Dining Room Chairs : How to Choose?

Here are some steps to get the dining room chairs. Although it can be chic to pair traditional chairs with a contemporary table, and vice versa, try to find pieces that share a common design element. If the table has a sinuous leg, look for a chair with the same line in the leg or back, or choose upholstery with swirls on it. If the table is square or rectangular, consider chairs with a square or rectangular seat. Twenty-two inches is a good standard width for an armless dining chair, but you can go larger than that if your dining table or dining room is especially big and would dwarf a normal-size chair. Avoid chairs that are narrower than 17 inches; they just don’t provide enough support for the derriere.

dining room chairs

dining room chairs

For maximum comfort, choose chairs that are 20 to 24 inches deep. Eighteen or 19 inches is an ideal height for a dining chair seat. As a rule of thumb, try to allow a minimum of 12 inches between the top of the seat and the top of the table. Dining tables generally stand 29 to 30 inches high. Look for a dining chair that is easy to move in and out from the table. Chairs with a slatted back are easy to grip, because there is a void for your hand between the frame and the slat. A chair with a solid back — or one that is fully upholstered — may be more difficult to grab, so it should be light enough to move without a firm hold. (Rings help make the job easier here.) Consider the people who will be using the chair: If children or the elderly often dine at the table, make sure the chair isn’t too heavy or awkward for them to move. Sooner or later, someone is going to spill something on your chairs. How much are you willing to worry about it?


For easy care, stick with leather (real or imitation), Ultrasuede, cotton blends or a commercial fabric. Avoid multilevel fabrics or ones with a heavy nap, like chenille and velvet — they’ll show wear. Manmade fibers such as rayon or polyester are best when combined with natural fibers. Have you get your best dining room chairs?

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