The wingback chair is a timeless piece of furniture. A wingback chair is a type of easy chair that features enclosing wings on either side of the seat back. Some people call these wings “ears,” since they sometimes resemble ears turned inward on the chair. The wings can extend from the armrests up to the top of the seat back, or they may only run from the seat back above the armrests to the top of the seat back. The wingback chair was common when fireplaces were primarily responsible for heating homes; when the chair was positioned toward the fire, the heat from the fireplace would be captured by the wings to provide warmth to the torso and head.
Most models of the wingback chair in modern times are upholstered for comfort, with leather or fabrics, and they are usually cushioned with batting or foam both in the seat of the chair and in the seat back. Sometimes the wings themselves are upholstered as well, providing another sitting or sleeping position for the user. The legs of the chair are very often made of wood, and the legs may be highly decorative or quite plain, depending on the overall aesthetic of the wingback chair. Whether you are looking to furnish your whole living room or simply looking for that something extra to finish off your existing living room furniture you can’t go wrong with the wingback chairs.