(Image credit: Ashley Poskin)

New year, new you. And a new dining room, too. You don't need to splurge on a brand new set or anything, but if you're looking for a way to freshen up your space, consider swapping out your typical dining chairs for one of these more unconventional options.

Our Favorite Dining Room Chair Alternatives

Ranked in order from more basic to completely bold, here are some dining chair alternatives we think are worth trying out.

(Image credit: House Doctor)

Ottomans or Stools

If you have a dining table worth gawking at, cut the seat backs out of the picture and go with short stools or ottomans. I love these black wire cage stools spotted in a House Doctor catalog.

(Image credit: Bruce Buck)

A Garden Bench

The bench thing has been done before, but here's a fresh outdoor-inspired take on it, from the home of Alexandros Washburn, Chief Urban Designer for the New York City Planning Department, in the New York Times.

(Image credit: Godrich Interiors)

Office Chairs

The only difference between an office chair and a dining chair is where you put it, really. But you can definitely see then vintage office styling in this assortment of lavender chairs from Godrich Interiors.

(Image credit: Esteban Cortez)

A Setee

Use a sofa or an upholstered setee in place of one or two chairs on one side of the table, like they did here in Darren & Preston's Castro Home With a View, to add instant cozy to a dining room.

(Image credit: Ashley Poskin)

Any Piece of Furniture...

As long as it's the right height for dining, steal pieces from all over the house. In Maggie & Howard's Modern-Meets-Farmhouse DIY-Filled Family Haven, you can grab a seat on assorted ceramics, garden stools and a few DIY record crates. They unified the look by topping them all off with the same IKEA rugs (cut in half).

(Image credit: Kim Lucian)

...Or Any Thing at All

"Furniture" is a flexible term, yeah? If you're inspired by something unusual, like maybe these hay bale chairs from Erin's Layered Bohemian Oakland Loft, then go for it!