1. Number of Dining Chairs
This should be guided by the number of people you wish to seat at the table, but also by the size of your table. Obviously you need enough for your family, but do you entertain? Or is your table extendable for large gatherings?
2. Size of Dining Chairs
Most chairs have a seat height of around 43-48cm and the average dining table has a height of 75cm, so try to leave 25-30cm of clearance between your chair seat and your table top to enable people to cross their legs comfortably under the table. Many tables have an apron so this needs to be taken into account - you may not get the full recommended clearance, but consider a slightly lower seat height in this case to maximise leg space.
You also need to decide whether you want dining chairs with arms or not. Armchairs can offer extra comfort, but are generally wider so you may only want to use them at the head of the table. You also need to consider the arm height and to what extent you want the chair to tuck under the table. Again don't forget about the table apron as this often stops chairs from being fully tucked under.
The final measurement to consider is the back height. Traditionally dining chair backs have sat above the top of the table and the taller the better. Generally they should be at least 5cm taller than the table so the chairs do not look squat.
3. Style of Dining Chairs
You want your dining chairs to fit your style and obviously this is a personal choice, but we recommend choosing a style that complements your dining table. The easiest way to do this is to choose chairs with a common element to your table, whether this be in the colour, shape of legs, materials or the period style.
But we know some of you like to mix things up a little and therefore why not play with mix and matching dining chairs. Have different chairs at the end of the table or mix and match chairs of the same style, but different colours or vice versa. If you are feeling really brave create an eclectic mix with different styles and colours - this is hard to pull off, but it can be done if the scale of the chairs (similar back heights, widths and all open/closed backs) is the same and you keep one thing in common so that the mix seems intentional.
You can see one of our customers has done a great job of mixing our Danform Pitch Dining Chairs of different colours with our Kristensen Kristensen Urban Flex Dining Table. It works because the chairs are the same style, but in differing colours and the curves match those of the table.
4. Comfortable Dining Chairs
5. Maintaining Dining Chairs
Do you have children or pets? If so, you should definitely consider maintenance and saying that we should all think about it because at the end of the day we are going to be eating food from these chairs! Leather and artificial leather are generally lower maintenance because they can be wiped clean, but many people prefer the look and comfort of upholstered chairs. We have been pleasantly surprised with how easy velvet is to maintain. We have two kids and have been able to keep them looking new with just a damp cloth and a little washing up detergent if required. Velvet is harder to maintain with pets because hair tends to stick to it.
It is worth checking with the shop whether the chairs have been treated with any kind of protection spray and if not you may want to consider investing in some. We recommend Nano4Life Fabric or Leather Protector, which creates a protective layer over the seat, making spills easier to wipe up.
All the dining chair options featured here can be purchased at Milola. Got a question about which style, colour, size will best suit you? Get in touch or make an appointment at our showroom and we would be more than happy to talk through options. View our full range of Milola dining chairs, including wooden, fabric, velvet and leather options here.