How do you choose the best chair for your dining room tableby Country View Woodworking Ltd on 2019-08-07 16:41:57
When you invest in handcrafted hardwood furniture for your home, you'll get high quality furniture that is built to last a lifetime. But that investment won't benefit you nearly as much if you end up replacing your furniture after a few years because you no longer like the way it looks or feels. That's why customization is such a significant benefit of handcrafted hardwood furniture—and something you'll rarely find with mass-produced furniture. With customization, you have the ability to choose features that work best for you, along with design aspects that complement your design style and lifestyle. That way, you can help create furniture you will love and enjoy for decades.
When it comes to choosing handcrafted hardwood dining room furniture, we offer several customization options here at Country View Woodworking, but one of the most important options is chair style. Chair style preferences vary widely from person to person, so we offer an array of styles to meet those individual preferences. With so many options, how do you choose the best dining chairs for your dining table? Here are a few aspects to consider.
Deciding on dining chair comfort preferences can be a challenge unless you try a few options at your local hardwood furniture retailer. Details such as overall chair height and width; chair back height, shape, and contour; and seat dimensions, shape, and contour can impact the level of comfort each person experiences. Some find upholstery more comfortable and inviting to sit on than solid wood, while others prefer a solid wood surface for comfort or lifestyle reasons (more about that in the “Lifestyle” paragraph below). Some prefer the added support that arm chairs provide, while others find arm chairs confining. Don't be afraid to try out some options you've never owned or tried before—you just might be surprised!
Hardwood furniture is relatively low maintenance (see more about hardwood furniture care in our previous blog article.) But there are some options that can influence how much time you might spend keeping your furniture looking nice. For instance, if you have young kids or grandkids who tend to spill food or drinks, upholstered dining room chairs may not be the easiest option for you to maintain. Likewise, wood finishes that are extremely light tend to reveal dirt and may not be the best option if you have kids or pets, while finishes that are extremely dark tend to show fingerprints and smudges. Finishes in the middle of the spectrum will be easier to keep looking their best, and finishes that include options for distressing can help conceal scratches and dents in a busy household. For some, the look desired is worth every bit of effort it takes to keep the furniture looking its best.
Some dining room chair styles such as arm chairs and certain upholstered chairs take up more space than others, so if you have limited space, you'll probably want to stick with less bulky side chairs. Chair backs that have openings versus solid surfaces can give the illusion of taking up less space in a small dining area. If you do have the space, consider adding arm chairs to the table ends while using side chairs for the table sides for variety.
While dining chairs don't need to match the table, the chairs and table should match in style. For example, a formal table with ornate details won't look best with chairs that are clean lined and modern—or vice versa. A Shaker style table with thin, turned legs won't look appealing with chairs that feature chunky square legs. Generally with a leg table, it is best to choose chairs with matching leg styles. For trestle and pedestal tables, you have more freedom to choose something different, such as a turned wood pedestal with square legged chairs. Stains and finishes can also be mixed and matched for a two-tone look, but the finishes should complement each other and coordinate with the rest of the furnishings in the room.
If you're considering a new handcrafted hardwood dining room set for your home in the near future, visit your nearest CVW retailer. They'll help you choose the dining table—and chairs—that are just right for you!