With indoor dinner parties back on the menu, now is the perfect time to refresh your dining room set-up. Just as important as choosing the right table to suit your space, a set of dining chairs has to suit the table, too.
It’s worth considering the number of guests your table will allow – whether you want to maximise on its dimensions by fitting in a row of slimline seats or go all out for comfort with armed dining chairs designed to sit back and relax, way beyond the dessert course.
Rarely will you be going for an odd number of chairs, so with this in mind, it’s often financially shrewd to buy in pairs. We’ve found a number of products handily sold as a duo.
Think about materials, too: a plush velvet might suit grown-up diners but where there are kids involved, you’d be wise to plump for wipe-clean fabrics such as leather or go for natural wood. With a clever ergonomic design, a wooden or plastic dining chair without the padding can be surprisingly comfy.
There are such rich pickings when it comes to contemporary seating and we’ve found some beautifully designed furniture pieces that marry form and function with aplomb. Here, we put our top chairs to the test.
The best dining chairs for 2022 are:
- Best overall – Corrigan Studio Akers upholstered dining chairs, set of two: £189.99, Wayfair.co.uk
- Best for retro charm – Nkuku Ukari dining chair, aged black: £225, Nkuku.com
- Best for thoughtful design – Tuohy Upholstered Dining Chair: £156.99, Wayfair.co.uk
- Best for comfort – Danetti Clover dark grey velvet dining chairs, set of two: £398, Danetti.com
- Best for vintage lovers – Made Amalyn dining chairs, walnut and pine green velvet, set of 2: £325, Made.com
- Best for accessible design – Ikea karljan chair: £40, Ikea.com
- Best for an industrial refresh – Oak Furnitureland Brooklyn solid oak and metal dining chair: £95, Oakfurnitureland.co.uk
- Best for a clean, contemporary look – M&S Loft fabric dining chairs, set of two: £149, Marksandspencer.com
- Best for bringing the outside in – Dunelm Pax rattan dining chairs, set of two: £209, Dunelm.com