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Picking out the perfect combination of dining room chairs for your dining room table is no easy feat. Between the different sizes, styles, materials, colors, and stains, you have a lot to choose from. When it comes to buying a new set of dining room chairs to match a dining room table you already own, how do you know what to choose? In this blog post, we’ll help you make the right decision so your space looks perfect.
How to Pick the Perfect Chairs For a Dining Room Table
The first thing you need to do is decide what type of look you’re going for with your dining set. Do you want to have a farmhouse feel? What about an industrial or rustic look? Do you want to have a specific color palette in your dining room? These decisions will help you be a step ahead when it comes to choosing the right dining chairs. Other than that, the following are some tips to help you choose the best chairs for your table.
Choose the Material of Your Chairs
The style you are going for in your dining room will dictate the materials you should use for your chairs. If you would like to have an industrial look, metal chairs are your best option. On the other hand, if you would like a farmhouse feel, thick, wood chairs will be a great choice.
Here are some common materials for dining room chairs:
- Woods such as alder, walnut, or maple
- Metal such as iron, aluminum, or stainless steel
- Cotton-stuffed fabric such as burlap, leather, or cotton
- Hard plastic materials like polypropylene or polyvinyl chloride
Each of these materials can completely change the feel of your dining room. So, choose the one that suits the style you’re going for best.
Choose the Right Tone and Color For Your Chairs
Another factor that changes the look of your dining room is the tone and color of the chairs. You can choose a chair with a bright color like yellow or blue to make a big statement. Or, you can choose a stain that matches your wood dining table. You can also choose a chair in a stain that compliments the color of your table, such as in the image below. No matter what you do, make sure the pieces all match each other well. But, don’t be afraid to have some fun with your chairs and use them to make a statement in your space.
Choose the Right Size of Chairs
Have you ever sat at a table with chairs that are either too small or too large for the space? If you haven’t, it’s not a comfortable feeling. You either feel too crowded or feel like a child in a huge seat. So, when choosing chairs for your dining room set, you need to pay attention to the size. There are so many sizes of dining chairs to choose from. For your table, you may have a four-seater or you may have one as large as an eight-seater. Or, you may want to have an oversized look for your table, so you want large chairs for your dining room set. To see how each size will look with your specific table, it’s best to put tape on the floor. See if you think it would feel crowded or if there would be too much space with a particular chair width. In general, it’s best for your guests to have about 32 inches of space each to allow for a comfortable eating area and elbow room.
Another consideration is the height of the chairs. You need to make sure your family can be seated at your table without their legs touching it. Also, make sure someone can cross their legs comfortably with the chair’s height. On the other hand, you don’t want your chairs to be too low to where it’s uncomfortable to eat at the table. It’s best to have at least seven inches of space for legs under your table. If your table has an apron, which is the wedge under your table, then you should start the seven inches from there. Additionally, if you are buying chairs with arms, those need to fit under the table, unless you don’t mind the chairs sticking out a bit.
Consider What Type of Chair You Want
The type of dining room chairs you should choose depends on the type of dining room table you have. For example, if you have a round dining table, you may want to consider a chair with a rounded back. On the other hand, if you want to fit several people at one table, consider buying a bench, such as the one above. If you have a long, rectangular table, you can choose chairs with a sturdy base. Lastly, if you have a taller table, you can opt for stools to mimic a bar-like feel. When picking a chair type for your table, keep in mind the look and comfortability of the chair, as well as how well it will match your table’s style.
Shop Our Seating Options
At Unruh Furniture, we sell several seating options for your dining room. We allow you to choose your wood, stain, and height of your chair, stool, or bench. No matter the type of table you have, we can make a seating option that suits your table and the look you’re going for.