Tips for Selecting Dining Chairs You Will Love

Posted by Chris Lu on

There are many things to consider when selecting the perfect dining chairs. Remember, matching sets are overrated and you can have fun being creative with your dining chairs.


One guiding design principle to keep in mind with dining tables and chairs is scale. They must be in proportion to each other. A small dining table can look silly if you pair it with wide chairs.

Seat Height

Remember that the height of most dining tables ranges from 74 to 76 cm. Dining chairs also vary. They range from 45 to 50 cm seat height. With varying heights in the table top and dining seat, it is best to try out your ideal dining chair with the table for comfort. Most tables will have a side rail (trim that runs along under the table) and this might touch your knees if the table is too low and the chair is too high.  Pay attention to an upholstered dining chair because it will initially sit high but will compress over time as you sit on it. Good quality chairs will have high density foam that will resist permanent compression over time.

Width and Depth

A narrow chair width is 45 cm and the average is 50 cm. Make sure that there is at least 8 cm space between each chair. The table leg style will determine how many chairs you can place. Legs placed on the corners or pedestal style (in the centre) are the most space efficient.

Back Height and Arms

A general preference is to have a higher back (85 cm plus) if you have a thick table base (35mm plus). Otherwise it will seem that your table is too visually heavy for your chairs. The chairs should be at least 5 cm higher than your table top to look appealing. If you want a chair with arms, make sure the arms fit comfortably under the table or you will have a chair that sticks out and presents an uncomfortable sitting position.


This is the most important part of the chair - how it looks! One good idea is to select a common element to tie the dining table and the chair together whether it's the colour, material or design element. Referring to colour, it's either the stain or paint colour. Material refers to similar timber or metal. The design element could be leg styles or level of formality. Restrain from choosing a chair and table that share all the common elements because that's just boring.

Being Different

If you want to be outrageous, try having all unique chairs at the table. If that's too crazy, try going for the same style but different colours. Have fun with whatever suits your personality.