We Tested (and Rated!) Every Dining Table at West Elm — Here Are the Best to Suit Your Style and SpaceDesign Ideas
Whether you're looking for a classic bistro table for two or a larger farmhouse design for entertaining, you need to read this list.
Apr 9, 2024
This $100 “Stunning” Dining Chair Looks Twice the Price (So Do These 8 Others!)Design Ideas
You'll have cash to spare for takeout.
Mar 1, 2024
15 Stylish Upholstered Dining Chairs for Every BudgetDesign Ideas
We went searching for upholstered dining chairs that will be friendly to your guests' backsides and bottoms while looking great in your dining room, too.
Feb 26, 2024
The 11 Best Dining Room Benches for an "Epic" Dinner PartyDesign Ideas
Can we squeeze in here?
Feb 16, 2024
Sitting Pretty: 8 Timeless Chairs Your Dining Room Needs Right NowDesign Ideas
Windsor-style never goes out of style
Nov 6, 2023
My West Elm Chairs Are Still Perfect After 7 Years — And They’re on Sale
This is the sale you don’t want to miss.
Aug 31, 2023
IKEA Just Launched a $35 Dining Chair, and I’m Shocked at How Expensive It Looks
Run, don’t walk, to snag yours now.
Mar 22, 2023
Your Desk Chair Might Belong in Your Dining Room — Here’s Why
If you’re in the market for new dining chairs, consider what’s in the home office department for a fun, unexpected seating alternative.
Mar 8, 2023
The $32 Amazon Find That Hid the Torn Seat on My Dining Chair (and Prevented Me From Buying a New Set!)Life
Have a torn chair seat? No need to buy a new one.
Oct 31, 2022
Mix & Match Chairs in the Dining RoomDesign Ideas
I seriously considered adding a plethora of vintage chairs to my dining table during my last move. However, I found that only having a two-person table didn’t quite have the same effect. If you have a large seating table, adding a hodge-podge of mismatched chairs can have a fun and quirky effect.Chances are, the lone vintage chair at the thrift store is much cheaper than buying a brand new dining chair at a home furnishings store.
Oct 14, 2022
Mindy Kaling Has a Restaurant Booth In Her KitchenProjects & Improvements
And it’s far from kitschy.
Jul 20, 2022
The Best Counter Height Dining Sets You Can Buy Now
Elevate your dining experience.
Jun 27, 2022
This Bouclé Dining Chair Immediately Caught My Eye When Designing My WFH SpaceDesign Ideas
It's the perfect blend of functional and stylish.
Feb 10, 2022
This Creative Seating Solution Just Might Save You Money and Space Design Ideas
Max out your space — not your credit cards! — with this type of chair around your kitchen or dining table.
Nov 21, 2021
I Didn’t Realize How Much I Loved This Chair Until I Had to Leave It Behind (Bonus: AT Readers Get an Exclusive Discount!)
It's supportive enough for the office, stylish enough for the dining room, and durable enough for high-traffic kitchens.
Jul 22, 2021
The Inside’s New Dining Chairs Can Also Double as Stylish Desk ChairsDesign Ideas
Work from your dining table—but make it comfy and chic!
Oct 21, 2020
6 Ways to Make Mismatched Dining Chairs Look Collected and CohesiveDesign Ideas
Artfully eclectic is the goal!
Sep 7, 2020
Are These Chairs the Most Versatile Dining Chairs Ever?Design Ideas
Snag seats in this style, and you just might be able to use them FOREVER.
Jul 26, 2020
This Is the One Hard-to-Find Product You Probably Didn’t Know IKEA MakesProjects & Improvements
It's less than $50 and a dinner time savior for kids!
Jul 1, 2020
Best Small-Scaled Modern Dining ChairsDesign Ideas
Small dining room? You’ll need some small and/or delicate-appearing chairs that don’t overwhelm. Check out our favorites below the jump.• Jacobsen Series 7 Chair• Cherner Side Chair• The Bellini Chair• The Supernatural Chair by Ross Lovegrove• Thonet No.
Jun 17, 2020
This Office Chair is Made From Recycled Waste and Snaps Together in a MinuteDesign Ideas
The Move is made from nine pounds of post-consumer plastic waste, including discarded fishing nets and old carpet that would otherwise end up in a landfill.
