Whether you want a matching set or are planning to mix it up for an eclectic look, dining chairs can help set the tone in your dining room. If you're trying to figure out the right height and size chairs for your dining set-up, read more about How to Choose the Right Size Dining Chairs. Below, we take a look at six popular styles and the two most common types of dining chairs to keep in mind as you shop.
Typically found at the head of a table, arm chairs can have a formal feel. Oftentimes contrasting arm chairs are used to create a statement, though you can also find arm chairs that match the side chairs. Arm chairs can be fully upholstered or made of all wood, plastic, or metal.
Armless chairs that generally sit along the side of a dining table are called side chairs. Though in more casual dining rooms, side chairs can be found at the head of the table. Side chairs can have upholstered seats, but are generally not fully upholstered.
Dining chairs come in a variety of upholstery options and styles, however it's important to take a look at your lifestyle and family when making a decision about upholstery and fabrics. An upholstered chair seat and back creates a more traditional, glam feel, while an all-wood or metal chair offers a more clean-lined look that's easy to clean. For an easy way to switch up the style or pattern of your chair, take a look at dining chair slipcovers (most commonly used with parsons dining chairs).
Traditional dining chairs often feature elaborate slats (the vertical central element of a chair back), curved legs, and ornate carved details. Chippendale, regency, and Queen Anne chairs are all traditional styles. Traditional arm chairs can be upholstered and/or tufted, while side chairs often have upholstered seats.
Mission/Shaker dining chairs feature clean lines and no extra details. Mission chairs generally have simple, straight vertical and horizontal lines and are made of wood. Some Shaker style chair backs can feature curved panels.
A ladderback chair features horizontal wooden slats evenly spaced along the back of the chair. Though ladderback is a traditional design, depending upon the materials and details, it can fit into many décor styles, including country and transitional.
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