A slipper chair is a low-slung chair with a high back which is designed to be used as an accent chair and to provide additional seating. Many modern designers work with slipper chairs, relishing the classically clean lines of the basic slipper chair design, and they complement a range of interior design schemes. Most furniture stores stock at least a modest assortment of slipper chairs, and it is also possible to order them directly, especially from modern design companies. Enterprising woodworkers can also try their hand at making their own slipper chairs, should they be so inclined.
Several features distinguish a slipper chair. The first is the very clean design, which tends to feature two rectangles for the seat and back of the chair, with no arms. Slipper chairs are typically low chairs, and the back may be reclined for greater comfort. As a general rule they are also upholstered, and some people may add throw pillows to their slipper chairs as a design accent.
The blocky design of a slipper chair can be a problem in smaller rooms, as the chairs tend to take up a large footprint. However, they can work well in larger rooms or intimate settings. They are especially convenient for dressing rooms, as the height makes it easy to put on or remove shoes. Some people also keep a slipper chair by the door for this reason.
In most cases, a slipper chair is designed to seat one person, although some styles are large enough that two friendly people could share a chair. Some people take advantage of this fact to expand seating with slipper chairs; because these chairs can be easily moved around, it is easy to reconfigure a space when most guests arrive. These chairs often appear in living rooms or lounges, sometimes with accessorizing low side tables.
Because slipper chairs tend to be upholstered, their look is very flexible. Some companies make slips which are designed to cover their slipper chairs, allowing people to quickly change the look of their chairs when they want a fresh feel in a room. It is also possible to re-upholster such chairs, of course. The frame of the chair can be made from wood, metal, or plastic, depending on the designer; you may want to think about how the finish of the frame will blend in with a room, if the frame of the chair is visible.