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Dining chairs buying guide

You’ve slaved all day in the kitchen, the table is set and your guests are about to arrive… this is not a good time to discover you are short of dining chairs.

Whether your old dining chairs are looking worse for wear and need replacing or you need some extra chairs for when family and friends descend, you’ll want your new chairs to be fit for purpose. Our Buyers’ Guide to Dining Chairs will steer you through the key questions and considerations to make sure that in no time at all you’ll be sitting comfortably – and so will your guests.

Meanwhile, if you need more information on dining sets, you can check out our useful Buyers’ Guide to Dining Sets.

1. The perfect fit

Before you buy, work out how many dining chairs you need to accommodate your family and fit around your current dining table. Most of our dining chairs will fit comfortably under a standard dining table (height 75cm) and all of our dining chair listings have detailed measurements, including seat height and depth.

2. Material world

The style of chair you choose will depend on both personal taste and your current colour scheme. With a wide range of traditional and contemporary dining chairs in wood, metal, leather and faux leather, a choice of different colours and seating options from high-scrolled to slatted backrests and curved skirts to chrome legs, you’re sure to find the perfect dining chair for your home.

3. Clean sweep

If you have a young family – or friends who are messy eaters! – you may prefer to choose a darker dining chair over a light colour. Our leather and faux leather seat pads are durable and easy to wipe clean and there’s information on caring for your chairs on our website. All of our dining chairs are British Standards tested for strength and stability.

4. Stacking up

If you are ordering spare chairs, check that you have somewhere convenient to store them. Some of our dining chairs can be stacked for easy storage.

5. Assembly line

Our dining chairs usually need some simple home assembly, although we do have a range of ready assembled chairs. Please speak to one of our helpful team on 0800 035 0070 if you’d like to know more.

5. Any questions?

If you have any questions, please read our dining chair FAQs page or our normal FAQs page.

You could also visit our Inspiration and advice page where we have all our other helpful articles, hints and tips and much more.


Our expert team are on hand to help you find the best dining chair for your particular needs.

Many of your queries will be answered by our Frequently Asked Questions, but if there’s anything further you’d like to know, please don’t hesitate to call for some expert advice on Freephone 0800 035 0070, Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat & Sun 10am-4pm.