What is a Swivel Club Chair?

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A swivel club chair is a comfortable type of seat that pivots with a simple twist of the body. Swivel chairs are often used in social settings, such as restaurants and bars. They are also used in private homes to furnish a dining room, office or living room. Swivel club chairs are even found in the finest executive boardrooms, where the comfort of top brass is paramount.

Club chairs are particularly noted for comfort. They usually have a padded backrest and cushioned armrests that cradle the body. The ability to swivel provides an added level of relaxation for many people, making the swivel club chair an especially comfortable place to sit for long periods of time.

Club chairs that swivel promote a relaxed and unhurried pace, a prime reason they are often chosen for areas where people congregate. One style, called a barrel chair, is commonly found in restaurants and bars. Barrel-type swivel chairs usually sit on a solid, flat platform or stationary legs. The seat and armrests are shaped like a padded half-cylinder, often upholstered in leather. The seat can be manufactured to swivel clockwise and counterclockwise to a certain degree, or to twist completely around in a circle.


The variety in swivel club chair designs is vast, essentially including the same designs as non-swiveling club chairs. For example, the traditional wingback club chair in button-down leather is readily available as a swiveling chair. Wingback chairs are often found in quiet areas, such as the reception area in a professional building, or the reading nook of a home library.

Swivel club chairs can also range into modern design territory. A few styles look a bit like the captain’s chair on a fictional space ship, with sleek, curving armrests and low-slung seats. One type of chair with a distinctive style looks somewhat like a shallow bowl made of pillowed material. It is tilted back for slouching, and set on a swiveling stand. Another type is a cube-shaped swivel club chair in jet back leather, making a masculine statement of urban taste and style. A similar chair in frosty white leather exudes a crisp, clean decorating statement.

The cost of swivel club chairs is comparable to stationary club chairs. The swiveling feature is simply a matter of consumer choice. Furniture stores and online stores have numerous types of chairs from which to choose. Choices include acrylic, leather and fabric upholstery, in thousands of patterns, styles, and even custom colors. The right swivel club chair can be found to match every budget and taste.


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