And the dining room furniture you choose can help set the tone for the entire space, laying the foundation for the many great memories to come. Dining room chairs are some of our favorite pieces of furniture because they come in infinite styles and can be mixed and matched in all kinds of different ways to create a look that's uniquely you.
David Charne, the co-founder of Fyrn, suggests that the right dining chairs should provide, "Comfort over a long meal or use of any kind, versatility by being lightweight and easy to move around, and simplicity through timeless design. Most importantly, [they should be] built to last, which usually comes down to the materials being used."
To help you find the perfect dining chairs for your space, we're highlighting the best dining chairs based on factors like price, durability, and style.
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In addition to being a great complement to your dining room design, this versatile chair can also work well as extra seating in a home office or living room. Highly comfortable, the seat is made from auxetic mesh, which offers form-fitting support that will mold to your body's curves.
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Even better, the chair is made almost entirely from waste plastic sourced from reclaimed fishing nets and end-of-use carpets, so purchasing one means you're investing in style, comfort, and sustainability. They come in two different colors—black and white—but you can also purchase a topper in hues like blue and orange, so it's easy to find just the right color for your aesthetic.
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“Fyrn's Mariposa chair is unique because it has a distinct yet simple visual design, and it utilizes our patented system of hardware that allows parts and pieces to be replaced at any point throughout its lifespan. In essence, the chair has the capacity to last forever,” says Charne.
Not only can it last forever, but it will look good doing it. Made from solid wood, the chair features a timeless design that will look just as great 30 years from now as it does today. It comes in three different finishes—maple, oxidized oak, and charcoal black—and each finish comes with metal brackets that are specially designed to match. This chair also picked up an Interior Design Magazine's Best of The Year Award.
We shipped the Mariposa to our studio in Austin, Texas, to give it a test. Here's an overview of our experience with the chair:
Fyrn also has a range of counter stools, bar stools, and backless chairs.
Brand: Maiden Home
The Allen Dining Chair is expertly crafted of solid ash wood and paired with tailored upholstery for casual comfort. To get the details on The Allen, we spoke to Maiden Home Design Advisors Steph DeAngelis and Hannah Rice.
"The Allen has a minimal and organic shape. Its airy silhouette makes it easy to design with. It’s casual yet elegant; it makes a perfect addition to a breakfast nook or our Carlisle Table," says DeAngelis.
"The Allen is a design chameleon- it can fit a range of different aesthetics depending on the wood finish and fabric choice selected, adds Rice. "If your design aesthetic is cozy and Scandinavian, our highly textured Performance Boucle Polar paired with a Whitewash wood finish would be a stunning choice. For a masculine edge you can select our deep Charcoal wood finish and a similar rich fabric like Performance Velvet Slate."
Brand: The Inside
This stunning dining chair from The Inside features a classic design but comes in all sorts of contemporary colors and patterns, offering a fresh take on a time-tested style. You can choose from patterns ranging from botanical to geometric, or opt for a solid hue in virtually any color of the rainbow.
Beyond being highly customizable (with over 130 fabric choices), the chair is also durable. It's been tested with 30,000 double rubs, which means it's both kid- and pet-friendly. Plus, it's handmade by expert upholsterers and woodworkers, ensuring that it's both beautiful and high quality.
Brand: Inside Weather
Inside Weather's Sarno Collection includes wood dining chairs, bar stools, and counter height stools, so you can add this style to your home no matter the size and shape of your dining table. And each option comes with seemingly boundless customization options, allowing you to customize everything from the wood finish to the shape, seat, and style.
Speaking of the seat, it features cross-weave upholstery that's densely woven to offer rich, saturated colors. The chair is also sustainable, made with a kiln-dried, solid ash wood frame and topped with an eco-solvent finish.
Inspired by mid-century modern design, this dining chair features a scoop-seat silhouette punctuated by baseball-style stitching. Its faux leather upholstery looks and feels like real leather, and it comes in five sophisticated hues, including tan, brown, and gray.
Thanks to the chair's minimal design, it can work well with a variety of aesthetics and styles. It can also easily transition to the kitchen, serving as a stellar option for added seating. The Gage family also includes swivel stools, bar stools, and counter height stools.
Brand: Interior Define
Another highly customizable option, the Fritz dining chair comes in all sorts of different weaves and colors. It's also available with a leather seat, if that's more your style. Regardless of the style you choose, though, you'll be investing in a modern, sturdy chair that's built to last.
The upholstered seat offers plenty of cushion for hours-long comfort, while the chair's streamlined design can complement a wide variety of aesthetics. Its classic design with fun color options also allows the chair to work just as well in a formal dining room as it does in a more casual setting.
Brand: Rove Concepts
With its oversized, wingback design, the Angelo Dining Chair from Rove Concepts is the perfect synthesis of comfort and luxury. You'll be able to sit comfortably in this chair from the appetizers through dessert, and you'll certainly look good doing it.
This accent chair comes in 14 different colors, but if you don't find a hue that you love, you can also get it custom-made in just about any color under the sun. You can also choose from two different powder-coated bases: sleek black or brushed brass.
Price: $500 per pair
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This dining chair's slat-back design is a great fit for more formal dining rooms. It's made of Acacia wood, with a finish designed to let the wood's natural lines and knots shine through, ensuring that no two chairs are exactly alike.
