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Dining Chairs

When it comes to mealtime, the perfect meal can only be made better by the perfect place to enjoy it. Once you’ve found the right dining room table, the next step is to find the perfect set of chairs for it.

Art Van has a vast selection of dining chairs in all styles, types, and sizes to help you find the perfect fit for your dining room, no matter how much space you have or what kind of look you’re going for. From side chairs and kitchen chairs to luxurious upholstered dining room chairs, Art Van has the perfect dining chairs to help you enjoy dinnertime in greater comfort than ever before.

Buying Guide

Dining chairs these days have more options than ever before. With options for chair design, upholstery choices, and even size and height, finding the right dining chairs for your dining room or kitchen is simply a matter of knowing what you want and how much space you have to work with.

Types of Dining Chairs - Which is Right for You?

With dining chairs, the intent is largely the same across every design - to provide a comfortable, easily accessible place to sit during mealtime that provides comfort without the bulk of larger chairs. But even with those goals in mind you can find a lot of variation in design and purpose, all the better to help you find exactly the chair you need for your dining room or kitchen.

Dining Room Side Chairs

Side chairs are one of the most commonly-seen types of dining room chair, and are probably the type you picture when you imagine a “dining chair”. Side chairs tend to have a low profile and no armrests to make them easier to get into and out of, as well as help them take up less space. Dining room side chairs are a perfectly functional solution in dining rooms of any size, and are a great option for rooms that don’t have a lot of space, or if you have to have a lot of chairs around the same table and need to conserve space. Side chairs are available in a variety of upholstery options, materials, and colors to help fit any room and give you even greater options to choose from.

Dining Room Arm Chairs

As opposed to side chairs, dining room armchairs (or simply ‘dining room chairs with arms’) are designed to be larger profile than side chairs. Dining room arm chairs tend to sit higher, have a higher back, and - of course - offer armrests for greater comfort while eating. Typically, these chairs are designed to be placed at the front of a table for more ‘formal’ seating, flanked by side chairs on either side of the table. (Think about where your mom and dad used to sit at the dining room table back home and you’ll get the right idea.) Of course, with a larger dining room and table, you could give everyone at the table this high-end seating option.

Pub Stools & Counter-Height Dining Room Chairs

Pub stools, also occasionally referred to as “counter height dining room chairs” (or “cafe chairs” in certain settings), are similar to side chairs but with one primary difference. These stools and chairs sit on taller legs, often with a lower back, to simulate bar seating or countertop seating at a diner or coffeeshop. While these can work well for taller dining room tables, these are more commonly used for seating at a kitchen counter (frequently used as meal space in modern homes) or home bars due to their more vertical design.

Parsons Chairs

Parsons chairs share design features with side chairs in that they have a slim profile and no arms, but offer a few distinct touches. Generally speaking, Parsons chairs offer a higher back than side chairs, and offer more upholstery - while side chairs tend to have no upholstery or only upholster the seat, Parsons chairs offer full upholstery coverage for even greater comfort. This upholstery can be available in a number of colors and styles to help meet any decor needs, and can be used both in the dining room and anywhere in the house that needs easy, comfortable seating.

Gathering Chairs & Gathering Benches

Gathering chairs offer similar design and seating to side chairs, but tend to differ in their use. In most dining rooms, gathering chairs are used to increase the amount of available seating in a dining room even if they’re placed farther away from the table, or only brought out during occasions where additional seating is required. They tend to sit a little more narrowly than dining side chairs, meaning you can fit more of them around a table for bigger dinner parties or larger tables.

Gathering benches are a similar concept but differ in that they’re, well, a bench. With a longer flat design perfect for two people, they can provide extra seating in smaller dining rooms or around buffet tables that need extra seating but might not have the room for individual chairs. These benches are a perfect low-profile “in-between” seating option for many spaces.

Kitchen Chairs or Dining Chairs?

A lot of people use the terms “kitchen chairs” and “dining chairs” interchangeably. While that isn’t totally inaccurate, it tends to boil down to a difference in style and usage. The term “kitchen chairs”, to most people, tends to refer to dining room side chairs, as most kitchens with a dining space such as a counter or table tend to offer less space and need to use smaller chairs where possible. The exact style of chair you’ll need for your kitchen will depend mostly on where you sit to eat in your kitchen and what kind of space you have, and your ‘kitchen chairs’ can take many forms including pub stools, counter height chairs, or standard side chairs depending on your needs.

