Dining room chairs sometimes take a backseat to other home furnishings. Today, however, as the dining area takes a bigger role in your family’s day-to-day activities and interaction, dining room seating deserves more attention.
The days of taking whatever chairs come along with your table or dining set of choice are gone. In fact, your dining chairs don’t even have to be chairs.
With dozens of different – and flexible – seating options to choose from, you can create the perfect combination of style and function for your home.
Today’s Dining Room Takes a Central Role in Your Lifestyle
In years past, the dining room was not typically a central feature of daily life. Tucked off to the side, often separate from the rest of the living space, families used their dining room only on holidays and at tax time.
In today’s open-concept floorplans, the table takes center stage in the common area of most homes. Families enjoy their meals there together, kids do their homework and friends gather for game nights.
For this reason, you should spend as much time and attention on selecting your dining chairs as you do your living room and family room seating. You and your family will be spending a lot of time sitting in those chairs, so they have to be as comfortable as they are stylish.
Mixed Design Dining Room Chairs
Consider choosing multiple chair designs for your dining table. Mixing and matching designs is a great way to elevate the style of your interior décor and ensure the comfort of your family and visitors.
This approach is less formal than the traditional matched set of chairs, making ideal for the Utah lifestyle and today’s emphasis on comfort as well as style.
There are no rules to follow when choosing the pieces that work best for you. You can stick to a theme, if you prefer, such as a color palette or material. Or you can simply select the individual chairs that you like.
Alternatives to Traditional Dining Chairs
With so many viable alternatives available today, your chairs don’t even have to be chairs. You can choose from benches, storage ottomans or stools – with backs or not – and even sofas or loveseats. You can choose built-in seating or restaurant-style banquettes.
Using bench seating is a great way to save space, as you can tuck the bench (or benches) under the table when you’re not using it. Using storage ottomans provides much-needed extra space for storing placemats, tablecloths or napkins.
Some interior design professionals are featuring rocking chairs at the dining table in model homes and design center vignettes. Available in a wide variety of colors, materials and styles, this could be a fun addition to any décor style.
Of course, you can always choose a traditional, matching set of dining chairs that suit your preference and lifestyle. A professional interior designer from Guild Hall can assist you in making the best choice for you and your space.
Guild Hall is northern Utah’s leading expert in home furnishings, home décor and interior design. Visit our Salt Lake City showroom today to explore dining room chairs, dinette sets and all types of alternative seating options.