A dining chair must be bought with extra care, too. They are still a part of making your dining room look good and the home as a whole.

You have two choices when buying dining room furniture: buy a whole set or buy a table and chairs separately. If you choose the second one, here are some tips on buying a dining chair:

Consider the comfort and style of the chair you want for it will be your basis in your purchase.

1. Choose the size. Find out the size that you need for your room and around your dining table. Evaluate where you will put the additional chairs if you are not to use them. Get the measurement of your room and the dining table. This will tell you the number of chairs that can be accommodated by the room and the table. Estimate the space between the chairs and the exact space the chair will take up.

2. Should you go for armless chair or with arms? You will have to determine this yourself. It is traditional to have chairs with arms on the head of the table and armless ones on the sides. Your available space and style will also answer this question. The good thing, though, with armless chairs is that they do not eat so much space. Alternatively, armchairs are good to have if you have children aged 4 - 6, as this will prevent them from falling off the chair. They are also good if you have older people staying with you as well as for those with knee problems.

3. Choose a style. This refers whether your dining room has a formal or informal appeal. Dining chairs' styles vary from wood, acrylic, metal, or plastic; with backrests or open back; upholstered seat and back or upholstered seat and un-upholstered back. Check the legs. Modern dining chairs have a variety of style when it comes to their legs. Some are crossed, angled or the usual style. Examine the arms, seats and back and evaluate if it fits your room and the table. It may be more practical to have a subtle and open style for a small dining area. Conversely, chairs with more distinct styles will suit a bigger area.

4. Check the comfort-ability. The best way to check this is to sit on the chair. Does it give enough support on your back and bottom? Can you rest your leg on the floor or not? If you choose a cushioned chair, is the thickness sufficient so you do not feel the frame or is it too thick for comfort? Is the cushion too hard or too soft?

5. Choose the material.


  • Wooden chairs are flexible and have many options for the finishing and styles.
  • Chairs made from metal have imitative features although it may be without luster.
  • Acrylic chairs suit a small space or modern dining room.
  • Chairs made from wicker or rattan offers style and texture.
  • Upholstered chairs use patterns and color.


6. Check for quality.


  • While seated, try to wiggle or move. Does it rock or make any sound? Good quality chairs must not sway.
  • Check the legs and arms. Are they properly fastened or screwed?
  • Feel the surface. Is it soft and smooth? Are there no cracks?