When finding the perfect dining room chairs to complete your dining room space, you need to balance two things – style and functionality.
You can’t just pick chairs for their style and looks alone. We have gathered the best dining room chairs in Canada that balance style and comfort for a variety of design tastes, from mid-century modern to velvet dining chairs.
Choosing the right dining chairs for your space, both in style and in scale, is crucial to a cohesive, collected look in your dining room. This is particularly true of open-concept spaces, where the dining space is simply an area within one large space that must be functional and provide unified aesthetics.
Getting the scale right is one of the most important parts of the design, especially in dining rooms, where function and fashion go hand in hand. Thankfully, there are some basic ideal scale rules we can all follow to make creating dining room spaces a breeze.
The table below outlines the key things to keep in mind when looking for dining room chairs to pair with your table.
|Measurement of Dining Room Chairs||Ideal Average Measurement|
|Dining Room Chairs Seat to Bottom of Table||12”|
|Seat Height (Floor to Top of Seat)||18”|
|Dining Room Chair Space||24” per seat, meaning on average:
|Arm of the Chair to the Bottom or Edge of Table||7”|
We recommend you measure your dining room space before you go shopping. Ideally, you should choose a table before dining room chairs. That way, you can ensure the scale, among other aspects of the design, are complementary and fit appropriately. After all, nothing is worse than sitting around an uncomfortable disproportionate table, knocking your legs off of the table, or bumping elbows with the person sitting next to you.
Aside from scale, you need to consider several other factors when you are choosing dining room chairs.
Ask yourself the following questions to help guide your shopping for dining room chairs:
Jot down a “wishlist” of sorts once you have answered these questions, along with your key measurements. That way, you have a quick reference guide for filtering out dining room chairs in your search and can hone in on what you really want and need.
Before you pick your chairs, consider a few additional tips for styling your dining room space:
Dinah Side Chair - Lexington
Nothing says modern like elegant, tapered stainless steel legs on a fabulous chair. We love these timeless yet modern dining room chairs around a sleek, dark wood dining table. Plus, with soft, upholstered cushioning, you won't worry about moving your guests to a softer seat after dinner – they'll already be in one.
Chair 0660 - Dinec
Choosing this solid, stately yet subdued piece to complete your dining set is a no-brainer if you’re looking for black wood dining chairs. Blending traditional with modern, as well as a mix of materials, this chair would work well in an array of spaces and with a variety of aesthetics thanks to its neutral composition.
Vila - Furinova
Sometimes, nothing looks more crisp and elegant than black and white. This combination is timeless and works with almost any dining space. Not to mention, Furinova offers plenty of customization options, so you could opt for a less stark leg contrast with a set of these white dining chairs by choosing a white or natural wood finish, rather than if you’re looking for subtlety. These chairs also offer you a comfy seat that won’t leave your guests itching to get out of their chairs at the end of the meal.
Keeley Leather Arm Chair - Bernhardt
This leather dining chair offers a minimalist look with a modern edge. Leather chairs may be preferred for a variety of reasons. They can be seen as more traditional, masculine, and classic. They can also wear better and be wiped clean with ease, something busy families can appreciate. You could consider these leather dining chairs for the head of the table as a comfy accent that invites charm that adds warmth to your dining space.
Astra - Nuevo
This velvet dining chair is sculptural, funky, and ready to pair with a multitude of dining tables, both in shape and style. The sharp, angular legs would contrast round dining tables nicely, and the soft, velvet seat offers a subdued pop of colour to your dining space. We appreciate the sleek but comfortable look this chair offers you, balancing aesthetic appeal with function.
Allure Dining Chair - Bernhardt
Do you have a traditional or coastal dining room? Then a set of these upholstered dining chairs from Bernhardt could be the perfect complement to your space. Allowing your guests to have a soft seat that doesn’t feel bulky, these chairs are good for compact dining spaces and don’t sacrifice comfort.
Anita Dining Chair - Nuevo
Mid-century dining chairs oin this iconic style typical from the mid-1930s to the mid-60s resurged in popularity within the last decade. This style typically features functional wooden pieces made from teak and walnut and with strong curved designs.
Clean, strong lines and a slightly angled leg create visual interest in this dining chair, as well as a sturdy base. Cushions on the seat and back provide extra comfort while complementing the wood frame.
Martine Side Chair - Stickley
A relaxed set designed for casual comfort. These wood dining chairs feature gently curved backs and tapered, rounded legs, with a wood center panel for back support. With a sturdy base and the option of leather or upholstery on the seat, you can customize the look to suit your preference and space.
Uulits Design - Perigold
Teak is a classic material in the dining room. It is stable, solid, and long-lasting as a material and is a staple of classic mid-century style. This piece of furniture is timeless and minimal, allowing it to work with many styles and looks.
Karlie Side Chair - Century
Featuring an oak base, these timeless woven-rush dining chairs would make stunning additions to your dining room. These oak dining room chairs have a low, woven backrest and are inspired by an original mid-century modern French antique. They offer a tasteful elegance that would look fantastic in a cozy breakfast nook or large dining space.
Roslyn County Spindle Back Side Chair - Hooker
Nothing says classic Americana like a set of spindle-back side chairs, and these walnut dining chairs are no exception. The finish, described as waxed and luxurious to the hand, is dark and time-honoured, perfect for traditional and farmhouse styles.
