Well chosen seating can add personality and flair to any kitchen or dining room. While the thought of sorting through seemingly unlimited chair options may seem daunting, we’ve narrowed down the task to two simple principles to help you make the right choice.
Before making any decisions, it’s important to take into account the space and scale of your room, so you’ll want to take some quick measurements.
First, determine how many people you’d like to seat at the table. As a guideline, each adult needs about 24” of space for elbow room around the table.
Want to squeeze in a few more? Consider a bench as an alternative seating option to add an extra person or two around the table.
You’ll also want to make sure there is roughly three feet of space of space between the edge of the table and the wall or any furniture such as a sideboard. This will allow for adequate space to walk behind a chair while someone is seated.
The standard height for our tables is 30 inches. Look for chairs with a seat height around 17-19 inches high for the best comfort.
This is where all the fun comes in! There really are no rules here, however, take note of architectural features and colors in the space and other surrounding areas to draw inspiration. Selecting chairs that match the color and style of the table and other elements in the space is a safe choice that will create a harmonious look.
Turn it up a notch by having fun with the host chairs. Playing with scale, color or texture can make a dramatic impression.
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Don’t be afraid to mix it up all the way around! We love this handy guide from Studio McGee that illustrates how to mix-and-match table and chair styles like a pro:
Still can’t find the perfect chair? Consider custom, handcrafted chairs. We can guide you through choosing all the elements from frame style, leg color, upholstery and design elements such as nailheads and tufting, to fully reflect your individual needs and personality.