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You might not give much thought to dining chairs when contemplating decorating your home (not at first, anyway). It's much easier to focus on the big-ticket items like a table or a sofa, but chairs are a crucial part of your dining space—and selecting the right ones can make or break a space.
From vintage styles to nontraditional designs and everything in between, there are a shockingly huge number of different dining chairs out there to fit any décor style.
Here, the best dining chairs, no matter what you're looking for.
Pottery Barn’s Maison Leather Dining Chair is all about simplicity. This boxy chair has a dark metal frame that recalls welded iron, plus a leather seat and back that are cushioned for extra comfort. Despite its simple silhouette, the chair is totally customizable when it comes to the leather upholstery—you can choose from 25 different colors of aniline leather, all of which will develop a lovely patina over time.
With no armrests and a generally petite footprint and frame, the Maison Leather Dining Chair is perfect for smaller spaces, pairing well with modern farmhouse, bohemian, or industrial décor.
Comfort is key with the classic mid-century Savis dining chair from Article. Its simple frame is made from solid walnut and features a low profile, making it a stylish option for any table. With a foam-padded seat and curved back, both of which are upholstered in gray, navy, or emerald fabric, this chair is also super comfortable to sit in.
As far as design goes, this chair is visually appealing but not so distracting that it'll detract from the rest of the room’s décor. Buy a few for your dining room table, and perhaps add another to your home as a desk chair—it’s a surprisingly versatile piece of furniture.
An icon of mid-century modern furniture design, the Tulip Armless Chair (designed by Finnish architect Eero Saarinen for Knoll) is a futuristic marvel. It belongs to the designer’s Pedestal Collection, a series of furniture designed to simplify the underbellies of tables and chairs by reducing the number of legs.
The chair can be customized in several ways—the color of the frame, the type of upholstery, and even the type of base are up to you to decide. There’s also a version of the chair with arms, if you’d prefer them.
If your home's aesthetic is somewhere between bohemian and vintage-inspired, this AllModern set will fit right in. Made of solid wood with cane-like details, the chairs arrive fully assembled and come without armrests, so they can be easily tucked under a dining table between meals if you're really low on space.
Though they make for a chic addition to a dining room, these chairs would also sit pretty as additional seating in your bedroom or living room, or as a home office chair.
Anthropologie’s Oak Farmhouse Dining Chair hits the sweet spot between rustic, bohemian, and contemporary, making it suitable for all sorts of décor styles. Overall it has a pretty standard form, with a boxy oak frame that comes in neutral and black and a woven paper oak seat that provides great texture.
The back protrudes outward at a slight angle, giving the chair a more modern, elegant silhouette—and allows the chair to be tucked under a table even farther than if the back were at 90 degrees, giving you more space in your dining room when you’re not seated.
If you’re pressed for space in your dining room, opt for an acrylic chair, as its transparency allows for uncluttered sight lines throughout the space. Consider the Bolla Clear Dining Chair from CB2, which stands out for being both simple and stackable.
The 100 percent polycarbonate chair can be used indoors and outdoors, though you may notice some clouding if it’s exposed directly to the elements. Just cover the chair when it’s not in use, and you’ll be able to preserve its barely-there aesthetic.
For those who are interested in making a bold visual statement with their dining chairs, the Soleil Dining Chair from Joybird is for you. With an oversized seat, an ovular back, and a sculptural metal frame that recalls the silhouette of a club chair, it certainly packs a visual punch. Even better: The plush seat and back are upholstered in olive green velvet, while the frame takes on a brass finish to elegant effect.
As with many dining chairs, Joybird’s Soleil could easily be repurposed as an office chair or even an armchair in a living room—it's that good.
If we had to pick one word to describe the Finley High Back Leather Dining Chair from West Elm, it would have to be “sharp.” The somewhat imposing chair, inspired by mid-century Italian design, has a looming high back, a rounded seat, and tapered legs that can be customized with light bronze, gunmetal, or chrome finishes. The leather upholstery can be customized from a selection of 11 colors as well.
Pair two of these high-back chairs with a set of their standard-back counterparts for a dynamic design, or go all-out with a full suite of high-back chairs for maximum drama.
AllModern’s Kai Arm Chair dazzles with a striking walnut-colored wood frame. As the frame emerges from the seat it juts forward to create angular armrests for a gorgeous, sculptural look. The square seat itself is lightly cushioned and upholstered in a beige faux leather.
Even with such a striking look, the Kai Arm Chair is quite versatile, working well with a number of décor styles. Whether you prefer mid-century modern, Scandinavian, or even farmhouse style, you'll love this chair.
Another legendary piece of furniture from the mid-century era, the Eames Molded Plastic Armchair, designed by Charles and Ray Eames and sold by Hermann Miller, is made from a single piece of recyclable polypropylene that’s molded to fit the contours of the human body. This particular model, which comes in a variety of colors, sits atop a wire base deemed the “Eames Eiffel,” for obvious reasons.
It’s part of the Eames’ collection of shell chairs, each of which has a similar curved body with variations in arm rests, upholstery, and style of base.
World Market’s Isadora Dining Chair exudes luxe Art Deco vibes thanks to a scalloped form upholstered with emerald green or navy blue velvet. This overly plush chair has four tapered dark-wood legs capped with gold tips for some extra pizazz.
The chair is sold in pairs, making this a more cost-effective option for building out a full dining room set. They're a little on the larger side, which makes them extremely comfortable as far as dining chairs go—especially with the addition of the cushioning along the broad seat and back.