Unlike the prized WFH office chairs we know and love, the average dining chair set must cater to a wide range of butts (not just our own), coexist under one table, and look just as good as it feels. Depending on the eaters in your home, it’s also good to consider if the chairs can handle the occasional food stain or are able to be doused in Scotchgard. All in all, each living space has different dining chair needs, and we’ve found a hoard of unique seats that measure up, according to rave reviews.
For under $100, you can score a hidden furniture gem in Amazon’s vast inventory or head over to Urban Outfitters for an adorable breakfast bar + dining stool combo with one quick purchase. We also threw some fancy finds into the mix if you’re looking to build your dream house. Read on for the full scoop on what kind of chair is right for your dining room based on budget, design, comfort, and, of course, happy diners.
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Best Modern Dining Room Chairs Castlery Vincent Chair, Oak Here’s the sitch: This new-wave, solid-oak (also available in solid walnut) chair is luxe and sleek but absolutely made to last. “Sturdy,” “durable,” “comfortable,” and, “solid” are just a few amicable keywords sprinkled across its on-site review section — which has us thinking it’s worth every penny. The Hype : 5 out of 5 stars and 38 reviews Happy diners say: “Great chairs. The padding makes them comfortable to sit on for a few hours and the fabric is durable. Love that they came assembled.” —Jennifer N., Castlery Reviewer Shop Castlery Castlery Vincent Chair, Oak, $, available at Castlery
Best Unique Dining Chairs AllModern Walsh Side Chair (Set Of 2) Plenty of us have shouted “Unique!” around our living spaces ever since Beyoncé dropped Renaissance (take a listen to “Alien Superstar” if you’re out of the loop) — so we found some “Unique!” dining chairs. And, while this unconventional design catches the eye, the simple, natural materials keep things nice and calm. Perfect for those looking to spice up their homes without relying on color. The Hype : 4.8 out of 5 stars and 88 reviews Happy diners say : “Love the chairs — the way they look/the way the[y] feel when I sit in them. Love the speed with which they were delivered. Love the excellent assembly service. The experience was excellent!” —Carol, Verified Buyer & AllModern Reviewer Shop AllModern AllModern Walsh Side Chair, $, available at AllModern
Best Dining Chairs For Families Foundstone Terri Arm Chair in Cappuccino Brown (Set of 2) A dining chair truly fit for a family should be a few things: comfortable for a range of ages and body types, easy to clean for inevitable messes, and durable since you’ll most likely invest in more than one. It just so happens this chair checks all three boxes with cushy padding, stain-resistant faux leather, and a weight capacity of 300 pounds. The Hype: 4.6 out of 5 stars and 441 reviews Happy diners say: “I love these chairs! They are just the right amount of comfort for a dining chair. They look good and are kid-friendly. I have two toddlers and I love how the seat cushion is attached by velcro and removable for easy clean-ups. They were packaged well and easy to assemble.” —Sara, Wayfair Verified Buyer & Reviewer Shop Wayfair Foundstone Terri Arm Chair in Cappuccino Brown (Set of 2), $, available at Wayfair
Best Dining Chairs Under $100 CangLong Dining Room Side Chairs We never thought we’d see the day that a set of dining chairs cashes in at, not just under $100 but under $75. Yes, for $60, score two simple and sleek dining chairs. Quite frankly, they’re not the highest of quality, but they get the job done (and for hundreds of dollars less than normal). The Hype : 4.7 out of 5 stars and 800 ratings Happy diners say: “I bought 4 of these over 9 months ago and just ordered another 2. They are stylish, very easy to put together (5 minutes each), and still sturdy after a lot of use.” —Meredith O., Amazon Reviewer Shop Amazon CangLong Dining Room Side Chairs, $, available at Amazon
Best Dining Chairs For Small Spaces Mercury Row Forgey Side Chair (Set of 2) For a similar modern vibe (minus a few dollar signs), Mercury Row’s solid-wood chair set is a great way to go. Your tuchus will enjoy sturdy tapered legs, foam-padded seats, and curved oval seat backs. The Hype: 4.7 out of 5 stars and 78 reviews Happy diners say: “These chairs are much nicer in person than they appear online. They were easy to put together and are strong/sturdy. The seat can easily be adjusted to sit further back or forward when you’re putting them together. We are very happy with our purchase!” —Melissa, Wayfair Verified Buyer & Reviewer Shop Wayfair Mercury Row Forgey Side Chair (Set of 2), $, available at Wayfair
Best Funky Dining Chairs Funky rugs , funky cardigans , and now funky dining chairs. Anthropologie never shies away from color, and these cotton-upholstered, embroidered seats are no exception. Add a few to your cart but only if your dining room is primed for bursts of comfy and kooky color. The Hype : 5 out of 5 stars and 2 reviews Happy diners say : “We were blown away with the quality of these chairs! They came packaged incredibly well and the quality of the upholstery is amazing! Super cute! The orange details definitely pop but we love that!” —Britt5, Anthropologie Reviewer Shop Anthropologie Anthropologie Keyra Folkthread Dining Chair, $, available at Anthropologie
