My West Elm Chairs Are Still Perfect After 7 Years — And They’re on Sale

updated Aug 31, 2023
We independently select these products—if you buy from one of our links, we may earn a commission. All prices were accurate at the time of publishing.
Post Image
Credit: Lauren Kolyn

I am not the type of person who will casually drop hundreds of dollars on a dining chair, let alone six of them. My favorite place to “shop” is my local Buy Nothing group, with Facebook Marketplace being a close second. But I love to cook , eat, and host even more, so I spend a lot of time at our dining table. Back in 2016, after years of wobbling on budget-friendly chairs, I was ready (with lots of deep breathing) to invest in West Elm’s best-selling Slope Leather Dining Chair. Seven years later, they’re still one of the best things I’ve bought for our dining setup. 

Quick Overview

What’s So Great About West Elm’s Best-Selling Slope Leather Dining Chair?

These chairs are beautiful, comfortable, and super sturdy. During West Elm’s Labor Day sale, they’re majorly discounted so you can furnish your dining room for way less.

Why I Love the West Elm Slope Leather Dining Chair

There are plenty of reasons the Slope Leather Dining Chair is a bestseller at West Elm. Not only is it beautiful and comfortable (a must), but it’s also extremely sturdy, thanks to the angled structure of the base. Because it doesn’t have armrests, it can squeeze easily into small spaces, or make larger spaces feel airy and less cluttered. Our “dining room” is a small nook between the living room and kitchen, and we were able to squeeze all six of our Slope Dining chairs into the space, with plenty of elbow room. 

Looking for more great deals? Check out our complete Labor Day sale coverage, and be sure to sign up for our Retail Therapy newsletter for the latest sales and must-have home finds.

The chairs are available in both traditional leather and a vegan alternative, in up to 14 different shades. We opted for the saddle leather in the Nut color, which not only has a lovely warm tone, but also a smooth, supple feel. I try to refrain from asking guests to feel our chairs, but it takes effort.

Credit: Meg Asby

I knew the chairs would look great and be comfortable, but I didn’t realize that being so comfortable at dinner would also translate to family and friends lingering well after dishes were cleared and chatting until the candles were nubs. Without meaning to, we were spending twice as much time at the table instead of decamping quickly to the couch. 

That said, not all of us were comfortable. Our children, in preschool and early elementary at the time, had to earn the privilege of sitting on the leather chairs. Let me tell you — there is nothing more motivating to a 4-year-old than a “grown-up chair.” Buying the Slope Leather Dining Chairs was probably our single greatest table manners intervention.  

Despite our best efforts, there are occasional spills, but the leather is surprisingly easy to clean. According to West Elm, oil-based spots and spills should be wiped, and that’s it — don’t even apply water. “In most cases, the spot should dissipate into the leather after a period of time,” the care instructions read, and that has been my experience. For deeper cleaning, the brand recommends Mohawk Leather Repair Kits, also available in wipes. For vegan leather, plain ol’ water is the recommended cleaning method for spots or smudges. 

Credit: Meg Asby

Do These Chairs Ever Go on Sale? 

If these chairs are objectively not in your budget (they weren’t in mine), keep an eye out for West Elm’s big sales, including Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, and Black Friday. In fact, during its current Labor Day sale, the chairs are discounted by a few hundred dollars so you can complete your whole dining room at a more reasonable price. The savings will depend on your choice of fabric and finish for the legs. If you’re at a West Elm store, you can ask about discounts on floor models — especially if the item has minor damage or wear. 

If you can swing the cost, these chairs are a buy-it-for-life investment. Seven years later, our chairs are still in fantastic shape, despite daily use. I fully expect that someday my grandchildren will be earning their right to sit in the very same seats my children occupy now.

Buy: West Elm Slope Leather Dining Chair (Set of 2), $519 – $849 (normally starting at $799)