Apr 30, 2020
Best Bar Stools & Counter Stools 2012Design Ideas
With the rise of open floor plans, bar stools have taken a more prominent position in the home. Dining tables seem to be going the way of the Dodo in favor of breakfast bars and dining counters. Here’s our look at the best bar and counter stools – both with and without backs – on the market today. Backless Bar Stools • Rig Adjustable Bar Stool from CB2 – Adjustable seat, industrial edge, warm wood and a shock of red. This stool ranks up there as a new favorite.
Apr 13, 2020
Top 10: Dining ChairsProjects & Improvements
We’ve blogged side chairs, but we wanted to zone in more closely on dining chairs. You know, the ones that really need to be comfortable, while allowing you to sit up tall and enjoy your food.
Jul 5, 2019
Before & After: A Cheery Chair Update!Projects & Improvements
My Mum has owned her mismatched set of reproduction Georgian dining chairs for just about 35 years. Over that time the seats have been recovered in all manner of fabrics, but until recently they retained a rather traditional air. A little white paint and a bright, bold fabric turn these chairs from formal to funky!First off, you probably noticed the after shot does not feature the exact same chair, but as mentioned, the dining set in question contain chairs of the same era with slight variation.
May 6, 2019
Before & After: A Pink to Poodle Chair MakeoverProjects & Improvements
I love the story of this chair makeover, largely because it sounds a lot like my own DIY projects — an equal mix of inspiration, serendipity, and hundreds of staples…Back in mid-November Christine, of Bijou and Boheme, blogged about picking up these lovely-lined but shabby (and pink!) chairs, along with an inspiration photo of similar chairs covered in fur. Then Christine lived with the chairs while she decided what exactly she wanted to do with them.
May 6, 2019
Before & After + How To: Tufted Dining Chair Seat CushionProjects & Improvements
I posted this Before & After on Design Sponge a couple of years ago, but I never had the chance to show how I did it. You can figure out the paint part, obvi, but here’s how I actually tufted the seat. Enjoy!What You Need: 1 yd.
May 6, 2019
Proof that IKEA’s TOBIAS Chair Works With Any StyleDesign Ideas
Half the fun of flipping through the glossy pages of a furniture catalog is fantasizing about the bed, sofa or chair living in your own home. But it can be tough to envision the design in your space when your home’s style doesn’t quite match the impeccably styled look on the page. So abandon the catalog and check out these gorgeous real-life homes. This contemporary dining chair is sleek, shapely, easy-to-clean and most importantly…versatile!
May 3, 2019
The Surprising Classic Chair That Can Work With Any Decor StyleDesign Ideas
Classic chairs are usually called that for a reason — they made an impact on history and their designs have endured. But not all classic chairs are made the same (literally or figuratively) or fit with every style of home decor. The shapely Panton Chair featured in this post does, surprising, despite its statement-making modern outline. See how this famous chair looks fabulous in these six differently designed dining rooms, from glam to minimal and more.
May 3, 2019
Take a Seat: Target Is Having a Sale on Dining Chairs & Stools Through WednesdayDesign Ideas
If you’ve been wanting to revamp your dining area, now’s the perfect time–Target is having a buy one, get one 50 percent off sale on select dining chairs and stools. Dining chairs can get expensive, especially since many are sold individually, so any sale is good news. Target’s sale is especially great since many of their wares are already budget-friendly and on trend.
Apr 2, 2019
Whatever Chair You Eat In—It’s Time to Clean it, and Here’s HowCleaning
Apartment Therapy Weekend Projects is a guided program designed to help you get the happy, healthy home you’ve always wanted, one weekend at a time. Sign up now for email updates so you never miss a lesson. If your “walls could talk,” wouldn’t the walls around your eating area have a lot to say?
Mar 8, 2019
The Best Extra Seating to Keep on Hand During the HolidaysDesign Ideas
With Thanksgiving around the corner, it’s about that time to eat, drink and be merry, and if you are hosting this holiday season, you’ll be elbow deep in charcuterie and wine charms before you can say “Black Friday Blowout.” With the cousins in town or the neighbors stopping in, there’s one thing that you’ll need no matter your spread: extra seating.
Nov 15, 2018
9 Dining Rooms That Nail the Mismatched Chair TrendDesign Ideas
ICYMI: A perfectly manicured dining room is so, so yesterday. We’ve all seen those uniform dining rooms in movies and catalogs. You know, with the long wooden table, matched chairs, and carefully curated China? They’re stately, regal, and, if we’re being totally honest, a little stale. You feel obligated to sit up straight, put your napkin on your lap, and use the correct fork for each course. Alternatively, a more eclectic dining room immediately feels cozier.