Best Amazon Dining Room Chairs Anour Modern Dining Chairs No surprise here, Amazon is a dining chair wonderland — especially if you’re on the hunt for an affordable set of seats. Take this elegant pleated pair for example. Both have cushy backs wrapped in velvety soft upholstery, come in five shades, and add a colorful flair to any space. We thought our maximalist readers would get a kick out of these bubblegum pink seats in particular. The Hype : 4.7 out of 5 stars and 126 ratings Happy diners say : “We love these chairs…They were very easy to assemble and are very comfortable to sit in. Spots are easy to wipe off and they feel sturdy even though the frame is thin. Great purchase!” —Jessica Kelly, Amazon Reviewer Shop Amazon ANOUR Modern Dining Chairs, $, available at Amazon
Best High-Back Dining Chairs World Market Tufted Lydia Upholstered Dining Chairs (Set of 2) Prepare for cozy microfiber upholstery, sturdy birchwood legs, some stylish bronze metal accents, and an overall worthwhile addition to your dinner table with World Market’s high-back chair. The Hype : 4.3 out of 5 stars and 112 reviews Happy diners say : “I purchased these to replace dining chairs. The lower seat works well with my table. The chairs are very comfortable and look great. They were really easy to put together and seem very stable. Quality is great.” —Lydia, World Market Reviewer Shop World Market World Market Tufted Lydia Upholstered Dining Chairs Set of 2, $, available at World Market
Best Dining Chair & Office Chair Mercury Row Etna Upholstered Side Chair (Set of 2) If Kelly Clarkson Home’s Lourdes Task Chair decided to quit its day job and become a chic dining chair, it would be this set. Cozy, sophisticated, and functional, these seats can add major retro flair to any space without overpowering decor. Plus, if you’re in a pinch, steal it from the table and pop it under your desk for impromptu work-from-home days. The Hype : 4.7 out of 5 stars and 179 reviews Happy diners say: “I love these chairs! They completely exceeded my expectations. I purchased two pairs (four chairs). They are beautiful, look high-end and comfortable. I highly recommend.” —Denise, Wayfair Reviewer Shop Wayfair Mercury Row Etna Upholstered Side Chair (Set of 2), $, available at Wayfair
Best Dining Chair & Table Set Urban Outfitters Haskall Breakfast Bar Save both space AND time shopping for a table with this swanky UO set. For $500 you receive one natural wood mango high-top breakfast table and two matching dining chairs equipped with lacquered iron legs. Definitely ideal for our small-space dwellers also in need of a countertop. The Hype : 4.3 out of 5 stars and 75 reviews Happy diners say : “I have gotten this set about 10 month ago and it has been great. I really love that you can hang the chairs under the table when not being used —which is really good for small studio.” — Hieutran42, Urban Outfitters Reviewer Shop Urban Outfitters Urban Outfitters Haskall Breakfast Bar, $, available at Urban Outffiters
Best Dining Chairs With Arms CB2 Warren Green Chair CB2 deems this the “anywhere chair,” and we agree. From WFH desks to dining tables, living rooms, and the like, nab this Italian-made, 100% wool seat, and place it wherever you want, whenever you want. (Plus, it’s got the coolest ash wood armrests in the game.) The Hype : 4.6 out of 5 stars and 28 reviews Happy diners say : “Bought four of these recently for our new house. We looked at SO many dining chairs from dozens upon dozens of companies. These were the best. They sit very comfortably, feel supportive and just ooze quality….Best of all, they come fully assembled! If you ever purchased dining chairs before that aren’t, you’ll know what a pain in the neck that can be. As far as we’re concerned, these are a home run.” —Will, CB2 Reviewer Shop CB2 CB2 Warren Green Chair, $, available at CB2
Best Cozy Dining Chairs Blu Dot Velvet Host Chair Although it is against the official Hype Machine protocol to include a review-less item, we had to make an exception for Blu Dot’s Host Chair — specifically for the cozy category. Why? Not only is this 2-feet-long seat wide set, but it also comes coated in fuzzy velvet that your arms can rest on all dinner long. Add it to your cart now while it’s still 20% off (and ready to ship!). Shop Blu Dot Blu Dot Velvet Host Dining Chair, $, available at Blu Dot
Best Dining Chairs Under $100 Avawing Modern Living Dining Room Dining Chair Get it while it’s hot! And by hot, we mean under $100. Full transparency, your best bet when it comes to under-$100 dining chairs is finding a seat on sale or just beneath the triple digits (i.e. Amazon’s velvet mid-century seat). It’s a small price to pay for a lovely, big pop of color. The Hype : 4.4 out of 5 stars and 264 reviews Happy diners say: “I love these chairs! They are comfy and make my dinning set look expensive. I love that the cushion on the chair has Velcro so it’s easy to remove and clean.” —Kathy, Amazon Reviewer Shop Amazon AVAWING Modern Living Dining Room Chair, $, available at Amazon
Best Outdoor Dining Chair Birch Lane Fitzhugh Stacking Eucalyptus Patio Dining Armchair Different climates call for different outdoor dining chair needs; however, it’s good to ask a few questions before buying a set. Is it foldable and easy to put away during bad weather? Are the materials durable or waterproof? And, if it doesn’t have cushions, is the chair comfortable? Birch Lane’s eucalyptus wood patio seats are not only stackable and easy to put away in the off season, but they’re also UV- and rust-resistant. The Hype : 4.5 out of 5 stars and 100 reviews Happy diners say: “Compact, comfortable and look great! I love that they stack so we can tuck them away when it gets windy.” —Stacey, Birch Lane Reviewer ; “They are well made and go together easily. The chairs are very comfortable with or without cushions. We are very happy with the purchase. Delivery was timely and merchandise arrived in good condition.” —Melinda, Birch Lane Reviewer Shop Birch Lane Birch Lane Fitzhugh Stacking Eucalyptus Patio Dining Armchair, $, available at Birch Lane
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