Shearling chairs are still trending, and I just found my favorites

These shearling chairs are the perfect cozy winter addition

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Unfortunately, winter is not over yet. While you might be tempted to just stay in bed with a blanket over your head, I’d love to introduce you to a trending piece of furniture that’s guaranteed to help up the cozy factor on freezing cold nights –shearling chairs.

Honestly, shearling chairs are not new. They have been a staple in Nordic regions for years, and now, according to interior designer Bethany Adams, the rest of us are finally catching up. However, you don’t have to be a fan of Scandinavian styles to add shearling chairs to your space. These days, you can find shearling and sherpa chairs in a multitude of styles, from laid back armchairs to fun swivel designs.

'Shearling is such a soft material that allows you to sink into it and stay warm in on cold nights,' adds Adams. 'It can be expensive, but is so worth it due to the comfort it provides.' That's to say nothing of that fact that it's a pure statement piece, too.

As H&G's new Style Editor, I've seen more than my fair share of these chairs in my years covering interiors. These are my picks of the best shearling chairs available right now. 

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Bethany Adams

Bethany Adams is an interior designer based in Kentucky. She is the founder of Bethany Adams Interiors.

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Shearling chair FAQ

 What is the difference between shearling and sherpa? 

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 While they are very similar fabrics, shearling and sherpa are incredibly different when it comes to price points and feel. Shearling is the skin of a sheep or lamb that has just been shorn, tanned, and cleaned, and it’s an incredibly warm material for the winter months. Sherpa is often referred to as faux shearling, and it is a synthetic material created from polyester (fleece), acrylic, or cotton. While it emulates shearling in certain ways, it is not as warm as shearling would be, and it is also less flexible and not as dense. 

Nikhita Mahtani
Style Editor

Nikhita is the Style Editor for Homes & Gardens, making sure our home-savvy readers are always aware of the latest trends and deepening their knowledge of classic design. Nikhita graduated with her Master of Arts in Magazine Journalism from New York University, and has spent a decade in interior design and shopping roles at shelter publications ELLE DECOR and Domino Magazine.