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
We Tested (and Rated!) Every Dining Table at West Elm — Here Are the Best to Suit Your Style and SpaceStyle
Whether you're looking for a classic bistro table for two or a larger farmhouse design for entertaining, you need to read this list.
Aug 11, 2023
IKEA Just Launched a $35 Dining Chair, and I’m Shocked at How Expensive It LooksStyle
Run, don’t walk, to snag yours now.
Mar 22, 2023
Your Desk Chair Might Belong in Your Dining Room — Here’s WhyStyle
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!)Living
Have a torn chair seat? No need to buy a new one.
Oct 31, 2022
Mindy Kaling Has a Restaurant Booth In Her KitchenStyle
And it’s far from kitschy.
Jul 20, 2022
The Best Counter Height Dining Sets You Can Buy Now
Elevate your dining experience.
Jun 24, 2022
This Bouclé Dining Chair Immediately Caught My Eye When Designing My WFH SpaceStyle
It's the perfect blend of functional and stylish.
Feb 10, 2022
This Creative Seating Solution Just Might Save You Money and Space Style
Max out your space — not your credit cards! — with this type of chair around your kitchen or dining table.
Nov 21, 2021
15 Stylish Upholstered Dining Chairs for Every BudgetStyle
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.
Oct 5, 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 ChairsStyle
Work from your dining table—but make it comfy and chic!
Oct 21, 2020
6 Ways to Make Mismatched Dining Chairs Look Collected and CohesiveStyle
Artfully eclectic is the goal!
Sep 7, 2020
Are These Chairs the Most Versatile Dining Chairs Ever?Style
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 MakesStyle
It's less than $50 and a dinner time savior for kids!
Jul 1, 2020
This Office Chair is Made From Recycled Waste and Snaps Together in a MinuteNews
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
Take a Seat: Target Is Having a Sale on Dining Chairs & Stools Through WednesdayStyle
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 HowOrganize & Clean
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 HolidaysStyle
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 TrendStyle
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 CollectionStyle
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
Decor Match Maker: 10 Perfect Dining Room Table & Chair PairingsStyle
The dining room can be a tricky space in a home. It’s usually either a dumping ground with little to no identity or a way-too-formal space reserved for holidays and special occasions and scarcely seen in between. But this mystery room has a lot to offer — particularly with regards to style. That being said, I wish more people knew that you’re not tied to buying a predetermined dining set from your local furniture mart. Get creative!
Oct 1, 2017
People Are Obsessed With These (Bargain!) Velvet Dining ChairsStyle
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
Sitting Pretty: 10 Timeless Chairs Your Dining Room Needs Right NowStyle
When you’re on the hunt for perfect seating, the ideal piece can feel elusive, but if “timeless and sturdy” are words on your checklist, consider the classic Windsor chair. We’ve put together this shopping guide with 10 of our favorites, all with a modern slant. Read on to see the shapely seats we’re eyeing lately. If you want to capture someone’s attention, do it with a dash of color.
Apr 14, 2017
Casual Chic: 15 Benches for Your Dining RoomStyle
Sure, you could just surround your dining table with individual chairs — but there’s something about sitting down to a meal on a bench with people you love that’s so communal, so convivial. A dining bench says “I like you so much that when you get up to go the bathroom, I am willing to get up as well.” It’s also a lovely design statement and a nice way to shake things up a little in the dining room.
Mar 22, 2017
The Surprising Classic Chair That Can Work With Any Decor StyleStyle
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.
Oct 19, 2016
Proof that IKEA’s TOBIAS Chair Works With Any StyleStyle
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!
Oct 13, 2016
Create the Look: Organic Modern Dining Room Shopping GuideStyle
Whet your appetite with this dining room, an appealingly minimalist mix with just the right amount of natural warmth. The clean shapes of pieces like the table, lamp, and cabinet are simple and elegant, and perfectly balanced by the textures of wood, leather, and linen. 1. Linen Table Runner, $255 from Omero 2. Stroke Poster, €47 from Fine Little Day 3. Prouvé Potence Lamp, $2,130 from Design Within Reach 4. Fringed Wall Art in Large, $198 from Anthropologie 5.
Sep 23, 2016
Create the Look: Artful Bohemian Dining Room Shopping GuideStyle
Casual, inviting, and perfectly mismatched, a boho dining room sets the scene for the kind of lingering dinner party that lasts all night. Don’t be afraid to mix new and vintage flatware, dishes, and napkins to make a full set—the bohemian style’s no-rules approach to decorating gives you plenty of creative license. 1. Architec Wooden Serving Board, $26 from Target 2. LERAN Rattan Pendant Lamp, $149 from IKEA 3. Set of 2 Wood Knives, $84 from Spartan Shop 4.
