Do you know what’s great about a chair set? You get two or more chairs, usually of the same style and material. This way, if one breaks, you’ve got a backup.
Plus, it’s just more fun to have two chairs – you can have your friends over for dinner whenever you feel like it with plenty of seating space to go around. Of course, it’s a great way to provide enough seating for your entire family at each meal, too.
Whether you’re looking for a brand new formal dining room set or just a couple of chairs for casual dining on your patio, there are tons of options to choose from. Here’s what you need to know.
4 Tips for Choosing a Chair Set
Many dining room tables come with matching chairs – but there are still occasions on which you might find yourself shopping for a separate chair set. Here are some tips for finding the right one.
1. They Don’t Have to Match
Wait, what? Isn’t the whole point of buying a chair set so that the chairs…you know…match?
While being matchy-matchy is totally fine in some situations, in others buying a mismatched chair set can absolutely work. The chairs don’t have to match your table – they really don’t even have to match each other!
As long as each chair rests comfortably beneath the dining table and has some common features with the rest (such as identical wood grains or similar spindles), you can get away with a lack of matching.
2. Measure the Table
Measure your table before you select a chair set. This will give you an idea of what size your chairs should be.
Most tables tend to be around 30” high, with most chairs having about 17” to 19” of space between the floor and the seat. You’ll need at least a foot space between the chair seat and top of the table – so plan accordingly.
3. Choose a Style
Once you know what kind of chairs you need, the next thing is to decide on a style.
If you’re buying a chair set for a family home, choose one that is made out of comfortable and easy-to-clean materials. Wood, wicker, metal, and acrylic are good choices.
Upholstered seats can work, too, but you should choose ones made out of easy-to-clean fabrics like cotton or microsuede – ideally, chair sets with removable cushions so that they can be easily washed.
4. Don’t Skimp on Comfort
Metal chairs are popular because they are sleek, modern, and easy to clean – but they aren’t the most comfortable.
Similarly, although chairs with armrests take up more space, they can be more comfortable.
Look for chairs made out of comfortable materials with other features for added comfort (like a lightweight feel and upholstered backs) to make the dining experience more pleasurable for everyone!
How Do I Choose a Good Chair?
So, what are you waiting for? Start shopping around for a set of chairs that will make your home look and feel amazing. When you do find the perfect set, don’t forget to consider our tips for how to style them in your space.
With a little bit of effort, you can create a beautiful and functional seating area in no time at all!