A convertible chair is disclosed that has pivotable side cushions for pivoting between a lowered position and a raised position. A frame includes a generally horizontal seat, as well as a pair of pivot supports each fixed to a respective side of the seat. Two sets of bars are included, each bar being pivotably supported at one end thereof to one of the pivot supports and pivotably supported thereby. Each set of bars are fixed to and support one of the side cushions. In the lowered position the side cushions each provide additional seating area, whereas in the raised position an outer edge of the each cushion may be used as an armrest for a person sitting in the chair.