Thursday, September 13, 2018

A Guide to Choosing Dining Room Seating


So you’ve decided to get your dining table and chairs separately. Or you want to keep the table you’ve got and upgrade the dining room seating. Either scenario is an opportunity to refresh your decor affordably. Here are some ideas to consider, based on professional interior design principles.

 Dining room end chair

Slightly More Posh End Chairs

A time-honored way to arrange your dining room is to have a rectangular table with the places of honor at either end, distinguished by captain’s chairs with arms. This adds visual interest as well. Another reason for this preference is you can maximize your seating around the whole table.

If you do go upscale with your end chairs, just be sure to measure carefully so you know they can slide into your table. One thing to watch for when doing this: table tops are often thicker than you think.

Another suggestion for stunning dining room end chairs is to make sure they complement your living room furniture because you might want to pull them into that room after dinner.

 Dining room side chair

Side Chair Advice

The dominant design principle for dining side chairs is that simpler patterns are more attractive in multiples. Go for materials that look solid and steer clear from bolder patterns. 

Will your dining furniture be doing double duty for porch or deck parties? Consider a side chair design that’s easily stackable.

Is your dining room small? In that case, designers recommend side chairs with a “light” look such as an open back, extending your room’s sightlines for an optical illusion of more depth.

Solid wood dining bench

The Fun of Dining Room Benches

Dining room benches are a perennial favorite among families with young children that really use their dining furniture daily. They’re rugged and easy for restless youngsters to get on and off without disturbing anything or anyone.

Avoid Matchy-Matchy

Choosing your dining room chairs apart from the table affords you an interior design opportunity the pros love: having dining room furniture that complements each other but doesn’t match exactly, considered a mark of elegance. This is also why contrasting end and side chairs are a favorite dining room choice. Another example of dining room furniture complementarity is to have all chairs and the table be of the same material, say, wood, but with chair legs differing from the table’s. Alternatively, you can contrast a traditional wooden table with some metal or clear plastic in your chairs.

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