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How Do I Choose the Best Captain's Chair?

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  • Written By: Dan Cavallari
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  • Last Modified Date: 23 November 2016
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Furnishing the home may take a lot of thought, but you can make a good decision fairly easily by buying a captain's chair for a home office, dining room table, living room, or lounge. This low-backed chair usually features a padded back and armrests for comfort. The seat itself is usually padded as well, and the frame is generally made from wood, though many modern captain's chair models may be made from light metals or even plastic. Choosing the best one starts with determining where in the home you would like the chair to be placed.

If you intend to use the captain's chair or several chairs around a dining room table, you will need to take the look and size of the table into consideration, as well as the look and size of the dining room itself. A captain's chair can come in a variety of styles and colors, so you will want to find chairs that either match your existing dining room and table, or complement the room and table. Many captain's chairs feature leather backs, seats, and arm rests, and this leather can come in a variety of tones and colors. The frame itself can also be made from various woods with different tones and colors.

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Some models of the captain's chair will feature wheels or casters mounted to the legs to allow you to move the chair while you are sitting in it. If you intend to use the chair while sitting at a desk, this is a worthwhile investment that will help you be more comfortable while doing computer work or writing. At dining room tables, casters or wheels are generally unnecessary and less attractive, but for people who may not be able to perform lifting to move the chairs, casters may be advisable.

Consider your budget for purchasing the chair or chairs, and remember that premium materials such as hardwoods and leather will cost more than lower-end materials. When choosing leather, look for a high-grade leather that is likely to endure years of regular use. As high-grade leather ages, it becomes more attractive; low-grade leather can split or crack, leading to a decrease in aesthetic value. Hardwood frames are best because they are naturally attractive and usually exceptionally durable. Oak, mahogany, and even certain types of maple are great choices for the wood used to make a captain's chair.

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