If you’re looking for a way to give a home an inexpensive update, changing out some smaller furniture pieces like chairs is a good strategy to pursue. Whether you are staging your home to sell, or decorating because you’re staying for a while, an Eames chair replica would be an affordable way to capture the MCM (mid-century modern) vibe without having to spend a lot of money.
Mid-century modern is a style that lends itself to a wide range of ages of home. From the late 40’s to contemporary builds, you easily can fit this versatile style into your space. MCM furniture can be great for smaller spaces because the simplicity and visual lightness of the designs helps the room maintain an airy feel. This is one reason why I love these pieces for staging, buyers love open and airy rooms!
Even if you’re not sure if you know what an Eames chair is, I guarantee you that you have seen Eames chairs and Eames-inspired designs! Eames refers to the brothers Charles and Ray Eames, and while they are known for many different chair designs, the look we’re talking about here is a chair with a sleek, somewhat shapely plastic seat and legs made of wood, with the added geometric element of metal bracing for the legs. Scroll down to take a look at some affordable options so you can get the look for a fraction of the price.
Eames Chair Replica Options – Affordable Prices
Here is a list of some of the best options you can find on Amazon right now.
These are interesting because of the color, and overall they very much capture the classic look that we’re after.
Here’s another color option for this chair:
UrbanMod Mid Century Style Urban ‘Easy Assemble Furniture with ErgoFlex ABS Plastic and ‘One Wipe Wonder’ Cleaning Comfortable Dining Meets 5-Star Modern Chair, 4, White
Here is an armless version of the chair in classic white, and seriously I do not think you can beat this price for a set of 4 (!!) chairs.
These also have a weight rating of 330 pounds, which is pretty hard to find. As a home stager I need to make sure the furniture I use is safe for anyone who may want to sit down for whatever reason during their home viewing. I always try to shop for chairs rated for 300 pounds, so I can tell you it’s actually kind of difficult to find, especially in an inexpensive set that’s as attractive as these chairs are.
I don’t know about you, but my biggest problem when shopping for replica Eames-style chairs would be choosing a color. I love this black design. This one has a weight recommendation of up to 200 pounds.
And last but not least, check out this super sweet red one:
What Makes This Design So Popular?
For one thing, the chair design is a brilliant study in contrasts. The shapely seat that conforms to the human body contrasted with the angles and hard lines of the legs. The sleek plastic material contrasted with the beauty of the natural materials in the legs, and the contrast of the wood with the metal. It’s also about the simplicity and as I mentioned above, the visual lightness of the design. These work well in a wide range of room sizes and eras. They keep the room’s open feeling because the legs are rather dainty and delicate. However, the design is also extremely strong and sturdy. And whether you choose a design with or without arms, these are also quite comfortable to sit in. Mid-century modern pieces fit in well in homes from the original era in which they were designed as well as subsequent eras right up to brand new construction. You can picture these in a suburban atomic ranch or a brand new downtown loft. (Note: They may not fit in so well in a super traditional home, or what I like to refer to as the Home Alone house. If you say Home Alone house to someone, they instantly know what type of home and decor you are talking about.)
Anyway I hope you’ve found some great new chairs 🙂