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Seat Yourself:
A Guide to Choosing Dining Chairs that Wow

As an interior designer, I know that selecting the perfect chairs for your dining table can truly transform your dining room. Balancing aesthetics and comfort, your selection involves much more than meets the eye. Whether you're looking for a classic set of matching chairs or a more eclectic mix of different styles, the right chairs can create a cohesive and inviting space for dining and entertaining!

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Consider the Style

Decide on the overall style you want to achieve in your dining area. Whether it's modern, traditional, rustic, or eclectic, choose chairs that complement the existing decor and create a cohesive look.

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Mix & Match

  • I also love to mix and match different chairs to create a more unique and personalized look. However, it's important to ensure that there is a common element that ties them together, such as color, material, or design. By doing this, you can add visual interest to the room without sacrificing cohesion.
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  • Another way to create a cohesive look is to coordinate your chairs and table with other furniture pieces in the room, such as a sideboard or buffet. By choosing chairs that match the wood tone or finish of these pieces, you can create a sense of unity and balance in the space.
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Factor in Size

  • It's also important to consider the size of your dining room. If you have a small space, you may want to go for chairs with a more streamlined design to save on space. On the other hand, if you have a large dining room, you may want to choose chairs with a more substantial presence.

Additional Considerations

Comfort is Essential

When it comes to dining, no one wants to sit through a long meal in an uncomfortable chair. Always make sure to consider the materials and padding of each chair option.

Test Stability

Sit on the chairs and check their stability. Ensure they feel sturdy and well-balanced. Avoid chairs that wobble or feel flimsy. A sturdy, well-crafted chair should feel solid and reliable, regardless of whether you lean forward, backward, or to the sides.


The texture of your sofa fabric can impact its appearance and feel. Smooth textures such as microfiber or velvet can feel luxurious, while rougher textures such as tweed or linen can add a natural or rustic look to your living space.

Evaluate Durability

Dining chairs should be built to withstand regular use. Look for chairs made from sturdy materials and solid construction to ensure they can endure daily wear and tear.

Test the Height

Check the chair's height in relation to your table. Aim for a seat height that allows you to sit comfortably with your feet resting flat on the floor and your arms at a comfortable height on the table.

Consider the Armrests

Decide whether you want dining chairs with armrests or without. Armrests can add extra comfort and support, but they may also limit the number of chairs that can fit around the table. Consider your space constraints and personal preference when deciding on chairs with or without armrests.

If you're in the Tyler, Texas area, I recommend visiting us at Swann's Furniture & Design for a wide selection of high-quality, stylish dining chairs. The showroom offers various options to fit different styles and budgets, and our knowledgeable staff can help you create the dining room of your dreams. With the right chairs, you’ll get a beautiful and comfortable dining space that you and your loved ones will enjoy for years to come!

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