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How to choose the perfect dining chair for your home - a buying guide

Published 30th December 2022
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Dining chairs are one of the most important pieces of furniture in any home. They provide comfort, style and function to your dining area. From traditional wooden designs to sleek contemporary styles, there are so many different types of dining chairs to choose from. In this buyer’s guide, we will explore the different types of dining chairs and help you decide which is best for you.

What can dining chairs be made from?

The best starting point when shopping for dining chairs is what they're made from. There's no single right answer here - which one is best depends on how the rest of your dining room is styled. Let's take a look at some of the most popular materials:

Wooden dining chairs

Wooden dining chairs have been around for centuries and they remain popular today due to their timeless appeal. From dark, opulent mahogany chairs to modern Scandinavian chairs made from simple pine, wooden dining chairs come in all shapes and sizes and can easily be matched with any type of dining table. They provide excellent support and durability and make an elegant addition to any room.

Upholstered dining chairs

Upholstered or fabric dining chairs offer comfortable seating with a stylish look. Usually they're wooden, plastic or metal frames with a layer of fabric stitched over. What kind of fabric the upholstery is made from depends on the chair you choose: Cotton and polyester are popular choices but you can also find leather dining chairs and velvet dining chairs for particularly swanky dining rooms.

Metal dining chairs

Metal dining chairs are perfect if you’re looking for a modern or Art Deco touch in your dining room or kitchen. Metal chairs are also very durable and easy to maintain which makes them the ideal choice for busy households.

They come in a variety of colours naturally, from shining aluminium to dark cast iron industrial dining chairs. Metal is also easy to paint, so your colour options are practically limitless. The metal frame will often have a wooden or upholstered seat for more comfort and to add visual interest.

Plastic dining chairs

Plastic dining chairs are becoming increasingly popular because of their low cost and because they're easy to keep clean. They make ideal dining chairs for children thanks to all the bright colours you can buy them in.

Many are made entirely of moulded plastic, whilst others have a plastic seat and metal or wooden legs, so you have some style options. Best suited to modern or minimalist kitchens and dining rooms, pair them with some bar stools for a fun, American diner-style look.

Wicker chairs

Wicker is a material made from natural fibres (usually rattan) that has been woven into intricate designs that create beautiful furniture pieces with an elegant yet rustic feel.

Another traditional and extremely popular material, rattan dining chairs are normally traditionally shaped with high backs, or have a 'bistro' design that will give your dining space a chic Parisian café feel. They're also extremely popular in the garden and on patios, which is why you'll occasionally see them referred to as garden dining chairs.

All of these materials need to be cleaned in their own way. For tips on how to clean your dining chairs, read this blog!

Styles of dining chairs

There's no shortage of different dining chairs styles to pick from! From vintage-style designs to sleek modern looks. We'll describe some of the most popular styles in a moment, but if you want broader styling advice for your home, read our blog on how to decorate around your dining chairs!

Traditional dining chairs

If you’re looking for a classic look then traditional dining chairs may be just what you need. These types usually feature ornate carvings on the backrests and intricate details on the legs or frame, giving them an old-world charm that never goes out of style! They're usually made from wood like oak dining chairs. Traditional dining chairs are usually upholstered with cushions and a fabric back rest. They tend to be high backed chairs as well to offer maximum support for a full meal.

Modern dining chairs

Modern dining chairs often feature clean lines without much ornamentation which gives them a more contemporary feel than traditional designs do! They usually come in neutral colours such as black or white but can also be found in brighter hues like red or blue if that’s what fits best with your décor!

Retro dining chairs

Retro style dining chairs often have curvy low backs which are made from plastic or have crosshatch patterned faux leather upholstery. This - combined with bright colours like orange or pink - gives them an 1960s look. If you want your dining room or kitchen to feel bouncy and energetic, these are an excellent choice.

Industrial dining chairs

Industrial style dining chairs typically feature metal frames combined with seats made from leather or up-cycled, reclaimed wood. This gives them a rugged yet stylish vibe that works great in both urban lofts and suburban homes alike! What's more, their tough construction means they're hard to damage and easy to care for!

In conclusion, dining chairs come in a variety of materials and styles, so there is something for everyone. From traditional wooden designs to modern metal frames, there are so many options available. Consider the size of your space, the style you want to achieve and the level of comfort that suits you best before making your decision.

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