top back and angled head remainder. Frasier’s dad enjoyed it… possibly your guy will also.

Garret Cord Werner Architects & Interior Designers

These very modern lounge chairs also offer a high back and a molded shape a person can sink to.

2. Leather, leather and more leather. Have I said that guys adore leather? I am a designer, not a psychologist, so that I can not tell you — but there is something about the look, smell and feel of leather that’s irresistible to most guys. Perhaps it goes back to the times when the guys were the hunters. Whatever it is, give him a rich, black or brown leather and he will love it. Cream color? Not so much.

Elliott Kaufman

3. A place to rest his arms. Notice the way the chair on the right has armrests that extend all of the way into the front edge of the chair. He can sit all of the way back in this chair, and his hands won’t be dangling over the end of their armrests.

Mark English Architects, AIA

4. A place to put his feet up. This sofa seat is slick, but still softly padded and ideal for putting his feet up after a long moment.

Elad Gonen

5. A place to pay for the reading material. All these are great man seats! Not only are they made from leather and possess complete armrests, the pockets on the side will maintain that latest copy of Sports Illustrated, Field & Stream, his iPad… or to get the guy in this house, perhaps it’s GQ.

Amy Lau Design

6. Generous proportions. Even when the guy involved isn’t more than 6 feet tall, most guys like a chair that feels roomy. The Papa Bear Chair by Hans Wegner isn’t thick and bulky, but it still has ample proportions. It’s nice and wide at the top so there is space for his or her shoulders. When he’s tall, pay attention to seat depth. Average seat depth is roughly 22″, however a tall guy may appreciate a chair that’s a few inches deeper.

Mark English Architects, AIA

7. Rugged good looks. When looking at the design of a chair to get a guy, look for one which is just as ruggedly handsome as he is. This chair might not be his choice for viewing TV, but as an accent chair, the leather sling and strong looking tube frame are all very masculine looking.

Pepe Calderin Design- Modern Interior Design

8. Angular lines. Curves indicate femininity, while angular lines indicate masculinity. The seats in this picture have fine, clean lines which are either angled on the back or squared off at the front. The rich wood accent across the exterior of the chair also increases the masculine appeal. You will find such full-length armrests again.

David Churchill – Architectural Photographer

9. The throne. When a man’s house is his castle, his chair is his throne. The Egg Chair designed by Arne Jacobsen is a modernist throne when I ever saw one. What better chair for a guy to sit while enjoying his surround-sound!

Alright, here’s a challenge for you. Post a picture below of the ugly guy chair you’re enduring now, or the beautiful one which you’ve found to replace it.

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