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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March 30, 2022

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 reproductions to budget-friendly alternatives that will save you thousands of dollars.


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 which 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.

New Eames Lounge Chair + Ottoman

If you don't have the patience to scour vintage, another option for a real Eames lounge chair and ottoman is via Herman Miller. These brand-new, authentic reproductions are as close as you'll get to buying an Eames lounge chair in the 1950s. But, like vintage pieces, the Eames name comes at a high price. Chair and ottoman sets start around $7,500!

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 under $1,000! There are other options under $1,000, but typically with budget-friendly leather furniture, you sacrifice texture for dollars. Often, leather under $1,000 is top-grain which means that it's a hybrid synthetic with a thin layer of real leather. This chair features full-grain which means it has a more buttery texture like premium leather.

More Good Eames Chair Lookalikes

Under $750

For the cheapest style possible, you can snag this copycat set on Amazon for $630. 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 and from the most surprising place: The Home Depot. Yes, The Home Depot. Who knew the home improvement store would be a treasure trove of Eames lookalikes and in various colors no less.

Under $1,500

If you can stretch your dollars a little bit more, there are some solid buys in the $1,200-$1,500 range with more customizations possible. This bonded leather set from Overstock has more than a dozen color and wood combinations and has the best white leather Eames-inspired option.

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