Siesta Key Dining Chair - Universal Furniture
These coastal-inspired chairs are comfortable and lived in, yet totally on-trend and ready to pair with a big family dining table or in a small dining nook for two. We love the fresh, breezy white base and seat that elevate the wicker design even more.
Vaughn Metal Arm Chair - Bernhardt
Metal dining room chairs can be both a practical choice and a dramatic style statement. Depending on the room, you can create an interesting visual contrast by mixing metals and woods. It also gives you the freedom not to worry whether or not your kids (or guests!) spill at dinner. You know it’s going to be a durable, and long-lasting option, too.
The Masters Dining Side Chair - Caracole
Blue suede – it’s always had a certain ring to it! And this stylish, funky set of blue dining chairs is perfect for those who want a subtle boost of glam to the space, thanks to the fabulous teal fabric and a hint of brass on the front two legs.
Colton Side Chair - Vanguard
Grey is a soft, modern colour perfect for pairing with bold hues in your dining room. And with a sleek, chrome metal base, it’s light and airy, making it perfect for smaller spaces. It doesn’t compromise comfort, either, with a plush seat just waiting for lounging.
Luca - Bellini
Looking to make a statement? Perhaps you have a neutral space you’d like to make an impact in? Check out these funky microsuede all-green dining chairs! In otherwise neutral, subdued spaces, a pop of colour like this fresh, on-trend sage green feels both modern and a call back to the 1970s.
Quinn Arm Chair - Lillian August for Hickory White
How striking are these traditional upholstered yellow dining room chairs? Making a sunny impact in any space, these would be particularly charming in a breakfast nook. The traditional wood legs have a rich finish, complementing traditional decor.
Townsend Castered Dining Chair - Universal
With hidden wheels and a skirted fabric design, these cream dining chairs combine elegance and mobility. Their casters make them ideal to be used as side occasional chairs that can be easily pulled around the table during holiday dinners or big parties.
Athena - Bellini
Bright and bold, a set of these orange dining chairs are a retro-modern showpiece we can all appreciate. Perfect for contrasting rich walnut-coloured woods and clean lines, these chairs are sleek and comfortable at the same time.
Finley Low Back Dining Chair (Vegan Leather) - West Elm
For various reasons, specifically being long-lasting and budget-friendly, budget, faux leather dining chairs may be your preference. This glamourous vegan leather chair has a soft seat, comfortable back, and metal toothpick legs to give your space a modern look.
Bowen Arm Chair - Universal
With a clean-lined body, a slatted back and an upholstered seat, these farmhouse dining chairs offer a traditional, but modern seating option. They emulate a Windsor chair, a style popular in the 18th century that has endured as a classic.
Claire Tufted Side Chair - Century
Tufted dining chairs are classic and traditional, offering comfort and style. This iteration is neutral, light, and could pair well with almost any style.
Barrel Roll - Caracole
Looking to make a big impact? Go for a unique option like a set of these swivel dining chairs. These chairs easily move around and offer a comfy seat, too.
Surfrider Barrel Back Chair - Hooker
Low-backed dining chairs are often thought to be uncomfortable but this cushy seat is far from it! The coastal, weathered finish is complemented by the linen-Esque upholstery.
Keeling Woven Chair - Lexington
Woven dining chairs remind us of tropical climates – why not bring them into your home for a vacation feeling every day! Plus, it's a comfy seat for guests to relax in for the evening.
Walnut Grove Side Chair - Stickley
Scandinavian design is beloved for its simplicity and practicality, and timeless appeal. This chair from Stickley is comfortable, long-lasting, and pairs well with a mid-century dining table in your dining room.
Rustic Patina Ladderback Side Chair - Bernhardt
This ladder-back rustic dining chair is comfortable and classic. The weathered wood finish is perfectly paired with farmhouse styles and rustic spaces.
Mila Arm Chair - Colibri
If you love a classic throwback, then check out these vintage dining chairs. Offering a rounded back as well as a cozy and upholstered seat, this option for a retro space is perfectly proportioned and stylish.
Genevieve - Vanguard
Say, ‘oui’ to these French dining chairs. With a classic French-inspired design, this chair is a timeless choice for grand dining rooms and traditional spaces – especially if you’re hoping to feel like the king or queen of your own domain!
Chair - Chiaro Clear Chair Black
It may be clear why you’d like to choose a see-through dining chair, but many people tout the benefits as an excellent choice for small spaces. These chairs almost vanish in your space and won't block natural light from passing through it.
Chitter Chatter Side Chair - Caracole
Round-backed dining chairs are classic, timeless, and maybe most importantly – quite comfortable! This chair would pair perfectly with traditional colours and styles and offer a light and bright accent to your dining space.
Adelaide Dining Chair - Nuevo
This comfy, low boucle dining chair is the epitome of cool comfort. Originally a French word meaning "to curl," bouclé is a heavy fabric made by looping yarn together in a way that gives it a nubbly, unique texture perfect for a chunky chair silhouette like this one.
Choosing the right dining room chairs can be a challenge, and with so many options out there, it can feel overwhelming. You need a team of design experts to help you find the right chairs to suit your dining room needs. Bondars is here to help. We can ensure you find the right pieces of furniture, from bedroom furniture to living room and dining room pieces, we have a team of professionals ready to help you shop in-store and online.