Best dining chairs: Styles to suit small and large spaces


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Sep 08, 2023

Best dining chairs: Styles to suit small and large spaces

Whether you've moved into a new home or want to refresh your dining room,

Whether you've moved into a new home or want to refresh your dining room, choosing the right set of dining chairs can make the biggest difference.

There are plenty of styles to choose, so we've handpicked the top-rated designs across a range of budgets, from retailers such as John Lewis, Wayfair and Ikea.

Don't forget to consider different fabrics to suit your lifestyle. If you have kids, perhaps steer clear of materials such as velvet or suede, and instead opt for wooden or plastic which are easy to wipe clean.

This is a bestselling style for John Lewis and it's no wonder why. Available in six colours; mustard, grey, white, beige, green and blue, it's a simple design that's easy to keep clean with a damp cloth, is reasonably priced and has plastic caps on the ends of each leg to help prevent scratches or scuff marks on your floor.

This minimalist pair have sleek, tapered oak legs, an upholstered fabric seat and back rest and a smooth, rounded profile. What's not to love?

If you have a more traditional taste but want a chair that's not too clunky, this wood and faux leather design ticks all the boxes. One shopper said in their review: "We love the chairs and they look great in our new home."

You can't go wrong with a classic wooden dining chair, and this is one of the more budget-friendly on our list. Highly rated for its ease of assembly, quality and value for money, it's no wonder this is a popular choice for Ikea shoppers.

Available in mustard yellow, grey, white, black and cappuccino brown, this modern style boasts chrome legs, a tall back and and is ergonomically designed for maximum comfort.

This plush chair is made with recycled velvet and the jewel-toned hue combined with gold metal legs give a stunning luxury finish. There are nine other shades to choose from, ranging from light pink to emerald green.

This folding chair is perfect for small spaces, such as apartment living. It can be easily folded down when not in use and neatly stowed away, while the rattan style adds a contemporary feel to your living space.

Looking for more arm support in your dining chairs? Look no further than this Marks & Spencer pair. Designed with contrasting splayed legs, a contoured back and curved armrests, they're both supportive and stylish.

The boucle trend isn't going anywhere, and this pair is the perfect way to add texture to your dining space. Seated atop slender brass metal legs, they have a scooped back for added comfort.

If you live in a child-free space, why not splurge on this super luxurious velvet style for your dining arrangement? Available in green, pink and blue, they add character and charm, with no assembly required.

This simple design can be dressed up with colourful cushions or kept as is to maintain its traditional look. It's crafted from solid oak and is also available in light wood.

There's many five-star reviews of this modern pair from John Lewis shoppers. One wrote, "Finally bought these, after being out of stock every time I tried to order. I have four green and we are very pleased with the look and feel of them. Very easy to assemble too."