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Occasional chairs have become a feature in the home

There was a time when a chair was just a chair. Now a chair is a trendy decor accessory that is available in hundreds of shapes, styles and fabrics. But popularity comes at a price, and it's plainly obvious when you take a look at what is being offered that the occasional chair has jumped into the spotlight along with a hefty price tag.

 

Priced at R12 995, the Thomas Occasional Chair from Weylands offers modern clean lines combined with deep comfortable seating, upholstered in wool / cotton patchwork rugs making each chair unique.

For those of you out there - probably the majority - who find the Thomas Occasional Chair a tad pricey, there's always the Curve Occasional Chair at a much R 3 495. This chair features button detail on the curved back and generously chunky seat with a retro feel, that adds sophistication and style to any room.

Wetherlys offer a more conservatively priced option for their range of occasional chairs, with chair prices ranging from R3 600 for the Jeffrey Arm Chair to R 4 240 for the Bonaparte Wingback Chair.

 

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I must admit to being somewhat surprised to find the Retro Tub Chair for R 2 900 @home, although the New Jersey Lounge Chair at R 4 000 is quite expensive.

Mr Price Home offers a small collection of affordable occasional chairs, with both the Hollywood Chair - Marilyn and Vintage Script priced at R 1 200 - not bad value at all if you compare with the prices of other offerings.

While there will always be those that prefer to buy rather than make, I think the time has come to put on my thinking cap, don my toolbelt, and design an occasional chair that is affordable, easy to make and can be upholstered in an unlimited choice of fabrics.