How to Choose the Best Seating for Your Dining Area

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Even though there are a lot of dining room sets on the market, you may want something different. You may need seating to go with a table you inherited or a piece you found at a flea market. No matter the reason you’re looking for dining seating, there are many options to choose from. Woodcraft Furniture offers advice on how to choose the best dining room seating for your family.

How Will the Seating Be Used?

When you’re shopping for dining seating, the first thing to consider is how will it be used? Many dining areas are part of open floor plans or serve more purposes than just a place to eat formal meals. Table seating has also become more casual with a greater emphasis on comfort and flexibility than formality.

Benches are especially good seating options in more casual settings. Backless ones offer added convenience. Kids can easily sit together at once for a quick meal. Plus, benches can be easily tucked under a table to free up space.

Know Your Measurements

Before you buy, be sure to measure your table and get a good idea of the space available for the seating to fit under and around it.

Most dining tables stand about 30″ tall. Be sure that there is at least a foot of space between the underside of the table and the seat of the chair. Diners should have at least 24″ of table space for their seat, which equals the width of the chair plus 6″ on either side.  Remember to account for comfortable spacing, especially if you choose chairs with armrests.

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Typical Number of Diners

Think about the number of people usually served at once at your dining table. Most long rectangular or oval-shaped tables can seat six, eight, or ten people, while most square or round tables accommodate four, six, or eight diners. If your table can be extended, you may want to purchase a few extra chairs. They can act as extra seating in another room when they aren’t needed for dinner guests.

Choose Your Style

Once you have an idea of the size and number of the chairs you need, it’s time to decide on a style. You can choose between open and solid back chairs, benches with backs or backless, and counter or pub stools.

Don’t forget about comfort. Even though chairs with armrests may take up more space, they will probably be more comfortable. Select chairs that are light enough for your guests to push them in or pull them out from the table. Upholstered or cushioned backs and seats can also add to your diners’ comfort level.

When you’re considering your dining seating options, bear in mind that they don’t have to match your table or even each other. If you choose to buy mismatched chairs, just be sure they sit at roughly the same height and that they will easily fit under the table.

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Get Your New Dining Seating at Woodcraft Furniture

Let the friendly staff at Woodcraft Furniture help you select the best dining room seating for your home. We offer several styles of benches in regular table height. Our chairs and stools are available in regular height, counter height, or bar height.

Our solid wood dining chairs are built to last. We have dozens of chair styles to choose from and options like adding arms or fabric seats. You can finish out your dining room set with a classic satin finish or select a custom two-tone design. We can match finishes to existing pieces, or use matching finishes on your new table and seating purchases.

We are able to offer a wide variety of dining room furniture because we work with over a dozen regional wood shops that use domestic hardwoods to create unique woodcraft furnishings. Go online to view your choices or come by one of our locations to see what we offer.

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