After selecting your table style and considering the finishing options, the next step in is to select your seating. Your seating will not only further convey the style you are going for, but is of course also functional. 

The Right Style 

When selecting a chair style, we consider the lines and style of the table or other furnishings in the room to the lines of the chair.  

If your table is more of a Mission or Arts & Crafts style, a chair that is more upright, with straighter lines, slatted backs and cross bracing under the seat.  

Examples: Arts and Crafts Chair, Williamsburg Chair

A Contemporary or Transitional styled table would be complimented by chairs that are more simple in detail and with soft curved lines.

Examples: Parkland Chair, Hawthorne Chair

A Formal dining table would be further accented by fully upholstered dining chairs or chairs with more ornate details in their backs or legs.  

Examples: Callahan Chair, Kimberly Chair

For a Country look, chairs that are characterized by turned legs and curved backs would work well. 

Examples: Bent Paddle Chair, Parkway Dining Chair


Sizing Considerations

When looking at chairs, you will want to consider the dimensions of the chair itself.  If your dining space is an open space in your kitchen or adjoining room, selecting a style with a slightly shorter back will not take up as much visual space.  For a separate dining room, you can go with taller backs and arm chairs at each end.  

You will also want to consider the dining space and traffic patterns.  If your space is more compact, you could consider using benches along one or both sides.  Alternately, you could set the table with seating along each side and not at the ends.  

For more information on our different chair styles and a little history of the styles, check out our blog series: Take A Seat.

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