The 10 Best Butterfly Chairs

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This wiki has been updated 10 times since it was first published in January of 2017. While some see the butterfly chair as a relic of a bygone era, others recognize it for its unique, visually-appealing design, as well as for the comfort provided by its gently-sloping back. Ranging from budget-tier to high-end, we've ranked our favorite options here. Most can be folded up and tucked away when not in use, while others are handsome enough that you'll proudly leave them out for show. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best butterfly chair on Amazon.

10. Algoma Natural

9. Mainstays Teal Faux Fur

8. Urban Shop Mongolian

7. Mac Sports Collapsible

6. Artncraft Leather

5. DormCo Glacier Grey

4. Amerihome Natural Tan

3. Festnight Vintage

2. Alite Designs Monarch

1. Madeleine Home Montreux

Special Honors

Big BKF Buenos Aires Butterfly Chairs This company helped set the industry standard for high-end butterfly chairs when they started in 1999. Today, all their units are artisan-made with hand-selected, genuine Argentine hide sourced from grass-fed cows. The company is based in the Palermo neighborhood of Buenos Aires, which is renowned for the quality of its leather goods. Browsing the different options available on their website, you'll notice natural range marks, scars, and wrinkles which speak to the authenticity of the hides they use. As you may expect, these only develop more character as they age, too.

Cuero Design Butterfly Chairs This company's premium catalogue boasts high-end materials that give its chairs an edge over a majority of its competitors, most of which are focused on making budget-friendly, middle-tier products. Cuero's chairs may cost an arm and a leg, but they're made well enough to last a lifetime — and perhaps longer — serving as potential family heirlooms. Whether you're looking for a plush, grey-sheepskin seat; a supple, Italian-leather one; or even a less costly, more simple, hemp canvas cover, they have multiple options, each with their own appeal.

Editor's Notes

August 02, 2019:

Our newest update features selections ranging from budget-tier to high-quality, costlier models. If your priority is comfort and function, we'd point you to the Algoma Natural (#10), the DormCo Glacier Grey (#7), or Alite Designs Monarch (#3), the latter of which is probably the most comfortable and convenient seat we came across.

If, on the other hand, interior decor is your priority, we'd highly recommend the leather and animal-hide chairs we've compiled. These include the Artncraft Leather (#5); the Amerihome Natural Tan (#4); the lovely Festnight vintage (#2); and any of the chairs made by Madeleine Home (#1). All of these are fashionable enough to arouse envy in houseguests, and the higher-rated ones rival the comfort level of the aforementioned Alite Designs Monarch. Touting modernist design aesthetics, these look like something out of a decor magazine, and can all be had for pretty reasonable prices.

When opting for one of the faux-fur models, keep in mind that they often attract dirt, hair, and debris pretty easily, and you may not want to go through the hassle of occasionally having them cleaned. Still, if these plush-style seats appeal to you, then check out the aforementioned Dormco Glacier Grey (#7) and the Urban Shop Mongolian (#8).

Daniel Goldstein
Last updated on August 09, 2019 by Daniel Goldstein

Daniel is a writer, musician, and frequent traveler with a bachelor’s in creative writing from the State University of New York. In recent years, his writing chops have developed alongside his musical skills, thanks to a rich double life. During the day, he apprenticed with “Rolling Stone” journalist and critic Will Hermes, and when the sun set, he and his NYC-based, four-piece band gigged at high-end venues across the northeastern United States. His affinity for sharing things he's passionate about has culminated in nine years of experience as a music teacher at elementary schools, where he honed his ability to simplify and elucidate concepts to the uninitiated. All considered, he feels most at home writing about instruments, audio electronics and backpacking gear.

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