You shouldn’t pass up a beautiful dining table because it doesn’t include chairs. You don’t need to match your table and chairs. The chairs should be sized and style appropriate to your table. Consider these things when choosing chairs for your dining room table.
Compatibility is important for comfort.
Most dining tables are 28-31 inches tall, with a minimum of 30 inches at the highest. Dining chairs often measure 17-20 inches in height from the seat to the floor. This means that the distance between the seat top and the tabletop can be anywhere from 8-14 inches.
A diner will find a distance of between 10 and 12 inches most comfortable. However, this can vary depending on the thickness of the tabletop, height of the apron, as well as the size of diner.
To find the seat-height-to-table-height distance you find comfortable, test a table (or tables) with a mix of different chairs.
A furniture store may have many kitchen and dining sets for sale. You can also pay attention to how comfortable you are when dining out. You can keep a measuring tape in your pocket or purse so that you can measure the distance to find the right one.
Measure from the top of the table to the seat. If the table does not have an apron you will need to measure from the tabletop to where the chair’s top is. Measure from the bottom edge of the chair to the top of the apron if the table has one.
Be sure to check whether the chair’s seat is upholstered or hard. When you sit, upholstered seats can compress. The compression can be significant if the padding is very thick. Measure the height of the padding from the seat to the floor with the chair empty. Then, have someone measure the chair again while you are sitting. The difference between these measurements will give you the ideal distance from table to seat.
You can test different heights of chairs and tables at a furniture shop. Tell the salesperson so that she doesn’t lose her place on the “UP” List. This system is used in certain stores to determine which salesperson will assist a customer.
Width and Depth
Scale doesn’t have to be about matching heights. Chairs that fit under the table are also important. You’ll make your diners feel uncomfortable and cause damage to the table and chairs.
Place the chairs at the ends of rectangular or oval tables so that they don’t bump into the legs or the base of pedestal or trestle tables. These guidelines apply to all chairs that you use with round or square tables.
If you intend to place two or more chairs along each side of the table with a single person, ensure there is enough space for them to slide underneath without bumping into each other or the base or legs. Diners will feel uncomfortable and cramped if the chairs touch. Roundtables should have at least 2 inches between the chairs.
Arm and Back Heights
Dining chairs with arms should not be used at any table. Diners might not be able sit comfortably close to the table due to the damage that chair arms can sustain.
When choosing chairs for a mix room table, the height difference between the table and the chair height is the final concern. The backs of your chairs should be higher than the table’s top. A taller chair is better but two inches is the minimum height. Otherwise, the chairs appear squatty.
You should choose tables and chairs that are compatible in size. The pieces must also look great together. They must also be compatible.
Common elements are often a guarantee that tables and chairs will look great together. The common element could be the style, the color undertone, or the degree of formality. You can also have a single design element such as the legs or feet of furniture. You should avoid choosing tables and chairs with the same design elements.
Pairing distressed pine ladder-back chairs with rush seats with distressed mahogany double-pedestal tables with French polish will not look right with an 18-century mahogany dining table. This table is not suitable for mismatched metal ice cream parlor chairs, or folding French garden chairs with wooden slats.
The best choice for a farmhouse table is one with turned legs. However, it will not look right with the Chippendale Ribbon-back chairs which are perfect for the mahogany table.
You can also use upholstered Parsons chairs and painted Hitchcock chairs with any of the above tables.
Parsons chair, an upholstered slipper chair that has dining chair proportions, is simple in design and can be used with almost any table style. The fabric used to upholster the chair determines its formality.
The Hitchcock chair’s painted finish makes it compatible for most wood finishes. The woven seat is casual enough to be used at a farm table. Its classic shape and gold stenciling make it suitable for formal dining.
There are exceptions to most decorating rules. If you mix a dining room table with chairs, there are exceptions.
It looks as if you don’t have any taste or sense of what is appropriate when you combine a sleek, contemporary zebrawood table and a set early American maple chairs.
Mixing the same table with a group of carved-and gilded chairs makes it look avant-garde and deliberate.
While you might still be greeted with raised eyebrows by your more provincial friends, your fashion-forward guests will appreciate the idea.