Sep 25, 2018
Interior Define Just Launched the Most Beautiful Dining CollectionDesign Ideas
Interior Define may be best known as a great source for customizable sofas and chairs, but now it’s making waves in the dining room as well. The company just debuted a new fully customizable dining collection to give customers the chance to create a set that perfectly suits their style. The centerpiece of the new collection is the Hayes table, a clean-lined piece that is available in four finishes and three different shapes (round, square, or rectangle).
Jun 18, 2018
People Are Obsessed With These (Bargain!) Velvet Dining ChairsProjects & Improvements
Whether you have a separate dining room or not, finding the perfect chairs to enjoy a meal on is not an easy feat for the budget minded design lover. When you’re on the hunt to find two to eight (or more!) comfortable and attractive seats, that quickly adds up. That’s why we were excited when we came across this chic bargain that’s almost too good to be true.
Jun 23, 2017
Style Recipe: Mix IKEA & Vintage for the Perfect Dining RoomDesign Ideas
There’s no one-size fits all recipe for a room, of course. But if you’re stuck trying to get that luxe-y, lived-in look in your dining room on an affordable budget, can we suggest one of our favorite combinations? The dining room is the perfect place to play with furniture because there are no time constraints on getting it “finished.” Start with what you have (a table and 4-ish chairs, maybe?
Oct 22, 2015
Before & After: Mismatched IKEA Table Gets a Concrete MakeoverProjects & Improvements
Aimee’s twin toddlers had done a number on her dining set, but she was hesitant to shell out for something new while they still have an appetite for destruction. Inspired by kitchen counter DIYs, this IKEA table gets a tough new top: From Aimee: I was the sad owner of an even sadder, hodgepodge dining set – Ikea table and chairs, Target bench. The tabletop had taken quite the beating, thanks to the 2-year-old-twins who eat at it 37 times a day.
Mar 9, 2015
Before & After: A Heavy, Outdated Dining Table Turns Sleek and ModernProjects & Improvements
Have you ever spotted an absolute steal on Craigslist — except for it being the complete opposite of your style? Nichol saw this table for $50, but before even leaving the house she took the legs off and left them with the original owner (along with the chunky chairs). There were other plans! From Nichol: Thank you Nichol!
May 11, 2014
Before & After: A Rescued Rocker Gets Brightened UpProjects & Improvements
When Ashley’s aunt brought her this old rocking chair, which she had rescued from a dumpster, it was an ugly sight to behold. Still, Ashley was confident she could give it new life and, $10 later, she did just that…The first thing Ashley did was peel the fabric and foam off the chair. After removing the fabric, Ashley sanded the chair frame, then primed and painted it. Once the paint had dried, Ashley replaced the chair foam and then applied new fabric, using small finishing nails.
Aug 18, 2011
Before & After: Terri’s Battered to Beautiful ChairsProjects & Improvements
Sometimes I think that, with the power of paint and elbow grease, there’s never a need to buy anything new again. And seeing a before and after like this one just lends support to that theory. That something so old and battered can be freshened up to look so beautiful gives me hope that there’s plenty of life left in a lot of old things (myself included).When Terri, over at Crafty Workin Mommy, brought these two chairs home from a garage sale, her husband thought she was crazy.
Jun 27, 2011
Before & After: Tiffany’s Auto Shopped ChairProjects & Improvements
When Tiffany found this chair she was immediately in love. What she didn’t love was the scratchy, ripped fabric covering it. As we all know, DIY upholstery projects can be daunting so Tiffany decided to leave the recovering to the professionals. To the auto body professionals, that is.Upon the recommendation from a friend, Tiffany, from the blog Living Green with Glamour, decided to take her old chair to a local auto repair shop to have it reupholstered.
Jun 6, 2011
Before & After: Crazy Quilt Dining ChairsProjects & Improvements
Ashley sent in the results of her just-completed upholstery project &mdash and it’s crazy! This afternoon I re-covered a set of four dining room chairs that my husband and I received from his GREAT grandmother, all the way across the Atlantic from Bermuda. It’s a lovely set — but the fabric in which they arrived was dirtied and dingy and was in desperate need of a change.
Nov 2, 2010
Best Barstools for Under $500Design Ideas
Dwell magazine recently released a slideshow of their favorite barstools. The list has some beauties in it, most of which were over $500 a pop. We decided to focus in on their picks for under $500…Clockwise from top: Onda Barstool by Jesus Casca – $358 – Design Within Reach Sebastian Bar Stool – $49.99 – IKEA Real Good stool – $199 – Blu Dot Viona Barstool – $169.
Nov 14, 2008