Dining chairs are an investment that should last for a very long time. So before buying your next set of dining chairs, explore this guide to help you get the best set in the market.
Anatomy of a Dining Chair
The finishing details and anatomy of a set of dining chairs can change the functionality and style of the chair. Every chair sold at Countryside has the following elements:
- Solid wood construction: Only the upholstery, glides, Kreg screws, and hanger bolts in the chair are not made from quality American hardwood. The chair will be filler-free, veneer-free, and particle board-free.
- Comfort formed seat: All the wooden chairs should have a scoop for comfort. This makes the thickness of the seat vary slightly. However, all the seats should be at least one inch thick.
- Poured foam seat: All the fabric and leather upholstery should be hand-stretched. This makes it last for a very long time. All the leather should be full of grain, and the fabrics should be premium.
- Mortise and tenon joinery: The joints of your chair should be reinforced with glue and screws. This is to ensure that the chair lasts for a very long time.
Dining Chair Materials
Just like your dining table, your chair can be made with any type of material. The materials used have an impact on the style and design of the chair. The comfort and functionality are also affected. Some of the common materials used for dining chair constructions are:
Dining Chair Designs
Before we delve into more specific chair styles and design elements, here are the most common chair designs that you should consider for your dining table
- Arm Chairs: This set of chairs live at the foot and head of the dining table. It has armrests. From a designer’s point of view, you can match your armchairs with your side chairs or let them be unique. This depends on your preferences. Furthermore, materials like leather and upholstery are used to make armchairs.
- Side Chairs: These are designed to be placed alongside the dining table. It is very similar to the armchair. Side chairs are made with different materials. In a casual dining setting, you can use side chairs for the table. But in a more formal dining setting, you should consider including armchairs to the foot and head of the table.
- Parsons Chairs: These are entirely upholstered dining chairs. They feature an armless, straight, and tall design. The chair can be customized with fabric, leather, and linen upholstery. You can use parsons chairs beside a table or at the foot or head of a table for a perfect spin on the traditional armchair.
- Folding Chairs: You can use folding chairs as spare side chairs when you require additional sitting around your dining table. You can conveniently fold them up and store them away when not in use. You don’t use folding chairs as part of the everyday dining setting.
Dining Chair Styles
Your dining chair style has an impact on the entire feel and looks of your dining room. You should endeavor to make your chair style match the beauty of your home and existing dining table.
- Mission style chairs: This is in the form of a kitchen chair. It is strong, straight, and sturdy.
- Shaker style chairs: The Shaker style trademark detail is its saber or splayed leg.
- Queen Anne style chairs: These chairs are traditionally meant to be stained dark with a touch of red, made of cherry and ornate.