Sep 20, 2016
Dining Room Shake Up: 15 Attractive Settees (Under $600)Style
Like a sofa for your dining room: We are huge fans of shaking things up when it comes to furniture choices, especially if it adds enormous style points to a room and is multifunctional to boot! If you’re looking to break out of the vanilla table + chair mold in your breakfast nook or eating area, want to up the cozy factor or simply are just short on space (it can double as a love seat for you or guests when not feasting!) consider the dining settee your new best (furniture) friend.
Aug 1, 2016
Style Recipe: Mix IKEA & Vintage for the Perfect Dining RoomStyle
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
The 10 Best Dining Chairs Under $100Style
If you want your dining room to look its best but you also don’t have tons of money to spend on furniture, check out this list of 10 stylish seating options, each under $100. A minimal, elegant chair crafted from bent steel. This chair has a bit of a mid-century feel, but would play well in almost any type of interior. Mid-century style at a very affordable price. An interesting, modern shape that brings plastic and wood together in an unexpected way.
Sep 18, 2015
Before & After: Mismatched IKEA Table Gets a Concrete MakeoverHome Projects
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
8 Rooms that Will Make You Rethink Your Own Dining ChairsStyle
If you have a perfectly matched and perfectly respectable set of dining room chairs, all is well. But, if you are looking to shake things up a bit, here are inspirational examples where the traditional gets traded in for the unconventional. Explore eight rooms from our house tours, and incorporate these tips at home… 1. Incorporate furniture traditionally reserved for other rooms. Darren and Preston’s upholstered loveseat is an unexpected and welcome addition to the eating area.
Jan 12, 2015
Dining Room Design Inspiration: Super Stylish Dining ChairsStyle
This holiday season, I’ve found myself spending a lot of time online, hunting for entertaining inspiration. What usually strikes me first, between the images of greenery-strewn tables and fairy light-bedecked dining rooms, is any space that features fabulous chairs. A great chair, whether in a unique shape or bold color, can steal focus like nothing else. Check out some of our favorites below.
Dec 5, 2014
Before & After: A Heavy, Outdated Dining Table Turns Sleek and ModernHome Projects
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
Small Space Solutions: 7 Small But Stylish Eating Spots for Tiny HomesStyle
Still need inspiration on how to fit a spot for eating into your small space? We found seven solutions that not only work in small homes, but they’re actually quite simple, stylish ideas that anyone could use.
Apr 26, 2014
5 Tips For Making a Double-Duty Living & Dining Room Work in a Small SpaceStyle
Trying to lounge and dine in the same small space? Small homes just don’t always have the luxury of square footage to create separate, distinct spaces, so you have to get creative with furniture layout and storage. Here are some ideas to consider if you’re trying to figure out how to mix these two functions in one small space gracefully and stylishly. 1. Place a (square or rectangle) dining table near a wall Don’t let your dining table waste space when not in use.
Apr 19, 2014
Add Color or Dye Trying: DIY Project Transformations with PigmentStyle
Immediately after finishing up my mudcloth project earlier this month, I looked around the house and asked myself, “Hmmmm, now what else can I dye?” There are so many other materials out there in the world, why stop at just fabric? I just want to turn the world into a great big vat of Rit Dye or blackberries and throw everything — furniture, accessories, you name it — in and swirl it around.
Sep 26, 2013
Task Chair Alternatives: 10 Dining Chairs for a Home OfficeStyle
Finding a stylish office chair can be a nightmare. When I transitioned into working from home, I spent weeks poring over catalogs and browsing online for an office chair that wouldn’t make my bedroom/home office feel too…office-y. 1. West Elm Saddle Dining Chair, $299. 2. Specimen Editions Perch Chair, $495. 3. Wyndtree Furniture Dining Chair, $580. 4. Inmod Carolyn 3/4 Armchair, $1,612. 5. Duna Chair, $520. 6. LaFlat Aluminum/Teak Wood Chair, $160. 7.
Aug 23, 2013
Modern Classics: The Bertoia Side ChairStyle
The wire chairs he designed for Knoll show Harry Bertoia at the top of his game — his love of sculpture and knowledge of metalworking and ergonomics came together to create a chair that is lovely from every angle (and even quite comfortable, if you’re willing to shell out a little extra for seat pads). The first versions of Bertoia’s wire chairs were made with the edges comprised of two thin wires, welded together on either side of the mesh seat.
