BRB, These Herman Miller Eames Chair Dupes Are Calling My Name (and My Wallet Too)
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The millennial dads have been raving about this Herman Miller Eames lounge chair, and honestly, I kinda get the hype. The chair is both comfortable and stylish thanks to its ergonomic-based structure and luxe leather material. But that $7K price point? Sheesh. It hurts.
Don’t worry, though, because, like the cloud sofa sectional or the viral Dyson Airwrap dryer, there’s a dupe for everything—including this modern lounge chair and ottoman. These replicas are just as comfy and chic as the original, but with a waaaaay more palatable price tag. Idk about you, but I’m always down for a good deal, and I've got options on options that won't break the bank. Behold: the five most affordable, chic, and comfy Eames lounge chair dupes.
Of course, these dupes are inspired by the original Eames lounge chair, but they also have some custom features like 360°-swivel functions and storage pockets. Love! That! Keep scrolling to see which chair is right for you (and your living room, too).
Mid Century Lounge Chair and Ottoman
I mean...the leather-upholstered material! The ergonomic design! The tilt degree! This Amazon find is the best dupe (in my humble opinion) because it’s basically no different from the OG Eames chair. The quality, comfortability, and durability all match up to the original 1956 mid-century lounge chair, reviewers note. And for only a little over $1K? Brb, grabbing my wallet.
THE REVIEWS: I already own a Herman Miller original that I've had for a number of years and absolutely love. Given the extremely high cost for another, I thought I would try this replica. First, the chair is obviously constructed and packaged with great care. The leather is stitched and glued very carefully, straight and even.
Wide Tufted Velvet Lounge Chair and Ottoman
You will doze off in this chair because it’s just 👏 that 👏 comfortable 👏. I mean, this bad boy has five (!!) different reclining settings. So, if you’re a lil taller, you can recline this bb to level five for a low lift. Or, for my shorter friends, levels one or two might be more well-suited for your neck. Oh, and I can’t forget how this chair is made out of upholstered velvet material, which is hella cushy and durable. The fabric is also colorfast, so it'll def last you a long time.
THE REVIEWS: “I wanted to not like it because my husband just bought another chair, but I LOVE it and it will be living here. I love the recline function. If you’re tall, your head won’t go all the way back—I’m 5’9 and it sticks a little over the headrest—but I bought it for reading, so it’s the perfect amount of neck support for that. Beautiful! So happy.”
Chandris Upholstered Swivel Lounge Chair with Ottoman
This chair is slightly different from the Eames lounge chair, but still stands up when it comes to comfort and design. It has 360°-swivel capability and a high back, making it super comfy, and a sleek velvet fabric for style. A win-win!
THE REVIEWS: “Lovely chair! Super easy to put together. It’s compact without being small and I love the high back which makes it comfy for reading.”
Eames Lounge Chair
Ain’t nothing better than a good ole leather lounge chair. This pick from Walmart is upholstered with black leather and laminated wood and features soft padded seating held together by sturdy aluminum legs. It also comes with a 15° tilt angle, removable cushions, and adjustable seating. Sounds like the perf nap chair to me.
THE REVIEWS: “The quality of material used is good, The seat lever works well. It was easy to put together. The best part for me is that it doesn't take up a lot of space, I was able to fit it in a tight corner and it still reclines and rotates just fine. If there were any negative features I would say it is just a little lower to sit down in than I had imagined.”
Teen Salma Lounge Chair and Ottoman
I love a good deal and this Wayfair lounge chair is definitely it. It's held together with a solid wood frame and is wrapped with high-quality fabric filled with foam and cotton. If mid-century modern is what you're after, you find it here with the angled legs and tufted cushions. An added bonus is that this sleeper chair comes with a handy dandy side pocket, so you can store that book you’re reading without getting up. Convenient, comfy, and cost-friendly. Three cheers to that.
THE REVIEWS: “Great price for the quality! I bought this chair for my daughter to use after oral surgery. Great little sturdy chair and very comfortable. She was even able to comfortably sleep in it after her surgery. Multiple adjustable levels of recline. The fabric is soft and comfy.”
What makes an Eames chair so special?
I’m not usually a die-hard Herman Miller furniture fan (my furniture preferences are more affordable) but I can admit that the Eames chair is one of a kind. It was first produced in 1956 and popularized thanks to its ergonomic structure and lush leather material. It also sits at 15°, which is the optimal angle for the most comfort. Add the fact that it's just the right mixture of leather and wood—so equal parts rustic and modern—and it's easy to see that this notable mid-century furniture is the perf balance between style and support.
How to choose the best Eames chair dupes
Determine the size you need
You must consider your height when shopping for dupes. The original Eames chair came in two sizes: standard and tall. Most people choose the standard size, as it was designed for people 5’2 to 5’10. However, considering today’s preference for bigger, roomier chairs, you might wanna give the tall size a go. Of course, not all dupes offer a standard or tall size, so always take a look at the dimensions and specs before buying.
Focus on the material
What the chair is made of is the number one thing you should be looking at if you want to make sure it's durable. And, I’m sorry, but if I’m spending hella coins on this chair, I don’t want it to fall apart after a few months of use. The only way to guarantee its durability is by double-checking what it's made of. Your best bet is high-quality leather or faux leather, such as polyurethane or vinyl (PVC).
Consider your lifestyle
The hardest part of buying a good Eames chair dupe? Finding a replica that’s affordable but also hella long-lasting. How much $$ you should drop on a chair kinda depends on your lifestyle. Like, how often will you be using your chair? If you’re the type to lay around on your living room furniture all day (lol, me), then chances are you’ll be using your chair pretty frequently, so you’ll want to invest in something that'll last. If you expect your chair to basically become an accessory that collects dust, then you can probs get away with a cheaper option. Simply consider how much chillin’ and relaxin’ you do in your living room before buying.
How we chose the best Eames chair dupes
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