CHOOSING A DINING CHAIR
THE RIGHT CHAIR FOR YOUR DINING TABLE?
Rowico Home offers a variety of chairs and dining tables. How should one choose? Here, we explain what to consider when selecting a chair.
5 IMPORTANT THINGS TO CONSIDER
Before choosing a chair, it is important to start with the dining table the chair will be placed at.
Check the dimensions of the tabletop, the height, and the distance between the table legs.
When looking at chairs, check the width of the chair, it's important that the desired number of chairs fit between the table legs. The standard is that a typical chair is about 45 cm wide and requires at least 60 cm of space.
Once you've determined which chairs would fit, consider what function the chair should have and what maintenance it requires.
Purchase the "right" chair, assemble, maintain, and use for many years to come.
HOW MANY CHAIRS AROUND A RECTANGULAR DINING TABLE?
When buying a chair for a rectangular dining table, it's important to find out the distance between the table legs as well as the width of the chair. This determines how many chairs you can fit.
A common chair width is 45 centimeters, but there are chairs that are up to 60 cm wide, so it's important to check.
Then, you should have at least 5 cm (preferably up to 7.5 cm) of wiggle room on each side of the chair for spacious seating. Also, consider that the chair needs to have a free push-back zone of ideally 70-80 cm behind the table. This is to ensure comfort both when sitting down and when seated.
See the example below for what works well.
See the example below for what works, but expect it to be a bit cramped.
The shape of the table legs can also affect how many chairs fit. If there are straight legs placed far out at the edges, you can fit more chairs than if the legs are positioned a bit further in and have a sloping shape. So again, check the measurement between the table legs, which you can find on our website under additional specifications.
HOW MANY CHAIRS AROUND A ROUND DINING TABLE?
If you want a round dining table, keep in mind that round tables come in various diameters. A larger round table can accommodate more chairs than a smaller one. But it's also important to consider the placement of the table legs. If the legs are far out at the edges, you might naturally only fit four chairs, but with a round dining table of the same size but with the legs centered, you can fit five or six chairs. Count on the same measurement around a round dining table, i.e., a chair takes up 60 cm in width.
DIFFERENT CHAIRS, MATERIALS, AND FUNCTION
An upholstered swivel chair is very comfortable, allowing you to sit unhindered for several hours. An upholstered chair requires a bit of maintenance with vacuuming of the fabric and possibly fabric cleaning in case of spills.
Many find an armchair comfortable because you can rest your arms. If you choose an armchair, one thing to consider is whether it fits under the table if desired. So, check the height of the dining table, and consider if there is a skirt under the dining table because then it is the measurement up to that you want.
A wooden chair is preferred by many because wood is generally very durable over time. Remember that wood is a living material and the chair's screws will need to be tightened occasionally. And if it is an oiled chair, it is recommended to oil it 1-2 times a year depending on how much they are used and external conditions.
A bar stool might also be an option if you, for example, live in a smaller space. Then, a bar table along with bar stools might work better than a traditional dining set.