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Compact Charming Chic Cocktail Chairs

Homegirl London finds darling cocktail chairs. If you’re looking for a cute compact upholstered chair, you’ll love the sophisticated appeal of cocktail chairs. Without any arms, their small size suits petite living rooms or boudoir bedrooms. This is a mid-century modern armchair with a nod to Hollywood fifties glamour. The shape always looks sexy in sumptuous velvet but you can also buy in contemporary bold pattern fabrics. Charming characteristics of this chair include a curved scallop back (sometimes with wingback shape), no arms, a plump seat and it is low to the ground with tapered legs. See my selection of new, improved and updated versions.

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Duke and Fritz from Swoon

Velvet Cocktail Chairs

This darling Duke chair favours a fifties shape. With a wonderful wingback shape and hand-stitched channels, it is certainly an impressive piece. It comes upholstered in a durable velvet. Choose from citrus orange zinnia, cool cobalt blue, steely silver grey, bright shocking pink, delicious honey or deep indigo blue. The legs come in a choice of oak or a dark stain. Measurements are 80cm high, 66cm wide and 68cm in depth. Current price is £349. Buy from Swoon. Product code: not listed.

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Duke from Swoon

The fabulous Fritz mid-century modern chair is amazing. With a superb scallop back, stitched channels and covered buttons, it simply stunning. It references 1950s glamour and is perfect for adding a splash of colour or style to your living room. The deep velvet upholstery comes in a choice of pewter grey, silver grey, deep blue ink, dark green fir, vibrant yellow primrose or zesty orange zinnia. The tapered legs are available in oak or a dark stain option. The frame is made from beech wood and the seat is filled with foam and poly fibre. The measurements are 83cm high, 71cm wide and 73cm in depth. Current price is £349. Available from Swoon. Product code: not listed.

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Fritz from Swoon

Le Cocktail Velvet Chair has been inspired by a mid-century French silhouette. It is covered with Varese velvet by Designers Guild which comes in a warm taupe, petrol blue or lush emerald green. You can also get this chair covered in a selection of other fabrics from Designers Guild should you wish an alternative to velvet. It features two covered buttons on the back and perfectly neat piping around the seat. Beech has been used for the tapered legs and the frame which is guaranteed for twenty-five years. The measurements are 74cm high, 62cm wide and 52cm in depth. Current price is £425. Buy from Oliver Bonas Ltd. Product code: 1050554.

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Le Cocktail from Oliver Bonas Ltd (Picture Affiliate Link)

Meet Betty, the mid-century chair with a sexy silhouette. The curved padded back paired with rounded edges and that plump seat is dreamy. You get an extensive range of fabrics which include velvet, cotton, linen, wool, herringbone and leather. Colours range from neutrals through to greens, blues, pinks and reds. Standard legs are in beech with an oak varnish or you can opt for dark mahogany or a French white instead. You get a lifetime guarantee for the frame. Measurements are 76cm high, 64cm wide and 72cm in depth. Prices vary depending on fabric choice. Buy from Product code: not listed.

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Betty from

Contemporary Cocktail Chairs

For a modern update, the back of this Alpana chair is covered in an African print. From the front, you get the classic look with rich yellow velvet. On the back, however, it is a different story with a screen printed blue and olive green pattern. This is a great way to give a classically styled room added interest. The back is beautifully curved with two covered buttons. The seat section is perfectly plump. Measurements are 73cm high, 45cm wide and 50cm in depth. Current price is £395. Buy from Graham & Green. Product code: MMV4794.

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Alpana from Graham and Green (Picture Affiliate Link)

The Moresque Chair uses Turkish rug designs in kaleidoscopic colours to upholster the classic cocktail shape. The fabric is in a luxury washed velvet which is soft and textured. With a number of pattern and colours in the range, you’ll find something interesting to brighten up your room. The frame is made from mango wood with sturdy construction. Measurements are 76.2cm high, 66cm wide and 71.1cm in depth. Current price is £398. Buy from Anthropologie (UK). Product code: 7592600250004.

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Moresque from Anthropologie (UK) (Picture Affiliate Link)

Another version of the Moresque Chair is this collection using faded and distressed looking Turkish rugs again in washed velvet. The construction is also in mango wood. Measurements are 76.2cm high, 66cm wide and 71.1cm in depth. Current price is £398. Buy from Anthropologie (UK). Product code: 7592600250004.

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Moresque from Anthropologie (UK) (Picture Affiliate Link)

Vintage Cocktail Chairs

Galapagos specialises in taking vintage 1950s cocktail originals and updating them in new fabrics. I particularly love this one in Jade Padua Linen with an ombre effect. The chair was made in Germany in the fifties and has been restored so it can be loved all over again. If you visit their online shop at Not on the High Street you can see more examples of their work. Measurements are 70cm high, 60cm wide and 60cm in depth. Current price £625. Buy from Galapagos at Product code: 572294.

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Vintage Piece from Galapagos (Picture Affiliate Link)

Another updated vintage piece is the Carlina Mid Century Upcycled Armchair. Comfortable and beautiful chair covered in blue Aquaclean fabric which allows you to clean stains using just water. Comes with a complementary pattern on the seat base with a matching cushion. Measurements are 65cm high, 61cm wide and 65cm in depth. Current price £456. Buy from Modoo Home at Product code: 544529

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Carlina from Modoo Home (Picture Affiliate Link)

Buy Cocktail Chairs

Buy yourself a darling cocktail chair from the following online retailers.

Swoon Link: Swoon
Oliver Bonas Ltd Affiliate Link: Oliver Bonas Ltd Link: Link
Graham & Green Affiliate Link: Graham & Green
Anthropologie (UK) Affiliate Link: Anthropologie (UK)
Galapagos and Modoo Home at Affiliate Link:

Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Swoon, Oliver Bonas Ltd,, Graham & Green, Anthropologie (UK), Galapagos and Modoo Home. Cover Image: Swoon. Thanks: No one assisted with this feature. Disclosure: This feature includes the following affiliate partner links – Oliver Bonas Ltd, Graham & Green, Anthropologie (UK) and (if you click through from my website and purchase items from the affiliates I will earn a small commission).