Meanwhile, the chair's cool graphite hue is a sophisticated neutral that will fit in with many color palettes, while its generous upholstered seat cushion will keep you comfortable throughout your meal and beyond.
The Jago dining chair is as affordable as it is stunning, making it the perfect option for a design-forward but budget-friendly home. Sleek and modern, the chair's design is a definite showstopper, especially because it comes in several bold hues, ranging from vibrant orange to turquoise. But you can also opt for a more subtle hue, like navy, gray, or white.
This dining chair is also a particularly great option for families with pets and kids since it can be easily cleaned with just a little soap and water. Plus, the chairs are stackable for easy storage and come with non-marking plastic feet that help to protect your floor from scratches and scuffs.
With its solid wood frame and powder-coated metal brace, this dining chair can take whatever your household throws at it. But its durability most definitely doesn't sacrifice comfort thanks to a buttery-soft leather seat that you can sink into for hours.
The chair also comes in two warm hues—light tan and brown—both of which will instantly make a dining room feel more chic and inviting.
Brand: Living Spaces
This ladder back side chair will instantly add structure to your dining room look. The chair is composed of a combination of FSC-certified, plantation-grown pine and reclaimed woods from shipping pallets, so it's as sustainable as it is attractive.
The chair also features a hand-distressed finish that showcases the wood's texture and grain, offering a truly one-of-a-kind design at an affordable price point.
Brand: Serena & Lily
Rattan is an ever-popular material for its unique ability to infuse looks with a breezy, vacation-like feel. And this stunner from Serena & Lily is proof positive of that. The chair comes in four neutral hues, with a rattan frame that was crafted, bent, and shaped by hand.
The chair's airy look makes it equally suitable for a casual dining room or a cute bistro set-up that's perfect for enjoying your morning coffee.
What to Consider When Buying Dining Chairs
Before you decide on the perfect dining room chairs for your space, there are a few important factors to consider.
Which materials do you like?
The type of material you choose for your dining room chairs can affect both the style and durability. Tom Lawrence-Levy of Natural Asthetik really likes wood for how durable it is: "I really urge people to get dining room chairs from real wood, or from material that won't easily chip or stain, because if one starts to chip or tear it's likely the rest will as well."
Metal dining chairs are another great option if you're worried about chipping or staining, since they won't typically cause those problems. However, upholstery, whether it's leather or another type of fabric, can be durable as well. It also provides added cushion for your seat, so it's a good option if comfort is paramount.
If you like the look and comfort of upholstery but worry about damage, then look for dining chairs made with performance-fabric upholstery, which is designed to withstand the spills and abundant activity that are common in busy dining rooms. Plastic or acrylic chairs are also an option if you're worried about spillages and want a chair set that'll easily wipe clean.
How much space do you need between chairs?
The type of dining room chair you choose isn't the only factor that affects comfort. In fact, how far you space each chair can play an even bigger role in how comfortable your dining room is. If you place chairs too close together, then your dining guests are likely to bump elbows and legs, which isn't comfortable for anyone.
For that reason, many experts recommend you leave at least 24 inches of space between each chair. It's helpful to keep this number in mind before deciding on a chair so you can ensure you don't buy too many chairs for what's comfortable in your space. It's also worth checking seat height, though almost every dining chair will be designed to fit under a dining table.
If you're working with a small space, it could be worth exploring the option of stackable chairs that you could keep out of the way when they aren't in use.
What style(s) do you love?
There are many different styles of dining room chairs to choose from, but you certainly don't need to choose just one! You also don't necessarily need to match your dining chairs with your table.
Seattle-based residential interior designer Jessica Welling suggests mixing and matching for a more casual look: "I encourage people to consider a wood dining table, and chairs in a contrasting color or material, such as metal, contrasting wood, or even molded plastic. Most matching dining sets are going to feel formal."
Not sure what kind of chair you like? Here's a quick breakdown of common types of dining room or kitchen chairs.
- Armchair: Aptly named, dining armchairs come with armrests, which can make dining more comfortable.
- Side chair: Unlike armchairs, dining side chairs don't have arm rests, which can help to save space in a smaller dining room
- Wingback: Wingback chairs feature wing-like structures attached to the back, which typically extend from the top of the chair down to the armrests. They're great for adding some comfortable drama to a dining room design.
- Ladder back: Ladder back chairs have horizontal slats up and down the back akin to a ladder. They're a great complement to a more formal dining room.
- Slat back: Slat-back dining chairs are similar to ladderback chairs only their slats are vertical rather than horizontal. They're beloved for their ability to add structure and visual intrigue to a look.
- Dining benches: Dining benches offer seating for multiple people and can work really well in small spaces as they can sometimes tuck away under the table between uses.
What type of dining room table do you have?
Finally, you'll definitely want to consider your existing dining table before committing to the chairs. "We can't really talk about dining chairs without looking at the dining table," advises Welling. "The shape and style of the table will determine how many chairs you can comfortably fit around it and how wide the chairs can be." Thanks to a lack of corners, round dining tables can often fit more chairs than square and rectangular tables.
In addition to your table's shape, you should also consider its legs. According to Welling, "The main problem people run into is when they have a rectangular table with legs that aren't at the corners. This is often an issue with modern tables and ones that have extension leaves. If you want to fit two or even three side chairs on one side, you need to be sure they fit between the table's legs. When in doubt, get out a piece of graph paper and draw a floorplan with the table and chairs."