Monday, February 3, 2014

How to choose perfect dining chairs

Dining chairs come in all shapes and sizes, but when it comes to standard dimensions and practical considerations, these sensible tips still hold true despite changing design trends and styles.

Generally, it is better to have chair backs higher than your table height, however some modern designs now come with very low backs.

Seat

There are standard dimensions for seat size, height and back of chairs, but the most essential of these measurements is the seat height.

Proper ergonomic measurements dictate a standard seat height of eighteen inches with a table that is twenty-nine to thirty inches high. Most chairs in the retail market follow these standards, but it’s always safer to ask the salesperson about the dimensions, or better yet, measure them yourself. If you have an existing dining table at home, measure your table height before you shop for chairs.

Arms

A decision you should consider is whether to get dining chairs with or without arms.

Armchairs offer another level of comfort for diners, but arms also take up more space around the table. Having your dining table measurements will also come in handy in this decision.

The standard space for each person at the dining table is two feet, without overlapping. This can serve as a guide for assessing your table capacity, but be sure to consider diners’ convenience when stepping out of the table as well.

Back

Dining chairs may come in low, medium or high backs. Traditionally, low backs are twenty-four to thirty inches high from the seat; medium backs, thirty to thirty-six inches; and high backs, thirty-six inches and above.

Generally, it is better to have chair backs higher than your table height, however some modern designs now come with very low backs. Choose a chair with a back that is at least of the same height as your table.

Upholstery

Dining chairs are susceptible to spills and stains, and this is where your upholstery choice will matter. If you find upholstery stains unacceptable, it may be better to forego upholstery once and for all.

Wooden or plastic chairs can also be great design options. Leather upholstery is an easy-to-clean material you may also want to consider. If you prefer the softness and warmth of fabrics, choose patterned upholstery to hide stains.


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