The 8 Best Dining Chairs to Buy in 2018

Sit with comfort and style

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Whether you’re investing in a dining set for the first time or just switching things up to change the look of the space, your dining chairs can totally transform your dining area. You’ll find tons of options in a range of styles and prices to suit your needs, from modern and industrial to antique-inspired and romantic. And these days, fewer people are buying tables and chairs as a set, preferring to mix and match styles to truly personalize their space.

Of course, style isn’t the only factor when choosing a dining chair. The chairs need to be comfortable, and to work with your existing dining or kitchen table. Comfort is hard to judge online, but we read the reviews and chose seats with ample back support and contoured or padded seats. The dimensions of the chair are also a big factor. Seat height, for example: If you have a substantial apron on your table (that’s the frame that holds the tabletop up), you may opt for a lower seat to give you more room for your legs. A lower seat can also be more comfortable for a shorter person. A wider or deeper chair will better accommodate a larger person—but could overwhelm a smaller table. So have your dining or kitchen table’s dimensions in hand when you’re ready to shop! Read on for our picks for the best dining chairs.



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    Best Casual Upholstered: Kinfine Parsons Upholstered Dining Chair (set of two)

    Available in more than 20 fabrics including both solid and patterned options, this upholstered dining chair offers tons of potential for customizing your space, whether you’re looking for a “statement chair” or one that will blend with your existing decor. The clean Parsons styling with a straight back and sides make it a versatile option to place in both casual and more formal dining spaces. Generous padding and a tall back offer comfortable support and the cherry wood legs are sturdy. Reviewers consider these “exceptionally sturdy” and “very comfortable.” Sold as a set of two (some styles sold individually); some assembly required. The overall dimensions are 38” high x 19" wide x 23.50" deep and the seat dimensions are 20” high x 19" wide x 18" deep. Note that the seat is about 1.5” higher than the standard 18.5” seat height, which taller people might appreciate — just make sure you’re not pairing it with a table that has a substantial apron or you’ll be knocking your knees.

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    Best Formal Upholstered: Hayes Tufted Dining Side Chair

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    With graceful curves and an elegant tufting, the Hayes chair will elevate any dining room. The barrel-style rounded, padded back make this chair exceedingly comfortable, and the kiln-dried hardwood frame, constructed using mortise-and-tenon joinery and corner blocks, will last for decades. This upholstered dining chair is available for quick ship in three versatile neutral fabrics, stone linen, desert tweed and pebble heathered tweed, plus dozens of other tasteful neutral fabrics (and a few shades of navy and red as well) for ​custom order and a longer delivery window. Sold individually; no assembly required. The overall dimensions of the chair are 38" high x 23" wide x 27.5" deep and the seat is 21" high x 23" wide x 20" deep. This also has a higher seat height than standard, so take note when pairing with your table. 

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    Best Casual Wooden: Winsome Wood Windsor Chair (set of two)

    Made of solid beech wood with double-rung stretchers between its round legs, this Windsor-style chair sold as a set of two, is a classic addition to a casual dining area. The hoop frame and spindles offer broad back support and the contoured seat is comfortable for sitting. Reviewers are impressed with the “quality and detail” and how “sturdy” they are. The overall dimensions are 37” high x 17.5” wide by 16.5” deep and the seat is 17.9” high x 18.5” wide x 15.43” deep, slightly lower than average, which could be helpful at a smaller-scale table or one with a wide apron.

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    Best Formal Wooden: Lark Manor Saint-Gratien Side Chair (set of two)

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    Characterized by clean lines and a stately open diamond back, this elegant chair is surprisingly versatile: use it at a table in a dedicated dining room, or for an upscale feel in a breakfast nook. The chair is constructed of manufactured wood, with square legs and chamfered feet. Reviewers consider this chair “solid and comfortable” and “easy to assemble.” Sold as a set of two; some assembly required. The overall dimensions are 43'' height x 18'' width x 23'' deep and the seat is 18.5'' height x 18'' width x 18.88'' depth.

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    Best Gray: Modway Gear Dining Side Chair

    Evoking a rustic charm that even many urban dwellers admire, this chair is made of elm wood with a natural rattan seat. The open, curved back has elegant x-back details for extra support, and the legs and seat are curved in a romantic way. The gray finish gives the chair an antique-y, French feel. Reviewers find the chair “beautiful and comfortable” as well as “good quality.” The overall dimensions are 34.5” high x 19.5" wide x 21" deep and the seat dimensions are 17.5" high x 17.5” wide x 21” deep.

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    Best White: East West Furniture Wood Dining Chair with Slatted Back (set of two)

    In a soft linen white, these traditional-style, clean-lined white wooden chairs are a can’t-go-wrong addition to any dining space. Constructed of solid wood with a molded seat and slatted back, the front legs have just a hint of carved detail to give them interest. Reviewers call them “solid and well-made” and “great quality.” Sold as a set of two; some assembly required. The overall chair dimensions are 39” high x 18” wide x 18” deep with seat dimensions of 17” high x 18” wide x 18” deep, slightly lower than average, which could be helpful at a smaller-scale table or one with a wide apron.

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    Best Mid-Century Modern: 2xHome Eames-Style Dining Chair (set of four)

    Available in more than ten colors and patterns, with three different leg options (light wood, dark wood or metal), this trendy chair gives you seemingly endless options to work perfectly in your modern dining space. Based on a popular chair silhouette by designers Charles and Ray Eames, the molded plastic seat and back ergonomically supports the person sitting in it. The colored plastic seats are wipe-clean (great for kids!) while the fabric-covered versions may need spot cleaning after spills. Reviewers love the “modern look and feel” of these chairs and find them “sturdy.” Sold as a set of four; some assembly required. The overall chair dimensions are 32.75” high x 18.25” wide x 18.25” deep and the seat dimensions are 18.75” high x 18.25” wide x 18.25” deep.

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    Best Bistro-Style Metal: Flash Furniture Metal Stackable Chair

    Made of galvanized steel with powder-coated paint finish, these bistro-style chairs are stackable and work both indoors and outdoors. The casual, industrial style feels a bit like a cafe chair, but works just as well with a wooden table as it does with a metal one. The chairs are available in 14 colors, including perky orange, yellow and teal in addition to white, black and silver. Reviewers love the “amazing quality” and “easy cleanup.” Sold individually or as a set of four; no assembly required. The overall chair dimensions are 33” high x 18” wide x 20” deep and the seat dimensions are 17” high x 14” wide x 14” deep, a little on the small side.