The Best Eames Style Chairs for Every Budget

Get the iconic lounge and ottoman design for a fraction of the cost with these top-rated lookalikes.

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January 03, 2024

Of all midcentury modern furniture, the Eames lounge chair has to be the most iconic. Sure, the tulip table had a comeback, and so did acorn wood. But the Eames lounge chair and ottoman is a design staple that's here to stay. Why? It's as comfortable as it is chic. Despite its mid-mod label, it works with just about any decorating theme, too. If you've been eyeing the Eames lounge chair and ottoman, here's how to get the look at home. We've rounded up the best lounge chair and ottoman sets online, from authentic vintage options to budget-friendly alternatives that will save you thousands of dollars.

DESIGN HISTORY 101

The Eames Lounge Chair

Learn how a celebrated design duo's experiments in mass production and desire to make guests comfortable gave rise to one of the 20th century's most iconic designs.

Vintage Eames Lounge Chair + Ottoman

Of course, if you want the real deal — a true, vintage Eames lounge chair and ottoman set there are sites such as 1stDibs that help weed through online furniture sales. But heads up: People with an actual midcentury Eames Lounge Chair know exactly what they have on their hands. We've seen just the vintage ottoman alone go for thousands of dollars, never mind a set.

The Best Eames Chair Lookalike

Sticker shock? Don't worry — there are plenty of budget-friendly options inspired by the classic style. A handful of furniture brands have midcentury modern lounge chairs and ottomans that are heavily inspired by the Eames lounge chair and ottoman if not total ringers. Our favorite lookalike is this Corrigan Studio set from Wayfair. Tell me that doesn't look exactly like it, especially with the black leather and walnut wood combo. The best part? It's only around $1,000! There are other great options around $1,000, but typically with budget-friendly leather furniture, you sacrifice texture for dollars. Often, leather around $1,000 is top-grain or split-grain which means that it's a hybrid synthetic with a thin layer of real leather. This chair features the most realistic split-grain we've found, which means it has a more buttery look like premium leather.

More Good Eames Chair Lookalikes

Under $500

This midcentury modern-inspired set is less than $500 and comes in chic white and black colors — the perfect compromise for couples who have different design styles since this wood base can blend with other decor and doesn't scream retro.

Under $750

For one of the cheapest swivel style possible, you can snag this copycat set on Walmart for under $600. It's not the best leather quality, but it's almost the exact same look as an Eames chair for nearly 90 percent off in cost!

Under $1,000

We also spotted several top-grain leather chairs and ottomans under $1,000 from Wayfair and Walmart. And in some unique colors, too! This deep emerald green leather would look gorgeous with a preppy plaid area rug and dramatic navy walls.

Under $1,300

If you can stretch your dollars a little bit more, there are some solid buys in the $1,000-$1,300 range with more customizations possible. This bonded leather set from Wayfair comes in black or brown full grain leather with a walnut base that is versatile for all design styles.

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