Guide to Purchasing the Right Dining Chairs

From casual breakfast nooks to elegant formal dining spaces, dining rooms come in all shapes, sizes and styles. Everyone knows that one of the most important elements of a dining room are the dining chairs. From traditional dining sets to mix-matched dining sets, the design possibilities are numerous. Before you invest in dining chairs, it’s important to consider these important factors:

  • Are they the right height for your dining table?
  • Are they fabric durable and easy to clean?
  • Are they comfortable enough for the type of entertaining you like to do?

Here’s a guide for choosing the best dining chairs for your dining space.

While it has become trendy to pair contemporary with traditional chairs and vice versa, focus on finding pieces that share a common design element. For example, if you have opted for a square shaped dining table then you’ll want to make sure the chairs feature the same shape. Or if the table has an intricate design on the legs, then you should consider purchasing chairs with a similar design on the legs.

The standard size of a dining chair is approximately 18 inches in height while the average dining table sits at 30 inches. As a general rule of thumb, you’ll want at least 12 inches between the top of the seat and the bottom of the table. Also, the chairs should match the scale of the table. If you have a grand dining table than you’ll likely want to invest in bigger chairs.

Avoid purchasing chairs that are less than 17 inches wide. Why? Narrow seating won’t provide adequate support for your guests and will likely be uncomfortable. To create the ultimate comfortable experience look into obtaining chairs that are 20-24 inches deep.

Upholster or Not?
Deciding whether to invest in a upholstered chair or select something with a natural, easy to clean surface can be difficult. With upholstered chairs you can expect someone to spill something on it sooner or later. Therefore, the question is how much are you willing to care about it? If you want that upholstered feel but low maintenance, consider leather (or imitation leather) chairs.