Dining Room Chair Options
How is everyone doing after that long holiday weekend? Always hard to come back to work after vacay, isn’t it?! We had a wonderful weekend in Lake Geneva for a friend’s wedding. It was a gorgeous day & we had a blast dancing the night away.
But now it’s time to get back at it, and today we’re diving right into the dining room chair options for our home. Last we chatted, I had FINALLY committed to buying a dining room table for our home and we looked at a few contenders for the space. Thanks for all of your input on our choices. Here’s the one I ended up going with…
…the marble one from Crate & Barrel. I secretly really wanted marble so we could brighten up the space a bit, and the sleek black legs really do go with anything. Plus, the table doesn’t remind Finn of TARS (if you’re looking for some background on that odd request, you’ll have to check out this post.) I’m so excited about this purchase and cannot wait to bring the entire look together!
I know marble can be a tad high-maintenance, but I bought a great marble sealer and I’ll be doing a full tutorial on that real soon. There’s no way I’m letting my new gorgeous table get stained or watermarked!
So with the table purchased, it’s time to think about the dining room chairs.
Dining Room Chair Must-Haves
- Do not want all matching
- Need seating for 6
- Perhaps 4 matching & 2 matching? Or 4 matching chairs & a bench?
- If we do upholstery, I prefer a gray to match the marbling in the table
- Don’t want all upholstery (because that can get real pricey…real quick!)
- Probably avoid wood since our kitchen & floors are very dark and heavy
Finn did request that the seats be comfortable and they must feel like they have “holding power.” I suppose just well-constructed seats that don’t look too cheap or flimsy would do the trick for him.
After looking at tons of options online and visiting a few local stores to do the “butt test” (basically just sitting and bouncing around…), I think I’ve narrowed down the contenders.
1. West Elm Bench // 2. White CB2 Chair // 3. Black Wishbone Chair// 4.West Elm Gray Upholstered // 5. West Elm Gray & Black // 6. White Bistro Chair // 7. White Overstock Chair // 8. Target Bench
I’m realllllly liking the gray upholstered chairs from West Elm (#5), but they’re pretty darn pricey. I’m guessing if I go with those, maybe I’ll only get 2 and then choose 4 other chairs to keep costs down? Some of the white ones might look good to brighten up the space, plus they’re budget-friendly. I do like the idea of a bench, but not sure if it will be annoying pulling it in and out? Guys, can you tell I’m bad at these decisions? I go back & forth, back & forth…the madness needs to end!
All I know is that I don’t want my pretty new table to be solo for too long, so it’s time to make a decision and stick with it! Next time we chat about the dining room situation, I’ll have my chairs picked out and it will be time to talk about new bar stools (those brown ones have got to go!). The decor decisions don’t seem to end #sendhelp
I’m Casey Finn, the voice behind The DIY Playbook. I’m married to Finn & mom to Rory and Ellis. Together we’re creating our dream home in Chicago, one DIY project at a time.