Before choosing wingback armchairs, it is important to measure the space in which you intend to place the chair.
This is especially important if you intend to purchase reclining wingback armchairs, and you will need to measure the area to find out how much space is available for the chair when it is both in the upright position and in the reclining position. Once you have taken accurate measurements, determine your budget for purchasing the chair, and research which wingback armchairs fit into your price range.
Wingback armchairs can feature straight or curved wings, so you will need to decide which style suits your preferences the best.
The original purpose of the wingback was to help capture heat from a stove or fireplace when the chair was oriented in that direction, though today the wings are more ornamental than anything else. Decide if you want the wingback armchairs to feature wood wings or if you want the wings themselves to be upholstered; upholstered wings can offer added sitting position options, and they may also buffer some sound.
The feet of wingback chairs are usually made of wood, and the feet can be highly ornate or quite simple. Choose feet that are made from high quality woods with an attractive grain and design. If you are considering purchasing an armchair that reclines, the chair may feature a base instead of individual feet. Most chairs that recline feature a skirt around the perimeter of the chair to hide the base, which is often an unattractive metal or wood. Be sure the base is hidden if you choose a reclining wingback armchair.
Comfort is, of course, one of the most important considerations when buying wingback armchairs. Be sure to take note of the comfort of the chair, and if possible, sit in wingback armchairs for several minutes to gauge how comfortable the sitting position is. If the chair reclines, be sure to test out this feature as well for comfortable sitting positions. Synthetics can sometimes feel rough or grainy, and natural fibers are often softer, though this is not always the case.