Dining Room Chairs

Dining room chairs are the chairs that accompany the dining room table. Whether purchased as a set with the table, or purchased separately to compliment the table, the style of chairs sets much of the tone for the dining room.

Styles of Dining Room Chairs

There are several specific styles of dining room chairs. Although there are exceptions, dining room furnishings are typically wood. Wood chairs can be painted a solid color, or finished in any color. The most common are the:

1. Chippendale Chairs

These are very formal chairs, with complicated and beautiful center-splats as their main characteristic.


2. Ladder-back or Shaker Chairs

These chairs offer a fairly simple design, with horizontal slats for back support; frequently featureing woven materials for the seat.


3. Midcentury Chairs

A description applied to any modern designs, usually fairly simple and geometric in appearance.


4. Parsons Chairs

These are either entirely upholstered, with cloth extending to the floor, or just the seat cushion and back upholstered for comfort.


5. Queen Anne Chairs

This style of chair has an urn-shaped slat going down the middle for back support as its main feature.


6. Regency or Empire Chairs

These chairs have a scroll back with a squared top.


7. Windsor Chairs

A fairly simple design, with straight stick legs and spindles for back support.

Purchasing Dining Room Chairs

The chairs should go well with the table, and should also fit it, meaning that they give adequate leg room and are at a good height to allow comfortable use of the table. Covers and padding can be added to chairs to protect the chair or increase comfort.