We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is a Parson Chair?

Malcolm Tatum
By
Updated May 16, 2024
Our promise to you
HomeQuestionsAnswered is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At HomeQuestionsAnswered, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Also known as a parson's chair, the parson chair is a functional and simplistic design capable of blending in with many different types of décor. Contrary to popular opinion, parson's chairs are not in any way connected with the clergy or the parsonages provided for clergy by some Christian denominations. Instead, the name is derived from the Parsons School of Design, located in Paris, France.

The actual design for a parson chair is more recent than many people suspect. First created in the 1930’s, the original design sought to retain function and comfort while stripping away excess ornamentation and other historical influences that tended to dominate the furniture designs of the time. The end result was a simple chair with clean lines that would fit nicely into just about any area of the home.

Initially, the parson chair was designed to be part of a matched set of furnishings. The most common application was as a dining room suite that included a minimum of four chairs and a parson table. Like the chair, the parson table is a simple linear design that is free of intricate scrollwork or other design elements. Together, the two pieces of furniture were ideal for creating a sleek modern look that was somewhat light and airy while still retaining natural overtones. This was in contrast to the heavy dining furniture of the early 20th century that tended to dominate a room, sometimes to the point of making the space feel cramped.

However, parson dining chairs quickly became favorites away from the dining table. With the comfortable cushioning and simple design of the back, arms, and legs, the chair became an ideal piece for creating attractive reading nooks or as an occasional chair tucked into a corner of a room. Because the parson chair lacks so many of the design elements that are found in other period pieces, it is possible for the chair to blend in with just about any type of room design. As long as the color of the cushioning and body are compatible with the general scheme of the room, there is a good chance that the chair will look like an intentional element in the space. Some people choose to utilize one or two parson's chairs as a means of providing a touch of the eclectic to a room, thus preventing the décor from looking too staged.

The parson chair has remained a favorite into the 21st century. Most furniture stores carry this type of chair with different selections of finishes and colors. As with any type of furniture, there are cheaper brands of the parson chair that are not likely to hold up well over the long-term. However, a high-quality parson chair can easily last for decades, even with constant use.

HomeQuestionsAnswered is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Malcolm Tatum
By Malcolm Tatum , Writer
Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing to become a full-time freelance writer. He has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including HomeQuestionsAnswered, and his work has also been featured in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and newspapers. When not writing, Malcolm enjoys collecting vinyl records, following minor league baseball, and cycling.

Discussion Comments

By Logicfest — On Jul 22, 2014

@Vincenzo -- Can't help but agree. We have six of these around our dining room table and they are great for that use. When it comes to watching television, lounging, reading or doing anything else, give me some overstuffed, overblown chair that the Parsons one was probably meant to replace.

By Vincenzo — On Jul 21, 2014

I honestly don't see I have ever seen one of these away from a dining room table. They fit in perfectly in that environment. You need something you can get in and out of quickly and is comfortable enough to sit down and have a meal, play some cards or whatever. Arm rests are not necessary when these are used at a kitchen table, and even a good Parsons chair is pretty affordable.

Outside of their use at a dining room table, a Parsons chair is a poor choice. You can't recline, rest your arms or anything else. You just sit straight up and, well, that's about it.

Malcolm Tatum

Malcolm Tatum

Writer

Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing...
Read more
HomeQuestionsAnswered, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

HomeQuestionsAnswered, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.