Find Chairs That Will Fit the Space You Have
If your table is an odd size or shape, the rule of thumb is that you need at least 6 inches between each chair for some elbow room. And you need to leave 36 inches between the chairs and any walls or other dining room furniture, unless you’re prepared for your guests to get stuck every time they try to leave the table!
Choose Material That Matches Your Needs
Select the Style You Want for Your Dining Room
After you choose chairs that are the right size and made of the material you most want for your dining room, focus on the design. This means paying attention to colors and patterns that best suit your home. If most of your furnishings and the paint on your walls are in neutral colors, you might want beige, white or light brown chairs for your dining room. Of course, this could also be a great time to add some color to the room with chairs that are teal, orange or any other bright hue.
Now is also the time to choose a pattern, if you’d like a little more personality from your chairs. Instead of going with a solid color, maybe pick a paisley print. You can even go a little further and show off your fun side with zebra stripes or a similar pattern.
Types of Dining Chairs
A few common types of dining chairs include:
- Skirted chairs, which feature a base skirt made of linen to cover the chair's legs.
- Parsons chairs, which are armless and upholstered, usually with visible metal or wood legs.
- Slipper chairs, which are similar to Parsons chairs except for the base, which is usually skirted or covered.
- Windsor chairs, which are wood or metal and feature a rounded-top backrest with exposed slats.
- Armless chairs, or any chair type without arms.
- With arms chairs, or any chair type with arms.
- Traditional chairs, which feature exposed legs, a rectangular backrest, arms and an upholstered seat.
Dining Room Chair Styles
The types listed above come in an array of styles. Some of the more popular dining room chair styles include traditional (which is also a type, see above), modern, contemporary, farmhouse, industrial and rustic. Anything modern and contemporary will feature clean lines, minimal upholstery and a solid color palette; anything rustic and farmhouse will feature distressed surfaces and warm colors; anything industrial will feature lots of metal and exposed framework; and anything traditional will feature intircate patterns, curved edges and rich colors.
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