The Eames Lounge Chair is the Holy Grail of indoor furniture. But buying one doesn’t necessarily mean you know anything about design or furniture — you might just have $5,000 to spare. For the budget-minded, design-conscious shopper, thankfully, there are options between Ikea-tier and reliable-used-car-tier pricing. Whether you’re shopping on a budget or want to avoid joining the Eames cult, here are five great lounge chair options worthy of your living room — no knock-offs, no replicas; just well-designed alternatives.
Odd Knutsen Luna Low Back Chair
Norwegian designer Odd Knutsen unveiled the Luna chair in 1970, 14 years after the Eames Lounge Chair made its debut. Like the Herman Miller classic, Luna’s seat resembles a baseball mitt, perfect for cradling your body. A crossbar frame suspends the seat, creating a weightless, floating sensation for the sitter.
Inside Weather Edgar Lounge Chair
On the other end of the provenance spectrum, Inside Weather, a direct-to-consumer customizable furniture brand, partnered with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation on the Usonia collection, a line of furniture inspired by some of the architect’s most famous works. The Edgar chair, inspired by Wright’s Fallingwater, and the West ottoman, inspired by Taliesin West, pair perfectly for an enviable lounge setup. With no inventory, Inside Weather cuts production costs by making pieces to order, and the savings are reflected in the price you pay. Plus, you can put it together in around five minutes.
Austin Swivel Armchair
This armchair from West Elm is a winner with its beautiful supple leather and elegant polished nickel base. The piece has 360-degree swivel motion like the Eames Lounge Chair, minus the wood frame. West Elm regularly holds sales, so keep your eyes peeled for discounts.
San Rafael Safari Chair
San Rafael Workshop, a 20-person team based out of Mexico City, made its safari chair with a haya wood frame and caramel-colored leather. The chair and ottoman are designed with clean, straight lines and a slingback seat. Design-wise, the pair is a far cry from the Eames Lounge Chair, but we think you’ll appreciate the simplistic beauty of the San Rafael set, and it shows off how leather and wood can come together in completely different ways.
Crate and Barrel Greer Leather Wood Arm Recliner
Forego the ottoman, and buy the Greer recliner from Crate and Barrel. The chair reimagines those old clunky recliners for something a more streamlined seating option made with an American-grown walnut frame and plush leather cushioning.