I’ve had lots of dining room chairs over the years! And now I have a basement full! I may love to change them out a bit more than the average home decorator, but I bet you would LOVE new dining room chairs too, right? Let’s look at how to choose the perfect chairs and lots of my favorites!
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Today I’m sharing some things to think about when choosing dining room chairs that are perfect for you! And please check out all the great chairs at the end of this post!
You will love them!
FUNCTION OVER FORM FOR DINING ROOM CHAIRS
A dining room chair must be comfortable! I know we all want beautiful chairs but comfort is always first.
Have you ever sat on an uncomfortable chair in a restaurant (remember those days)? I have and it is miserable. So make sure you and anyone sitting at your table are comfortable!
One thing you might not think about is the room between a person’s legs and the bottom of the table! If a chair is too high for the table, sitting can be quite uncomfortable. Ouch!
So make sure there is 10-12 inches from the seat of a chair to the bottom of the table to be comfortable!
You best friend when deciding on any furniture is tape measure! Use it!!!
DINING ROOM CHAIRS DO NOT HAVE TO BE MATCHY MATCHY
Please, please please choose chairs that are different than your dining room table. LONG gone are the days when everything matches. Thank goodness!
I love the look of side chairs and head chairs being different too! Mixing up your table and chairs creates a one-of-a-kind look! It’s your personal stamp on your dining room!
In our StoneGable home we had two side chairs that were the same and two head chairs that were the same and a bench. I loved that look!
Just make sure mismatched and fabulous chairs are all the same seat height.
Most chair seats are 17-19 inches off the floor. But seating like benches and other chairs not particularly meant to be dining room chairs can vary widely!
The bench in our StoneGable dining room was lower than the other chairs, so when we had company we switched it out for chairs that matched the other side chairs.
Can you see one in the foyer? It’s ready to jump into action!
CHAIRS NEED TO FIT AROUND THE TABLE
Dining room chairs need to fit comfortably under a table! Ideally, each person around the table should have 20-24 inches of their own! That means the seat width + room on each side = 20 to 24 inches.
Now we never have that much room for everyone when we are celebrating with our family. But we love to be cozy!
And when we can have friends and neighbors back in our home again I try to follow the 20-24 inch rule!
THE CHOICES ARE MANY
Okay, now let’s talk about the fun stuff! The style!
Oh, there are so many amazing choices and styles of chairs to put around your table!
Here are a few things to think about to choose your perfect dining room chairs…
- choose a color or colors that work with the color palette of your dining room
- patterns should work together and work with the patterns in your dining room without getting too matchy matchy!
- you want fabric that can hold up to spills
- slipcovers are a good option for chairs that get lots and lots of hard use
- choose wood tones on chairs that work together
- the style of the chairs need to complement one another
FINDING THE PERFECT CHAIR
Now you know how to choose the best chair for your dining room or kitchen table!
Beautiful chairs are not hard to find! Here are some that I just LOVE!
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