How to choose the perfect dining chair

What’s the most important part of you all sitting down at the dining table either for a relaxed family meal or for a more formal dinner party? Maybe it’s the food because, after all, you want everyone to enjoy what they’re eating. Or perhaps it’s the overall atmosphere you’re creating with attractive crockery, glassware and cutlery and just the right ambient lighting.

In the end the best thing you can do is to offer enough space for diners not to feel cramped and to make sure their seating is comfortable. You may have read restaurant reviews where there is high praise for the food and ambience but low marks for the comfort of the seating. So, it’s worth taking the time to find out how to choose the perfect dining chair.

You don’t have to buy a new dining table when you want to spruce up your dining area, just get some new chairs. You may have bought your original chairs to match the table and you could do something similar again, but you can be a little more imaginative if you choose to be. Before you start researching what will suit take some time to consider some important issues to get the best solution for your new dining chairs.

Firstly, get your measurements sorted out. Measure your dining table and work out how wide new chairs need to be to fit comfortably underneath. To avoid diners being or feeling wedged in leave a little extra space either side and don’t go for chairs that are less than around 19 and a half inches wide or you could compromise sitting comfort.

If your table is oval or round check that all the chairs can easily be pushed under when not being used. If space is limited go for chairs that will make a perfect fit, otherwise you will be using up space in your dining area that you might prefer to free up.

Style is an important consideration when looking for the perfect dining chair. You need something to work with your table. Mixing woods can make for a strange effect, though in the end it’s up to you as to how you want your dining area to look and feel. Keeping styles similar may be your best option but if you have a modern dining table, maybe with a glass or metal top, you might want to be more adventurous in your choice of chairs. Keep comfort in mind as always but if you’re going contemporary then wicker or ladderback chairs may not be the ideal option.

Think too about how often your dining chairs are going to be used. If it’s not that often because you take most meals in another room or you don’t hold dinner parties very often, you don’t have to have the ultimate in luxury, but the chairs still need to be comfortable for sitting on for at least a couple of hours.

The perfect dining chair is, ultimately, in the eye of the buyer, but if you take time to plan and research you’ll find a huge number of options to choose from.

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