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How to Choose the Right Dining Room Chairs

by | March 30, 2020

Today’s quality dining room furniture comes in a wide variety of purchase options, including dining room sets, mix and match suites with multiple table and chair types, and stand-alone tables and chairs. Whether you have a dining room table already and are in need of the perfect set of chairs to go along with it or are on the hunt for a new dining set altogether, choosing the right dining room chairs is an important part of making your dining room a comfortable, functional part of your home.

Consider Size First

Your dining room chairs don’t need to exactly match your table or even each other if you prefer a funkier, mismatched vibe. You can mix and match woods, upholstery, paint colors, and more. However, you’ll want to ensure all your chairs fit under your table and are at the same height, so diners can sit and converse comfortably.

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Measure your table and determine which size range you should be looking for – if you’re considering a dining table that’s part of a set, measure the accompanying chairs so you can get an idea of an ideal size. Typically, you want at least 12” of space between the seat and the underside of your table and 7” between any armrest and the table surface. In addition, you’ll want to leave at least 24” of space for each chair and its associated elbow room.

Choose a Style

Once you have your ideal size range to work within, it’s time to consider which other elements suit your needs. Keep your existing decor in mind, and determine how these factors affect your design choices:

  • Comfort. If you have the room, chairs with armrests are typically more comfortable than those without. In addition, chairs with upholstery or cushions offer a bit more luxury than simpler wooden, metal, or plastic chairs.
  • Upholstery. Upholstered chairs can be a gorgeous addition to a dining room. However, fabrics are usually considered more difficult to clean than other materials. If you have children, removable cushions, patterns that mask spills, fabrics treated to clean up easily, or materials such as leather or canvas can prove much easier to maintain.

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  • Wood Finish. Wood is a popular dining chair material for a reason. It’s durable, beautiful, and cleans up easily. If you have an existing dining table, you can match the wood finishes or choose contrasting woods and stains. A good rule of thumb is to keep one element similar – for example, if you are mixing light and dark wood, keep both woods either rustic or varnished.

Your dining room space is a reflection of your unique design aesthetic, so the most important consideration is your tastes. At Heritage House Furniture, you’ll find a variety of dining chairs that will work in your space – the key is choosing the right mix of elements for your needs.

Fortunately, our free design services can help you make these decisions and more; simply stop by our gallery, call us at (734) 856-6300, or view our dining room furniture online today.