Dining Room Chair Styles, Colors, & Materials

Modern dining room chairs offer a lot more variety than ever before, in order to keep up with changing trends and styles in dining rooms and kitchens. Whatever the look you want, Art Van can help you find the style dining chair you need to help you fit any setting.

Dining Chair Materials

From traditional wood to modern, hand-brushed metal, the material of your dining chair can greatly influence not only the look of your dining room, it can impact how it’s used as well.

Wood dining chairs, such as oak, poplar, or cherry, tend to offer a more traditional look. Dining chairs made out of wood are frequently referred to as ‘rustic dining chairs’ or ‘farmhouse dining chairs’ to better describe their old-fashioned style and design, but make no mistake, these chairs are made with modern construction methods to provide durability along with timeless style.

A close relative of wood, wicker and rattan are also popular choices for dining chairs in modern homes. Rattan is a material similar to wood that are constructed in more of a latticework style, with interlacing strips of rattan wood (referred to as a ‘wicker’ design) as opposed to the more solid design of typical wooden chairs. Wicker chairs are designed to add a lighter, more ‘airy’ look in any room, and are ideal for both indoor and outdoor seating.

Metal, on the other hand, tends to go for a more up-to-date look. The versatility of metal allows these chairs to cover a range of looks and styles from classic to industrial, and everything in between, all with the durability of metal to prevent the need for frequent repair or replacement.

The choice in material can affect where the chairs can be kept, as well. If you’re the sort that enjoys eating outdoors during barbecue season, outdoor dining chairs are typically made of metal and kept free of upholstery to prevent damage during inclement weather - nobody wants to have to replace furniture when it rains! When picking your new outdoor dining chairs, make sure to find one with the material that can stand up to the weather you tend to experience in your area.

Dining Chair Colors & Upholstery

Whatever material you choose for your dining room table, you’ll have plenty of options to pick from when it comes to color and upholstery styles.

Wood dining chairs, specifically, tend to have the most choices for color and upholstery. While classic wood chairs offer a stained look to show off the natural woodgrain, many modern wood side chair and dining chair designs offer options for painted colors such as black, grey, and white to better coordinate with your dining room table. Metal chairs offer a number of colors and styles as well, many of them offering a bare metal look in black or grey to provide a more neutral color to go with the industrial/modern look they provide. This can be a great idea for outdoor seating to help your furniture contrast with your patio and the more natural surroundings.

With upholstery, you have a number of choices depending on what sort of chair you went with. Most wood and metal dining chairs tend to stick with upholstered seats for comfort in seating, while Parsons chairs go for an all-over upholstered look for greater comfort and style. Dining chairs upholstered in this fashion tend to go for bolder colors like blue, or even patterns to help make them more distinct. Material choices can come into play as well - while most dining chairs are upholstered in fabric, many leather options are available for a classic, luxurious look.

Whether it’s all over or just on the seat, upholstered dining chairs are a comfortable way to add a splash of color to your dining room, kitchen, or patio.

Dining Chair Styles

Even if you have a color and material preference picked out, there’s still many different styles and designs of dining chair to pick from.

Side chairs, the most common type of dining chair, can run the gamut from midcentury modern designs with upholstery and sleek lines, back to rustic farmhouse-type seating with open backs or vertical back slats, similar to the kind found in most antique furniture.

These styles aren’t just tied to material choice either - many vintage-looking metal chairs exist alongside their more modern, industrial counterparts to offer plenty of choice. Most modern dining chairs are made with a blending of the two, such as wood frames with metal or brass endings and caps, to allow for a unique look that feels right at home in most dining rooms.

From rustic and vintage to modern and streamlined, Art Van can help you find a dining room to meet your tastes.

Ready to Buy Your New Dining Chairs?

However many people you need to seat - and whatever you want to serve them - Art Van has the best selection of dining chairs for sale in the Midwest. Check out our wide selection either online or in-store at one of our many convenient Art Van Furniture locations and find the perfect dining room chairs or kitchen chairs for your home.