Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Simply Sofas Guide to Buying Dining Chairs

Studies show that people spend more than half of their life span sitting. This is why sitting comfortably, and in a posture that’s good for your body, is important, whether you are at a dining table or on a sofa. Previously, in our guide on dining tables, we covered the importance of choosing the right dining table for a space, and how to do so. We didn’t touch up on the subject of dining chairs in any detail, simply because it’s a subject that deserves its own guide. Generally, most people relegate dining furniture to the bottom of their furniture shopping list – after they’ve attended to things for their living room. But the truth is, a lot of memories and connections are built around the dining table, when family and friends gather over good food and great conversation. This makes choosing the right dining furniture just as important, and the right dining chair, critical to the entire experience.

Here are some insights that will be helpful while buying a dining chair.

Space: First, you need to answer a few basic questions. How much space your dining room has, how many chairs can fit alongside your dining table, and how many people you routinely need to seat. These three factors determine half of the decisions in choosing the right chair.

Start by taking measurements of your room and dining table (if you haven’t already chosen a table, then you should do that first) to see the size and number of chairs you can accommodate. Rectangular and round tables can accommodate more chairs than a square table. Keep in mind that you will need additional space to pull a chair back. Plan for a minimum of 44 inches between the wall and the dining chairs. More room means you can slide out easily. Ideally, take this measurement when you are actually sitting on the chair. Note where the legs of your table are located and how many chairs will fit around them, if you allow 6 inches of space between each chair and the table legs. Consider the table top space too: the separation needed to avoid people bumping their elbows. Preferably, the chairs should be placed 2 feet (24inches) apart. Similarly, you need to take into account the height of the table top over your lap when seated, which should be at least 7 inches. Ensure that your legs are free from hindered movement. For those who are used to crossing their legs, you’ll need more space, say about 10 inches. Check that the chairs fit under the vertical rail that runs below the table top.

Style: The trend today is to have chairs that complement your décor, rather than strictly matching them to the table. Whether you choose contemporary or traditional chairs, there are a few basic design rules that you should bear in mind:

For long conversations and leisurely meals, you need chairs that support your spine. Upholstered chairs like ALF Ellis, Tonin Casa Mivida, and Calligaris Etoile are more suitable than a plain dining chair. You could also consider armchairs for this setup, like Calligaris Gossip, or ALF Siena or Capri chairs, as they support your arms. That said, armless dining chairs make your dining space look bigger. They occupy less space, visually as well as physically.

Diningchairs don't always need to be at the table. For a versatile seating solution, stacking chairs allow for easy storage. If space isn’t a concern, you can consider high back chairs.

For a formal look, dining chairs with a high back such as Tonin Casa Charm and ALF Eva are more appropriate.

If you’re worried about spills, leather or fabric chairs are the most forgiving. Chairs like Koinor Berry Single offer a relaxed look and are also practical for a kitchen, especially for a home with children. 

For a traditional look, wood and metal chairs like Calligaris Chicago or Philadelphia, look apt, while moulded plastic chairs like Tonin Casa Charonne do well for a contemporary look.

Unique designs such as those in Koinor’s Bellagio collection, offer both benches and round and square upholstered sofas to match a dining table shape. Benches are always a bonus as they provide maximum seats in minimal space. If you have guests often, this is a good option.

With outdoor dining, you can bring great design and comfort outside. Outdoor chairs like Calligaris Area 51 and Hero come in various colours to suit both indoor as well as outdoor spaces.

Material and finishes: Your chair’s material and finish reflects your dining room’s mood. Darker finishes look heavier, while light or pale colours bounce light around and help the space feel larger. Wooden chairs are preferred when you want a complete traditional or natural look. Wood is versatile and you can choose from a wide range of finishes and styles. Apart from wood, choosing upholstered chairs like Calligaris Latina and Juliet, will give you a wide option to choose colour and pattern for a better and rich effect. Parsons is a one-of-a-kind upholstered chair that suits all décor styles for instance Calligaris Bess or ALF Canova. Whether you want an upholstered or non-upholstered chair, it all depends on your lifestyle and family. It also gives a traditional look and adds glam to your dining space. Besides, contemporary chairs also include those of bent wood or molded plastic and metal.

Coming to maintenance, leather is easy to maintain over fabric and velvet. But, if you prefer fabric, make sure you have removable cover for your chairs so that you can wash them whenever necessary.

Comfort: It is hard to define what comfort means to each person as each individual has different comfort priorities. The basic rule is to test drive it by sitting, touching and feeling it. Check whether you can sit without feeling strain on any of your muscle, shoulder or spine. The chair seat should ideally be at least 45cm to 55cm wide. Also, you need to decide whether you want a soft seat or something hard and firm.  

Follow this checklist and it’ll be easy to pick out the chair that's best for you.
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