Sep 24, 2012
Modern Classics: The Cherner ChairStyle
There is so much to love about the Cherner armchair. Let me count the ways. It is elegant and graceful, with twists and curves that are reminiscent of ancient tree roots or undulating sand dunes. At the same time, the chair is a technical masterpiece in furniture making: It seems impossible that anything organic could be bent in such a way without snapping!Indeed, the Cherner chair looks fragile but is not.
Sep 19, 2012
Best Bar Stools & Counter Stools 2012Style
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.
Aug 22, 2012
Before & After + How To: Tufted Dining Chair Seat CushionHome Projects
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.
Feb 22, 2012
Before & After: A Pink to Poodle Chair MakeoverHome Projects
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.
Dec 12, 2011
Bench Pressing: The Case for a Bench at the Dining TableStyle
As I tried to squeeze my bulky dining room chairs around our Thanksgiving table to accommodate a gaggle of toddlers and tweens, I remembered why I always wanted a bench at the dining room table…Optimizing horizontal space (no chair arms means more space for actual bodies) is not the only reason a bench makes practical and aesthetic sense in the dining room. For smaller rooms, a bench takes up much less vertical space; and it can be easily tucked under the table.
Nov 28, 2011
Before & After: A Rescued Rocker Gets Brightened UpHome Projects
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 ChairsHome Projects
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
Bohemian Chic Furniture From Around the WebStyle
Bohemian chic is an eclectic decorating style that is hard to define. A little bit hippie and a little bit hipster. A little bit retro and a little bit romantic. Boho chic may look haphazard and random but don’t be deceived. Eclectic styles are sometimes the most difficult to pull off. When done right, the effect is magnificent. Bohemian rooms have a dynamic, evolving movement to them; the design aesthetic does not feel overly engineered and planned.
Jun 21, 2011
Before & After: Tiffany’s Auto Shopped ChairHome Projects
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: A Cheery Chair Update!Home Projects
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.
Apr 20, 2011
Windsor Chairs: Classic, Contemporary & ConceptualStyle
“In Windsor chairs, the seat is made of one piece of solid wood, and the back spindles are separate from the legs.”CLASSIC • American Windsor | Marlow Side Chair – $299 at Crate & Barrel • Budget Windsor | Salt Chair – $98 at DWR • Peacock Windsor | Original 1947 Peacock Windsor Chair by Hans J.
Mar 23, 2011
How Much Fabric Should I Buy?Style
I consider myself a bit of a do-it-your-selfer, but after many years and many more failed projects, I have also come to realize my own limits. One of those limits is reupholstery. So, for me the question is not, “how do I reupholster this chair?” it is, “how much fabric should I buy to give to the guy I’m paying to reupholster this chair?
Feb 16, 2011
Mix & Match Chairs in the Dining RoomStyle
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.
Jan 27, 2011
Before & After: Crazy Quilt Dining ChairsHome Projects
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
10 Office Task Chairs That Are Cradle-to-Cradle CertifiedLiving
Cradle-to-Cradle certification has become a gold standard for us in terms of meaningful and effective green accreditations. Thankfully, major product categories are being transformed due to C2C design requirements. Task chairs are one such example!
Oct 20, 2010
Best Rattan Bistro Chairs 2010Style
I really like these chairs — traditional French bistro chairs. They’re the sort of thing you fall in love with when visiting France and vow to yourself that you’ll have them one day in your kitchen — but you never follow through. Why? Because, they are expensive and REALLY hard to find. Let us help you.Over the past five years, I’ve found a number of sources. They range from the expensive original to the affordable knock-off.
Oct 13, 2010
Bemz Now Offering Replacement Covers for IKEA Poang ChairsStyle
Let’s face it, the IKEA Poang chair is ubiquitous for a reason. It’s passably attractive, reasonably comfortable and a decent price. While IKEA offers a good range of cushion covers, Bemz now offers 123 (!
Oct 19, 2009
Hanging Spare Chairs from the WallStyle
The Shakers used to do it, and now we’re seeing it more and more in small living spaces. If you need spare chairs when you have a dinner party, but you don’t have the space to store them, consider looking up…There are a few ways you can hang a spare chair. David (an engineer) designed and built his own system, Bernard used ceiling hooks and strong wire to suspend his chairs against the wall, the Shakers used peg rail, and a folding chair needs nothing more than a sturdy hook.
Jun 23, 2009
5 Ways to Use a Spare ChairStyle
Spare chairs can be cheap to come by, and they’re helpful when you need extra seating for a dinner party. The only problem is figuring out what to do with them when they’re not being put to use…Here are a few ideas:• 1 Use an extra chair as a stand-in for a bedside table.• 2 In an entryway, a spare chair can catch your bag.• 3 In a guest room, a chair can hold blankets, pillows, or towels.
Jun 3, 2009
Best Barstools for Under $500Style
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