How to collect antique chairs

The best 20th-century and antique chair designs to invest in now


It is likely that of all pieces of furniture, your chair is the one you have the closest relationship with. Getting the right chair is an important decision. With so many iconic chairs on the market, from Chippendale’s dining chairs to John Makepeace’s flowing 1980s seats, there are more than plenty to choose from.


In this downloadable guide, decorative antiques dealer Holly Johnson discusses the best artistic designers to search for now while Antiques Roadshow expert Judith Miller recommends how best to check for sturdiness and longevity in an old chair. You’ll also discover sneaky antique dealer hacks to look for and tips for spotting woodworm in your finds.

Cut-out-and-keep guides such as this one are featured in every issue of Homes & Antiques, giving you the inside track on collecting, buying and restoring antique and vintage finds. So that you don’t have to take a page out of your favourite magazine, we feature the guides in the collectors’ guides section of our website. Simply click on the link below to download the printer-friendly page.

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To download and print your guide to collecting antique chairs, click here.

First published in Homes & Antiques’ April 2016 issue. Back issues are still available. To purchase a copy click here


Want to learn more about antique chairs, find out what lies beneath the upholstery here.