Pairing your dining table with the right chairs can seem like an overwhelming task. To help take the pressure off, we’ve put together a how-to guide on picking the perfect dining chairs.
Step 1: Measure
If you’re purchasing chairs for an existing table make sure to bring your measurements along while shopping. Measure the width and depth of your tabletop as well as the space between the legs. Not all tables are created equal – some tables will have a more narrow space between the leg posts, which will limit your choices to chairs with a smaller footprint.
Step 2: Assess your needs
Will you be using your chairs everyday or for large gatherings and special occasions only? If the chairs are for everyday use, consider ones that are easy to clean – such as our Acel Chair or an Eames Molded Plastic Side Chair. If you will be using the space less often, treat your guests to the comfort of an upholstered chair like our Frances or Valentin Chairs.
Acel Dining Chair
Step 3: Consider a bench
Benches are a great way to squeeze in another dinner guest, especially children! Do remember that benches can be hard for some to sit down as it requires you to swing your leg overtop to get in. Consider using the bench on one side of the table, such as our Harvest Dining or Reverie Bench, and chairs on the other. This will give your guests some seating options. Dining benches can always be swapped out for chairs on different occasions and placed into the entryway instead.
Step 4: Consider proportions and style
If you have a smaller dining room or kitchen, avoid chairs with high backs and dark finishes. If your dining room is larger, consider armchairs for the head seats of the table and side chairs for the rest (Valentin or Altoh Chairs work great). Also consider the finish and material of your table. If you have a light wood or marble darker chairs might provide a nice contrast and compliment the natural materials.
Valentin Side Chair
Step 5: Dinner time!