May 20, 2023

18 Best Dining Chairs of 2023

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Elevate your eating area with these classic, modern and rustic styles.

If your dining room table is the primary place your family gathers for meals or conversation, or you often host dinner parties or game nights, picking the right seating is key. To help you narrow down your search, browse below our list of the best dining chairs for your kitchen, dinette and formal (or casual) eating area.

When choosing your ideal dining chair to elevate your dining room's decor, pick one that's not only within your budget, but also comfortable and well-made. Think of the style, shape, size and use, along with how the chairs will complement your dining table. Below, you'll find a range of stylish designs for every aesthetic — from Scandinavian and modern to vintage and luxurious. We have the best stackable, folding, upholstered, leather, wicker and rattan dining chairs. Some work great for the dining area in your backyard or patio, while others are better suited for indoors (around your breakfast nook or kitchen island, too!).

Keep in mind that some chairs were handpicked by interior designers, while others were chosen by our editors for their durability and high-ranking reviews. So, scroll through our roundup to find the best dining chairs for your space, regardless of its size. We included picks from some of the top-rated online furniture stores like AllModern, Wayfair, Pottery Barn and Crate & Barrel.

This armless dining chair is modern, versatile and ideal for any indoor or outdoor eating area. Its monochromatic look works for a range of dining room styles, and the UV-resistant and plastic seat makes it great for withstanding spills and moisture. Reviewers have described it as being easy to clean, functional, kid-friendly and sturdy. What's more, it has a 15-minute assembly time.

A sophisticated spindle back and a glossy black look make this set of two perfect for any traditional dining room. Multiple reviewers have described them as being durable and sturdy — ideal picks for the kitchen or even an office space.

With its curved back and foam seating, this upholstered dining chair is all about comfort. It's a Crate & Barrel exclusive, with customers giving it five stars for its elegance, sturdiness and simplicity. The chair is suited for most design styles, and the curvy design is a fit for round tables. And if we haven't convinced you, one customer raves: "We’ve had our dining room chairs for over a month and are very happy with how comfortable they are, very pleased with the quality of the material and how great they look with our dining room table!"

As the co-founder of the Vancouver-based furniture brand, Sundays, Barbora Samieian loves their Plane dining chair for various reasons: "It has a timeless, minimalist design that works with many different tables, in many different rooms," she says. "It’s also stackable, so you can tuck some away or pull extra out when company’s coming." Another pro: The solid wood is easy to clean and care for, especially if you're dealing with accidental spills from kids.

Many customers gave this chair five stars for its comfortable feel and stylish design. Featuring upholstered plush velvet and satin gold stainless steel legs, it has a sleek and mid-century appeal that's as boho as it is glam. Plus, the mid-back support and barrel armrests are a nice touch. And if you're worried about assembling, one reviewer finds the chair simple to put together. "The quality is top-notch and the color [burnt orange] is perfection," one noted.

One of the best parts about these Scandinavian-style chairs: They're described as being stain-resistant and machine-washable. This means you can detach and reattach the cushion for washing anytime it needs a refresh. Since the cushion is made of high-resilience foam, it should have a cloud-like and comfortable feel. Plus, there are more than 10 chic colors to choose from.

Padded cushions, solid backs and wide seats make this set of four ideal for a dining space. There are seven colors available, including beige, aqua, terra and gray. Plus, the seating is upholstered with a polyester blend and foam filling for durability and comfort. They're also described as being rust-resistant, with a one-year warranty for any defects.

"The wishbone chair is an iconic dining chair dating back from the '50s," says Naïka Andre, founder, CEO and principal designer at NJA Interiors. "It's a true testament to quality craftsmanship and timeless design." Andre describes this chair as being lightweight and easy to move around. It features an intricately woven seat and frame that is as unique as it is beautiful. "I recommend this Scandinavian-style chair because it's a classic and will withstand the test of time!" Andre raves.

Make a statement in the dining room with this velvet armchair, beautifully designed with plush seating and a Parisian feel. Due to their size, these seats may work best for larger tables. Plus, this piece is BIFMA Compliant, meaning it should be able to withstand high usage over a long period of time.

Craft a trendy and sleek dining room with these acrylic stacking chairs. They'll arrive at your doorstep fully assembled and come with non-marking foot caps to protect your floors. They're especially great for a small space or gatherings when extra seating is needed in a pinch. One reviewer wrote: "I LOVE these chairs. What value for the price! Mine are sturdy and well sized."

Castlery's leather chair, featuring solid wood legs for stability, exudes modern sophistication. It's small enough for compact dining rooms and customers have paired the chairs with marble tables for visual contrast. Many have described them as being stylish, functional and beautifully crafted. What's more, "the chairs come with very good back support," a reviewer writes. "The curvature simply wraps around our backs."

Designer Linda Hayslett of LH. Designs describes this rattan chair as being fun and casual. "I like how it's not too formal," she says. "It's great in a dining space that has to be used for multiple purposes." This includes when kids have to do homework at the dining table or if you're relaxing with friends over a nice dinner. Hayslett notes: "They can be versatile for any occasion."

These stackable metal chairs have a restaurant and industrial-style design that'll make them stand in any space. The backrest provides comfort while sitting (and bending over to eat your food!), while also being detachable. This means you can transform them into barstools for your kitchen's island.

If you have kids or pets, then these slipcover armchairs are brilliant picks. They're easy to clean and bring a dose of elegance to your dining space. The seat's cushion is made of memory foam for extra coziness, and since the chair itself is made of kiln-dried wood, mildew, warping and splitting are less likely to occur. When caring for these chairs, Pottery Barn recommends vacuuming them regularly. And if you want to switch up the color or style, remove the slipcover and purchase another for a new look!

With its retro shape and swivel design, this upholstered chair will add a nice touch to your dining room or dinette. It has a solid back and a faux leather cushion for comfort. Along with being water-resistant, reviewers commented on its stability and easy assembly — all at an affordable price point.

Four high-rated chairs for a decent price is a score! This pre-assembled set boasts a contemporary, minimalist style to fit almost any dining room. The curved design and bend-resistant quality offer decent back support, while the steel frame attached to the legs help with stability. Plus, unlike some other dining chairs, this set is easy to put together in less than 15 minutes with their pre-assembled legs.

These chairs come fully assembled and ready to be placed in your indoor or outdoor eating area. They have a midcentury design and a weather-resistant frame that can withstand water, UV rays, mildew and rust. Choose between their six vibrant colors, including red, olive green and white, and simply fold them for storage when you need extra space. Olive green seems to be a favorite among customers, with one person writing that it's "a great replacement for the typical old-school folding chairs."

Featuring an X-back and an ash wood construction, this bistro-style chair is a farmhouse lover's dream. The limewash finish has a rustic appeal, while the overall look is described as having "an old-world charm with a modern twist." Bonus: The chairs are stackable, come fully assembled and have a one-year warranty.

Mariah Thomas (she/her) is an assistant editor for Good Housekeeping, where she covers home and lifestyle content. Mariah has more than four years of editorial experience, having written for TLC, Apartment Therapy, Women's Health and Avocado Magazine. She received her master's degree in journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism and published her first book, Heart and Soul: Poems of Thoughts and Emotions, in 2019. She's also the founder of RTF Community, a platform for creatives of color to connect, learn and showcase their work.

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